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AOC i2352Vh review

AOC i2352Vh

Verdict

A 23in monitor whose IPS panel delivers superb quality at a simply unbelievable price

Review Date: 15 Mar 2012

Reviewed By: Sasha Muller

Price when reviewed: £114 (£137 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
4 stars out of 6

Value for Money
6 stars out of 6

Image Quality
5 stars out of 6

By the i2352Vh’s unassuming figure it looks to be just another budget monitor, but appearances can be deceptive. AOC has skimped on the looks to squeeze a high quality IPS panel into the slimmest of budgets.

First impressions are excellent. The slender plastic chassis definitely won’t win any style awards, but AOC has found room for an internal power supply, along with DVI, HDMI and D-SUB inputs, and a headphone socket for listening to audio sent through the HDMI connection.

Set the AOC up on a desk and the modest budget soon becomes apparent. The monitor tilts a little back and forth but that’s your lot – you’ll need to look to the pricier Viewsonic VP2365-LED if a height-adjustable stand is a necessity. And then there’s the AOC’s onscreen display: combined with the fiddly buttons, the sluggish menu makes adjusting basic settings a bit of a faff.

Luckily, though, this is one monitor that needs barely any adjustment. The moment the i2352Vh’s LED backlight beams into action, the images onscreen are bold and crisp and colours are neutral. Viewing angles are far wider than the TN panels normally found on monitors at this price, with colours remaining true even way off-axis.

AOC i2352Vh

In our technical tests, the AOC put in an assured performance. Brightness hit a maximum of 293cd/m2 (well above AOC’s claimed 250cd/m2) and contrast reached an impressive 926:1. And the colours that look so good to the naked eye are backed up by the figures – an average Delta E of 3.3 compares very favourably to pricier rivals. A measured colour temperature of 6,357k is close to the ideal of 6500k, and only the gamma of 1.96 disappoints, leaving images looking a touch washed out in the brighter shades. Still, delve into the OSD and select Gamma Mode 3 to up that reading to a much better 2.1, just a whisker from the ideal of 2.2.

In fact, there are only a couple of minor weaknesses. The AOC’s panel offers rich, vibrant colours, but response time is slow, with the edges of fast-moving objects dogged by a subtle but noticeable blur. And with no overdrive settings in the OSD, there’s no way to get those pixels shifting more quickly. Serious gamers take note.

Then there’s the LED backlight itself. While quite bright enough for any purposes, viewing the AOC in a darkened room reveals brighter patches leaking in from the top-left and bottom-right corners.

At this price, however, we certainly don’t expect perfection, and AOC’s i2352Vh puts in a performance which belies its budget heritage. With very good image quality at the forefront of its talents, not to mention the reassuring presence of a three-year repair or replace warranty, AOC’s i2352Vh deservedly marches straight onto the A-List.

Author: Sasha Muller

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User comments

Great display, sound not so great

Bought 2 of these from Amazon, had one in use a few days and the display is brighter and bigger than it predecessor (a Dell which I've had for a few years). The integral sound is useful since it frees up desk space for speakers and a power socket. The quality compared to the old speakers is not so good, the sound is a bit tinny but adequate for most speech unless you are an audiophile or a heavy rock fanatic!

By BornOnTheCusp on 6 Apr 2012

Specs need editing!

According to the specifications it has a 2W audio output, but no audio connectors. The unit actually has an audio input 3.5mm jack and a similar connector for headphone output.

By BornOnTheCusp on 6 Apr 2012

Depth

Can some kind sole confirm the depth of the panel with out the Stand.

All so belie it has VESA 75
Connection on the back.
Can this be confirmed.

Thanks

By emjga1 on 21 Jun 2013

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