AOC Q3279VWF 31.5 inch VA WQHD FreeSync model
Update: We’ll shortly be reviewing this model. News piece below initially published 24th October 2017.
Some users like the combination of ‘screen real-estate’ and moderate pixel density offered by ~32” 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) models. With a pixel density of 93.24 PPI (Pixels Per Inch), it brings the same sort of clarity and text size enjoyed on 24” 16:9 models to a larger screen. The AOC Q3279VWF is designed as a fairly no-frills and relatively affordable ~32” WQHD option. The styling is simple, with glossy black plastic bezels and a brushed metal effect on the stand base. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by pressable downwards-facing buttons to the right of the central AOC logo.
A 31.5” MVA (Multi-domain Vertical Alignment) panel is used with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution, a matte anti-glare screen surface and a specified static contrast of 3000:1. This is the Panda LC320HU1A, which is different to the usual AUO panel we’ve seen on similar models previously. The panel is 60Hz, whilst Adaptive-Sync is supported and hence so is AMD FreeSync (48 – 75Hz variable refresh rate range). Viewing angles of 178° horizontally and vertically are specified, with decent colour consistency sitting some way between TN and IPS-type panels. 10-bit colour is supported (8-bit + FRC dithering) and a flicker-free WLED backlight is used. This uses DC dimming rather than PWM and offers a 250 cd/m² typical maximum brightness. The monitor’s colour gamut extends beyond sRGB without entering traditional wide gamut territory, at 88% NTSC (sRGB is ~72% NTSC, for reference). A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified, but as usual you shouldn’t put too much weight on this figure. That’s particularly true given that this model uses a VA panel. The rear of the monitor is black, with a mixture of brushed-textured matte black plastic and glossy black plastic. Plus silver plastic on the stand neck. The stand offers tilt as the only ergonomic flexibility, whilst there are no VESA holes for alternative mounting. The ports face backwards and are; Dual-Link DVI, HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2a (supports FreeSync), VGA and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. As you can see from the design and the language we’ve used here, this is designed to be quite a simple and relatively stripped-back product. A real part of its appeal is the relatively low price tag, with an MSRP of £249 in the UK. This undercuts competing models such as the BenQ BL3200PT by a huge margin. A release is expected in November in the UK and Europe. The product is available with a slightly different design as the Q3279VWF8 in Asia-Pacific regions, but we don’t currently have confirmation of a US release. Given the appealing price and specifications, we’ll look to review this model shortly.