AOC has always provided some of the more budget options in the monitor space and its products have been hit and miss. Unfortunately, its latest 22in widescreen, the 2219P2, is one of the latter. Although it performed relatively well in some of our tests, it exhibited some truly horrible ghosting and some pretty serious backlight bleeding that made the overall user experience quite poor.
For a unit with a proclaimed 2ms response time, the 2219P2 really disappointed in our motion tests. We use a piece of flash software with a black box moving on different coloured backgrounds. Normally we see a small amount of black trailing behind the box, but on this unit the trail was white. It was extremely prominent, often leaving an entire white square visible for a split second. As such we can’t really recommend this unit for any kind of gaming or movie watching, which is disappointing for a 22in widescreen with the 2219P2's specs.
Our other issue was the backlight bleeding, which was instantly visible during our block colour tests. It ran along the whole bottom of the screen and extended up several inches. This really had an impact on dark, atmospheric scenes during our film tests, at times making them look almost blue. Fortunately the bleeding wasn’t present on the other edges or corners.
In other areas the 2219P2 performed adequately. It has a dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000:1, and while the blacks weren’t the best we’ve seen they looked fairly good. Colours were a touch on the pale side but not dramatically so, and they can be tweaked via the fairly extensive menu options. Flesh tones looked good in our film tests and bright colours were vivid without being over the top.
Our contrast intensity ramps were well-rendered, with a decent amount of detail until the final few blocks. There was a good level of detail in dark areas and not too much smearing. Again it wasn’t the best we’ve seen in this regard, but it did the job. Images were sharp and text was crisp.
Viewing angles are 170 degrees vertical and 160 degrees horizontal, which is standard for entry-level units. There was some colour shift once you move away from the centre but it was no worse than what we’ve seen on competing models.
As is standard, the unit comes with both DVI and D-Sub inputs. It also has a speaker running along under the display, but we wouldn’t recommend it for anything but the most basic listening. Aesthetically, this monitor is extremely plain, with a dull silver bezel and a black, height-adjustable stand. It can also be angled and rotated, which is a nice touch.