AOC 23 inch IPS Monitor, Display Port, 2 x HDMI, VGA, MHL, Speakers, Vesa I2369VM

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AOC 23 inch IPS Monitor, Display Port, 2 x HDMI, VGA, MHL, Speakers, Vesa I2369VM

AOC 23 inch IPS Monitor, Display Port, 2 x HDMI, VGA, MHL, Speakers, Vesa I2369VM

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The i2369Vm is part of AOC’s value range of monitors, but this 23in monitor looks anything but budget. The i2369Vm’s slim IPS panel is just 14mm deep and its slim matt silver stand and lower bezel look smart with its frameless display. Stand offers only tilt adjustment and is fairly wobbly if you touch the monitor (to adjust the OSD settings, for example) Some overdrive artifacts (overshoot) even using the ‘Weak’ setting – relatively mild but still there Our main system used for this review uses an AMD Radeon 7950 which was connected using the HDMI cable AOC supplied for us. There are a few tweaks you will need to make when using HDMI, which isn’t a fault of this monitor, specifically, but a problem with the graphics driver defaults. The graphics card essentially recognises anything connected via HDMI as a TV rather than a monitor which means that a suboptimal signal is sent out. On our AMD GPU we were able to increase contrast slightly and eliminate an annoying dithering effect on whites by changing the ‘Pixel Format’ to RGB instead of the default of YCbCr. Open Catalyst Control Centre and navigate to ‘My Digital Flat-Panels –> Pixel Format’. You then change from the default ‘YCbCr 4:4:4 Pixel Format’ to ‘RGB 4:4:4 Pixel Format PC Standard (Full RGB)’. This setting is shown in the image below. Battlefield 3 looked very much as it should. Colours were displayed with good richness and variety with some particularly impressive earthy browns and crisp golden greens. Some of the deeper colour, such as strong oranges and dark reds, also had appropriate fullness without appearing the wrong shade. The ‘neon’ in game markers and bright elements such as fires and flares didn’t have the sort of ‘pop’ you might see on a glossy screen but still looked fairly vibrant.

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Contrast performance on Battlefield 3 was respectable overall. Visibility in dark areas was good with even some fairly minor details visible. Towards the corners of the screen, and to a lesser extent the central flanks, PS glow drowned out some this detail. The high end hand plenty of brightness and good distinctions of closely matched shades. Light and light textures had a bit of a grainy look to them from the screen surface, though. Dirt 3’s environments looked rich, natural and very much as they should. Greens had good depth and richness with some impressive golden brown tones in the mix. This richness was also reflected by the car paint jobs and advertising around the courses. Deep reds and orangs were particularly impressive. Deep blues were also good, although some blue shades could have been a touch deeper. Neon pinks, greens and cyans didn’t ‘pop’ as much as they sometimes do nor did they have that smooth painted on look. This is again down to the screen surface. Such observations aside, the colours were certainly not washed out and the AOC presented colours well on this title.The AOC i2369Vm gave a good static contrast performance, averaging 1058:1 across all the brightness settings tested for ‘Gamma1’. Switching gamma mode had no detrimental impact here with 1055:1 recorded under ‘Gamma2’ and 1064:1 using ‘Gamma3’. Our test settings involved some colour channel adjustments, reducing contrast slightly to 956:1 which is still good. The maximum luminance recorded was spot on the 250 cd/m2 specified whilst the minimum white luminance recorded was 76 cd/m2. This gives a comfortable adjustment luminance range to play with of 174 cd/m2 with sensible values available for both bright and dimly lit rooms. The AOC i2369Vm is in many ways an impressive monitor, not least for the image quality on offer at such a low price. The monitor provided a rich and fairly well balanced image straight from the box with excellent gamma performance. There was a slight colour imbalance (green tint) on our unit but the flexible and well-laid out OSD allowed this to be easily rectified. The variety and consistency of colours made for a rich and rewarding gaming and movie experience. The matte screen surface didn’t provide quite the same vibrant punch as a glossy (or semi glossy) one, but the image was far from being bland or washed out. The greyscale gradient was very smooth without any banding. There was some slight dithering on some of the medium greys but this was quite well masked.

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More comfortable brightness, better colour balance (no tint) with good rich look and decent vibrancy. The Lagom text appeared a well-blended grey without any obvious red or green tints. This indicates a low level of viewing angle dependency to the monitor’s gamma curve, which is a positive attribute of IPS monitors. For our testing (below) we set overdrive to ‘Weak’ as we felt this offered the best balance. Users should feel free to experiment with the other settings to see what works best for them.

Why is AOC I2369VM better than the average?

Image is very bright, rich and nicely varied with decent vibrancy. A slight cool green tint to the image but no issues with over (or under) saturation or crushed shades. On Dirt 3 low-end (dark) detail was again good in most cases with all important details visible. There was some loss in peripheral sections (particularly corners) due to IPS glow but nothing game breaking. The slightly grainy look at the high-end prevented lights looking ‘pure’ but there was plenty of brightness.



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