Not only that, but the AOC i2353Fh is fitted with a high-quality panel delivering excellent colour and wide viewing angles. At only 10mm thick the i2353Fh makes a pleasant change from the chunky hunks of black plastic that usually form a PC monitor.
To achieve this slim frame, AOC has employed a space- and energy-saving LED backlight while moving most of the technical gubbins and user controls into the monitor's stand. The AOC i2353Fh's power supply lives in an external module.
The base of the AOC i2353Fh's stand is a circular disc with a flattened rear where the connection ports can be found. It's topped with the same brushed-aluminium finish that surrounds the display panel and houses five touch-sensitive control buttons. See also: Group test: what's the best display?
A clear plastic rim circumnavigates the AOC i2353Fh's base through which a large dual-colour LED shines to denote power status.
The control buttons are easy to operate by hand in a relaxed typing position and bring up a large, clear on-screen menu at the bottom of the screen that's simple to navigate. You also get AOC's Windows-only software package which includes a utility to adjust the monitor's settings.
Inputs include a VGA connector and a pair of HDMI sockets (DVI users will need a new cable or adapter) and an analogue audio input for driving the stereo speakers also in the base.
Another interesting feature is the VESA 100 compatible mount on the underside of the base. Unlocking the stand mechanism and rotating the base through ninety degrees then allows you to wall mount the display with the base parallel to the screen.
The sheer style and build quality of this monitor are enough to justify the price but the i2353Fh also delivers exceptional image quality, thanks to its in-plane switching (IPS) panel technology. This technology allows for wider viewing angles then the popular and less-expensive twisted-nematic (TN) variant, which means that colours and brightness levels don't appear to shift as you move your head or as your glance approaches the edges of the screen.
The built-in speakers proved to be a little weak for multimedia use, but should be fine for basic audio such as email alerts and desktop sounds. To be fair, it's surprising to find any speakers at all in a monitor of such slender proportions.
AOC i2353Fh: Lab results
In our tests the i2353Fh produced a very good-looking display. Our results show that its colour reproduction wasn't quite as spot on as that of some other IPS-based monitors, but it's nothing that a bit of calibration can't fix. Even if you're not looking for a monitor for colour-critical work, you will notice and appreciate the improvement in quality.
The viewing angles are quoted as a wide 178-degree and we saw no perceivable colour shifts left-to-right or top-to-bottom, making the display very restful on the eyes despite its punchy contrast and saturated colours. When watching video we noticed a small amount of backlight bleed during dark scenes, but were impressed with the overall picture quality when compared to other displays at this price.
We measured a maximum brightness level of 225cd/m2, with a black point luminance at 0.75cd/m2. In the checkerboard test, the AOC recorded a healthy 666:1 contrast ratio. Colour gamut was 75.9% of NTSC gamut, and 107.1% sRGB. Power consumption at maximum brightness was 32W,falling to just 21W at 120cd/m2.
AOC i2353Fh: Test Results
Maximum measured brightness: 225 cd/m2
Measured Black point luminance: 0.75 cd/m2
Maximum checkerboard contrast: 666:1
Percentage of NTSC gamut: 75.9%
Percentage of sRGB gamut: 107.1%
Power consumption at maximum brightness: 32W
Power consumption at 120 cd/m2: 21W