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.