AOC has introduced its new display that promises to combine a set of features with an affordable price of around $300. The AOC Q3279VWF uses a 31.5” MVA panel and features a 2560×1440 resolution, but also comes with FreeSync. It has a reasonable pixel density as well as multiple inputs making it widely compatible.

The AOC Q3279VWF builds upon an 8-bit (+ FRC) MVA panel with a QHD (2560×1440) resolution. The panel has rather typical specs for an entry-level display: a 250 nits brightness, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 5 ms GtG response time, as well as a 75 Hz maximum refresh rate. The manufacturer claims that the panel can display 1.07 billion colors due to FRC treatment and states that the display covers 98% of the sRGB color space. Like many other modern monitors from AOC, the Q3279VWF supports AMD’s FreeSync dynamic refresh rate technology to appeal to gamers. The company does not disclose the exact FreeSync’s range, specifically the lower bound, but typically the range is around 30-75 Hz on basic models. In comparison to some other models from AOC, the display does not support any special game and video upscale modes - the manufacturer sells the Q3279VWF8 in Australia, which has some of these features enable.

The monitor uses a solid stand that cannot swivel, but can enable portrait mode and supports tilting (-2/+21.5°). When it comes to connectivity, the Q3279VWF has everything covered: it features a DisplayPort 1.2, a DVI connector, a D-Sub input and an HDMI 1.4 header. AOC says that the display fully supports HDCP, but never mentions the exact version or the ports that support it. With all four types of video inputs, AOC can address a fleet of new and old PCs with the Q3279VWF monitor.

Specifications of AOC's Entry-Level 31.5" Display
Panel 31.5" MVA
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 75 Hz
Dynamic Refresh Tech FreeSync on DisplayPort
30?-75 Hz
Response Time 5 ms (gray-to-gray)
Brightness 250 cd/m²
Contrast 3000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.273 × 0.273 mm
PPI 93
Color Gamut 98% sRGB
88% NTSC
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × DVI DL
1 × D-Sub
1 × HDMI 1.4
Audio 3.5-mm headphone jack
Color Black and Silver
Power Consumption Standby < 0.5 W (?)
Maximum 48 W (?)

We see two opposing trends in the display industry today. On the one hand, laptops are getting smaller and 12” – 13” notebook displays are becoming mainstream (14” and 15.6” models prevail, but 17” are virtually non-existent). By contrast, average desktop monitors are getting bigger. Over the past year, AOC announced several inexpensive (sub-$200) 24” and 27” displays targeting entry-level PCs. With the Q3279VWF, the company is bringing down the price of 31.5” QHD monitors to ~$300, but is addressing a higher-end market segment with FreeSync. To a large degree, the Q3279VWF responds to demand of mainstream users for bigger displays.

AOC plans to start sales of the Q3279VWF in November. The company has stated it charge £249 ($330) for the product in the U.K. (which includes 20% sales tax). It is logical to expect the product to be available for around ~$300 in the U.S.

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  • JoeyJoJo123 - Monday, October 30, 2017 - link


    I guess my initial hunch was sort of right. The display shown here doesn't support HDMI 2.1 or FreeSync over HDMI, only FreeSync over DisplayPort.

    1 × DisplayPort 1.2
    1 × DVI DL
    1 × D-Sub
    1 × HDMI 1.4

    I don't think it'd work out.
  • yannigr2 - Monday, October 30, 2017 - link

    Based on AMD's page it supports Freesync from both HDMI and DisplayPort.
  • MrSpadge - Monday, October 30, 2017 - link

    Freesync could nicely eleminate video stuttering without any additional tools like smooth video project, which in my experience tend to produce artefacts.

    For me the DPI of that monitor is too low. I'm quite pleased with my 25" Dell of similar resolution.
  • Krysto - Monday, October 30, 2017 - link

    Where's my FreeSync 2.0 at?!
  • yannigr2 - Monday, October 30, 2017 - link

    Based on AMD's Freesync page (scroll down and choose monitors) this model supports FreeSync from 48 to 75 Hz, yet it only has 60Hz

    Does someone know if this is a mistake? If in fact never goes over 60Hz or if when at FreeeSync mode can go higher at 75Hz?
  • Samus - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - link

    Freesync isn't designed for high refresh rates. It's goal is to prevent tearing, like VSYNC, but by dynamically clocking the panel instead of the video output, which also prevents judder. Since few games realistically benefit from beyond 75FPS, 75Hz is adequate, and realistically the limited of current IPS/VA panels. If you want crazy refresh rates you need a TN panel, which we all know sucks for everything but gaming.
  • Mugur - Friday, November 3, 2017 - link

    Then how do you explain the abundance of IPS/VA 144hz Freesync monitors? I have an LG 34" 144Hz ultrawide that supports Freesync from 50Hz to 144Hz.
  • remosito - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - link

    Like hell I gonna buy a new monitor in 2017 without HDR
  • JanL - Friday, February 9, 2018 - link

    The colours shifts quite a lot, when viewing from different vertical angles - very much like our Benq-2760 TN.
    Otherwise quite okay monitor. Just, if it is a TN, it isn't a good deal, moneywise !!!

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