AOC q2963Pm and g2460Pqu
Mega display manufacturers such as Samsung and LG are omnipresent at CES, roadshow events and the consumer’s mind in general. It’s often easy to forget about the little guys, such as AOC, who are becoming increasingly popular for their innovative and attractively priced monitors. The company has recently added two new models to their inventory, both tracking two different but important trends in the monitor market. The AOC q2963Pm is a 29” ultra widescreen (CinemaScope) monitor using LG’s unusually stretched out 21:9 2560 x 1080 AH-IPS panel with slender bezels.
The panel has a standard WLED backlight giving coverage of roughly the sRGB colour space and features a relatively light matte screen surface. The peak brightness is 250 cd/m2, the refresh rate is 60Hz and the colours are delivered with true 8-bit precision (without dithering). AOC have quoted a 5ms grey to grey response time, too, and have hopefully implemented the sort of flexible overdrive options seen on the i2757Fm. By way of inputs there is a Dual-link DVI D port, HDMI port, VGA port and DisplayPort. There are also some simple stereo speakers built into the monitor at either side of the stand. You can also detach the bottom part of the stand and remove the AOC logo plate at the back to reveal a 100 x 100mm VESA mount. Ingenious!
The other model is the AOC g2460Pqu, an altogether different beast. This is a fairly plain and ordinary looking monitor that is currently listed in AOC’s ‘professional’ line (that just means it has a sensible business-like look) with a matte screen. This model is actually one that should appeal to gamers, though, as the ‘g’ at the start signifies. It features a 24″ 144Hz LED-backlit TN panel. Everything is generally as you would expect for such a monitor – a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1ms grey to grey response time and 250 cd/m2 typical max brightness. The 1ms grey to grey response time is often quite over-optimistic. What is more important than this often misleading figure is how that sort of pixel response time could be achieved. In other words, will there be any artifacts from overly aggressive grey to grey acceleration or perhaps some trailing due to the acceleration being too weak? Originally AOC had stated that the monitor should be compatible with Nvidia 3D Vision and that it isn’t pushed as a feature simply because it isn’t an out of the box capability (it requires separate investment). Following further communication AOC have now stated that they haven’t tested the monitor with any Nvidia 3D Vision system and that it isn’t officially licensed for this feature. We have tested this monitor and can confirm it does not support 3D Vision, 3D Vision 2, LightBoost or any other 3D functionality.
The monitor is mounted to a fully adjustable stand which allows tilt, height, swivel and pivot adjustment. If preferred you can also mount the monitor using 100 x 100mm VESA. According to current information the ports on the monitor include; VGA, HDMI, Dual-link DVI-D, DisplayPort and 4 USB 2.0 ports. There is also a headphone jack and some simple built-in speakers.
The 29″ ultra widescreen ‘MyMulti-play’ model is now available in several countries including the UK and US. The 24″ gaming powerhouse has been released in various markets including the UK. For some further reading check out AOC’s official product pages for the q2963Pm and g2460Pqu. It should be noted that AOC America are releasing a slightly different variant of the g2460Pqu with different aesthetics (red accents) and quite probably other internal differences too. Unfortunately we will be unable to provide a review of this model unless it is released in the UK under a different designation, which is unlikely. Further information specific to the US model can be found here.