One of the advantages of being a new media publisher (read: blogger) is being able to watch the special premiere of the hit movie X-Men First Class. This time around, the premiere was sponsored by the Taiwan-made AOC monitors. AOC has come out with the X-Men Special Edition range which should be worth looking into if you’re shopping for a new monitor.
The new line of AOC products are impressive because of their sleekness and thinness. Take for example their ultra-slim “Razor” X series where all the input connectors and control electronics are “hidden” in one smart base. When viewed from a distance, the entire display panel just measures 9.6mm thin.
Larger-than-life images are assured with an ultra-high contrast ratio at 50,000,000:1 (DCR). Twin HDMI ports and a traditional analog (VGA) input allow flexible connection to multiple computers and other multimedia devices, making it flexible enough for work and home.
The 51 series monitors, on the other hand, have a unique stand that transforms from conventional to a special photo frame style. The monitor’s skinny 10.6mm body can be lifted away from the supporting stand, to reveal a shorter support that lets the bottom edge of the screen rest directly on the desk surface.
All AOC monitors, we learned, are designed to be environmentally friendly since they have multiple power saving features and the LED backlight contains no toxic mercury.
It got me to thinking whether desktop monitors are still relevant in an era when tablets and smartphones rule the day. AOC executives, however, were one in saying that yes, they still do good (multi-million dollar) business. People still like to play games on their desktops. And monitors are still in demand in call centers and the growing number of businesses who resort to information kiosks to serve their customers.