We've gotten our hands on plenty of IPS displays, but we've never seen one break that magic $200 barrier. AOC isn't a display manufacturer we've reviewed before, so we'll be very interested to see what kind of performance they have to offer, based on specs alone this could be a very compelling product. The 23-inch IPS panel, offering the de facto 1080p resolution, is clad in a 9.2 mm thick body accented with a brushed aluminum bezel and sports 2 HDMI ports around back along with a pair of speakers. Backlighting is provided by WLED, lending the display that outlandish 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and the more typical 250 nits of brightness. TigerDirect will be featuring this display for that surprising $199 price, and availability is now so if you're looking for a display bargain, this might be the one for you. We're still holding out for the 4K version. 

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  • Camikazi - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - link

    AOC has been around for a LONG time, they are not new in any way. They were founded in 1967 and have been big in TV and monitors the entire time.
  • Penti - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - link

    AOC was bought up by TPV (Hong Kong) years ago which has been running Philips monitor operations since 2005 and is taking over all their TV-operations as well as manufacture on ODM basis for other OEMs. AOC is basically a useless brand, they need to step up if they want to sell anything when their rights to the Philips brand runs out in a few years (which is still fairly large in Europe, none existent in US TV-market as they sold of their rights to that market to Funai.). I couldn't care less about the AOC subsidiary it's history aren't the complete and all history of TPV which drives it today, they where a really small player before TPV took it over and started building own fabs, AOC by it self it's not where the business happens. AOC is itself just brand name. They don't manufacturer monitors and TVs their owner does.

    As the AOC company is distinguishable from TPV however they are the ones that needs to create a strong brand to continue selling products, when they can't use the Philips brand in China and Europe any more. Their relationship with Philips and others is what is taking them somewhere. Philips is huge for them and they have multiplied their revenue much thanks to them. AOC brand is of course weak compared to ODM manufacturing, previous manufacturing for Philips, taking over Philips operations and so on. They make more money ODM'ing TVs for others then making them for AOC. AOC does sales and distribution for their parent company, but as said just a small part of their sales. They sold/produced 56.5 million monitors 2010, AOC themselves only sold 16 million. They sold/produced 14.8 million TV sets 2010, AOC themselves sold around 2 million. Many more will come as they take over the manufacturing for higher-end Philips TVs and so on.
  • mi1stormilst - Monday, November 21, 2011 - link

    No DisplayPort = fail for me.
  • Visual - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - link

    Why on Earth would you want it to have DisplayPort?
    To me that is a useless redundant "standard" having nothing better to offer than the established and proven DVI or HDMI, introduced with the only goal of creating market segmentation, used by no one with a clue and so failed as soon as it launched.

    Or perhaps you have an Apple?
  • Penti - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - link

    So you have an laptop that does dual-link DVI without a docking station? DP is standard on HPs, Dells (business models) and so on as well as on their monitors since a couple of years.
  • vailr - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    This NEC 23" IPS & LED-backlit monitor does include Display Port, and with no useless speakers:
  • Impulses - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    Wouldn't DP be cheaper and more convenient than a second HDMI? Weird...
  • Conficio - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    What are the characteristics of the stand included?

    Height adjustment? Tilt?
  • JasonInofuentes - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    Not specified. We'll look into it.
  • cheinonen - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    I believe it's only tilt, -4 to 14 degrees.

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