AOC i2352Vh

8/4/2012 11:38:09 AM

The AOC i2352Vh has an IPS panel with a Full HD resolution and VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs. Its design is far more staid than AOC's previous IPS monitor, the i2353Fh. It’s made of dark grey plastic, and has a smooth, matt finish, with a gently curved bezel at the top and bottom.

The screen’s matt finish dulls colors a little, and means blacks aren't as deep as they could be. Image quality is pretty good, though, with decent black levels and very little color cast.

Description: AOC i2352Vh

AOC’s menu runs along the bottom of the screen, which is slightly annoying. It's laggy, too, but it does offer a choice of three color temperatures and sRGB, three gamma levels and options for dynamic contrast and dynamic color boost (DCB). Dynamic contrast didn’t have much of an effect, but DCB is powerful. You can set it to boost certain colors or full enhance, which subtly boosts each color. This is great if you have an image with faded colors, but for photographic work we'd advised turning it off so you see more accurate colors.

The auto-detect option seems to work like dynamic contrast, causing distracting changes in luminosity, but in dark scenes it goes haywire. In Crysis’s night scenes, it acted like night vision goggles, increasing brightness and banishing shadows unless we turned to face a shadow, in which case it would darken the entire scene. Response times of 5ms (grey-to- grey) meant there were no movement issues.

The i2352Vh can be wall-mounted thanks to VESA mounting points on the rear of the case. The ports face backwards, however, so you need to leave some room. The internal speakers sound awfully tinny. In addition to its good choice of video inputs, the i2352Vh has a 3.5mm audio input. This is provided should you want to use the speakers while using the VGA or DVI inputs. The i2352Vh also has a 3.5mm headphone output.

If you don’t need an HDMI port, ViewSonic's VX2336S-LED is better value. However, the i2352Vh comes with a three-year, repair-or-replace warranty, which is hard to beat. It wins our best buy award.

Description: AOC i2352Vh

AOC i2352Vh

Technical data

Price: $169

Verdict: Natural image quality, excellent viewing angles and a three-year repair-or-replace warranty make the ¡2352Vh great value

23in widescreen LED: 1920x1080 native resolution, VGA, DVI, HDMI inputs, 3.5mm audio input, headphone output

Part code: i2352Vh

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