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AOC i2353Fh 23in IPS LED Monitor review

Gordon Kelly

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AOC i2353Fh 23in IPS LED Monitor

Summary

Our Score

9/10

Pros

  • Jaw droppingly slim design
  • Ultra-wide viewing angles
  • Excellent colour reproduction
  • Bargain RRP and 3 year warranty

Cons

  • No height adjustibility or pivot
  • Limited settings menu
  • Mixed quality of build materials

Review Price £140.00

Key Features: 23in 16:9 E-IPS panel; 9.2mm thick display; 1920 x 1080 Native Resolution; 178 degree viewing angles; 5ms GTG response time; 2x 2W speakers; Dual HDMI input

Manufacturer: AOC

Update: Our monitor came labelled as the i2353Ph, but the European model is the 'i2353Fh'. This model number has been updated throughout the review.

The tech sector moves so quickly it can be hard to know when to take the next step. IPS panel monitors are a perfect example: just a few years ago a 23in model would have been aimed at professionals, measured several inches thick and typically cost in excess of £500. Today we have a 23in IPS monitor, thinner than a smartphone, retailing for under £150 and targeting everyone. Is it time to take that step?

One look at AOC's 'i2353Fh' would certainly suggest as much. AOC has long been known for its budget products (and they haven't always fared well in our hands), but the i2353Fh is the first model we have seen which truly aims to punch above its weight. As such the first surprising figures don't come from the screen, but the design.

The i2353Fh has dimensions (with the base) of 558 x 389 x 185 mm which is wholly unremarkable, but a weight of just 2.49Kg raises eyebrows and at 9.2mm deep the thickness of the display is positively jaw dropping. As far as we are aware, this is currently the thinnest IPS monitor in the world. Naturally enough AOC has pulled some strings to achieve this - the PSU is a power brick on the cable and inputs are in the chunky base (actually making them easier to connect/disconnect) – but the end result is no less stunning. Combined with its slim bezel, brushed aluminium finish and deliberately subtle AOC logo it will be a piece of design nirvana for minimalists and fans of Apple's design philosophy.

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Then again like any supermodel, the i2353Fh does suffer from moments of dizziness under close inspection. Most practically is the i2353Fh's limited adjustability. It has a limited 18 degree tilt angle (-4 to 14 degrees), but there is no height adjustment or pivot. Being so light the latter isn't a huge problem and a book will solve the former, but the omission of both is certainly disappointing, if understandable at this price. In addition, while the i2353Fh looks superb in general, there are inconsistencies in the finish and build materials which take away some gloss. For example the bezel is brushed aluminium, the neck has a mirror finish and the base is matt silver and plastic. Nice but not exactly a new dawn in product design.

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iwasanerdd

February 18, 2012, 10:34 pm

Nice , I like, but who has stock and when is it available, especially after glowing review. because I can see much demand.

Julian Bell

February 19, 2012, 1:46 am

Is this the i2353Fh? I can't find the 'Ph' anywhere on their european website but the 'Fh' seems to be identical (specs-wise) to what you have reviewed here.

Pbryanw

February 20, 2012, 4:12 pm

Found this on the TFTCentral.co.uk review of the same monitor:

"The Fh model is available in Europe (including EMEA) while the Ph is the model available in America and Asia."

Gordon394

February 20, 2012, 4:49 pm

Well spotted Julian, our model came labelled 'Ph' - but I will update the title to Fh as that is more relevant to a European audience. Thanks.

Pbryanw

February 20, 2012, 7:20 pm

A little bit more useful information from the tftcentralreview regarding the differences between the Ph/Fh models:

"The two models are practically identical and feature the same panel, features, electronics and specs. There are some very minor aesthetic differences which we will mention later on, but for all intents and purposes they are the same screen."

interpleb

February 20, 2012, 9:33 pm

Does this monitor have a headphone/aux out socket? Looking around it seems to have an audio in socket, but not output which would make it useless for me.

Gordon394

February 21, 2012, 6:20 pm

A strange quality to look for. It is input only, as are far and away the vast majority of monitors.

I'd suggest connecting your earphones to the PC or laptop connected to the monitor (you can always get a 3.5mm extension cable if the port is hard to reach) and chalking off this as a necessity for a monitor... otherwise it won't leave you much choice.

interpleb

February 21, 2012, 11:45 pm

Thanks for the clarification Gordon, the reason I have that requirement is that I can use my PC, 360, PS3 or Tivo on my current Asus monitor and use my Turtle Beach headset connected to the headphone out which is seemless no matter what I watch via HDMI. I could just do with a better quality monitor, which this one would have otherwise been.

Don Kanonjii

June 12, 2012, 4:45 pm

Shame this doesnt have standard vesa holes for mounting. i guess its beacause the connections are i the base.

Emir

October 22, 2012, 1:26 pm

Does anyone have an idea that this Aoc model good for gaming ? cause genarally the 2 ms response time monitors advised for gamers but this has also 5 ms response time which is not bad.

Jonathan Hare

March 27, 2013, 4:09 am

Just bought this to replace a Philips 220C I've had since 2008. IPS trading up from crappy TN. Yes please.

Giel

May 8, 2013, 1:36 pm

Is the AOC i2367Fh just as good (or better) than this one? I am thinking about buying one of them but I can't find a store to compare them both. The i2367Fh has a (newer?) AH-IPS screen, a thin looking bezel and a small footstand. The i2353Fh is slightly thinnern has touch-controls on the base and you can mount it on a wall.
Which one is the best for watching movies?

And what about the HP Pavilion 22xi?

al .

September 15, 2013, 9:55 pm

I think he must Use HDMI to connect to the monitor and then use headphones out of the monitor. But i guess im 2 years late.

Bradley Clarkson

September 23, 2013, 7:51 pm

i was thinking the same

STEM987

February 8, 2014, 2:13 pm

VESA connections in the base - weird - but might work OK

privacycare

March 15, 2014, 5:16 am

A refurbished one for just $99 today on woot.

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