AOC's i2367fh: Thin, "Virtually Borderless", and IPSby Jarred Walton on November 20, 2012 11:05 AM EST
We've been waiting for affordable LCDs to start showing some clear improvements in performance, quality, features, and design for a while. AOC has potentially done exactly that with their new i2367fh monitor, delivering an IPS-based panel with virtually no left/right or top borders. The bezel measures 2mm thick, making it a potentially great option for multi-monitor users. It's currently available online starting at $189 (though it's also currently backordered).
Besides the thin bezel, the 23-inch i2367fh has WLED backlighting for the IPS panel, built-in speakers, VGA and two HDMI inputs to drive the 1080p display, and audio in/out ports. The stand doesn't appear to support any adjustments other than tilt, and there's no VESA mount, so this is definitely a niche product. However, it's a niche product that looks quite nice and should at least match what we've seen from TN panels for years at only a slight premium.
The display is so new AOC doesn't even list the i2367fh on their US/English sites yet, so the best information we can provide is via this ~7MB PDF, or if you prefer here's their Taiwan page. All we need now is for B&H to get more in stock (and for other resellers to show up). I don't know how others feel, but I'd love to see more displays ditch the 1" bezels—including on the bottom, please. There's nothing a thick bezel adds other than size, though obviously making a thin bezel does cost more.
Update: Some are questioning whether the content of the display goes to the edge (or 2mm from the edge), or if AOC is simply using glass over the main LCD to give a borderless appearance. I asked AOC for an answer, but all I had to go on initially is the press release stating it has a 2mm bezel. To me, the bezel means the area between the edge and the display content, so 2mm would be great. Unfortunately, this unboxing page indicates that AOC is mincing words and using the term bezel to mean the distance between the edge and the glass cover. I apologize for the confusion, though an 8-bit IPS panel for under $200 is still a nice change of pace.
Source: AOC PR
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lmclaurin - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - link
ajp_anton - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - linkWould it be possible to remove the plastic casing to shave off another 1mm per edge? Of course ignoring warranty and be careful not to short circuit anything...
With 2mm edges we still get 4mm gaps between monitors. Removing 1mm of plastic, assuming it's that thick, we're down to 2mm gaps.
kwrzesien - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - linkSo you can finally do a six monitor EyeFinity setup if the top three panels are mounted upside-down?
mxnerd - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - linkhttp://t17.techbang.com/topics/17294-new-equipment...
I think it's not real borderless. It's just hiding the border behind the glass.
JarredWalton - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - linkThanks -- updating the content with your link!
martyrant - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - linkyeah...this was a bunch of hype for nothing. more research next time please!
martyrant - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - linkYou should use "Borderless Appearance" just as their marketing apparently said--because this monitor only appears borderless when it is OFF, with no display...
It is in no way "virtually borderless"
LauRoman - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - linkAOC why u no vesa if borderless?
Drizzt321 - Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - linkI'm with you on that. Even though it's not true borderless, where's my VESA mount?! It still looks great from the photos, I'd probably go out and buy 2, maybe 3 of these given how inexpensive they are. Although at 1080p it's pushing it on a 32", but I'd still probably do it.
bigboxes - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - linkNo VESA is a deal killer for me.