AOC q2770Pqu review
AOC is no stranger to building good-quality monitors on the cheap, and the q2770Pqu sees the company in fine form. Not content with serving up a 27in, 2,560 x 1,440 panel for less than £400, AOC has defied expectations by throwing in a fully adjustable stand and a three-year warranty as well. See also: The 9 best monitors from £200 to £2,000
AOC q2770Pqu review: design and connectivity
It’s impossible not to be impressed by how much AOC has packed in for the money. While the chassis feels plasticky and lightweight, and the stand lacks the solidity of pricier models, it’s spot-on functionally. It takes only one hand to adjust the stand’s position, and although there’s some wobble, the stand itself is flexible, offering 130mm of height adjustment, tilt and swivel and a portrait mode. Cable management is limited to a plastic guide on the stand’s rear edge.
On the rear of the monitor, there are DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI and VGA inputs, as well as 3.5mm audio input and outputs. Impressively, AOC has also found room in the budget for a four-port USB hub. There are two USB 3 ports on the monitor’s right-hand edge, one of which is capable of charging USB devices while the monitor is on standby, and two USB 2 ports at the back.
AOC q2770Pqu review: image quality
When you switch on the q2770Pqu, you’re welcomed by a bold, vivacious palette of colours. At first, we wondered whether the colour balance was a little overblown, but the monitor handled our clutch of test images deftly, with the rich primary hues balanced by natural, if slightly ruddy, skin tones.
The technical performance is great for the money. AOC has employed one of Samsung’s Super PLS panels (a variant of IPS technology), which, according to our X-Rite colorimeter, covers 100% of the sRGB colour space. The contrast ratio is right on target at an impressive 948:1, and brightness peaked at 277cd/m[sup]2[/sup]. The backlight isn’t merely potent; we noted only the slightest bit of backlight leakage around the panel’s edges, and it’s fairly even, only varying by an average of 6.5% across the whole panel. The worst area was a dim spot on the left-hand of the panel where brightness dropped by 12.8%.
The ruddy skin tones we noted can be explained by a slightly warm colour temperature – 6,396K – but all-round colour accuracy is actually very good, with average and maximum Delta E figures of 2.38 and 5.99 respectively. We were unable to improve the colour accuracy by tweaking the controls manually; the AOC ships with these settings straight from the factory.
AOC q2770Pqu review: verdict
Overall, there’s little reason to criticise AOC’s efforts. The combination of features and image quality is positively brilliant for the money, and only Acer’s K272HUL comes close at this price, with ever-so-slightly superior colour accuracy. In the final reckoning, though, AOC clinches victory with a more balanced package. Grab one quick – the AOC q2770Pqu is a steal.
|Resolution||2560 x 1440|
|Horizontal viewing angle||178 degrees|
|Vertical viewing angle||178 degrees|
|Speaker power ouput||2W|
|Upstream USB ports||1|
|USB ports (downstream)||4|
|Other cables supplied||DisplayPort, Power, VGA, USB|
|Internal power supply||yes|
|Pivot (portrait) mode?||yes|
|Dimensions||642 x 245 x 428mm (WDH)|