The 21:9 aspect ratio is becoming increasingly popular due to the incredible screen real estate which allows you to easily position multiple applications next to each other. This dramatically improves your productivity because there’s no reason to press ALT+TAB when glancing at information. On another note, this ultrawide viewpoint is absolutely stunning for gaming purposes and provides an enthralling experience. Personally, I could never go back to a 16:9 monitor, after using a 21:9 for a few days! AOC is one of the most supportive manufacturers of this notion and produces a wide range of 21:9 displays.
Their latest venture, the Q2963PQ features an IPS panel, 5ms response time and 2560×1080 resolution. Furthermore, the monitor has the typical IPS 178 degree viewing angles and 300 cd/m² maximum brightness. This makes it a fantastic choice for someone requiring a large monitor which doesn’t impact too much on performance demands. There’s also integrated 3W speakers, but I really wouldn’t recommend using these unless you’re in an emergency. In terms of connectivity, the monitor includes DisplayPort 1.2, dual-link DVI, and D-Sub. Measuring in at 714 mm x 233 mm x 388 mm (WxDxH), and weighing 7.16Kg, the display is quite large without being too heavy.The matte finish should help reduce dust, fingerprints and other smudges which easily build up over time. On another note, the stand is quite unusual but looks extremely strong and adopts and industrial feel. It’s certainly not the best looking monitor out there but it comes across as very functional. The panel is supported by AOC’s standard 3-year warranty which means it’s easy to swap out the monitor for a replacement in case any problems arise. In terms of pricing, the Q2963PQ is expected to launch at $399 in the US market but there’s no current information regarding its release date. As always, we will keep you updated when this information is disclosed.