Pros HDMI, web cam, LED, great image, great contrast, good price
Cons only one HDMI port, no HDMI cable included, does not handle interlance signals well, sound sucks.
Summary I bought this screen for less that $199 ($50 instant rebate and a 10% off coupon) at Staples because it was the best choice I could find for that price range.
I selected it over other Full HD 1920x1080 LCD monitors because the V22 is LED and the 16:10 aspect ratio is best suited for viewing web pages and documents. Compared to another 22" 16:9 the viewing widescreen size is minimal.
Now I could have bought a 23"+ monitor and have a bigger screen in height and length, but like I said, those monitors would have cost more.
If on top of having a good price you trow in the web cam (which is decent) then you got yourself a good deal.
I connected this monitor to my Fios via HDMI and to my PC via DVI using an Analog to DVI adapter. It looks awesome both as a TV and as a computer monitor. What I found out tough is that when using the Fios it does not precess interlace signal well. When switching between 720p to 1080i in my FIos settings I noticed the image slightly jumping. Still the image in 720p on this monitor looks better than some Full HD LCDs I've seen. I guess it'll look even better as a monitor if I connect it using the HDMI instead of the Analog.
Bottom line: If you have $300+ to spend, then follow Cnet's advise and get what they suggest. But if like me, you want to buy something that looks good for less, this monitor is a good choice.
I hope this helps!
Pros Bright display and runs cool with LED backlighting, reasonable price from Staples with coupon and gift card point (total cost was only about $150!)
Cons Webcam drivers supplied on CD are non-functional with Window XP.
Summary When I contacted customer support (email, not live) they mailed me a new CD, they sent me a duplicate of what I had, and it doesn't load a driver that works with the webcam either. The camera does almost function~~it shows a picture of yourself, if seated looking at it. But when you try to "take" a picture or use it with ANY application, it it NOT recognized. The AOC support offered NO viable help, just sent another worthless CD. I have another problem, MANY videos show up VERY DARK when on certain scenes (extreme contrast??), making the view of those presentations un-readable. Not sure if it's the dynamic setting or what~~otherwise the picture is outstanding. The HDMI hookup works fine. Sound is like headphones pointing down below the Monitor, just use it for "monitoring" sound, I'll power up my external speakers if there's a video/sound I want to hear clearly. How did you finally get the proper driver for the webcam?Still LOVE this monitor. Found out the extreme darkness on some scenes is caused by leaving the DCR selection on. TURN IT OFF. Some sort of Dynamic Contrast control, way too dark on some scenes. Webcam finally working okay, but had to get 3rd party s/w~~Debut Video Software works fine. Ranks up there with Samsung in performance. This unit has many bells/whistles.
Updated on Feb 10, 2011
Pros This AOC LCD V22 Monitor is great, I love the quality of the screen and the built in web cam is also another great feature that makes this product worth its money and more.
Cons Nothing! I just got this monitor not to long ago and I have nothing negative to say about it.
Summary I like this product for many reasons.First I like how it looks with the red along the bottom, second I like the quality of the screen, and third I like that it has a built in web cam that works great.
Pros Excellent monitor for price. Web cam may be OK too, but don't know yet, since haven't been able to get it working with Win 7 the first 4 weeks.
Cons The support for the product is worst I have ever seen. Not even a geek could make the web cam work without support. There are no down-loadable drivers or manuals available AT ALL. Zero. Everything is by US mail.
Summary I agree the quality of the monitor is high, and the price is low. I bought mine at Staples for $183 incl tax. But the support is a nightmare. There is one good guy at phone support, but it is very hard to reach him. Not everyone is a geek. There is almost nothing in the box about how to make it work. The driver in the box does not work with Win 7. There is no alternate to download. You have to phone (painful) then they mail you a CD in the US mail (very slow). 1st time the sent wrong CD. Had to repeat process. There is no hardware manual in box, no manual on CD. Not even most geeks would be able to make the web cam work. 3rd time after total 3 weeks I got correct driver. Web cam won?t work without separate USB cable attached. USB cable is like a printer cable, not the usual same on both ends. Getting the web cam to work and all set up correctly without manual, using trial-and-error is a colossal pain. There are no manuals at all. The company boasts a visual manual on-line. This is terrible. The screen-shot instructions (screen captures) they display are so small that the text is not readable at all even with their large, 22 inch, hi res monitor. I have never had more aggravation getting a simple monitor set up in all my 30 years starting with DOS 1. Even though the hardware & price are excellent, it cost me twice what I paid in time and aggravation to make it work because of the worst overall support I have ever seen. Be warned. If you are NOT a geek, don?t buy it, unless you don?t need the web cam.