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AOC i2352Vh review

A 23-inch PC monitor with IPS panel, for cheap

Our Verdict

For

  • IPS panel at a bargain price
  • Mostly excellent image quality
  • Plenty of inputs

Against

  • Cheap and not terribly cheerful stand
  • Some edge bleed
  • Poor OSD menu

Pay attention, everyone. This is a watershed moment. The AOC i2352Vh is a Full HD 23-inch PC monitor. And it's yours for around £130.

So far, so unusual for a contemporary PC monitor.

But here's the really dramatic thing: it's got an IPS panel.

This is by far and away the most affordable IPS monitor we've ever seen. It's something we've been begging for. Finally, triumphantly, AOC has delivered.

Of course, IPS and other premium panel technologies have been becoming much more accessible of late. We reckon much of this is down to Apple's use of IPS LCD panel technology in its iPhones, iPads and iMacs. A label reading 'IPS' is now something that punters vaguely recognise, even if they don't understand what it really means.

But the likes of the ViewSonic VP2365-LED or the Asus PA238Q are £200 or more. It's a big difference.

At this price point, something has to give. For starters, it's a little odd to see the AOC i2352Vh has a cheap-looking chassis, knowing that an IPS panel resides therein.

The overall ambience is positively frills-free. The enclosure is composed of coarse, plain-looking plastic, and the stand is a resolutely tilt-only affair. Give the top of the screen a prod and the whole ensemble rocks back and forth pretty alarmingly.

But if it delivers where it really matters, that's probably tolerable. Certainly, the input options are covered. You have a choice of DVI, HDMI and VGA connections.

So it all comes down to image quality. The good news is that it's recognisably IPS straight out of the box.

AOC i2352vh

The lovely colour balance and detail you expect from IPS is undeniably apparent. The TN-spanking viewing angles are clear to see, too. But will it hold up to closer inspection?

Fire up the Lagom suite of test images and the AOC i2352Vh puts in a strong performance.

There's plenty of detail in the white and black scales, for instance, and no evidence of banding or compression in gradient rendering.

A dip into the viewing angle test confirms what we already knew - that this is the real IPS deal. Outright black levels are good, too, and there's relatively little evidence of those two IPS-related niggles of surface sparkle and IPS glow. Oh and the pixel response is more than adequate.

But surely this cut-price screen can't be perfect? Well, there is one small flaw, and it's backlight bleed around the edges. It's not a major problem, but it's not something we're accustomed to seeing in an IPS screen.

We liked

An IPS panel with an LED backlight for £130? Um, yes please. That the AOC i2352Vh doesn't just deliver on paper but also puts in a strong real-world viewing experience is deeply, deeply impressive. Now everyone can have a decent IPS screen. Hallelujah.

We disliked

The tilt-only stand is flimsy, the whole chassis looks and feels cheap, the OSD menu is poorly designed and the panel itself suffers from a little edge bleed.

Verdict

At £130 for some decent specs, this monitor is so preposterously parsimonious, we're willing to forgive its flaws. The holy grail of the truly affordable IPS screen has arrived. It's not perfect, but that hardly matters.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
HDCP SupportedYes
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEPEAT Silver, ENERGY STAR 5.0, RoHS, TCO Displays 5.0
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount CompatibleYes
DVIYes
VGAYes
Adjustable Display AngleYes
Product FamilyProfessional
Brightness250 cd/m²
Screen ModeFull HD
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NameAOC
Contrast Ratio1,000:1
Mount TypeWall Mountable
Screen Size58.4 cm (23")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time5 ms
SpeakersYes
Built-in DevicesSpeaker
Operating Power Consumption40 W
Height with Stand398.70 mm
Width with Stand547.80 mm
Depth with Stand190 mm
ManufacturerAOC
Product ModelI2352VH
Product NameProfessional I2352VH Widescreen LCD Monitor
Product LineProfessional
Manufacturer Part NumberI2352VH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.aocmonitor.com
Marketing Information

The slim Full HD model with a black finish comes with an IPS panel and LED backlights. VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs allow the connection of numerous multimedia sources. Its IPS-typical wide viewing angles (up to 178° horizontal/vertical), high brightness and contrast values (250 cd/m² and 1,000:1 / 20,000,000:1) as well 5 ms response time provide an excellent image quality making the display perfect for action games and thrilling movies at home. For clearer, more vivid colours the Clear Vision function converts images from Standard Definition (SD) to High Definition (HD).

Package Contents
  • Professional I2352VH Widescreen LCD Monitor
  • Power Cable
  • D-Sub Cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • Audio Cable
  • Driver CD
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)3.18 kg