AOC\u2019s Aire Pro LED monitor provides a good entry point to screens that are nice to look at whether they are powered on or off. The extremely thin screen (less than ten millimeters thick) is quickly noticed for taking up only a small amount of depth while still offering a picture that is clear and comfortable. The 23\u201d display keeps pace with larger, more expensive monitors, outputting a bright, clear, high-resolution picture that won\u2019t set you back more than a couple hundred dollars.\r\n\r\nWith 2 HDMI ports, a VGA out, a 3.5 mm jack for audio, and just five buttons located on the monitor\u2019s base, the Aire Pro\u2019s angle is clearly minimalism, and it pulls that off very well. The lighting is subtle, the monitor is light-weight, easily transportable and a snap to reposition to fit your needs on your own desk surface. One aspect where I think this design betrays the overall aim of the monitor is that because all of the power, volume, and menu buttons are located on the monitor\u2019s base, which is a silvery near-circle about six inches in diameter and an inch thick, the monitor can\u2019t detach from the base. You have to have enough room for the base and mounting the screen is not an option whatsoever.\r\n\r\nOther than that, the AOC Aire Pro LED performs as sharply as it looks. With a 50,000,000:1 contrast ratio, native 1920x1080 widescreen resolution, and backlit screen, one of the biggest perks about this monitor is how sharp it looks from all but the most extreme viewing angles. I was able to move all about my room and the picture quality stayed consistent no matter where I went, making this an ideal display for presentations or family or party viewing. Even when dealing with careful timing during precise gaming, the 5 ms refresh rate didn\u2019t leave me disappointed \u2013 a sticking point I have whenever I\u2019m looking into displays.\r\n\r\nI was disappointed but not surprised by the quality of the monitor\u2019s on-board speakers, in that they leave a great deal to be desired. Without hooking up any additional equipment, the sound is fuzzy, with highs too high and almost no bass to speak of. The second HDMI port can be put to use with high-end sound systems, but anything else is going to have to sacrifice at least a little audio quality using the 3.5 mm jack instead.\r\n\r\nOne of the features advertised on the box that may give some consumers, particularly gamers, cause for alarm is that the Aire Pro LED uses in-plane switching. However, the Aire Pro has no ghosting issues, almost no motion blur whatsoever, and really I can\u2019t say anything bad about its use for any application you might put it to. Purists may protest, and sure there is room for improvement in the overall display, but for the price and the size, it\u2019s pretty hard to argue against this display.\r\n\r\nBottom Line: The AOC Aire Pro LED is competitively priced for somebody looking for a quality display that\u2019s not too big or too flashy. As such, it\u2019s not really going to compare to larger, high-end monitors, and it\u2019s easy to see where the extra cost goes sometimes. Still, this is a great monitor for your average desktop user, and I found it very handy to carry around and set up at parties or gatherings for gaming thanks to its slim build and low weight. The Aire Pro isn\u2019t perfect, but finds a comfortable balance between affordability, portability, and usability.\r\n\r\nPros:\r\n\r\n \tBacklit LED makes the picture pop out and look sharp regardless of most viewing angles\r\n \tUltra slim design fits nicely onto desks or dressers without taking up a good deal of space\r\n \t2 HDMI ports make this unit good as a multimedia center for both computers and personal media devices\r\n\r\nCons:\r\n\r\n \tSince controls are attached to base, mounting the screen is not an option\r\n \tOnboard speakers are tinny and aren\u2019t really worth the addition\r\n \tHDMI ports and 3.5 mm jacks only exclude any optical-based audio solutions\r\n\r\nThe AOC Aire Pro 23\u201d LED Monitor is available from Amazon for $197.57.