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It is not every day that I work on an external monitor because I thought that the 15-inch screen of the Macbook Pro is already sufficient for my work. Luckily, AOC Philippines reached out and loaned me with a 27-inch monitor for review.
Enter AOC 27B1H, 1080p IPS ultra-slim monitor.
AOC 27B1H ultra-slim Full HD IPS Monitor specs
|Screen size (inch)||27 inch|
|Resolution||1920×1080 full HD|
|Response time (GtG)||7 ms|
|Low blue light|
|Aspect ratio||16:9 widescreen|
|Weight without stand||2.9 kg|
|Scanning Frequency||30 -83kHz (H) 50 -76 Hz (V)|
|Signal Input||HDMI 1.4 x 1, VGA|
|Audio output Headphone-out||3.5mm|
|Net Weight (excl package)||3.2 Kg|
|Gross Weight (incl package)||5.1 Kg|
Pricing and Availability
Currently, the pricing of this monitor is +/- P12,050.
Design and Build
I should call AOC 27B1H as a low-profile monitor in terms of design. It is quite simple and no fancy design. It has a straightforward design focused on the productivity of the end-user.
True to its marketing spiel, this monitor possesses true ultra-slim and frameless design. And while it is a huge monitor, it is relatively light weighing only 3.2kg.
In terms of connectivity inputs, the AOC 27B1H has one each of the following — HDMI and VGA, and there’s a 3.5mm audio jack for plugging a headset.
The AOC 27B1H is almost frameless as well. As you can see in the photo above, the bezel is very, very thin.
I also like that the monitor has a matte finish rather than the glossy version that can easily collect fingerprints and smudges.
To set up the monitor requires zero skill as well because AOC created a tool-less mechanism in the base stand.
The disadvantage I spotted instantly is the absence of a VESA mount. You are left with just one option — use the monitor using the default stand, and your adjustment options are limited to tilt up and down only.
What was confusing for me, at first, was the OSD menu and the buttons located at the bottom right of the monitor. It feels so cheap, quality-wise. The confusing part was when trying to configure the color of the monitor, and I always end up pressing the power button.
But that experience happened on the configuration stage only; after that, it would a smooth-sailing user experience already.
The ports are limited as well. You have one HDMI and VGA ports only. There’s a 3.5mm audio jack, and that’s it. I wished a two (2) HDMI ports.
But the good news is the monitor has a Kensington lock provided. You can secure your monitor by buying a security lock cable.
Let’s talk about how it performed as a productivity device.
The AOC 27B1H is a full HD monitor that means you have 1920 × 1080 resolution on a massive 27-inch display. Having this large display enables you to multi-task.
If you are like me, who is a content creator, then this monitor will enable you even further.
To adjust the monitor to your liking, AOC has a pre-calibrated presets accessible via the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu — Standard, Text, Internet, Game, Movie, Sports. There are also these four low-blue light modes — Off, Weak, Medium, Strong).
For Netflix lovers and YouTube viewers, colors on this monitor are accurate, and I did not see viewing angle issues. However, you will need external speakers to complete the experience.
If you have enough working space in your table, I highly recommend this 27-inch AOC ultra-slim monitor. I wished for the VESA mount to make the experience even better. Different adjustments can be achieved with an additional purchase of a monitor arm.
I love the ultra-slim and frameless features and the lightweight.