AOC Verfino V22 LCD Monitor review: AOC Verfino V22 LCD Monitor

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Typical Price: $399.00
4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Elegant design. Power button/control switch. HDMI. Slim form.

The Bad Have to request HDMI to DVI cable. Slim form broken by cables and base. Speakers are very tinny.

The Bottom Line AOC's tasteful Verfino LCD monitor suits both the working desk and more style-conscious locations.

8.7 Overall

Design

We can't swear to it, but we're pretty sure we know how AOC prepares its Verfino monitors. First, take one LG Scarlet TV of suitable size, and chuck it in the wash until it shrinks a bit. It's tough not to look at the V22 and think of it as a mini-Scarlet, with a very prominent red lower frame and floating glass bezel around a very thin monitor body. AOC proclaims it the "world's slimmest" at 18.5mm, although like a lot of supermodels, there's a bit of fat hidden out of view of the camera. In the V22's case, it's to accommodate the input ports at the back, and by the time you've got the base on and the cables running out of the back of it, the aesthetic is somewhat spoilt. It is nice and light, however, which does give it a small amount of utility as a secondary entertainment panel, given it's HDMI-capable.

The V22 features an in-built webcam, speakers and microphone, and a surprising lack of buttons. To be specific, there's one button, and it doubles for both power and basic functionality, with differing directions controlling primary functions of the monitor itself.

Features

The V22's 22-inch panel has a quoted response time of 2ms, brightness of 2800cd/m² and dynamic contrast ratio of 100,000:1. Top resolution is 1680x1050, so it's not quite full HD compatible for those drooling over the HDMI connection possibilities. Then again, at 22 inches, the differences in higher resolutions become ever harder to accurately spot.

Visual connections are limited to D-Sub and HDMI only, and unlike many monitors that ship with an HDMI to DVI connector cable to ensure maximum compatibility, AOC makes you jump through a few hoops. AOC representatives told CNET.com.au that customers could request an HDMI to DVI cable be sent to them on request. We're left wondering why it's not in the box as standard, but presumably AOC figures that some customers won't bother, and there's a saving there for them.

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