Gordon Kelly

By Gordon Kelly



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AOC i2353Fh 23in IPS LED Monitor


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We dwell on the i2353Fh's appearance because it will be a key sales point for many, but they are largely irrelevant if the monitor doesn't perform. Thankfully here the i2353Fh delivers its second appealing array of figures.

As expected for a 23in 16:9 panel, the i2353Fh delivers a native 'Full HD' resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (0.265mm dot pitch) and 16.7m colours, but notably 178 degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles. The Dynamic contrast ratio is quoted as a ridiculous 50,000,000:1, the static CR a more sane 1000:1, grey-to-grey response time is 5ms and there's 250 nits of brightness. Happily AOC has opted for a matt finish to the panel so the i2353Fh has no problems with reflections from either natural or artificial light. In fact even shining a bright light directly onto the i2353Fh panel has little effect so room placement won't be a problem and we wish more manufacturers would follow suit.

Looking at the i2353Fh's panel, what immediately stands out are the viewing angles. AOC has used an 'Enhanced IPS' (E-IPS) panel which while keeping the cost down (E-IPS uses a wider aperture for light transmission enabling the use of lower-power, cheaper backlights) still exhibits the key benefits of IPS. Namely: improved viewing angles and better colour reproduction – especially in comparison to the older TN panels which typically proliferate affordable monitors in this price range.

As such the i2353Fh is a revelation. We initially had a setup issue where our Nvidia graphics card identified the i2353Fh as a generic monitor (even with drivers installed) and it looked lifeless at best, but removing this profile saw the i2353Fh come to life. Viewing angles live up to their claim holding both colour and contrast until such extremes as to make working from them impossible anyway. Despite using E-IPS the LED backlighting is bright yet easy on the eyes and there is little discernable backlight bleed. Colours are always a strong point of IPS panels and the i2353Fh is no exception. It has wonderfully natural colour reproduction with noticeable detail in shadows and dark areas. Owners of monitors with TN panels will notice a significant jump in quality.


Where the i2353Fh does face close scrutiny is its response time – a notable weak point of IPS panels in general – and in an era of sub 1ms gaming monitors hardcore gamers may take issue with the i2353Fh's GTG time of 5ms. That said we found no particular problems either gaming or when watching fast action film sequences and we suspect neither will the vast majority. Whatever we say specialists will specialise, but the i2353Fh is an extremely competent all rounder and may even be enough for aspiring amateur photographers.


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.


February 20, 2012, 4:12 pm

Found this on the 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."


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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


February 8, 2014, 2:13 pm

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


March 15, 2014, 5:16 am

A refurbished one for just $99 today on woot.

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