GCN Lab Review: AOC 2230Fh

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The AOC 2230FH is the second entry-level LCD in this roundup. Although more expensive than the Acer, it offers more in terms of image quality and features. It's a good choice for discriminating buyers who want to add LCDs that have more than bargain-basement performance.

The AOC 2230Fh is a 22-inch widescreen display that stands out from the entry-level pack because of a nice crosshatch design etched around the LCD. It also has a few extra features, such as an HDMI input in addition to the standard DVI and VGA ports. It was the only entry-level monitor in the review to have built-in speakers. The speakers are so well hidden that we did not even know they were there until we found them listed on the product specs and went to find them. They sound surprisingly good, providing an easy way to add sound to your desktop setup without a clumsy set of external speakers.

[IMGCAP(1)]Text display with the AOC 2230Fh was also good, readable at 7.5 points, among the best in the review.

The 2 ms response time makes the AOC 2230Fh suitable for video and other applications in which screen changes need to happen quickly. It also produces good reds and blues, which is good for multimedia. Given that it did quite well on our registration testing, which looks at response time and accuracy of quick-moving graphical plotting, we can say that the AOC 2230Fh would be good for video.

A $299 monitor won't have a lot of extra features, and this is evident in the stand design. It does not move in any direction on pivot, though this is better than skimping on image quality.

The AOC 2230Fh offers good performance in all areas and even has a couple nice extras. Of the entrylevel LCDs, it's the king.

AOC/Envision Peripherals, 510-770-9988 ext. 253, www.aoc.com

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John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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