• Screen: 23.8-inch Full HD (1920x1080), 16.7 million display colour
  • Panel: IPS
  • Response Time: 4ms (Grey to Grey)
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Input: VGA, 2x HDMI, Audio Out
  • Others: Flicker Free, Clear Vision
  • Dimensions: 541 x 403 x 150 mm
  • Pros:
  • Minimum bezels
  • Good contrast
  • Cons:
  • Stand lacks adjustments

Premium Midrange

As gaming monitors continue to take the limelight, it’s admittedly hard to be excited for the less fanciful ones. However, the midrange market is where everyone can afford to spend on and AOC’s I2481FXH monitor aims to snare buyers from this segment.

The I2481FXH is a relatively mid-sized monitor, though its screen size measures at a decent 23.8 inches diagonally. Some monitors at this size would measure around 21 inches instead, but AOC has managed to make it a larger one by reducing the size of the physical bezel. Those who are looking to run a multi-monitor setup will appreciate this model, as the minimal bezel makes it a good option for that.

Out of the box, we found that the monitor requires no assembly at all. It comes pre-assembled with an unusual U-shaped stand. The body has a metallic finish and is very slim, making it easy to fit even on crowded desks. We’re of two minds when it comes to the stand. On one hand, it’s a functional one made of metal, so it’s very solid and quite stable. However, at the same time we’re a bit disappointed that there’s no height adjustment or swivel. The latter is something many like to have, for those instances when you just want to shift it to show someone something, without having to reposition the monitor.

At the back, there’s a single VGA port for compatibility with older PCs and two HDMI ports for newer PCs or game consoles, as well as a 3.5mm jack for audio out, so speakers or headphones can be connected to it instead. And of course, there’s the DC-out for the power brick, which only draws 22W while in operation.

The physical buttons for the OSD are placed below the monitor on the left side. It’s a strange choice, considering that the buttons would usually be on the right side. That said, while slightly awkward to use at first, it wasn’t a big issue. The menu is straightforward and easy to use, with settings for colour calibration, brightness, dynamic contrast, and etc.

Image quality of the display is great. As usual, the backlit IPS panel has great viewing angles, superior contrast and brightness levels, as well as a decent colour gamut in the I2481FXH’s case. It’s most ideal for multimedia playback, such as watching Blu-ray movies or YouTube videos, thanks to its contrast performance. It can also be decent for games, since the 4ms response time isn’t really a problem with IPS panels. Overall visual clarity is excellent too, with sharp images and the flicker free feature helps reduces eye fatigue.

CHIP CONCLUDE: For those who can’t afford the fancy premium stuff but still want a decent IPS panel, we would definitely recommend you consider the AOC raXor I2481FXH.

(previously published in issue July 2016)

AOC raXor I2481FXH