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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  • tx_shamrock - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    There is also the ASUS ML239H (189 on newegg before 20 rebate) that's been under $200 for months now. I have a feeling it shares the same screen as this AOC, just like it read somewhere that is is the same on the Viewsonic 23" IPS. If so, those are rated at 5ms (ML239H) and 14ms (VP2365wb) GTG response times. I wouldn't consider myself to have a trained eye for ghosting but so far have not noticed anything and I game almost everyday on it. Anyways, for me, i think i'd rather have great viewing angles, great color, and lose a few ms on response times. I love my ML239H, except for the fact that i know that there are no VESA mounts on the back. Oh well, got a monitor stand instead. Also, probably not the best looking as it is bit ugly under the screen, i prefer small bezel all the way around.
  • RaistlinZ - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    1920x1080. Someone please make it stop!
  • cheinonen - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    It's not going to stop anytime soon though. The 16:9 ratio leads to better yields, lower costs, and better margins for manufacturers, as well as allowing panels to be used to home entertainment as well as PC use. Some vendors will continue to produce 1920x1200 but since that's not the most common format, it will continue to command a price premium and be less common and shows no signs up changing.
  • Rick83 - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - link

    I just want some affordable 21.3" 4:3 displays with decent stands, USB-controls and decent panels and backlighting.
    Too bad that only the EIZO S2100K fills that order and tops 1000$ per piece :(

    16:10/16:9 is a travesty and utterly useless - unless your life consists of watching TV and direct-to-DVD videos all day long.
  • Penti - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - link

    Nah, I think 2560x1600 is pretty sweet resolution.
  • Krater47 - Sunday, November 27, 2011 - link

    Reading these posts just remind me of how much I hate LCDs. Sure, CRTs had their issues, but it would have been nice to move to a technology that didn't have so many problems.

    How I miss the days of lighting fast, ultra-high rez, virtually zero input lag, unpixelated, smooth images. Sure, my old CRT wouldn't fit into the trunk of my car, had to sit on a steel reinforced desk, and took about $50/month in electricity to run... but really, I loved the performance compared to these POS monitors and their crappy cheep glossy bezels everyone has.
  • MadMacMan - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - link

    This is great news! Hopefully, this is the beginning of a new trend. I'd love to see more competition in the 26"-30" displays.

    P.S.: S-IPS > H-IPS > P-IPS > eIPS > PVA/MVA > TN

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