AOC Aire Black E2243FWK LED Monitor Review - HotHardware

AOC Aire Black E2243FWK LED Monitor Review

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There are several benefits to buying an LCD display with LED backlighting. One of these is that the picture is supposed to be brighter and better looking, though this can be negated by a poor quality panel. Another benefit is lower power consumption, which not only earns you brownie points with Mother Nature, but also brings with it less heat. But for some, the biggest reason to shop an LED display is for the thin profile.



How thin is the AOC E2243FWK? If this were an actress, her name would be Lara Flynn Boyle, only a lot more attractive. If you prefer raw numbers, the E2243FWK measures just 12.9mm thin, which is just a little thicker than Apple's second generation iPad tablet (8.8mm), and exactly the same thickness as Motorola's Xoom. That's right, AOC constructed a monitor that's roughly the same thickness as a tablet you carry around with you.

If you want to mount the E2243FWK on a wall, the base flips all the way back with the press of a button. This means it will stick out a little more than if the base was removable, but will still sit nearly flush with the wall.



The E2243FWK's ultra-thin frame and glossy piano black finish adds up to a gorgeous looking display that makes many other LCD monitors look pudgy and plain by comparison. We also dig the relatively slim bezel, which measures about 11/16th of an inch. But while we appreciate the form, we're not sold on the function of AOC's design. There are no height, swivel, or pivot adjustments, just a little bit of tilt. Even for an entry-level display, the ergonomics are sparse.

Also missing from the Aire Black series are value added features, like a USB hub, media card reader, or built-in speakers. By leaving out these accoutrements, AOC was able to keep costs and physical dimensions to a minimum, which is fine if all you're looking for is the display itself.



Baby got back! For what it's worth, the entire backside of the E2243FWK is also glossy, which will either be a non-factor if you place it in front of a wall (or mounted to one), or will require frequent rubdowns with a lint-free cloth if you keep it on the edge of your desk in an open office environment.




AOC doesn't include a ton of connectivity ports on the E2243FWK, but it does come with the essentials, including a DVI-D port (with HDCP), Analog RGB D-sub, and of course the power connector. AOC supplies a power cable and VGA cable.

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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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