AOC Aire Black E2243FWK LED Monitor Review

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We don't typically start off an article by waxing historic on a company's brand, but unless you're really plugged into the technology circuit, and have been for a while, there's a good chance you're unfamiliar with AOC. Punch the letters 'AOC' into Google and they're not even the first entry, not at the time of this writing anyway (the No. 1 spot belongs to Age of Conan). But if you're looking to save a buck -- and with gas prices soaring to obscene heights, who isn't? -- then do yourself a favor and get acquainted with the company formerly known as Admiral Overseas Corporation.


Originally founded here in the States (Chicago, Illinois), AOC International now operates out of Taiwan and ships monitors, TVs, and even all-in-one PCs to over 115 countries worldwide, including the United States. Incidentally, AOC was the first manufacturer of color televisions for export. AOC's most recent addition to its product portfolio is the Aire Black LED monitor line. Featuring a razor-thin profile and an attractive glossy-black finish, these new monitors are aimed at business professionals and home users looking for an affordable display that doesn't look cheap. The one we're looking at today is AOC's 22-inch model (E2243FWK, $149), though the Aire Black series also comes in 20-inch (E2043FK, $129) and 23-inch (E2343FK, $179) SKUs, all of which carry budget price tags. How is it that AOC can launch an LED monitor line at such a low cost? Let's find out.

AOC E2243FWK 22-inch LED Monitor
Specifications & Features

Display Size
21.5" Widescreen
Resolution
1920x1080
Aspect Ratio     
16:9
Brightness
250 cd/m2 
Contrast Ratio 
50,000,000:1 (dynamic)
Response Time
5ms
Viewing Angle
170 degrees (Horizontal), 160 degrees (Vertical)
Display Type
TFT Active Matrix
Connectors
D-Sub, DVI-D with HDCP
Power Consumption 
25W (Max), 0.1W (Standby)
Speakers
No
Stand
Tilt
I/O Ports None
Dimensions (with stand)
21.8" x 14.99" x 9.25". (WxHxD) 
Weight
5.5 lbs (Net), 11.9 lbs (Gross)
Included Accessories

Power cord, VGA cable, setup guide
Warranty
3 Years Parts and Labor, 1 Year LCD Panel


The Aire Black line comes with a built-in VESA stand that locks into place and can be mounted on a wall by pushing a button and folding it back. It doesn't require any assembly, and this, AOC says, makes "the monitor a helpful solution for businesses that require visual displays but have limited space." Duly noted.



What you won't find with the Aire Black series is an IPS panel. AOC instead uses a TN panel with LED backlighting, which is one of the reasons they're so affordable. The lack of an IPS panel isn't surprising, considering there aren't many displays that utilize both an IPS panel and LED backlighting.

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"Punch the letters 'AOC' into Google and they're not even the first entry, not at the time of this writing anyway (the No. 1 spot belongs to Age of Conan)."

It still is :P lol

It sure looks neat and first time i seen the controls and plugs on the stand before :D

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That, along with the LED backlighting, are how they're able to make the screen so thin...

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It's a 22" screen for $149.00, so I could overlook some irregularities. The wall mount is cool too.

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realneil:

It's a 22" screen for $149.00, so I could overlook some irregularities. The wall mount is cool too.

Pretty hard to beat the bang for buck with this one.

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Very good and concise review. I am currently considering another monitor and would think about getting this one. I must say I am leaning towards 3D though but cost is a tad high for those still.

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Oh, Sweet! i remember reading about this on HH not too long ago and there was quite a bit of hype!

Hmm... I guess if you need a secondary monitor... hell, i'm actually going to pick one up from Walmart today, i need a second monitor.

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Ah, so i bought the monitor on the 27th. I returned it today. For the Price its TOTALLY worth it!

My reasoning for returning it.... My primary monitor is an Acer H213H... and this AOC monitor, even with a privacy filter is BRIGHT!!!. Makes my acers white-reproduction look slightly yellowish hahaha.

The difference was mind blowing!! even at the lowest setting. if only the AOC monitor had a HDMI input, it be a keeper!!

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coolice:

Ah, so i bought the monitor on the 27th. I returned it today. For the Price its TOTALLY worth it!

My reasoning for returning it.... My primary monitor is an Acer H213H... and this AOC monitor, even with a privacy filter is BRIGHT!!!. Makes my acers white-reproduction look slightly yellowish hahaha.

The difference was mind blowing!! even at the lowest setting. if only the AOC monitor had a HDMI input, it be a keeper!!

thanks for your feedback coolice !

was def interested in giving this screen a real close look and compare to a an Asus.VH2424H

not sure what I may decide at this time  have to go out and and get some driveway blacktop sealer which is  much easier  to decide

Have a safe Holiday Weekend ! Smile

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Yeah, A buck80 for a 23 incher! not bad.

Although I need a 27 or higher for that price?

Kinda have to keep an eye on the Fry's ads every week, I am sure it wont be long for the AOC 27 to drop to that price.

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animatortom:

Yeah, A buck80 for a 23 incher! not bad.

Although I need a 27 or higher for that price?

Kinda have to keep an eye on the Fry's ads every week, I am sure it wont be long for the AOC 27 to drop to that price.

yep Same here and usually watch the Fry add's on Friday's too .

It sure was great to get that feedback from coolice too !

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