AOC PDS241 review: Porsche design

Extraordinary monitor convinces, not only due to its looks

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AOC PDS241

The AOC PDS241 has a slender design, with the aforementioned thin stand, however the panel, which is largely bezel-less, is also very thin. Only the bottom side features a slightly thicker bezel. If you turn the display on, you will find that about half a centimeter around the screen is not actually of the active panel. From the side it is mostly extremely thin, 5.2 mm to be precise. The used panel is an AH-IPS model, from the factories of LG Display. AOC also utilizes a colour filter to increase the color range - they don't explicitly mention that they do, however you can clearly see that they do if you look at the test results.

AOC PDS241

The back side of the display is fully sleek. There are no connectors at all, and it almost seems as if the display is glued to the hinge. This round hinge allows the panel to tilt, however rotating and turning are not possible; portrait mode is also not possible. In that regard the device is truly a consumer display: according to manufacturers that group of users, due to unknown reasons, does not need more adjustability, which is a sad thought in our opinion.

AOC PDS241

But where are the connectors located? They are actually mostly absent: normally AOC includes a large range of inputs (including VGA), however the PDS241 only features an HDMI input, just like its bigger brother. It runs through a single cable, like the power supply, to the monitor. This cable comes from the curled stand and runs to an external power adapter. On it we find the HDMI input. The cable from the adapter to the monitor is basically a Mini HDMI cable that can also transport electricity.

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It's a remarkable solution, especially because there has been an official alternative for a while now, in the form of USB type-C: it can transport up to 100W, including a DisplayPort signal. AOC told us that this would be a more expensive solution, what's more HDMI seemingly has more users than DisplayPort - there is indeed a case for this. Anyway, the solution works fine.

There's not much more to say about the connections. A 3.5mm jack for headphones or external speakers can be found on the bottom right of the lower edge, however in our opinion you detract from the design if you connect something to this input. Another less successful feature is the control of the on-screen menu. AOC has placed some sort of rocker switch or joystick with two directions, which raises (or rather, lowers) the already rarely user-friendly control to an extremely annoying level. In any case, setup the display once and you'll probably never touch the on-screen menu again, as changing inputs won't be necessary. The actual menu is worth praising in fact, as its design ties in well with the external design, which gives the device a more luxurious feel.


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two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

AOC PDS241

23.8 inch, 1920x1080, 93 ppi, AH-IPS, 60 Hz, HDMI input, 4 ms, 250 cd/m², 1000 : 1

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£179.98

Avg. £184.98
3 shops, 3x stock

AOC PDS271

27 inch, 1920x1080, 82 ppi, AH-IPS, HDMI input, 4 ms, 250 cd/m², 1000 : 1

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