AOC Q3279VWFD8 with 31.5 inch WQHD 75Hz IPS panel
The AOC Q3279VWF was worthy of praise in some respects, with its strong contrast and price tag being two stand-out features. The (unimaginatively named) AOC Q3279VWFD8 sets to improve upon two key criticisms of the original model, namely pixel responsiveness and colour gamut. The monitor shares the aesthetics, which supports what is only a minor and potentially confusing alternation to its model number. The dominant feature is the large screen, which is surrounded by a reasonably thick glossy black plastic bezel. A brushed-effect silver matte plastic finish is used for the stand base, with a slim black plastic stand neck (as viewed from the front). The OSD (On Screen Display) controls are pressable buttons on the underside of the bottom bezel, offset slightly to the right of centre. There’s also a small rectangular power LED in this region but facing forwards, which glows a dim white when the monitor is on.
A 31.5” IPS-type (In Plane Switching or similar) panel is employed, more specifically a BOE IPS-ADS part. This is accompanied by a 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution, 75Hz refresh rate and support for AMD FreeSync via Adaptive-Sync, for compatible GPUs and systems. The variable refresh rate is 48 – 75Hz. A ‘medium’ matte anti-glare screen surface is used (25% haze), so a noteable change from the glossy (‘low haze’) surface of the previous model. Other aspects of specification to note include a 1200:1 static contrast ratio and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. 10-bit colour is supported via 8-bit + FRC dithering, whilst a flicker-free (DC dimming rather than PWM) WLED backlight is employed. This offers a typical maximum luminance of 250 cd/m² and good extension beyond the sRGB colour gamut for extra vibrancy (88% NTSC). A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified and some ‘gaming’ features such as ‘Shadow Control’ (dark visibility enhancement) and ‘Game Color’ (saturation enhancement) are also included. Last but not least is the Low Blue Light setting which can promote a more comfortable viewing experience. The included stand is tilt-only and there is no provision for VESA mounting. The ports face backwards and include; Dual-Link DVI, HDMI 1.4a, DP 1.2a, VGA and a 3.5mm headphone jack and DC power input (external ‘power brick’). FreeSync is supported via both HDMI and DisplayPort on this model.
Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. Note that in some regions, such as Australia, the stand and rear are white coloured rather than silver and black. The monitor is now available in various regions, including the US for ~$300. It is set to launch by the end of July for ~£220 in the UK. We’ll look to review this model if we can slot it into our hectic testing schedule.