AOC launches 31.5-inch 1440p FreeSync monitor at £249

by Mark Tyson on 27 October 2017, 12:01

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AOC looks to have put the pedal to the metal, launching several monitors this week. Earlier in the week HEXUS reviewed the professional premium 27-inch IPS Q2790PQU monitor. This was shortly followed up by news of the affordable all-rounder 31.5-inch QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) Q3279VWF which uses an MVA panel. Then, a couple of hours ago, a new press release concerning the portable 15.6-inch USB-C ultra-slim IPS monitor, the I1601FWUX, arrived in my email.

AOC’s 31.5-inch Q3279VWF monitor

AOC aims to bring “1440p to everybody” with the new Q3279VWF. Moreover, it will do so using a 31.5-inch MVA panel with FreeSync support, a 5ms response time, and an ultra-slim stylish design with an RRP of just £249.

As AOC says, FHD has been a standard for years but seems rather pixelated on larger monitors. Considering pixel density measurements, the new Q3279VWF offers 93.24 PPI which compares favourably with a 24-inch FHD monitor which offers 91.79 PPI.

AOC’s MVA panel has real 8-bit colour depth + FRC (Frame Rate Control), resulting in the perception of 1.07 billion colours, claims the monitor maker. Thanks to AOC’s WCG (Wide Colour Gamut) technology, the Q3279VWF can cover 88 per cent of the NTSC colour gamut. A 3000:1 static contrast ratio is listed in the specs.

Looking at refresh rates, the monitor will run at a standard 60Hz but with compatible graphics hardware it can FreeSync at 48-75Hz via DisplayPort and HDMI (according to AMD’s FreeSync technology info page Monitors section).

Users will benefit from Flicker-Free technology, wide viewing angles, and a stand that is adjustable for -2/+21.5° tilt, and 90° pivot. Connectors include; DP 1.2, HDMI 1.4, DVI and VGA.

The AOC Q3279VWF has an RRP of just £249 and comes with a three year warranty. It will become available next month.

AOC 15.6-inch I1601FWUX portable monitor

AOC has announced a 16-inch class USB-C Monitor (I1601FWUX), with ultra-slim IPS panel “for extreme portability”. Thanks to the next-gen connector, users don’t need to connect a separate power cable / monitor cable – everything is handled via USB-C.

Pondering over the specs, we note the following highlights:

  • Screen: 15.6-inch IPS panel
  • Resolution: 1920x1080 pixels
  • Aspect ratio 16:9
  • Brightness: 220 cd/m²
  • Refresh: 60Hz
  • Response time: 5ms
  • Colour depth: 262K
  • Power consumption: 8W (or 0.5W in standby)
  • Size: 376.2x235.2x8.5mm
  • Weight: 824g

Other features you might be interested in are that the screen offers Low Blue light, a Smart UI to adjust USB monitor via PC software, a durable metal alloy chassis, and an integrated fold out kickstand. It comes with a smart cover case and USB Type-C cable in the box.

If you are interested in the AOC I1601FWUX, it is already for sale on Amazon.com at $189.99.



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Still waiting for touch screen on these portable monitors ;) Not sure how useful it would be, or if just a bit of a gimmick, but it's a gimmick that would finally get me to buy one for use alongside my work laptop!
Two pretty interesting products IMO.

That portable monitor seems to tick all the boxes previous ones left empty.

The freesync monitor seems like a nice spec for the price. Not sure 75Hz maximum is enough to tempt me, but I can see it being popular for sure.
Why must they advertise NTSC gamut? I'm sure it's because it is the one that produces the highest figure for this particular monitor but anyone who can interpret that figure knows that they're being conned. Give us something we actually use and be honest. People who care about colour accuracy won't be purchasing this kind of monitor.
32“ is a bit too big if you ask me, it's a shame they didn't do a 27” model.

It is a (M)VA panel which is good but sadly rare these days, the PC monitor market has been flooded with IPS panels or clones of IPS (PLS/AHVA) so quality control with IPS is a constant problem with DSE (dirty screen effect) IPS glow, poor black levels, poor gray/black uniformity.

VA tends to avoid some of those problems but at the cost of a more narrow viewing angle, almost all the high end LCD TV's these days are VA based (other than LG) but very few are being made at all in PC market other than a handful at sub 24“ range and at 32” range.
philehidiot
Why must they advertise NTSC gamut? I'm sure it's because it is the one that produces the highest figure for this particular monitor but anyone who can interpret that figure knows that they're being conned. Give us something we actually use and be honest. People who care about colour accuracy won't be purchasing this kind of monitor.

Yup, any sort of wide gamut (i.e non-sRGB) is a big no-no if you don't want oversaturated colours due to large numbers of programs and content sources not supporting it.