AOC Q2781PQ stylish 2560 x 1440 AH-IPS model
Often monitors that skimp on ergonomics come with relatively flimsy stands that are just there to hold the monitor in position. Whether they do so in a ‘solid’ and sure way is a rare bonus. When we tested the AOC I2481FXH, we were happy to find that the stand not only looked the part, but it was remarkably well-built with a good solid feel. The screen itself did have some issues and of course not everyone wants to be limited by the 1920 x 1080 resolution. The AOC Q2781PQ brings the solid and sinuous metal stand to a more capable model, with 2560 x 1440 AH-IPS panel. The bezels on this one are again very slim, at just 5.7mm at the top and side edges and 6.25mm at the bottom. This includes the outer silver-coloured component (looks metallic but could be plastic) and black inner component. The controls are touch-sensitive, found towards the left of centre on the black part of the bottom bezel.
The monitor uses a 27” LG Display AH-IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution, 1000:1 static contrast and 60Hz refresh rate. The usual 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angle are specified, with strong colour consistency and pleasing viewing angle performance being known benefits of such a panel. The screen surface is likely light matte anti-glare as seen on other recent 2560 x 1440 IPS models. True 8-bit colour reproduction is supported, without dithering. A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified, whilst the backlight offers comprehensive sRGB coverage (likely a little extension beyond) and uses DC (Direct Current) regulation. It therefore avoids the use of PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) and is considered flicker-free. The included stand offers tilt (2° forwards, 16° backwards) as the only ergonomic flexibility and there is no provision for VESA mounting. Ports include; 2 HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2 and VGA plus a 3.5mm headphone jack. A DC power input is included, with an external ‘power brick’ converter used.
The monitor is available with an MSRP of £279 in the UK and available in other regions including the US. If the demand is there we will consider reviewing this model.