In order to distinguish yourself with a Full HD monitor, you have to really make something special of it. AOC has recognized this, and the company recently introduced two monitors with a special design. The PDS241 and PDS271 come from a design house with a very well-known name: F.A. Porsche. We tinkered with the AOC PDS241 and found out that, luckily, there are also positve things to say about it that are not about its looks.
Let's be honest, the base specifications of the PDS241 and PDS271 won't make every Hardware.Info reader's heart beat faster. Full HD, especially at 27 inch, a standard 60Hz refresh rate and furthermore only a single video input: those who purely look at specs will want to skip the device really quickly. You shouldn't do so however, because even though you might not care for its special design, there are some remarkable things about the technology and the test results.
If you don't necessarily want a monitor due to its high performance in the area of response times or because it checks a list of specifications, but rather simply a monitor that goes well with your interior, you should definitely take a look at the Porsche design models from AOC. This is because the design of the devices is truly outstanding. Reportedly, the designer was inspired by how the cable slips out of a 'virtually' hanging display, and that he designed the stand around that idea. In any case, the asymmetrical, slender shape is quite different from the average stand we see from monitors at this entry-level price point.
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In terms of price the PDS241 is not exceptionally entry-level, since it will set you back about 180 pounds, however then again, it's also definitely not expensive. It's fairly in line with other 24-inch Full HD monitors with extra features. In the case of this model, the extra features entail the design and the required connection method, in addition to the used panel. as we have little to complain about in regards to the panel. We compared the PDS241 with a large amount of other 24 inch monitors for this review, but before that we will first take a closer look at the monitor itself.