AOC Reveals Q2775PQU 27-Inch Monitor

Taipei-based  multinational electronics company AOC has recently unveiled a brand new 27-inch monitor aimed at those of you who are looking for a decent all-around product that can meet your multimedia and gaming needs. Even though it’s not necessarily being advertised as a gaming monitor, the AOC Q2775PQU can definitely be used in gaming, as it features a 4 ms response time as well as a generously sized WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) IPS panel. The 178°/178° viewing angles are also a big plus, not to mention the 10-bit color (1.07 billion colors) support, the dynamic mega-contrast, and the 350 cd/m² maximum brightness levels.

When it comes to display ports, this product features dual-link DVI, HDMI (probably HDMI 1.4a), D-Sub and DisplayPort 1.2. The integrated stereo speakers have a power output of 2W, which should be enough for casual multimedia sessions. The 4-port USB 3.0 hub also deserves a mention, of course, as it adds a plus of convenience and practicality. Weighing in at 6.6 kg or 14.5 pounds, this monitor measures 533.4 mm x 242.9 mm x 640 mm, and it is accompanied by a stand that supports regular tilt adjustments. Other highlights include Plug and Play, i-Menu, e-Saver, Vesa Wallmount and sustainability certificates such as Energy Star 6.0, TCO 6.0 and EPEAT.

What do you think about this new AOC monitor?

AOC Unveils Q2963PQ Ultrawide Monitor

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.

AOC Introduces U2879VF 4K UHD Monitor

UHD 4K resolution monitors are the best thing that happened to productivity since the introduction of multi-monitor setups simply due to the extended amount of displayable pixels. Having more pixels on the screen allows you to view a lot of things at once and have a lot bigger area visible when using extreme zooms for close-up edits and that saves a lot of unnecessary switching between apps and scrolling around. There already are quite a few 4K displays on the market by now, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for one more in the form of AOC’s newly introduced 4K UHD monitor U2879VF.

The new AOC U2879VF can display more than 1 billion colours (8-bit+FRC) with its 28-inch (71.1 cm) TN panel for a resolution up to 3840 x 2160 pixels. This is coupled with an ultra-fast response time of just 1 ms and the U2879VF also features Adaptive-Sync support and is thereby FreeSync compatible. While 4K still is somewhat of a gimmick when it comes to gaming, those who use it will surely appreciate this feature and the low input lag that comes along with it.

The monitor comes with both modern and legacy connectors as it features HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2a+ as well as DVI and D-Sub. Especially the HDMI 2.0 port is a great thing to see and one that has been missing on other monitors in this category in the past. The increased bandwidth of up to 18 Gbps makes it able to deliver 60fps 4K content on this port too. The HDMI port is also MHL compatible which allows you to display content directly from a smartphone or tablet device while charging its battery at the same time.

AOC also added their Flicker-Free technology to the monitor to ease the eye strain during long periods of work. A Picture by Picture (PBP) function has also been added which makes it possible to view content from two input sources at the same time.

The AOC U2879VF has a planned availability set for March 2016 and an MSRP of £279.99.

AOC Announces 160Hz Curved Gaming Monitor

The 21:9 aspect ratio emulates a multi-monitor configuration without the hassle of large bezels or having to manually tweak software to support two displays. The end result is phenomenal for productivity as you can easily view multiple applications due to the huge screen real estate. On another note, gaming on a 21:9 panel is difficult to describe and provides an enthralling experience. Rather surprisingly, the majority of games already support this fairly new aspect ratio although you might need to apply a few UI tweaks. After trying a number of monitors including 4K 16:9, 144Hz 16:10 and 21:9, I’ve come to the conclusion that 21:9 is perfect for my needs. It’s also becoming more popular but there’s certainly a hefty price point attached which might make its adoption take some time.

AOC has just announced their latest 21:9 panel which features a 35-inch MVA display, 160Hz refresh rate and 2560×1080 resolution. This is a little disappointing as most 35-inch 21:9 displays utilize a 3440×1440 resolution. Perhaps, the reasoning behind this is it wasn’t possible to achieve 160Hz at 3440×1440. Another unique feature is the screen’s noticeable curve measuring a radius of 2000mm. This is significantly larger than existing curved units on the market and theoretically provides more immersion in games. I tested this particular screen during CES 2016, and felt overawed by the curve at first. However, five minutes later, it felt so natural and enhanced my ability to quickly glance at the monitor’s extreme edges.

The panel supports AMD’s FreeSync technology with a range between 40Hz-160Hz to reduce screen tearing, and stutter. AOC have provided connections for two HDMI (MHL) ports and two DisplayPorts. As you might expect, the product is capable of 178 degree wide viewing angles and improved colour reproduction compared to TN options. In terms of pricing, the AOC C3583FQ will be available in February 2016 with an MSRP of £579.

AOC to Showcase 160Hz Curved Gaming Monitor and More at CES 2016

AOC is one of the leading monitor manufacturers in the industry and offers a huge range of screen sizes, resolutions and display technologies to suit various customers’ requirements. Today, the company announced their latest range of products will be showcased during CES 2016. This is exciting news and I cannot wait to see these new models on the show floor in Las Vegas. The new AOC C3583FQ features a whopping 160Hz refresh rate, 35 inch curved display and support of FreeSync technology. In the press release, there wasn’t any information about the panel’s resolution, but it should be 3440×1440 given the screen size and 21:9 aspect ratio.

The AOC I2771FM9 produces unbelievable colours via Quantum Dot technology on a 27 inch IPS display. This should make it an excellent choice where accurate colour reproduction is essential. I’ve personally not seen a Quantum Dot monitor before, and cannot wait to try it out during our visit to CES 2016. Another new addition is the U2879VF, which employs a 4K panel and huge array of fast connectivity options. For example, the product boasts DisplayPort 1.2a and HDMI 2.0 to enable 4K content at 60Hz. This model also utilizes AMD’s Freesync technology.

Finally, the AOC I2781FH opts for an ultra slim frame with luxurious styling. The monitor is almost borderless and equipped with a unique symmetric metal stand. Also, this particular product will be available in March 2016, and comes in 21.5″, 23″ and 23.8″ configurations.

AOC G2460PG 24″ G-Sync Monitor Review

Introduction


I’ve never really been a fan of buying a monitor, I tend to only look at three key aspects; screen size, resolution and the overall appearance. While that is generally a good way to choose a monitor, there are a multitude of other features that require your attention depending on your intended use.

If you are a gamer or avid video editor, the response time and refresh rates would be of key interest to you to ensure that there is little input lag from your input device and that there is little screen tearing. Professional photograph editors may be less interested in those features, but the contrast ratio, brightness and available colours are more important.

Today we have the gaming orientated AOC G2460PG G-Sync enabled monitor. One of the cheapest G-Sync enabled monitors on the market at approximately £300. While this still isn’t cheap, you have to pay for the quality and performance that G-Sync will bring to your gaming experience. This monitor packs in a great feature set, with an ultra low 1ms response time, 144Hz and a huge 80m:1 contrast ratio. This monitor also features Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB), which drastically reduces the blur on screen which can occur in some face paced games such as the racing genre. I will not be testing this feature as it can only be activated with G-Sync off.

Packaging and Features

The front of the box is very plain, focusing primarily on the logo, screen and key details regarding the monitor such as QHD and IPS panel type. The image displayed on the monitor itself leads itself to be desired more by the professional buyer than the general gaming enthusiast.

AOC kept the website clean with more professionalism for those looking for information. The key features that were outlined apart from the QHD and 3-Year warranty are AOC flicker-free technology, integrated speakers and ergonomic stand.

 

AOC Launches U2477PWQ 23.6″ 4K 60Hz Monitor

UHD 4K resolution has made its entry all the way down to smartphones and tablets, but most desktop monitors are still quite large and maybe not the best suitable solution for tight office spaces. That doesn’t mean that you don’t want the extra clarity and resolution that a 4K panel can provide and for that AOC launched the compact 23.6-inch U2477PWQ monitor sporting HDMI 2.0 and 60Hz at a 3840 x 2160 resolution.

The PLS panel delivers a good colour uniformity at any viewing angle (178/178 degrees) and exploits 100% of the sRGB colour gamut. A 4ms response time might not be the fastest, but anything below 5ms should be usable for gaming too.

The AOC U2477PWQ comes with DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, DVI and VGA for connectivity to pretty much any device. If your smart devices are compatible, then the MHL allows you to both display content from a smartphone or tablet directly on the monitor while charging it at the same time. The flicker-free technology should also help reduce eye stress while using the monitor, something everyone can appreciate that has worked at a monitor for longer periods of time.

The included and pretty stylish stand allows for a pivot, but not swivel. You can tilt it -5 to plus 23 degrees and adjust the height with up to 130mm. Should this not be sufficient, then you can mount it on a 100×100 VESA compatible arm or stand.

The AOC U2477PWQ will be available in November 2015. The MSRP will be £289. As with all of its displays, AOC offers a 3-year warranty with on-site exchange service.

AOC Q2577PWQ 25″ IPS Monitor Review

Introduction


I’ve never really been a fan of buying a monitor, I tend to only look at three key aspects; screen size, resolution and the overall appearance. While that is generally a good way to choose a monitor, there are a multitude of other features that require your attention depending on your intended use.

If you are a gamer or avid video editor, the response time and refresh rates would be of key interest to you to ensure that there is little input lag from your input device and that there is little screen tearing. Professional photograph editors may be less interested in those features, where the contrast ratio, brightness and available colours are more important.

Today we have the professional grade AOC Q2577PWQ. This monitor is one of the best-looking units I’ve seen with a brushed metal base and matching lower bezel on the monitor itself. The looks aren’t let down by poor features either, this monitor comes packing a very respectable 25″ 2560x1440p@60hz IPS panel and AOC’s own Flicker Free technology to give the best possible viewing experience.
Packaging and Features

The front of the box is very plain, focusing primarily on the logo, screen and key details regarding the monitor such as QHD and IPS panel type. The image displayed on the monitor itself leads itself to be desired more by the professional buyer than the general gaming enthusiast.

AOC kept the website clean with more professionalism for those looking for information. The key features that were outlined apart from the QHD and 3-Year warranty are AOC flicker free technology, integrated speakers and ergonomic stand.

 

AOC Presents New IPS Displays With Asymmetric Stand

AOC expanded their line of stylish monitors with two new ones, a 23.8-inch model called the AOC I2481FXH and a 27-inch model called the AOC I2781FH. Both monitors are basically the same except for the difference in size. They come with an IPS panel for a great visual experience, but sadly only with full HD resolution. The monitors also feature the unique looking and asymmetrical stand.

The two monitors feature a very narrow bezel for that suits the overall design very well. The bezel of the 23.8-inch AOC I2481FXH is a mere 7.5 mm wide and the bezel on the 27-inch I2781FH model is just 9.9 mm.

The monitors feature a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees and a 4ms grey to grey refresh rate. The flicker-free technology that regulates brightness without flickering should further enhance the already great visual experience that these monitors will give while reducing the eye strain. The monitors come with three display connectors, two HDMI and one D-Sub VGA, allowing you to easily connect both modern and older devices at the same time.

The AOC I2481FXH will be available October 2015 and the AOC I2781FH will follow in December. Their MSRPs will be £139 and £199 respectively, which isn’t all that bad. As with all of its displays, AOC offers a 3-year warranty that includes on-site exchange service.

The GIGABYTE Charity Raffle at I55 Raised £2417 for Zoё’s Place

Gigabyte’s charity raffle for Zoë’s Place, held during Insomnia 55, was a big success and made it possible to hand over a check worth £2417. This isn’t the first time Gigabyte is holding a raffle at the Insomnia event and last time they made £1700, so €2417 is a good step up and a great sign that gamers want to give something back. All the proceeds of the raffle go to Zoë’s Place, a baby hospice providing palliative, respite and end of life care for babies and infants aged from birth to five years and suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

That is all great news and there were also some great prizes up for grab as part of the raffle. The ones entering the raffle had the chance to win AMD processors, AOC monitors, Coolermaster power supplies and cases, Crucial memory, Fractal Design power supplies and cases, Kingston memory and HyperX SSDs, Tesoro gaming keyboards, mice, headsets and mousepads, as well as Netgear NAS and cameras. GIGABYTE themselves sponsored a gaming laptop, motherboards, a graphics card, keyboards, and headsets for the raffle. All in all, prizes worth over £5000.

Gigabyte will be back with another Raffle in the future and I hope that even more people will support the cause then. We can do better, we can do more.

GIGABYTE and Partners Hold Biggest Ever Charity Raffle at I55

UK’s biggest gaming festival, Insomnia, is just around the corner and it will open its doors tomorrow for Multiplay Insomnia 55, UK’s biggest gaming festival at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Following up on the last successful charity raffle, GIGABYTE again partnered with others to create the biggest ever charity raffle at Insomnia. There will be around £5000 worth of hardware prizes to win spread out over the two days.

The prizes that you can win include AMD processors, AOC monitors, Coolermaster power supplies and cases, Crucial memory, Fractal Design power supplies and cases, Kingston memory and HyperX SSDs, Tesoro gaming keyboards, mice, headsets and mousepads, as well as Netgear NAS and cameras. GIGABYTE is sponsoring a gaming laptop, motherboards, a graphics card, keyboards, and headsets themselves. All this can be won and best of all, everything goes to charity.

There will be two raffles, one held on Friday, the 28th of August and the second the day after, on Saturday, the 29th of August.

Like last time, all the proceeds will be donated to the local charity Zoë’s place, a baby hospice providing palliative, respite and end of life care for babies and infants aged from birth to five years and suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. This is truly a worthy cause and I hope a lot of the gamers attending the Insomnia event will be very generous. The added bonus of  having a chance to win amazing hardware and this really is a no-brainer. Participate!

AOC Reveals U3277PQU and Q3277PQU 32-Inch Monitors

AOC has unveiled its new U3277PQU and Q3277PQU 32-inch Monitors. Though both units share the same aesthetic design, the pair offer different resolution options. The U3277PQU boasts 4K Ultra (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution, whereas the Q3277PQU has a WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) screen.

Featuring an AMVA-IPS display panel, the Q3277PQU has a 178o/178o viewing angle, a 4ms (GTG) response time, 300 cd/m² maximum brightness, dynamic mega-contrast ratio, 30-bit colour (1.07 billion colours), with dual-link DVI, DisplayPort 1.2 (for 60 Hz support), and HDMI 1.4 with MHL support (for 30 Hz) inputs.

The U3277PQU, meanwhile, with its IPS display panel, also has a 178o/178o viewing angle, plus 30-bit colour (1.07 billion colours), a 4ms (GTG) response time, 350 cd/m² maximum brightness, dynamic mega-contrast ratio, and DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI with MHL support display inputs.

The screens include the Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture intelligent features, which allows users to view images from two different sources simultaneously. The large size and high resolutions make both monitors ideal for home power users, photographers, and designers. Gamers will be pretty satisfied, too.

The U3277PQU will be priced around US $800, while the Q3277PQU will cost around $500. Both models come with a three-year warranty. There is no word on a release date for either model, nor do we know if the pair will come be compatible with G-Sync or FreeSync technology.

12K (Triple 4K Monitor) Graphics Test Bench Upgrade Review

Introduction


1080p, 1440p, 1660p, 2160p; just a random bunch of numbers with a ‘p’ after them can mean nothing to some people; however, to gamers it means a whole world of display quality goodness. For the last few years, 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) monitors have been the normal standard for a ‘decent’ gaming setup and what most graphics cards are tested at. Then we started moving up to higher resolutions such as 2560 x 1440p and 2560 x 1600p.

For some, this wasn’t enough; despite the pixel densities growing larger, as humans we wanted even more pixels. This resorted to users buying multiple monitors and connecting them one next to another and activating AMD ‘EyeFinity’ or NVIDIA ‘Surround’ to have an almost 180° viewing range. Even though the latter part of the pixel count didn’t change, this meant that monitor set-ups were hitting 5760 pixels wide by using three 1920 x 1080p monitors.

Then we move onto today, 1080p and 1440p has been surpassed by what has now become the new ‘standard’ of gaming, 2160p, or 4K. At this resolution, even the most powerful of graphics cards can struggle to churn out the desired 60FPS which we have come to accept as the acceptable standard. So what about when you put three 4K monitors next to each other and ask for 11520 x 2160 of pixelated goodness (or 6480 x 3840 if you prefer your monitors in portrait mode.)

Before we go rushing into things, there are some issues regarding our particular test system. The provided AOC monitors (U2868PQU) has known issues with AMD graphics cards and 60Hz refresh rate. Symptoms can present themselves as minor screen flickering to a complete system freeze. This was made worse when trying to display at 11520 x 2160; however, after multiple tests, we found the issue was subdued by putting the monitors into Portrait mode. This isn’t the ideal gaming set-up, however, in the interest of bringing you the information; I endured the pain of a 2″ thick bezel between each monitor.

To get to the technical nitty gritty, a typical 4K monitor at 60Hz refresh rate can present 497 Million information pixels per second, so this set-up can present almost 1.5 Billion pixels per second; yes 1.5 BILLION. To put that into perspective, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has a screen size of 1440 x 2560 and a refresh rate of 60Hz; that works out to a mere 221 Million pixels per second in comparison.

AOC Offer up a Pair of New AMD FreeSync Gaming Monitors

We all take our monitors for granted, we sit in front of them for hours on end looking at cat videos on YouTube. In today’s market, most enthusiasts have moved up to 1440p or great resolution screens, but it’s nice to see companies still catering for the 1080p market.

AOC have recently announced a pair of 1080p gaming monitors featuring AMD FreeSync technology. First up is the 24″ G2460PF and then a 27″ G2770PF. Both are based on TN-film panels, but can offer outstanding refresh rates of up to 144 Hz and response times of 1 ms. Along with those tasty figures, they also feature FreeSync which synchronises the monitor’s refresh rate to the frame rate being outputted by the graphics card; this allows for seamless, stutter-free display, ideal for fast paced gaming.

They both offer viewing angles of 170°/160° (horizontal/ vertical) and brightness levels of up to 350 cd/m² (300 cd/m² for the G2770PF). Inputs include DisplayPort 1.2a (required for FreeSync), dual-link DVI and VGA.

Prices for these new monitors is set to start at $350 for the G2460PF and end at around $450 for the G2770PF; although local import taxes may alter the final price.

Some say that 1080p is a pointless resolution for monitors about 24″, especially with 1440p and 4k monitors becoming attractively priced; what are your thoughts?

Thank you to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Gigabyte’s Charity Raffle During i54 Made £1700 for Zoё’s Place

Gigabyte, together with other big hardware players such as Antec, Kingston HyperX, AOC, and Tesoro, hosted a big charity raffle during Insomnia 54 in Coventry. The deal was, you buy a ticket for the raffle and in return had a chance to win some great hardware such as AOC monitors, HyperX SSDs, Antec cases, Tesoro keyboards, and also Gigabyte motherboards and BRIX projectors. The best of all was, all the proceeds from the raffle would go to Zoë’s Place, a baby hospice in Coventry.

The raffle was a big success, actually there were two of them, one on Friday and one on Saturday of the event. The counting is done and Gigabyte could hand over a check for £1700 to Zoë’s Place.

Zoë’s place is a baby hospice that provides palliative, respite and end of life care for babies and infants aged from birth to five years and suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. There couldn’t be a much worthier cause for donating, and the Insomnia gamers thought so too.

Gigabyte also promised to be back again with a new Raffle at the next Insomnia event, i55. Let us hope that it will be at least as successful as this one and that it will raise even more money.

AOC Unveils Latest 27-inch WQHD Monitor

The latest monitor from AOC comes equipped with a WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution TN panel, a snappy 1ms response time and 27-inches of real estate. AOC promise wide viewing angles of 170° horizontal and 160° vertical.

The monitor comes with DispalyPort input, giving you full command over the available resolutions, but you’ll also find HDMI, DVI and D-Sub connectors to ensure compatibility with most systems.

It’s certainly going to be a nice monitor upgrade for those currently running 1080 panels and at just £299 it’s also competitively priced given the size of the screen on offer. The AOC Q2778VQE should be available at retailers immediately.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

AOC Reveals 17″ USB Monitor

AOC has just released their new 17″ USB-powered monitor. Utilizing DisplayLink Technology, the E1759FWU is designed to be utilized as a secondary option for desktop PCs and laptops alike.

This monitor will be compatible with both MAC and PC, drawing its power and video signal through a single USB 3.0 cable. If you’re wondering why people would care about such a small screen in this day and age, the monitor will certainly be a handy second screen addition to people who are that way inclined. It also enables the user to have a further clutter-free work space, removing the need for external monitor power.

Providing a 1600 x 900 resolution at 60Hz and a total screen surface size of 17.3″, AOC’s new piece of tech can be used in either portrait or landscape modes in a 10ms response time. Given the features on offer, it’s obvious that this new model doesn’t offer anything ground breaking when compared to IPS and 120Hz monitors – but it will certainly be a nifty addition to those who work on a laptop and are looking for a little extra screen space.

The screen is now available at a price tag of $199, meaning it sits slightly higher than high-end 24″ ‘consumer’ panels currently on the market like ASUS’ VS248H-P.

Image courtesy of AOC

Stunning AOC U3477PQU 34-Inch WQHD Monitor Revealed

Huge banks of monitors in Eyefinity are no stranger to the enthusiast end of the PC market, but the latest monitor from AOC still manages to stand out from the crowd despite the fact that it is just a single screen. The new U3477PQU is an absolute monster of a display, clocking in a 34″ wide and running a WQHD panel that is sure to make cinema enthusiasts giddy with delight.

The display can churn out 1.07 billion colours, something that should reflect well from the 4.95 million pixels that its UltraWide Panoramic 21:9 cinema display offers. With a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and a 60Hz refresh rate. this screen is going to offer some serious resolution real estate to improve productivity, movie watching gaming and more. You can even split the display to game on one side and watch a movie or work on the other.

Other bonuses come in the form of two 3w speakers, a slim bezel design, high-grade IPS panel with up to 178 degree of both vertical and horizontal viewing angle, a luminosity of 320 cd/m2, 5ms response time, USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort, HDML and MHL functionality. The whole thing comes backed up by a 3 year warranty and will set you back £499 (MSRP) incl. VAT, that’s a lot of money, but given the feature set on offer I think it’s incredible value for money.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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Another G-SYNC Monitor Is Released – AOC 24 inch 144Hz g2460Pg

Monitors with G-SYNC support have been few and far between since Nvidia announced the technology late last year. Since the launch we have seen few monitors with G-SYNC come to market, all made by ASUS as far as I can recall, but no one else has been in on the action.

Today that changes as AOC have revealed their first G-SYNC monitor – the g2460Pg. This is a 24 inch TN panel based monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, DisplayPort output and support for G-SYNC. The resolution is just your run of the mill 1920 x 1080 but the main selling point is the ultra high refresh rate paired up with G-SYNC. The displays offers up a brightness of 350 cd/cm and comes with a 3 year warranty. AOC have also equipped a USB 3.0 hub on the monitor which they claim is designed to reduce cable clutter on your desk area.

AOC’s g2460Pg comes with an MSRP of £369.99 including VAT and is available as of next month. The item can currently be pre-ordered from Overclockers UK for £359.99, the expected ETA is July 4th.

Source: AOC PR

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AOC Reveals First Affordable High-End 4K Resolution 28″ Display In London

The display industry has been cooking up new ways to improve our visual experience for some time now, from 3D features to Virtual Reality gear which isn’t quite ready just yet. However, the latter is not always useful in all areas, therefore the focus has been shifted to 4K technology it seems.

Whether designing, gaming or entertainment activities is in order, 4K technology will always do the trick. This might have sounded appealing to most in the past, but actually acquiring one meant selling an arm and a leg, since the prices were well into the thousands and even more in some cases. No, the price has drastically dropped to around £600 or less for most 4K displays which also meant a drop in specs, but not for AOC and their new 28″ display it seems.

AOC has revealed this first affordable gaming high-spec 28″ display, the U2868Pqu, at the PC Retail Bootcamp event in London. It features a 1ms response timing, which means users do not have to worry about ghosting problems at all, a 300 cd/m brightness rate for high contrast and a 60 Hz refresh rate. These features can be found on its 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution, making it a must-have item when it comes to enthusiastic gamers or even designers.

In terms of connectivity, the U2868Pqu comes with Dual-Link DVI, HDMI and Display Port support, having additional built-in speakers. However, gaming enthusiast will not be quite fond of the speakers, but nonetheless it comes as an additional support when in need of an output device.

In terms of a specific price, Amazon.co.uk has listed the display at a price of £537.60, giving it a release date set for the 1st of June.

Thank you KitGuru for providing us with this information
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AOC Launch New IPS Panels Featuring ONKYO Audio

It’s safe to say that the built-in speakers that we get in many of todays monitors are not exactly what I would call outstanding. Generally they are ideal for the system audio output that we get in say Skype, Windows and other various applications, however if you’re thinking about watching a film or listen to music through them, you really are better off either using headphones or simply getting a proper powered speaker system.

Whilst there have been one or two panels that have cropped up over the last few years that boast better audio, they have not really been all round performers with less attention to detail going into the visual performance than we would typically see. As one of the leading monitor manufacturers in today’s market, AOC have announced the arrival of two new 23.8″ IPS panels which have been paired up with a set of ONKYO speakers in the base to give a far richer audio experience.

The two monitors, which are virtually identical to each other feature LED backlit IPS panels sporting full HD 1920 x 1080 resolutions with a 5ms response time, VGA and two HDMI inputs (one with MHL support) and two 7W speakers from ONKYO. The difference between the i2473Pwm panel with an MSRP of around £159 and the premium i2473Pwy at around £189 is the addition of Miracast wireless capabilities, allowing users to connect their mobile devices to the display and stream content directly from their phone or tablet without the need for any wires.

Both panels are available to purchase now, with the aim of bringing clearer and more defined audio to the monitor market.

Source: Press Release

AOC Q2770PQU 27″ PLS Monitor Review

Introduction


For content writers and image editors such as myself, having a large display with a high-resolution to work on and maximise our workspace is virtually a must have and whilst a 1920 x 1080 workspace is usable, it’s not ideal – especially when you’re referencing from a data sheet or a reviewers guide. There is of course the option to have two displays side by side and this is great as it does give you the capacity to view two separate items at once with loads of space to work in, but having even more space to work within is highly sought after – in short a 1920 x 1080 resolution doesn’t quite cut it for me these days.

Going up from a standard HD resolution does mean that we generally have to go up in a physical dimension as well and above 24″ the next step is 27″. At this point we move to the 2560 x 1440 and 2560 x 1600 set of resolutions and whilst there is only a small difference in the height of each resolution, surprisingly there is a bigger gap in the price. This is part of the reason why many users stick to the standard HD workspace. Fortunately for the professional user group the number of monitors coming to market sporting the slightly lower 1440 pixel height is quickly growing and with 4K panels appearing in growing numbers, the price associated with moving up from 1920 x 1080 is dropping at a steady pace.

The Q2770PQU is one of AOC’s latest creations and like a number of their other products it’s not short of any features. On top of the 2560 x 1440 resolution, the display boasts a 80,000,000 : 1 dynamic contrast ratio, 5ms GTG (Grey to Grey) response time, 300cd/m² brightness, a pixel pitch of 0.233 x 0.233 mm and a super wide viewing angle of 178° (horizontal & vertical) – all from a LED backlit PLS panel. Top this off with a set of built-in 2W speakers, DVI-D, VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, a height adjustable and rotatable stand and finally a pair of USB2.0 & USB3.0 ports and what you’ve got is one mouth-watering package.

Like the spec list, the accessory set is by no means short-staffed. A cable for DVI, VGA and DisplayPort connectivity is available along with a 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable and a USB3.0 host cable. A regional kettle lead is also bundled in with a CD and user manual to get you up and running.

Aside from the accessories, I will make a note that the box suggests that this is an IPS panel and not a PLS as listed. I can confirm that this is a PLS panel and any sources that list IPS are incorrect – all other listed specifications for this panel are correct – an error was made during the beta stages for this product that resulting in review samples having IPS printed boxes – all final production boxes and sources have been corrected.

AOC Launches Two New Ten-Point Touch Monitors

Touch screens may not have proven popular with desktop users a few years ago, something that I think hurt the introduction of Windows 8, but as more and more mobile devices such as phone and tablets, as well as ultrabooks and similar devices feature touch screens its becoming more appealing to be able to get hands on and your desk. AOC have just revealed two brand new, ten-point touch capable displays, both of which are fully Windows 8 certified and feature a cool tilt function for optimal touch control, the new 72 Series models’ tilt angles can be adjusted from 15° to 57°

Equipped with high-grade IPS panels in the sizes 21.5″ (54.6 cm) and 23.6″ (59.9 cm), the new displays feature super-wide viewing angles, 2 x USB 3.0 and 2 x USB 2.0 ports, built-in 2w speakers, a microphone and a 720p webcam, making it ideal to quickly setup for video calls.

The 21.5″ (54.6 cm) Full HD model i2272Pwhut and its even larger 23.6″ (59.9 cm) brother i2472Pwhut feature ten-point infrared touch controller, allowing for full two-hand input, allowing you to do anything from type emails to play the piano through a multitude of supporting applications, of course should you want to, these monitors can also be deployed as standard monitors and their IPS HD panels make them great for professional editing work as much as they do gaming.

The WLED-backlit monitors deliver a Full HD resolution with a luminosity of 250 cd/m² and a pixel response time of only 5 ms. Next to a D-Sub input, signal sources can also be connected via two HDMI ports. With the MHL function, Android users can directly connect their compatible device to the monitors and display mobile content on the big screen.

The myTouchDisplays from AOC will be available as of February at MSRPs of £259 for the 21.5″ model i2272Pwhut and £289 for the i2472Pwhut (23.6″).

Thank you AOC for providing us with this information.

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Winner Of The AOC G2460PQU 24″ 144Hz WLED Gaming Monitor Giveaway Announced

A few months ago we gave you, our readers, the chance to win a fantastic 144Hz gaming monitor courtesy of AOC. The G2460PQU monitor is designed from the ground up to suit the needs of gamers who demand the smoothest gameplay; thanks to its 1ms response time and 144Hz refresh rate. We apologise for the delay in announcing the winner but better late than never!

The extremely lucky winner of this competition is…

Martin Durnell

We will be contacting the winner shortly to request shipping details for the prizes. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter our competition and as always we greatly appreciate the support you have provided us with.

If you are interested in seeing any past competition winners then be sure to check out our competition winners page.

We currently have no active competitions running but stay tuned as we have plenty of exciting competitions lined up for 2014!

AOC Q2963PM 29″ UWHD AH-IPS Monitor Review

Introduction


Over the last few years, we have been [in general] demanding higher and higher resolutions from our monitors, and before we even think about using a multi-screen setup – the most common resolution of choice has to be 1920×1080. Over the last year or so, we have been seeing a slow transition over to the 2560×1600 bandwagon as some users opt for bigger 27″+ panels. The problem with these through is that the cost is far greater than a 1920×1080 panel so having a pair of 22″ or 24″ panels is not uncommon – it gives a balance between the desktop space and cost that many people look for.

In a bid to give users the best option of desktop space and display aspect ratio, the 2560×1080 resolution has slowly been cropping up within the market place and in effect it is an ideal alternative for anyone that is looking at a dual 1920×1080 screen setup. The super-wide aspect of this 29″ monitor gives a single desktop space to work within, however when we move over to the gaming side of things, the extra pixels allow for a wider peripheral vision without the distraction of a bezel right in the middle of your view.

AOC’s super-wide monitor is just one of the few to now offer the new resolution, but it doesn’t just give more pixels; it also has one of the best panels on the market to show the image as well. The AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In Plane Switching) panel that AOC have chosen produces a mixture of supreme colour accuracy, high pixel density and a high level of brightness, oh and let’s not forget that it has a superb viewing angle as well. All the ingredients are there for certain, but does having a 21:9 aspect monitor really make that much of a difference?

Before we even get a chance to delve inside the box, AOC are keen to show off the screens super-wide aspect ratio and its ability to house multiple windows with ease. The blue box also has a row of the panels highlighted features laid out along the lower edge with a front and back view of the monitor found to the right.

Taking everything out of the box, we find the monitor in two parts and alongside a two-part DC power adaptor we also have a VGA display cable, HDMI cable, 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable, a cable tie, rubber feet and a CD containing a set of display drivers and AOC’s accompanying software for this panel.

AOC Unveils New Budget Friendly 24″ White LED Monitor

We all love a good bargain and AOC look set to strike that much loved balance of value and performance with their new e2451Fh monitor. With a sleek white exterior there is no doubt that this is one sexy looking monitor that wouldn’t look out of place on many desks. The a classy white finish is topped off nicely with a detachable stand. The Full HD panel utilises the latest in LED-backlit LCD technology to match a stunning picture performance to its excellent looks, and  a pixel response time of two milliseconds makes it a prime choice for gaming.

AOC decks out the latest model from its Style Line 51 series with a state-of-the-art TN panel. Delivering a luminosity of 250 cd/m², a native contrast of 1000:1 and a response time of only 2 ms, the e2451Fh provides brilliant images without blurs or ghosting effects. Suited for office applications, multimedia and gaming alike, this Full HD all-rounder is the perfect choice for all those who seek extraordinary picture quality combined with an attractive design.

This 24″ monitor receives video signals via its analogue VGA port as well as digitally over DVI-D or HDMI. A 3.5 mm output can be used to loop sounds to an external audio set-up. The tiltable monitor also comes with a number of practical software: While “e-Saver” and “Eco Mode” use intelligent picture modes to further decrease energy consumption, i-Menu allows for the monitor settings to be conveniently changed with the mouse in addition to the touch keys on the monitor bezel. “Screen+” is a program that divides the large 16:9 screen into different panes, which are accessible through keyboard shortcuts.

The e2451Fh fulfils numerous demanding sustainability certificates such as EPEAT Silver, TCO 6.0 and Energy Star 6.0, also thanks to its sophisticated LED backlights with their power consumption of a mere 25 W. As for all monitors, AOC offers a 3-year warranty for its Style Line model. The e2451Fh will be available as of December 2013, the MSRP will be 139.99 GBP.

Thank you AOC for providing us with this information.

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Three 24-inch 16:10 Monitors Launched By AOC

Three new 24″ monitors in a 16:10 format have been launched by AOC. The 60 series models from the AOC Professional Line deliver a WUXGA resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, adding valuable desktop space in height compared to the widespread 16:9 Full HD format. Having a classy textured black finish and different equipment variants, these high performers will provide for a great viewing experience in company and home offices. Users can also benefit from a number of tailor-made features such as integrated USB hubs, great ergonomics and intelligent software.

For professionals and ambitious home users

The three new Pro Line models are targeted at office users at home or in enterprises, who require extra desktop real estate for working on complex tables, long texts or pictures. Due to their wide viewing angles and short response times, however, they are more than well-equipped for the occasional movie or game.

The i2460Pxqu is based on a top-notch eIPS (In-Plane Switching) panel, allowing for exceptional colour stability from even larger viewing angles of up to 178°/178° horizontal and vertical. The model reaches a brightness of up to 300 cd/m²; it also boasts the same ergonomic versatility as the e2460Pxda. In addition to D-Sub and DVI-D, the i2460Pxqu features an HDCP-compatible HDMI socket as well as a DisplayPort.

Both the e2460Pxda and the e2460Sxda utilise an LED-backlit TN panel, providing excellent high-definition picture quality with 1920 x 1200 pixels, a luminosity of 250 cd/m² and a static contrast of 1000:1. Both analogue and digital video signals can be received via D-Sub and DVI-D. In addition, the e2460Pxda offers full ergonomic flexibility, allowing users to adjust the panel height by 130 mm as well as to tilt and swivel the monitor. These ergonomic features are especially practical in offices with shared desk environments or for a quick presentation of the screen to colleagues. Thanks to the pivot function, the display can even be rotated into portrait format – just perfect for working on long tables and texts or for editing photographs.

Extras

For the utmost user convenience, AOC fits out the Pro Line IPS display with a USB hub integrated in the bezel – keyboards, pen drives, webcams, smartphones and other USB gadgets are thus connected without causing cable clutter on or behind the desk. All 16:10 models from the series 60 are equipped with 2 W speakers for basic sounds. For the more demanding, sound can be looped to external audio set-ups over a 3.5 mm jack.

The models also come with intelligent software. Programs such as e-Saver or Eco Mode help saving energy. With i-Menu, the monitor settings can be conveniently adjusted with the mouse. And Screen+ allows for the large 61 cm (24″) to be divided into different panes, which are accessible via shortcuts – making work much easier for multi-taskers.

Sustainable and energy-efficient

The monitors are produced entirely mercury-free. Thanks to the energy-efficient LED backlights, the energy consumption lies at a very moderate 22 W. Demanding sustainability certificates such as Energy Star 6.0, TCO 6.0 or EPEAT Silver are thus easily fulfilled.

As for all its monitors, AOC offers 3 years of warranty on the three new members of the series 60. As for prices, AOC has the e2460Pxda priced at £239.99, the e2460xda at £229.99 and the i2460PXqu at £249.99.

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