AOC LM2028 review

£296
Price when reviewed

Despite its amazingly low price, the AOC LM2028 is an attractive TFT, finished in metallic silver. It’s a real back-to-basics display, with just DVI, D-SUB inputs and an on/off switch to go with the OSD controls.

The basic theme extends to the stand, which has very little adjustment range and no swivel or pivot, plus it sits very low on the desk. But it does offer height adjustment, allowing you to move it between 332mm and 408mm above the desk.

The lack of features wouldn’t matter much if it was a good performer, but it didn’t inspire in the performance tests. With clearly labelled setup buttons on the front of the display and a straightforward OSD, it’s one of the easiest monitors to get to grips with. But when we selected sRGB – our standard testing mode – the controls for brightness and contrast were disabled. This meant we couldn’t compensate for the rather dull image, and there’s no way to allow for bright or dark ambient lighting if you use sRGB. Another problem was a slightly greenish tinge instead of pure white, which made the screen look grubby.

Of course, when you switch to C1, C2 or User (red, green, blue) colour mode, you get full control back and can crank up the brightness, but we still found it difficult to balance the colours properly. Another downside is the limited horizontal viewing angles compared with all others on test.

It’s undoubtedly cheap at £296, but you get so much more from the Philips for just an extra £36, including widescreen.

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