AOC V22 Verfino review:

AOC V22 Verfino

The V22 achieved a brightness score of 256 candelas per square meter (cd/M2)--much lower than the XL2370's 344 cd/M2, but higher than the LG Flatron W2386L's 226 cd/m2. When we set the brightness of the V22 and XL2370 to 100 and 75 respectively, we found the XL's whites were noticeably brighter without compromising the dark detail and deep blacks of the image. We used the V22's Movie preset to check out "Kill Bill Vol. 1" on DVD and a number of 1080p movie files from Microsoft's WMV HD Showcase. Due to the Flatron's relatively low brightness, colors in scenes just didn't pop the way they did on the XL2370, and images looked rather dull in comparison.

We looked at World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament 3 and noticed no signs of input lag or any streaking or ghosting during fast movement. Games looked vibrant and colorful without being too saturated in most of the presets.

Unlike the cold-cathode, fluorescent-lamp-based backlights used on most backlit monitors, the AOC V22 relies on individual LEDs all over the back of the screen that turn off or on independently, giving the display more precise control over the amount of light that comes through. The purported advantages of an LED backlight are better energy efficiency, more accurate color reproduction, a conceivably thinner panel design, and a higher potential brightness level. While AOC succeeds with its thin panel and energy efficiency, its low brightness is disappointing.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma correction as they were intended. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at non-optimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from non-optimal angles. The AOC V22 uses a TN panel, and when it is viewed from the sides or bottom, we perceived the screen to darken about 6 inches off from center. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

In our power consumption tests, the AOC V22 had a fairly high On/Default power draw of 27.31 watts. This is due to AOC setting the monitor's default brightness to 90 percent. Its standby power is a fairly low 0.89 watts. With a calibrated brightness of 200 cd/m2, the AOC draws about 22.22 watts, compared to 21 watts and 22.42 watts at the same brightness respectively for the XL2370 and LG Flatron W2386L. Based on our formula, the V22 would cost $8.77 per year to run, compared with the XL2370's $9.96 per year and the W2386L's $8.34.

Brightness (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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Service and support
AOC backs the V22 with a three-year parts-and-labor warranty that covers the backlight for only one year. That's a bit less than other vendors, such as Dell, that usually offer backlight coverage for three years. E-mail and toll-free tech support are also offered.

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