We've gotten our hands on plenty of IPS displays, but we've never seen one break that magic $200 barrier. AOC isn't a display manufacturer we've reviewed before, so we'll be very interested to see what kind of performance they have to offer, based on specs alone this could be a very compelling product. The 23-inch IPS panel, offering the de facto 1080p resolution, is clad in a 9.2 mm thick body accented with a brushed aluminum bezel and sports 2 HDMI ports around back along with a pair of speakers. Backlighting is provided by WLED, lending the display that outlandish 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and the more typical 250 nits of brightness. TigerDirect will be featuring this display for that surprising $199 price, and availability is now so if you're looking for a display bargain, this might be the one for you. We're still holding out for the 4K version. 

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  • gevorg - Monday, November 21, 2011 - link

    Its most likely to be eIPS and eIPS =! IPS. Don't mix the two under the same name.
  • keitaro - Monday, November 21, 2011 - link

    I agree on this. eIPS, while providing the much needed viewing angle that TN panels lacked, still falls short of IPS due to its 6-bit color design. I prefer that if any monitor is to be designated as IPS they should be proper/true IPS and not eIPS.
  • plonk420 - Monday, November 21, 2011 - link

    uh, eIPS is DEFINITELY not 6 bit...
  • jrocks84 - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    As far as I know, all eIPS panels are 6-bit
  • micksh - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    Not all. Old Dell 2209WA that I have shows no signs of dithering.
    This 23" LCD is most likely 6-bit. You can see panel list here:
  • JlHADJOE - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    HP's ZR24 is eIPS and 8bit. I think 6-bit +AFRC started with Dell's U2211.
  • iwod - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    eIPS isn't IPS but if i ever have to choose between a stupid TN and eIPS i would choose eIPS anyday.
  • ImSpartacus - Monday, November 21, 2011 - link

    Since this is particular SKU is racing to the bottom, why does it include speakers or an extra HDMI input?

    Perhaps the extra input was only a few pennies, but the speakers and aluminium bezel seem unnecessary to me. I would've preferred a slightly better panel in a more pedestrian chassis sans speakers.

    Yet, it's IPS and it costs $200. It's a start.
  • Hrel - Monday, November 21, 2011 - link

    Notice how they don't mention response time. That's because while color accuracy, viewing angles and contrast are all fantastic on an IPS panel. Response time is absolutely useless. I think it's a big part of the reason people stopped playing guitar hero; no fun when the tv is out of sync. IPS is really only good for proffesional image editors, whether that's pictures or video. At least that's how I think of them.
  • B3an - Monday, November 21, 2011 - link

    Well clearly you live in an alternate reality to everyone else or you're somehow stuck in the year 2001. Because most IPS monitors are under 8ms these days. Why do you think phones and tablets also use IPS? If the response times were so bad people would be complaining about it, but no one ever does, because they're fine.

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