Appellation d'origine contrôlée Stories December 16, 2012

As we approach Christmas and the end of the year, we thought we would throw together some of the more interesting review items we received over the past months.

27-inch AOC LED IPS super slim monitor

First up is the $299 27-inch AOC LED IPS super slim monitor (I2757FH) that has a vague Mac aesthetic with a silver stand and ultra-thin bezel around the edges. This one comes with two HDMI ports, a VGA port, AUX audio ports, and some small speakers. The 27-inch IPS LED display is very nice, but it is obviously not as crisp as a Thunderbolt Display of the same size. And, after some adjustments to the default washed-out look, I was very happy with the color representation. Front capacitive controls are easy to deal with, and overall build quality is very nice, especially for AOC, but the downsides include: the lack of a USB hub, it is not easily wall-mountable, and the super small and poor tiny 4W speakers. You are definitely going to want to have separate speakers.

This AOC display would be best suited in an office/dorm room/bedroom doing double duty as a PC/Mac external display and perhaps display for an Apple TV/Cable box. Recommended at $299, or check out the USB Display link powered 22-inch display

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$230 AOC Aire iPlay 1080P 23-inch monitor is also built-in iPhone surround sound speaker dock

AOC touts its new Aire iPlay monitor with a built-in iPhone dock as a great gift Father’s Day, and Amazon is now carrying it for $50 off its launch price.

The 60-year-old Taiwan-based display manufacturer integrated a 30-pin docking station at the base of the 12.9 mm-thin, full HD 23-inch screen. It also included 10-watt SRS Sound speakers to allow seamless video, audio, and photo playback from an iPhone or iPod in 1080p resolution.

“The Aire iPlay displays photos and video content from your iPhone and iPod on a screen that is 37 times larger than the device it comes from,” said AOC’s Marketing Manager Robert Velez in a press release. “Whether you are playing videogames, watching movies on Netflix or videos on YouTube, or charging your iDevice, the Aire iPlay brings multimedia functionality to your monitor.”

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