The Good The low price of the AOC e2237Fwh goes a long way in making you forget that it only has decent performance. In addition, its robust on-screen display displays many customization options. Its built-in speakers add value.
The Bad The AOC e2237Fwh has slight ergonomic support and performance issues that are somewhat exacerbated by its always sloping panel.
The Bottom Line AOC e22337wh – low cost monitor with decent performance.
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The $ 229 LED based AOC e2237Fwh works decently and has an impressive and unique aesthetic style. The monitor has built-in speakers, a solid screen display, and unlike the similarly designed Asus MS238H, the AOC includes support for HDMI and DVI. However, the panel is never a full 90 degrees, giving the display a constant sub-optimal viewing angle, which negatively affects performance. If you are looking for an inexpensive decent aesthetic panache monitor, the AOC e2237wh is fully compliant with this requirement.
Design and features
The 22-inch AOC e2237Fwh has a black frame that contrasts well with the white back. At the bottom of the center panel is a blue, glowing power button, which is also doubled by the on-screen array (OSD) menu button. At the bottom of the panel is a blue LED “desk lamp” that extends horizontally in the middle of the monitor, illuminating the desktop space beneath it. The entire chassis is enclosed in a clear plastic casing. The case extends downward, traversing the bottom of the panel until it reaches the desktop.
Its unique stand keeps the e2237Fwh constantly tilted back by 5 or 15 degrees, so it is never at a perfect 90-degree angle. The stand keeps the monitor stable when tapped on the sides; however, when he encounters a strong enough force from the front, he will pass easily enough. The frame has a width of 1.2 inches on the sides, and the panel has a short 0.7-inch depth at shallowest depth and about 1.75 inches at the deepest depth. The monitor does not have any height, turn, or turn control options.
Connection options include VGA, HDMI and DVI. These ports are located on the back of the display at the bottom right. Unfortunately, they are built about an inch in the chassis, and therefore not as easily accessible as on. To the right of the VGA input is an audio jack for the built-in speakers.
As mentioned earlier, the power button doubles as the OSD menu button. It is surrounded by four sensory areas, each indicated by a small blue LED dot. Each dot is a shortcut to various on-screen menu features, including presets, speaker volume, source, and aspect ratio switch. Pressing the power button opens an on-screen menu where you can navigate with the four touchpoints of the touchpad acting as directional buttons.
The OSD screen includes controls for contrast, brightness, gamma, and eco mode that automatically reduce the brightness. The display includes seven basic presets as well as color temperature presets, such as Cool, Normal, Warm, SRGB, and Custom. The display also includes an ambient light sensor.
|Connectivity: HDMI, DVI, VGA|
|Ergonomic options: Up to 15-degree back tilt|
|Aspect ratio: 16:9|
|Audio: Built in Speakers|
|VESA support: Yes|
|Included video cables? VGA|
|Panel Type: TN|
|Screen film: Matte|
|Pixel-response rate: 5ms|
|Number of presets: 7|
|Picture options: Brightness, Contrast, Ambient Light Sensor|
|Color controls: RGB controls, Color Temp: Warm, Cool, sRGB|
|Gamma control: Yes|
We tested the AOC e2237Fwh through a DVI input connected to a Windows Vista PC. The display shows a composite score of 83 on CNET lab performance tests, which is a few points lower than the Samsung PX2370 97. The e2237Fwh had particular problems in our tests of various scales, which assess the monitor’s ability to show a linear progression of intensity. Instead of displaying different levels in scales linearly, the levels on the e2237Fwh are much jumping – not as much as on the BenQ V2420H, note, but much more than on the PX2370. In our color tracking test, we noticed a slight green tint. In our black level test, the e2237Fwh crumbled a very dark gray to the point that eight gray levels – eight levels higher than true black – was the darkest color the monitor could display when sitting normally except for true black. When we aligned the panel to 90 degrees, the four gray levels were the lowest, which still indicates a higher than the optimum black level. In the dark screen test, we actually saw less cloudiness than the PX2370. The top and bottom of the e2237Fwh screen was cloudy, but it wasn’t as productive as the PX2370, which had a more prominent flowing backlight.
Text:We didn’t see any color issues with the black text on the white background in the text. The fonts were clearly visible to a size 6.8; however, because of the 5 percent tilt of the e2237Fwh, the 6.8 fonts at the top of the screen looked a bit faded.
Movies:We tested the AOC e2237Fwh using the Avatar version of Blu-ray. Although the colors looked mostly accurate, like many monitors, we noticed a slight green tint. In addition, although pre-installed movie mode is best for watching movies, the detail of the image is not as sharp as on the PX2370. The overall movie playback on the e2237Fwh is very good, but the slight inaccuracy of the colors keeps it from large.
Games:Through our deep familiarity with World of Warcraft, it remains the best tool for judging color quality and brightness in games. We found that the pre-installed game mode (represented by an Xbox control panel icon) displayed colors that were mostly accurate, but not nearly as good as the PX2370. The PX2370 is able to walk along that thin line with bright colors without oversaturation.
Photos:We looked at some of the pictures in the pre-set photo and noticed a green tint in the faces and surroundings. We have found that color pre-installed sRGB, in combination with the standard default / standard form program, has provided the best photographic image quality in terms of color accuracy. Still, the PX2370 looked better overall with even more accurate colors and clarity.
Viewing angle:The optimum viewing angle for the monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen down from the top. From this angle, you view the colors as they were intended by the manufacturer. Most monitors are not considered in any other angle. Image quality at sub-optimal angles depends on the type of panel. Most monitors use TN panels that are too bright or too dark on parts of the screen when viewed from sub-optimal angles. The AOC e2237wh uses a TN panel, and when viewed from the sides, we noticed that the screen darkens about 6 inches from the center (the typical viewing angle for a TN-based monitor). Using the default settings, the PX2370 had a typical viewing angle threshold; however, it does include additional features that enhance viewing from certain angles.
Recommended settings and usage:For general use, game play and movie viewing, we found the optimal preset for the AOC e2237Fwh by default / default, contrast set to 43. For photo and gaming editing, sRGB worked best.
As with most TN-based monitors, the AOC e2237Fwh is not intended for use if accurate color reproduction is required; however, the monitor is good for watching movies, playing games and sharing. If you have severe color needs, we recommend restricting your search to IPS or PVA panels only. The Dell UltraSharp U2711 is a great place to start.
|Average watts per hour|
|On (default luminance)||18.13|
|On (max luminance)||18.49|
|On (min luminance)||12.55|
|Calibrated (200 cd/m2)||15.92|
|Annual power consumption cost||$5.71|
The AOC e2237wh achieved high power consumption, low power default / on 19.9W, compared to 25.01W PX2370 in the same test. Delta consumption was about twice as wide in our sleep / expectation test, the PX2370 was ahead of 0.27 watts and the AOC e2237wh was 0.43 watts. Based on our formula, the AOC e2237wh would cost a low $ 5.71 per year, compared to the PX2370 $ 7.65 per year.
Brightness in cd / m2
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
344 AOC V22 Verfino
256 Samsung SyncMaster PX2370
246 Asus MS238H
223 AOC e2237wh
220 BenQ V2420H
207 LG Flatron E2350V
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
LG Flatron E2350V
1,355:1 AOC e2237wh
1,155:1 Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
1,008:1 AOC V22 Verfino
952:1 Samsung SyncMaster PX2370
948:1 Asus MS238H
942:1 BenQ V2420H
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster PX2370
97 Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
96 LG Flatron E2350V
94 AOC V22 Verfino
92 Asus MS238H
87 AOC e2237wh
83 BenQ V2420H
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Service and support
The AOC supports the e2237Fwh with a three-year parts and labor warranty that covers only one year. This is two years less than other suppliers, which typically offer backlight coverage for three years. Email and free technical support are also available.