14 design monitors review: a beauty contest for screens

14 24 and 27 inch full hd screens with a design touch

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AOC I2481FXH

AOC may not be the most well-known brand on the monitor market, but this daughter company of the Chinese monitor giant TPV Technologies has been in the business of making interesting design screens for quite some time now. This doesn’t only apply to the new gaming screens line Agon, but also for the regular consumers’ desks. In this test, we will take another look at the somewhat older I2481FXH and check out the new PDS241.

AOC I2481FXH

Starting with the older one, this screen has a stand shaped out of a single piece of metal which makes it look like it is floating, and that is difficult not to like. Just like many of the newer screens, it has 3 thinner bezels and a wider bezel at the bottom where the controls are hidden. Those bezels are not quite as thin as on the newest models, but they do not detract from the design. Here too, we find the somewhat annoying cables that stick straight out from the back of the screen. In this case there are two HDMI ports, a VGA port and the power cable plug. With such a beautifully linear design, the cables look out of place.

AOC I2481FXH

Let’s take a look at the test results which build on a good foundation: the brightness, contrast, uniformity of white and the colour temperature are all in order. There is less praise for the uniformity of black, the colour deviation of 4 and (forth from the bottom in the end results), the grey-scale deviation of 5,94 (third worst) and the relatively high energy consumption. The age of the model shows in those results. Another negative point is that the sRGB mode does not improve colour display compared to the standard mode. On the other hand, at an average price of 145 pounds / 153 euros. (lowest price is 135 pounds / 139 euros.), it is one of the cheapest in the test. If you can live with colours that do not quite reach the true colour mark, even if it is not that far off, it’s a good deal.

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