Summary

Our Score

7/10

Pros

  • Stylish, slim design
  • Cheap for a 3D monitor
  • Bundled 3D glasses and clip-on lenses

Cons

  • Most expensive than better performing dedicated 2D monitors
  • Passive 3D affects 2D brightness
  • Sweetspot for 3D viewing is small

Review Price £205.00

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Key Features: Polarised 3D panel; Full HD (1920 x 1080) native resolution; Dual HDMI Input; 2D to 3D conversion; 2ms response time; Integrated speakers, headphone jack

Manufacturer: AOC

Following the release of its stunning i2353Fh, AOC appears to have hit a hot streak, but there is no easier way to push your luck than to release a display touting 3D...

Ignoring the warning signs is the 'd2357Ph', a 23in 'Full HD' 1920 x 1080 pixel monitor announced just last week. AOC has chosen to go down the passive 3D route and supplies both a pair of passive 3D glasses and clip on lenses for those already wearing their own prescription spectacles.

First things first, however, because taking the d2357Ph out of its box delivers an immediate sense of déjà vu. Not only is the model number very similar to the i2353Fh, but it has also come from the same, waifish, minimalist design school as its predecessor. This is a good thing and the d2357Ph improves upon it further by using matching build materials along with a consistent pseudo brushed aluminium finish. The panel itself is also similarly thin at just 10.6mm while the 'frameless' bezel measures a mere 5.8mm on three sides.

Where the d2357Ph branches off in a new direction is the stand. The i2353Fh put its connectivity in the base which could also fold up to become a VESA wall mount, but the d2357Ph has a different trick. Impressive connectivity (dual HDMI, VGA and headphone jacks plus an audio out) is located on the rear of the monitor (which widens base of the panel to 38mm) and the stand itself comes in two parts. Cleverly the neck can support the monitor on its own to create a flush, picture frame-esque look while a more traditional arrangement exists when clipped into its base. The d2357Ph feels secure in either position, though we expect the latter to be more useful to most people.

The compromise for this adaptability is that the d2357Ph sacrifices adjustability. There is no pivot or incremental height adjustment, though tilt is - as always - on offer. Whether this trade-off is worth it will come down to individual circumstance, but it is a brave differential which will likely lose as many fans as it wins.

So what of the 23in panel itself? LED backlit and Full HD are essentially defaults these days, but AOC hopes to win friends and influence people with a fast 2ms grey-to-grey response time, showboating 20,000,000:1 dynamic (1000:1 static) claimed contrast ratio and 170 degree horizontal and 160 degree vertical viewing angles. As you might have guessed from the fast response time, we're not dealing with an ultra wide angle, colour accurate IPS panel in the i2353Fh, but viewing anglesshould be wide enough for most and the quicker response time will win the attention of gamers.

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