Not the most feature-rich display here, the AOC LM729 was bettered by most of the other monitors in terms of specification, but managed to rally itself nicely when it came time to test with DisplayMate and our real-world tasks.
While we were unable to ascertain the LM729’s actual contrast ratio and brightness ratings from AOC, we were nonetheless impressed by both abilities when it was graded, rating it very highly indeed. Images were also bright and clearly discernible.
It was also as sharp as the Acer AL1715W and the Philips 170B4BB (no small feat with the Acer), and did well when we played the DVD and read small point text.
The screen offered a great deal of movement and flexibility, with a spring-loaded neck, good tilt and swivel plus the ability to swap from portrait to landscape modes. This is especially useful for graphic artists as well as users who want a little extra space to lay out their spreadsheets.
Overall the AOC was a little expensive, even though performance was good, which means it missed out on an award this time, and comes in slightly below average compared to other models.