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AOC C3583FQ Monitor Review

April 29th, 2016 James Leave a comment Go to comments

Overview

 

We’ve seen quite a few Monitors here at pcG, small ones, large ones, wide ones and even curved ones. But my favourite are the curved Ultra Wide ones, so this next monitor is of particular interest to me. But not only is this next monitor a curved Ultra Wide monitor it’s also the biggest and it also sports a rather unusual resolution.

Today I will be taking a look at the AOC C3583FQ monitor a 35″ monitor with a curved screen, a 21:9 aspect ratio and an (somewhat) unusual resolution of 2560×1080. In addition to this the C3583FQ is equipped with Adaptive Sync technology (supporting FreeSync technology) as well as a Refresh Rate of 160Hz (even though the box states 144Hz). The panel itself is an MVA panel with a contrast ratio of 2000:1 and a Response Time of 4ms.

 

AOC ‘The AOC C3583FQ curved monitor immerses you deeper into games, streams and movies than ever before. You will feel surrounded by your favorite virtual world and enjoy a complete viewing experience on a huge 35-inch MVA panel in 21:9 format with Wide Full HD resolution (2560 x 1080). With a radius of 2000 mm it is more curved than other monitors, providing the highest level of immersion you can get. Then, when you already feel as though you are a part of the scene, the ultra-fast 160 Hz refresh rate and Adaptive-Sync technology (supporting FreeSync at a range between 45 and 160 Hz) boost this even more through a smooth gaming experience without image tearing, stuttering, input lag or blur. In addition, the two HDMI (MHL) and two DisplayPorts, more than match the latest connectivity standards.’

 

AOC C3583FQ - box AOC C3583FQ - box lid

 

The AOC C3583FQ arrived at pcG in a rather large (well massive actually!) box with an image of the monitor on the front. Both sides of the box are effectively the same. AOC have also chosen to highlight ‘No stuttering, no Tearing, just gaming’ and the following:

  • Curved Monitor
  • 144Hz
  • Adaptive Sync
  • Wide Viewing Angle (VA)
  • Flicker Free
  • MHL
  • DisplayPort
  • Audio
  • On opening the top of the box we can see that there are some basic instructions regarding the monitor itself and on how to removed the monitor from the box. I very much like the latter idea as sometimes it can be unclear on what’s holding something in place, as you certainly wouldn’t want to turn this box upside down a shake it… 😉

     

    AOC C3583FQ - box open AOC C3583FQ - packaging

     

    On opening the box fully we can see that the monitor is well protected with both hard foam and soft foam. Atop the foam in the top of the box we find most of the accessories (see below). With the upper section of foam removed we can begin to appreciate that curve a little more.

     

    AOC C3583FQ - box contents
    • AOC C3583FQ Monitor
    • User Guide/Monitor Guide CD
    • Power brick and power cable
    • VGA (Analogue) Cable
    • DisplayPort Cable
    • HDMI (digital, HDCP) Cable
    • Audio cable
    • Power Cord (UK)

     

    At the time of writing the AOC C3583FQ is currently retailing for approximately £550 on Amazon and comes with a 2 year warranty.

     

    Specifications/Features

    courtesy of AOC

    General Monitor Line AOC Gaming
      Monitor Size 35 Inch
      Visible Screen Size 819.84 x 345.87
      Screen Format 21:9
      Brightness 300 cd/m2 (type)
      Contrast Ratio 2000:1
      Dynamic Contrast Ratio 50M:1
      Viewing Angle
      Response time 4 ms
    Scanning Frequency Scanning Frequency H: DP: 30-170KHz, Others: 30-160 KHz V: DP: 45-160Hz, Others: 50-146Hz
    Resolution Maximum Resolution 2560×1080@160Hz
      Recommended Resolution 2560×1080@160Hz
      Colors 16.7 Million
      HDCP compatible yes
    Signal Input Analogue Input: D-Sub yes
      Digital Input: DVI / HDMI yes / yes
      Display Port Input yes
    Power Power Source 100 – 240V 50/60Hz
      Power Consumption
        On: 60W
        Standby: 0.5W
        Off: 0.5W

    * Additional details available here

     

    First Impressions

     

    AOC C3583FQ

     

    First impressions of the AOC C3583FQ are quite unusual, but what does that even mean, unusual? Well after un-boxing the monitor it was soon apparent that the stand/base is pre attached and that the stand itself is fixed in height, which is shame. But I also was under the impression that this was a 3440×1440 21:9 monitor like my very own Samsung S34E790C, but no! The AOC C3583FQ may well be a 21:9 monitor and have a 35″ diagonal but it has a rather unusual resolution of 2560×1080. 😮

     

    AOC C3583FQ - the curve AOC C3583FQ - box back

     

    Looking at the front of the monitor we can see that not only is it pretty darn big (in fact at 35″ it’s the biggest we’ve seen here at pcG) but it’s also pretty slick. Meaning that the design is both simple yet elegant. With nothing more than a screen with minimal bezels sat atop a fixed stand. Unusually all of the controls are actually built into the base of the stand. The front of the base features a small silver strip to give it a bit of bling and it works too. From above we can also appreciate the curve of the AOC C3583FQ and quite curved it is too, in fact it appears to sport one of the biggest curves I’ve yet seen on a Monitor. Although to be fair it is also the widest!

    Looking at the back of the monitor we can see that not only is it hard to photograph thanks to that glossy finish but it also features stereo speakers. In the image above we can also see the silver fixed stand, that’s really rather smart but it’s a shame there’s no adjustment. In the centre we find a nice large silver/grey AOC logo.

     

    AOC C3583FQ - base AOC C3583FQ - controls

     

    Turing our attention to the base, we can see that it’s made up of a large curvaceous black section with a brushed metallic finish, although its actually plastic! In the centre at the front there’s also a simple silver strip that adds a touch of class to the overall look. In the centre of the strip we find a simple on/off LED in blue when on and yellow when off and that’s it!

    All of the monitor’s adjustments are also done from here via a simple select and up/down option that is touch sensitive in the areas marked (see above right). Also note the On/Off switch itself on the far right. The menu itself is a little slow for my liking but once set up you’re unlikely to be using it that much I guess…

     

    AOC C3583FQ - bottom

     

    Unfortunately the base of this particular sample seems to have already experienced a bit of a hard life. As I can see that a few of the feet, that are only stuck on have started to come off. This issue needs AOC’s attention as the feet simply can’t cope when you try and move the monitor on the desk, especially if try and you drag it in any way…

     

    INPUTS & OUTPUTS

     

    AOC C3583FQ - IO (left)

    • DVI (input)
    • MHL-HDMI (input)
    • MHL-HDMI (input)
    • DisplayPort (input)

     

    • DisplayPort (input)
    • D-Sub (input)
    • Audio (input)
    • Audio (output)
    • Power
    AOC C3583FQ - IO (right)

     

    As far as the overall design goes the AOC C3583FQ is a good looking monitor. I like the fact that the controls are in the base, but I’m disappointed to see that there’s no height adjustment, especially when the monitor is too low to start with IMHO!

     

    Testing Methodology/Setup

     

    The AOC C3583FQ was tested using our Test Rig with a fresh installation of Windows 10 Home 64bit installed together with all the latest relevant drivers and software. No additional screen calibration software was used, all of the default modes were tested and then the screen was calibrated by hand and eye to the best of my ability.

    During the review period I used the following Benchmarks and Games to help in the evaluation of the monitor.

     

     

    Hardware Performance

     

    With the AOC C3583FQ on the desk and powered up I was at first greeted with a simple yellow LED in the centre of the silver strip. With the PC on the LED changed blue but it was some time before the monitor came to life with an image, there’s no ‘Instant On’ feature here that’s for sure. The picture that I was greeted with was not only bright (too bright) but also somewhat big and bold, but that’ll be the 2560×1080 resolution. 😉 In Windows things do look a little oversized to me, it’s perfectly unusable, but if you’re going to spend more time in Windows (and not Gaming, perish the thought!) then this may not be the monitor (or resolution) for you…

    After adjusting the brightness and the Gamma I managed to get a far better picture allowing some of the colour depth to return, as it was a little washed out to start with. The end result is a pretty good all round image with good colour depth free from any dead (stuck) pixels, as far as I could see. The picture though couldn’t really be described as sharp and that again is down to the resolution.

     

    AOC C3583FQ - on desk

     

    What we need to talk about more than anything else is the resolution, the size of this monitor and the 144Hz (160Hz) Refresh Rate as it is these things that actually make the AOC C3583FQ a rather interesting proposition when it comes to Gaming.

    As far as I’m concerned a 21:9 monitor that is curved with a size of 34″ or greater offers the best Gaming experience this side of an HTC Vive/Oculus Rift. There I’ve said it so that’s a tick, tick and another tick for the C3583FQ. But it is usual to back this type of monitor up with a resolution of 3440×1440, but here on the AOC we only have 2560×1080. Now these two resolutions are worlds (or is that pixels) apart, 4.9 million pixels compared to 2.7 million! Therefore the 16 million dollar question is (in my mind) is that a good thing or a bad thing?

    Now we could debate this subject at length, but I simply don’t have the time (or is that can’t be **** James!?). But what’s interesting is that before I’d even seen this monitor I would have said that a monitor of this physical size is too big for a resolution of only 2560×1080. But I now know that I was wrong! 😉

    What the AOC C3583FQ offers is something really quite unique (dare I say special) as it offers the in-game immersion that a 21:9, large curved display offers but it doesn’t require a tonne of horsepower to drive it! Now (hopefully) you see what I’m getting at! If you buy a monitor with a resolution close to 4K (like 3440×1440) you’ll likely need two powerful Graphics Cards to get the most out of it, but with the AOC you can just use one. Yet you still can benefit from the fantastic Gaming experience that a 21:9 35″ curved Gaming monitor can (and does) offer.

    Add to this the fact that the monitor supports a extremely high Refresh Rate of 160Hz (despite the box stating 144Hz) and the fact that there’s support for Adaptive Sync and you’ve got a really capable Gaming monitor. In testing the high Refresh Rate was noticeably smoother with the Witcher III running at between 60 and 100 FPS. I was unable to test the Adaptive Sync though as I had no AMD Graphics Card to hand at the time. But we know from prior testing that this will indeed smooth things out even more with the elimination of tearing and such like.

    From a pure Gaming point of view the AOC C3583FQ offers plenty with its 21:9 curved 35″ screen providing a great picture quality with good colour depth, yet it is lacking sharpness due to the resolution. There’s also no height adjustment and that’s a shame as the monitor (for me) is way to low. The monitor features good asethetics and a good array of inputs (DisplayPort x2, HDMI x2, DVI and even D-Sub) there’s even a couple of speakers too, although they’re not great.

     

    Final Thoughts

     

    I was surprised by the AOC C3583FQ as it offers something quite unusual. It’s not the fact that it’s equipped with an immersive 35″ curved 21:9 screen, it’s the fact that the screen has a resolution of just 2560×1080 and that makes it interesting. Interesting because you’ll get one of the best Gaming experiences on offer today yet you’ll be able to do this with nothing more than a good modern day Graphics Card. Now that is interesting…

    The AOC C3583FQ arrived at pcG in what must be the largest monitor box we’ve seen, but to be fair at 35″ it’s also the largest monitor we’ve seen! General packaging was good, although this review sample we received from AOC was far from new. Once out of the box a few things were also apparent; first is that the monitor is already assembled (i.e. stand & base attached) and the fact that the stand has no height adjustment and that’s a shame.

    The C3583FQ is a good looking monitor and it seems more curved than anything I’ve seen before, but that could be simply down to its size. The base of the monitor (that’s actually made of plastic) feature a brushed metal finish and smart silver accent piece to help add a little bling and it works too. What’s less obvious at the start is the fact that the controls for the monitor are actually built into the base and not the bezel of the monitor, cool eh!

    On the back there’s plenty of inputs, with x2 DisplayPorts, x2 HDMI, x1 DVI and x1 D-Sub, there’s also audio in/out and a power socket that takes its power via a power brick. The C3583FQ also sports a pair of speakers that are usable but they’re not great.

    The thing that I found most interesting about this monitor is not so much the 35″ 21:9 curved screen with its impressive Refresh Rate of 160Hz. It’s actually the resolution, as on face value 2560×1080 is a low resolution for such a big monitor. This means that sharpness is indeed lacking as the pixel density is low. But overall (after a little calibration) the image produced by the AOC C3583FQ is really rather good, with good level of brightness, contrast and good colour depth.

    But getting back to the resolution this allows the C3583FQ to be paired to a decent modern day Graphics Card and still produce good frame rates. This is good news as normally to drive on of these Ultra Wide monitors it would take more than one GPU to get the best out of its significantly higher resolution (3440×1440). The end result is that you can experience one of the best Gaming experiences this side of a HTC Vive/Oculus Rift for a decent a mount of money, without the need of having to invest in more Graphics horsepower. And that’s a good thing! 😉

    Overall the AOC C3583FQ offers a fantastic Gaming experience and one than can be powered by a single GPU. Yes there’s some limitations and drawbacks (like the non-non-adjustable stand and the low pixel density) but the C3583FQ offers something special especially for PC Gamers and for that reason alone, we here at pcG rather like it…

     

    Verdict

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    Where possible we always use Amazon’s price for Value…
      Design/Quality pcGameware awards the AOC C3583FQ a Silver
    Performance
    Value
    Overall

     

    Many thanks to AOC for providing this sample for review

     


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