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AOC F22+ review

Barry de la Rosa
19 Nov 2010
AOC F22+
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
100
inc VAT

A decent budget monitor, but despite offering fine control of image quality, the dull CCFL backlight and poor contrast detract

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AOC's F22+ is just about the cheapest Full HD 22in monitor that we've ever seen. Fortunately, it doesn't look cheap thanks to its unusual design: instead of having a stand, it sits on a long bar slung underneath the screen, and leans back on a rubber-tipped "foot" whose length can be adjusted by screwing or unscrewing it. This means it sits lower than most of the other screens here.

Apart from limiting the height of the screen, this design doesn't seem to have any major drawbacks, and the F22+ can still be wall-mounted using the standard VESA mount on the rear. This model has a VGA and, unlike the similar F22s+, DVI inputs. The monitor supports HDCP, so you can connect HDMI devices, such as a Blu-ray player using an HDMI-to-DVI adaptor.

Unlike the majority of new screens here, the F22+ uses a CCFL backlight, which we found uneven and comparatively dim compared to the latest LED displays. This meant that contrast suffered, and detail was lost in very bright or dark areas. There's a slight yellow cast as well, which added warmth to photos but meant colours were a little inaccurate. The F22+ drew 34W of power when on, which is about 10W more than the average LED-backlit screen.

Instead of the usual Menu, Select and navigation buttons, the F22+ uses a single button with a directional ring around it, which also acts as the power button. A single short press brings up the menu, selects the current item and goes back to the menu, which can be confusing, but it works well enough in practice. The menu system is quite comprehensive: as well as standard brightness and contrast, you can change gamma levels and turn on dynamic contrast, although we found this caused sharp changes in brightness that were distracting.

Colour controls include Warm, Cool and Normal presets, plus a user-definable setting and an sRGB setting that disabled the other controls and which we found a bit too dark. While you can tweak a wide range of settings, however, the limitations of this monitor mean you'll never be able to get truly accurate colours or decent contrast.

Having said that, the F22+ is great value, and its menu offers more subtle control of the picture than on some more expensive displays.

Basic Specifications

Rating***

Physical

Viewable size21.5 in
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Contrast ratio1,000:1 (60,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness300cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle170°
Vertical viewing angle160°
Response time5ms
Response time typeTr/Tf
Screen depth62mm
Base (WxD)N/A
Screen elevation85mm

Features

Portrait modeno
Wall mount optionyes
Height adjustableno
Internal speakersnone
Detachable cablesyes
USB hubnone
Integrated power supplyyes
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extrasnone
VGA inputyes
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportno
Audio inputsN/A

Environmental

Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on34W

Buying Information

Price£100
Supplierhttp://www.aria.co.uk
Detailswww.aoc-europe.com
Warrantythree years onsite