At quick glance, AOC’s latest 24-inch IPS monitor doesn’t look too different from most others. Upon closer inspection, though, a major difference reveals itself: The monitor’s base isn’t just a base, it’s a pair of speakers. ONKYO 7W speakers, in fact.
Integrating speakers into a monitor’s base is an interesting design, and it’s hard to say if it’s the best one. I’d imagine that having the speakers higher up on the monitor would sound more natural, but I could be wrong. I’m betting that the drivers inside these speakers are angled, targeted for your head, rather than straight up in the air. Of course, an obvious downside with this design is that you’ll be unable to place things on the base, something many of us do, I’m sure (mobile phone, for example).
The i2473PWM is more than just speakers built into a base. It’s a 1080p display, with an IPS panel, 5ms response time, and a 250cd/m2 brightness. For ports, there’s VGA, an HDMI, and a mini-HDMI (MHL). That’s right – no DVI port to be found here, so these speakers would have to be powered by an HDMI connection.
Those interested in the i2473Pwm will be able to pick one up soon for $249 USD.