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AOC E2251FWU 22in USB Monitor

June 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Reviews

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A USB powered 22in Full HD monitor. Smart, yes. Practical? We’re not so sure.

Price as reviewed £123.00

Overall 6/10

Key Features

  • 22in Full HD display
  • Power via two USB ports
  • 5ms response time
  • TN panel
 If you don’t have £1,700 spare for a new Retina Display MacBook Pro then don’t despair, there are simpler and cheaper ways of attaining even greater desktop real estate. Multi-monitor setups are on the rise, prices are falling and setup is minimal. Can AOC make waves in this burgeoning market?

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Design
The ‘E2251FWU’ is AOC’s weapon of choice and it is a potentially powerful one. Unlike most of the competition, such as Lenovo’s ThinkVision LT1421, the E2251FWU is a desktop size 22in display with Full HD resolution. Moreover, like its typically smaller rivals, the E2251FWU is still powered solely by USB and it consumes only eight watts during standard operation.

The picture is positive on paper and in reality the E2251FWU also makes a good first impression. The design is clean with relatively slim bezels on three sides, it is thin and there are two standing positions: 1. in a picture frame manner supported by an arm on the back and resting on its thicker bottom bezel, and 2. adding the optional stand to the rear arm to lift it to the same height as a standard desktop monitor. It is also fairly light at 2.45Kg (2.6Kg including the stand) and while the bezel is made of low grade plastic, there are no creaks and squeezes in the construction.

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We do have complaints about the design though. In either standing position the E2251FWU cannot be adjusted. This is understandable without its base, but even when it is added there is no tilt, pivot or height adjustment and we found its position tilted too far forward for our liking. This won’t be an issue for laptop users who will use it flat, but for those hoping to line up the E2251FWU at the same height as their existing monitor it is frustrating – especially since it also does not support a portrait mode.

Features
On the plus side setup is a breeze…. This is a sample. Read the full review on TrustedReviews

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