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AOC PDS241 24in Monitor Review – Porsche Design

The PDS241 is incredibly light, and it doesn't even feel like there is anything insde the box.

As it turns out, aside from the screen itself, there really isn't a lot inside the box, for a reason we will be explaining shortly. Apart from the power cable and power brick, there's a short mini-HDMI cable. No full-sized HDMI cable is included.

The PDS241 really is a beautiful thing to behold. The stand is very minimalist, the panel is incredibly thin, and the bezel around three sides is almost non-existent.

However, there's hardly any adjustment available, with just the ability to tilt 23 degrees backwards or 5 degrees forwards. At least the screen is so light you can move it around on the desk without any difficulty at all.

  

The minimalist stand is a major part of what makes this panel so aesthetically pleasing. The attention to detail with the brushed metal and shinier elements lends a real sense of class.

And so we come to the PDS241's big party piece – all cabling is integrated into the stand. You plug the power cable and a full-sized HDMI input into the power brick, and then a single micro-HDMI cable supplies both power and the video signal to the screen via a connection at the end of the D-shaped base. This means you can entirely eliminate desktop cable clutter, for a very tidy look.

Unfortunately, the micro-HDMI cable is quite short, so you will probably have to have the power brick on your desk somewhere rather than on the floor – but at least it's nice and silver, so matches the aesthetic. The other drawback is that this means the screen only offers a single HDMI input. Considering that most graphics cards don't even have HDMI built in, and will therefore require an adapter, this isn't a perfect situation, although it's hardly a deal breaker.

The only other port included is a headphone minijack, for audio routed in via the HDMI. This is on the underneath of the buttom edge near the right-hand corner.

The on-screen display (OSD) menu is accessed with a single button that isn't quite directly behind the power LED. That's the only control there is, which is streamlined and simple but has consequences we will explain in the next section.

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