Happily for casual users the i2353Fh is well setup out of the box and we’d advise little more than adjusting brightness to your personal preference. By contrast advanced users may find the i2353Fh’s menu settings limited with access to little more than brightness, contrast, gamma and RGB. This will put off more serious photographers, but at least makes navigation a breeze and the (often dreaded) touch sensitive buttons which control it are surprisingly responsive.
As for connectivity, the i2353Fh has dual HDMI inputs as well as VGA, but no DVI. An HDMI cable is provided in the box and for disgruntled users with DVI-only graphics cards AOC providers an HDMI to DVI adaptor. Those looking to watch copyright content will be pleased to know both HDMI inputs are HDCP Ready. The base also has a trick up its sleeve, being able to fold flat against the back of the monitor and double as a VESA wall mount.
This isn’t the end of the tricks as somehow AOC has managed to cram 2x 2W speakers into the i2353Fh’s skinny lines, but with extremely tinny audio most will turn them off. That said it is impossible to deny AOC’s determination to provide value for money. The i2353Fh retails for under £150 and comes with a three year warranty. Low prices are nothing new for AOC, but we feel the i2353Fh represents the first time the company has successfully competed on cost, style and performance simultaneously. We hope it is a sign of things to come.
The i2353Fh is a breakthrough monitor both for consumers and AOC itself. Rarely does a product competing on price also break ground in terms of design, but the i2353Fh is a stunner and will sell by the bucket load on looks alone. It is therefore pleasing the quality of the panel lives up to expectations. An E-IPS panel won’t make its way into professional photography studios any time soon, but the i2353Fh’s colour accuracy and viewing angles are far better than TN panels at this price range. If you have been waiting for the right time to snag a bargain that time just came.
Score in detail
Image Quality 9