AOC’s budget monitors make regular appearances in our monthly PC Charts, but the company also makes some rather more impressive displays aimed at those who demand better performance than you’d usually get from a low-cost display bundled with a new PC.

The AOC e2795VH is one such display, featuring a spacious 27in screen illuminated by a power-saving white LED backlight.

While its sensible, no-nonsense design isn’t going to dazzle anyone with its looks (there are certainly no touch-sensitive controls or alluring shiny chromey bits to swoon over), its comprehensive set of features and decent image quality will ensure its appeal. The screen is finished with an equally sensible  anti-glare matt finish.

The AOC e2795Vh comes with a useful set of inputs, VGA, DVI-D and HDMI, so there’s nothing to stop you plugging in a Blu-ray player and enjoying some full-HD content, with sound provided by the built-in speakers. SRS WOW, sound enhancing technology is provided via an application included on the support disc.

The disc also includes full documentation and also a selection of utilities, designed to make using and configuring the monitor easier by allowing you to make adjustments from within Windows using your mouse.

Unfortunately for us, this application didn’t recognise the monitor and would not work – a problem seemingly shared by others according to our online searches for a solution. A replacement monitor wasn’t available in time for publication of this review.

You also get a built-in four-port USB 2.0 hub with a pair of ports placed conveniently on the left-hand side of the display and the remainder tucked away underneath. Sadly, the stand isn’t height or swivel adjustable but you could always fit your own via the standard VESA mount at the rear.

A graphical on-screen menu provides simple access to the monitors many features, some of which are more useful than others.

For example, in addition to the normal colour temperature and fine image control adjustments we find display modes dedicated to enhancing skin tones or making the most of a lush, green landscape. We really can’t see users diving into the menu system to switch between these modes depending on what sort of picture they happen to be viewing at the time.

Set the controls to neutral

Setting these less-sensible modes aside, we configured the display to be as neutral as possible and set about testing with our calibrator. We were pleased with the results, and although test results in practice seldom match the manufacturers’ specifications, contrast and colour accuracy were both better than we would have expected from a display it this price.

The AOC e2795Vh was originally specified with a multi-domain vertical alignment (MVA) panel. However, before shipping, this was switched to the cheaper twisted-nematic (TN) technology found in our review sample although some online vendors are still erroneously advertising the panel as MVA.

So while viewing angles aren’t as wide as more expensive MVA or in-plane switching (IPS)-based displays, the screen appears evenly lit and without distracting colour shifts as you turn your head from left to right or tilt it up and down. Only if you stand up or physically move your whole head towards one edge of the screen will you start to see a darkening in the opposite edge.

Power consumption was measured at only 24W with the display set to maximum brightness, which is highly commendable for such a large panel. Our measured 248cd/m2 fell short of the 300cd/m2 mentioned in the manufacturer’s specifications.

The measured colour gamut is very close to the sRGB standard, so the display won’t need any special setup to give you natural-looking colours without calibration. It does however respond very well to hardware calibration.

AOC e2795VH: Specs

  • 27in LCD monitor
  • 1920 x 1080 native resolution
  • 16.7m colours
  • white LED backlight
  • TN panel technology
  • 0.3114mm pixel pitch
  • viewing angles: 170/160 degrees (CR>=10)
  • VGA, DVI-D, HDMI
  • 300cd/m2 brightness
  • typical contrast ratio 1200:1
  • dynamic contrast 20,000,000:1
  • 2ms response time (GtG)
  • 642 x 439 x 210mm
  • 7kg
  • 3 year warranty
  • 27in LCD monitor
  • 1920 x 1080 native resolution
  • 16.7m colours
  • white LED backlight
  • TN panel technology
  • 0.3114mm pixel pitch
  • viewing angles: 170/160 degrees (CR>=10)
  • VGA, DVI-D, HDMI
  • 300cd/m2 brightness
  • typical contrast ratio 1200:1
  • dynamic contrast 20,000,000:1
  • 2ms response time (GtG)
  • 642 x 439 x 210mm
  • 7kg
  • 3 year warranty

OUR VERDICT

With its large physical size, USB 2.0 hub and and white LED backlight the AOC e2795Vh has a specification that sets it apart from a typical entry-level display. It’ll also turn its hand to some multimedia, thanks to HDMI support and built-in speakers, but we’d recommend looking for an MVA or IPS display for serious photographic or video work. Available for £235 or less, this is a great monitor for the money.

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