You apply the words Porsche Design to anything and it can conjure up images a particular brand of car, or wildly expensive Huawei or Blackberry phones, maybe some sunglasses, watches or perhaps a robust Lacie portable hard drive. It would seem that AOC has managed to snare the design of Studio F. A. Porsche, apply it to a couple of their screens and bring it in at a reasonable price, albeit with its limitations.
AOC have produced the PDS241 and the slightly larger 27-inch version, the PDS271. They decided to keep these screens within reach of anyone looking for a 1080p IPS panel.
To start with, the monitor looks exceptional. From the original press release, I was taken by the immense styling and the skinny screen. In reality, I was mildly disappointed by some of the decisions however the panel’s tiny footprint is an extremely redeeming feature.
Sensibly keep the price low, AOC is looking for £189 for this stylish display and you will be hard pressed to find a better-looking screen for the money. There are extremely tiny bezels, and whilst it’s not exactly frameless this is about as close as you will see. The screen measures a mere 5.2mm at its narrowest point and from the side, it’s truly impressive. However, There design is somewhat spoiled by a glossy plastic panel over the workings of the screen, making up almost a third of the rear of the display. Certainly, few will be looking at the back of the screen.
To the bottom of the front is a brushed steel panel carrying the AOC brand, however, the Porsche Design brand is oddly missing.
A little cheat AOC has used it to put some of the power connections into a little box that attaches to the main screen by HDMI. Thankfully, this power supply sized box is styled in the same shiny silver of the main screen. This gives the screen a unique desktop companion that you might not be so concerned about hiding as you would a black plastic box on a standard screen.
The stand features the brushed silver metal look of the lower screen however the design lacks adjustment. You can tilt the screen some and that’s your lot. Following this leads to the micro HDMI port connects.
This proves to be one of the biggest problems with the AOC PDS241 Porsche Design is that there is one solitary HDMI socket, hidden at the foot of the stand. I am hoping that perhaps in the future different versions of the power brick might be released allowing for differing connections.
The screen lacks built-in speakers which many will shrug off, however, there is a headphone jack connection, much to my surprise allowing headphones or external speakers to be added. There is no control panel, instead, a lonely button is hidden under the screen pressing this brings up the easily navigated menu and holding the button in powers the screen off. The stand continues the brushed silver metal theme of the monitor, with a simple yet elegant curved design. The micro HDMI port connects to the monitor at the tip of the stand.
Out of the boxes, this AOC requires very little adjustment. As stated early, the on screen display is incredibly simple to use, especially as there is only one button. Pressing the button brings up the display, pressing again a number of times moves the cursor to the element needing adjustment, a short wait sees the icon selected and a bar appears in the middle of the screen. Pressing the button over and over increases the bar, once you exceed the max it drops to the lowest. Some will find issue however it’s just simple.
The screen’s picture quality is very good, the AOC PDS241 has vibrant colours and great contrast. The blacks are deep and there is are great viewing angles. The matte screen has a layer of anti-glare coating that really helps diminish the light in brighter climates keep the picture quality crisp and looking food.
The big flaws with the screen’s image quality is the 60Hz refresh rate combined with a 4ms response time makes gaming a less stellar experience with blurring and ghosting during fast action. The PDS241 does a good job of colour reproduction but not amazing. Professionals will need to look elsewhere, however, most everyone else will find the screen perfectly usable.
The AOC PDS241 Porsche Design is a beautiful monitor to have on your desk. A lot of work has gone into to make it one of the best-looking screens on the market today and whilst there are some issues with the display this is incredible value for a great looking business screen.