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A TPC Review: The AOC E2243FW Razor full HD LED Monitor

  • A TPC Review: The AOC E2243FW Razor full HD LED Monitor

    By: Carlo Dinglasan a.k.a fakuryu

     

    And with an actual 21.5” diagonal screen size, all I can say is the screen… ohhh the screen! If memory serves me right, the bezel of its predecessor (E2236VW) was a bit thicker or just the overall minimalist design gives off an illusion and feel that you are viewing on a larger screen. It certainly challenges my bigger 32” a run for its money for my occasional popcorn hour. 

     

    So you want to buy a new monitor, on a budget and cannot really choose what to purchase? What do you need? What to look for upon the countless monitors sold out there? For me when choosing a monitor, I always consider:

     

    » The video card
    » The response time
    » The resolution
    » The size
    » The color
    » ..and especially the budget

     

    Years ago, LCD monitors were so expensive that even a 14" LCD 4:3 monitor costs an arm and a leg. Fortunately as years go by and technology improved and LCD was replaced by the current LED backlit monitors with a wider viewing ratio of 16:9.

    As video card technology also improved over the years so does the gaming experience provided by having a high resolution monitor which provided greater detail, so did the market for such monitors that entered the full HD market to provide such experience and here comes the new AOC E2243VW Razor LED full HD monitor. Since it uses the “Razor” moniker, this unit must very thin and AOC has done a good task in delivering a very slim monitor in our market.

    So far, the monitor looks very sexy even with black and white accents as I preferred an all black theme for my monitor (The E2243FWK is the all black version that might not reach our shores here). Even with a slim profile, the neck is very sturdy and the base feels solid and heavy which I like very much with this kind of designs since the neck and base feels more secure than my 32” LCD TV. By the way, one of the monitor’s features is having a VESA mount on the stand itself which can be convenient for mounting it on your wall. The feature could be a + or – for your taste since having a wall mounted monitor sans the stand can give a cleaner look but with regards to the very slim profile (which is as slim as my touch screen phone), I cannot see a way to put a mount at the back.

    One part of the design I am wary with is that the neck and the stand which the connection ports are connected is already attached with the body. There could be a ribbon of some sort connecting all the necessary electronic stuff from the base to the screen and you know what happens when a clam shell phone is flipped too many times but I highly doubt that you will tilt the screen as many times as you would with a clam shell/ flip phone.

    And with an actual 21.5” diagonal screen size, all I can say is the screen… ohhh the screen! If memory serves me right, the bezel of its predecessor (E2236VW) was a bit thicker or just the overall minimalist design gives off an illusion and feel that you are viewing on a larger screen. It certainly challenges my bigger 32” a run for its money for my occasional popcorn hour.

    The connectors were the standard analog RGB and DVI-D. There was no HDMI connector since the monitor does not have any speaker which is standard in this segment. During the initial test which the analog RGB connector was used then the DVI, the changes with the color and image quality to my eye was apparent. FYI, for every new monitor, it is always best to calibrate it for best results but somehow; the image and color quality of this monitor is good out of the box and all I did was minimize the brightness settings. With a low rated power consumption of 20w, reducing the brightness settings could reduce the rated consumption by a bit and not bad for a monitor of this size. There is also a free monitor cleaner in form a chamois inside the package which a thoughtful addition.

    A cool thing about the monitor as it retained the touch sensitive sensor controls of its predecessor but the response time and the On Screen Display can take a while to get used to. The popular AOC E2236VW but the USB 2.0 extension was removed which could be a minus for some users but overall, the minimalist design and the illuminated touch sensitive controls gives off an elegant touch.

    For my gaming test, I played Dragon Age 2 on DX11 mode, using high settings and 2x AA with my Sapphire HD5850 Xtreme and all I can say is WOW. The colors are robust and exploring the detailed environment was a treat! For First Person Shooters (FPS), I played Point Blank and snipping became more fun with the high details.

    When I watched HD movies (The Social Network 720p and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya1080p), I might find myself spending more PC time than TV time.

    But even such a good monitor has its faults. For one, the viewing angle is okay for a non IPS but at some angles, a yellow hue can be noticed and the blacks are not as black for my taste. On the box and on the monitor sticker itself says that it has an option for a Screen+ which I have no real idea how it works since the installer CD cannot be read by my old DVD ROM. It would be nice to see a 4way split screen even if I have no real idea on how it can be used aside as a surveillance monitor. 

     

    Overall:

    »DVI - check!
    »Good contrast ratio - check! (50 million to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio is an overkill)
    »5ms response time - check! (5ms is more than fast enough for gaming)
    »Great colors out of the box - check! (16.7 million, AFAIK a human eye can only distinguish so much)
    »Good build quality - check!

     

    Then this must be a very good monitor for this segment especially if you consider the touch sensitive buttons. But what will sell this the most is the price. As of writing, the AOC E2243FW Razor retails at PHP8,100.00. However, we got first hand info from a reliable source that in next few days, PC Netmiles and DynaQuest will offer - for a limited period, this LED Monitor at a discounted price of PHP6,990.00. Yes, PHP6,990.00 which is CHEAP for a full HD LED monitor and is PHP500 cheaper (average) than the competition and for a reputable brand like AOC offering such a thing, it is a steal. I like it so much that I am considering buying one for myself.

     

     

     

     

     

    Photos:

     

    Goodie in a box

     

    What's inside

     

    Outside the Box

     

    Detail

     

    Razor Side View

     

    Touch Controls

     

    Dragon Age 2

     

    Point Blank

     

    Extreme Angle

     

     

  • anong size ito ??
  • just bought one in dynaquest .. ok sya ... linaw...
  • kainggit .... mag kano sa dynaquest to
  • parehas kami ng cp ni sir x)

    tpc mods lang ba pwede magpost ng review or pwede magvolunteer hardware reviewer?
  • may wall mount po bang nabibili para dito?
  • guys question lang.. merun na sa inyu nag try ng eye infinity set up using this monitor?
  • ilang inches ito? 22 ba o 24?

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