The good balance of price and performance.
Crysis 2’s vibrant representation of New York City and its explosive combat makes for a good test for any display. The AOC performed extremely well, producing excellent colors, sharpness and contrast. Back light bleeding was at minimum, allowing the display to deliver smooth deep blacks. We had also fired up a lot of HD trailers and never felt the image looked washed out or pixelated.
In our FlatPanelDK test, however, the results were quite opposite. Color banding in particular, was an issue as the monitor struggled to display gradients of blue, green and grey-black. Another color related problem was what seems like the display’s inability to produce a light grey-blueish color. It is apparent when viewing a picture using Windows Photo Viewer – the entire application would come up in yellow.
Not as sharp as the LG Flatron E2260 we had reviewed earlier, but still ‘normal’ enough to never be an issue. The monitor did well against different color backgrounds, with the slight purple tinge never overwhelming the text.
Ghosting and Trailing
The best game to note any ghosting or trailing issues is of course, Dead Space. The game’s dark atmosphere, coupled with sets of browns and greys are especially perfect to find out any problems with a display. Surprisingly, even despite featuring a low 2ms response time, ghosting and trailing was quite apparent on the AOC. Edges of objects and walls would leave a white trail when the game’s camera was moved, showing the monitor’s struggle to quickly turn the pixels on and off.
Impact on color and contrast was at a minimum. The monitor remained sharp and colorful from the sides and could be easily shared with two people without having to quarrel over who gets the middle seat.
Usually, I conclude my reviews with either a recommended or not recommended, but with the AOC e2343F2, I am utterly confused. At its price point, it seems to offer a lot but what it offers is average at best. The color banding and ghosting are an issue, but is it worth skipping over two HDMI ports and PIP? Probably not, they are hardly noticeable unless you go look for them. As a reviewer, I would still recommend the Samsung PX2370 for the best possible image quality; however, if you are on a tight budget, the AOC is a good choice, especially considering its features. The term ‘price for performance’ has never been so defined as it has with the AOC e2343F2. You get exactly what you pay for, and nothing more.