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AOC myStage e2343Fi review

Want to watch movies on a washed-out screen with awful audio? Okay!

Our Verdict

For

  • Thin design

Against

  • Poor colours
  • Weak speakers
  • Poor quality video output
  • Limited video output
  • Flimsy build
  • Price

The problem with the AOC mySTage e2343Fi monitor isn't so much the fact that the screen is poor, or that the speakers in the base are lacklustre. Neither is it that the finish and build quality feel cheap, that the price is high, or that the iPod/iPhone dock doesn't do what you hope. No, the problem is all of these at once.

The panel itself, at 1,920x1,080 pixels, might have impressed us five years ago, but it's not good enough today. No matter how we fiddled with colour profiles, the different modes on the screen, or the manual controls, we couldn't get rid of the blue bias.

Worse, despite boasting a meaningless 50,000,000:1 contrast ratio, everything was shockingly washed out.

There's enough space in the base to fit speakers that could make a decent stab at reproducing a song or a movie soundtrack with some semblance of accuracy and drama. Sadly, AOC hasn't taken the opportunity to fit those speakers; what we have instead are insipid.

The shiny black plastic of the frame doesn't match the premium finish of a Mac, and there's an alarming amount of wobble in the stand. The screen is at least slim.

Finally, the dock: the thing that presumably justifies charging twice what comparably-specced 1080p displays cost. Well, it charges your device, and you can play music from it through the speakers.

But if you think you can mirror your iOS device's display, or use it as an easy way to watch iPlayer on the big screen, you're in for an unpleasant surprise. Only apps that implement a specific video output method - such as the built-in Videos or Photos app - are supported, and that means no iPlayer, no 4oD, no Netflix and so on. Also, video is passed to the screen over an analogue connection, and it's low-res and smeary.

The idea of a combined Full HD screen, dock and speaker is really appealing. Just don't buy this one.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
HDCP SupportedYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
VGAYes
ColourGlossy Piano Black
Brightness250 cd/m²
Screen ModeFull HD
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NameAOC
Contrast Ratio50,000,000:1
Screen Size58.4 cm (23")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time2 ms
SpeakersYes
Built-in DevicesSpeaker
Operating Power Consumption33 W
Height403.9 mm
Width546.1 mm
Depth182.9 mm
ManufacturerAOC
Product ModelE2343FI
Product NameE2343FI Widescreen LCD Monitor
Manufacturer Part Numbere2343Fi
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.aocmonitor.com
Marketing Information

The ultra-slim 23" e2343Fi AIRE iPLAY Full HD monitor is the ultimate peripheral for iPod and iPhone owners. The monitor features a built-in universal docking station for iPhone and iPod users that allows immediate video, audio and photo playback from the mobile device through AOC's patented plug-and-play technology. Along with the integrated dock, the base of the monitor also includes built-in speakers with high quality SRSPremium Sound.

Weight (Approximate)2.85 kg