Introduction Those who keep a close eye on the prices of PC components, in particular LCD monitors, over the last 12 months would have noticed that relatively large widescreen monitors have become increasingly affordable. The 22” widescreen LCD hence has become tremendously popular for users who seek large amounts of screen real estate for a price in the vicinity of $300 depending on the model and the store. Cluey consumers who believe strongly in high quality display devices however will point out that these super cheap, almost too-good-to-be-true monitors tend to have inferior colour representation and viewing angles due to the dominance of the ‘TN’ 6 bit panels in these models as opposed to 8 bit varieties. More recently 24” widescreen LCD monitors have reduced in price to a point where they are priced under $400 at certain stores and at the time of writing as low as $370 for the review model. One particular model, the AOC 416V dominates the bottom end of the market and at the time of writing it is the cheapest 24” widescreen LCD monitor. This means for $370 one can purchase a full HD (1080P) 24” widescreen monitor with a resolution of 1920x1200, 5ms response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio and 300cd/m2 luminosity. There is one catch however; this monitor uses the dreaded ‘TN’ 6 bit panel meaning it suffers the same downfalls as the 22” monitors – smaller viewing angles and poorer colour representation. This fact means it is derided by the devout quality connoisseurs and shied away from by general consumers. There is no doubting that these quality connoisseurs make a strong argument. Many individuals such as graphic designers or hard-core 3D gamers desire very good colour representation and viewing angles. Such consumers however will probably find more satisfaction in a higher quality (and more expensive) product. However I feel that there is still a large proportion of the market who may very well be suited to a product such as the AOC 416V and feel that the downfalls are outweighed by the rock bottom price and large size. Specs Features The content of the box includes the screen, detachable stand, DVI and VGA cables, power cable and relevant documentation and drivers on disc. Unlike some of the Dell offerings the AOC does not sport a USB hub or card reader, the only ports on the unit are DVI, VGA and power. This is unfortunate especially since my previous Philips 190B had a single USB port on the side which made plugging in USB drives very easy and convenient. I tested the monitor for using a wattmeter to find its power consumption. The device drew a fairly consistent 70 W, my previous 19” LCD consumed around 27 W. Another small positive is the unobtrusive power LED which does not distract the user unlike many other power LEDs on various appliances. Picture Quality These pictures were taken using a 2.2 megapixel point and shoot camera by a person with limited photography experience hence they should be taken with a grain of salt. I can comment in my subjective opinion that the picture quality of the AOC 416V is very good, especially for the price. HD content from the HD loop on various channels is very impressive when being viewed with your own eyes. However this conclusion is made from comparisons with my previous Philips 190B monitor and other monitors I have used and observed. http://www.overclockers.com.au/~wayne/monitor/DCP_1277.JPG http://www.overclockers.com.au/~wayne/monitor/DCP_1279.JPG http://www.overclockers.com.au/~wayne/monitor/DCP_1284.JPG http://www.overclockers.com.au/~wayne/monitor/DCP_1291.JPG http://www.overclockers.com.au/~wayne/monitor/DCP_1293.JPG http://www.overclockers.com.au/~wayne/monitor/DCP_1294.JPG http://www.overclockers.com.au/~wayne/monitor/DCP_1300.JPG http://www.overclockers.com.au/~wayne/monitor/DCP_1301.JPG http://www.overclockers.com.au/~wayne/monitor/DCP_1302.JPG Conclusion In conclusion I can say that the AOC 416V delivers very good performance for the price. For consumers wanting a general purpose monitor with a high resolution, relatively good image quality and no other additional features resulting in an inflated price this monitor may be very suitable. Pros Very large with a high resolution (1920*1200) Extremely competitive price Quality is by no means bad and many users (including myself) will be very happy with the quality which is delivered Good specifications - contrast, brightness, response time etc. Cons No card reader or USB port. Image quality and viewing angles may not be suitable for certain individuals. Power usage. Limited height adjustability. Dead pixel policy (although the unit which I purchased had no dead or stuck pixels) No 1:1 pixel mapping (see discussion in thread). More information and discussion can be found in the 24" monitor discussion thread with specs of various other monitors in the same class.