- Low price, sharp picture, good contrast
- Flickering issues particularly when running VGA, some colour errors
The AOC 212VA isn't at the top of the monitor pack, but considering the price tag, this 22in display is good value for money for those looking to make the leap into the widescreen PC display market.
Price$ 450.00 (AUD)
It was just a few short years ago that a 19in LCD monitor would set you back $500 or more. These days however large, widescreen displays are a dime a dozen and AOC's 212VA is a prime example of this. Offering 22in of screen space with a sub $450 price tag it is certainly an attractive proposition for those on a budget and while it does have some colour and uniformity issues it is a more than capable performer.
Our first test was using DisplayMate Video Edition, which contains a variety of still image charts designed to test the panel at a fundamental level. It was here most of the display's problems became evident. The largest of these was some flickering caused mostly by signal interference. It was most prominent during the contrast chart tests, but it also reared its head in our gaming and movie play back. Switching from a VGA to DVI connection helped clear the issue up although it was still somewhat noticeable.
The intensity ramps also showed some minor banding issues. There were a few lines visible in the blue and magenta strips but the other colours shifted smoothly. For the most part colours were well represented, although greys did have a slightly blue tinge and we found the magenta hues to be a little strongly saturated.
During our gaming tests, we were pleased with the lack of ghosting. AOC quotes a 5ms response time for this model which is more than adequate for even hardcore gamers, and we saw no real signs of streaking even during our faster tests. Contrast was fairly good with reasonable detail rendered in dark areas, although it wasn't the best we've seen. That said, the brightness could have been a little higher at times as whites came out quite dull.
Viewing angles were reasonably good although detail does become a little skewed on the horizontal axis the further you move away from the centre. During our movie tests we spotted some minor uniformity issues towards the top and bottom of the display, but it shouldn't be too problematic.
There are a number of preset colour temperature options as well as a custom setting and as usual things like brightness, contrast, hue and saturation can all also be altered. The unit comes with both DVI and VGA ports, but considering the issues we had when running it via VGA, we'd definitely recommend sticking to the digital option.
Aesthetically, the 212VA is a little dull, with a matte silver bezel and plain black buttons adorning the front. The bezel is a little thicker than normal on the bottom as it also houses a pair of speakers. If you're at all concerned with audio quality we wouldn't recommend using them as your primary sound source due to poor bass levels and a lack of detail, but they work alright in a pinch.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Kogan Atlas UltraSlim Pro laptop: full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Dell's luscious new 4K monitor is bold, bright, and HDR-infused
- Samsung's 49-inch mega-wide display may displace multi-monitor setups
- More high-end GPUs are now compatible with Dell's 8K monitor
- Dell's wild 8K monitor goes on sale with a just-as-stunning price tag
- LG's 4K HDR monitor gets a price and release date, heralding a new era for PC displays
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5 CPU Australian review
- Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCSenior Business Analyst - Mobile ApplicationsQLD
- TPOrganisational Change ManagerQLD
- TPProject ManagerQLD
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTScrum MasterNSW
- CCPerl Developer l Port Macquarie or QueanbeyanQLD
- FTBusiness Specialist - TelecommunicationsNSW
- CCBusiness Analyst - PegaNSW
- TPSOE EngineerACT
- CCPMO Analyst - Telco - MelbourneVIC
- TPInfrastructure ArchitectQLD
- TPProject Reporting DeveloperSA
- FTProduct Manager - Machine To MachineVIC
- FTOracle E-Business Technical ConsultantVIC
- CCSenior Business AnalystSA
- CCAutomation TesterNSW
- FTICT Relationship Manager - Service Delivery EnvironmentNSW
- TPProgram Manager - 12 month contractQLD
- FTPERMANENT Business AnalystsNSW
- CCPerl Developer l Port Macquarie or QueanbeyanNSW
- CCTest Capability LeadNSW
- FTPMO - Master SchedulerVIC
- CCIntegration ArchitectACT
- TPAV Design SpecialistNSW
- FTContracts ManagerNSW