AOC Q2770Pqu WQHD 27″ S-PLS Monitor Review
I was just about to use a few choice words to chase off yet another person to knock on my door in the space of an hour (six to be exact), when I noticed a bloody great big box in front of me. So being a rather simple bod who gets excited about opening boxes, I signed for the delivery, dragged the box inside and ripped it open ;).
Inside the box I found another box containing AOC’s new 27″ WQHD monitor, the AOC Q2770Pqu. This monitor features an S-PLS panel with a native resolution of 2560×1440, Widescreen (16:9) aspect ration, a 5ms response time, frequency of 60Hz, fully adjustable stand (height, tilt and swivel), built-in speakers, a good selection of inputs and a USB hub with fast charge.
Or a little more excitingly by AOC themselves.
‘Experience a new level of sharpness with this large 68.6 cm (27”) monitor. The q2770Pqu utilises a state-of-the-art Super PLS panel with the stunning WQHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. With its D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors, plus speakers as well as a USB hub integrated into the bezel, this energy-efficient display offers you a multitude of applications, delivering exceptionally crisp and vivid images for even the highest demands. Benefit further from full ergonomic flexibility with 130 mm height adjustment, tilt, swivel and pivot (= portrait mode rotation) function. The q2770Pqu comes in a classy black texturised design and features eco-friendly LED-backlights. It fulfils sustainability certificates such as Energy Star 6.0, TCO 6.0 and EPEAT Gold. Let the q2770Pqu impress you today!’
Unlike my last monitor unboxing experience with the AOC G2460Pqu myUltraSpeed 144Hz Gaming Monitor (being a little dull and disappointing), the AOC Q2770Pqu makes for a bright and colourful surprise.
The box front (and back) features the monitor in both portrait and landscape (having a clever split picture of a giraffe used to emphasis the screen rotation and size), the AOC brand, screen size, model name, side view of the AOC Q2770Pqu, a meerkat (because everyone loves meerkat’s, right!?), a few of the key features and the slogan ‘Move to see. Move to inspire.’
A few of the eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that one of these features is showing the AOC Q2770Pqu to be an IPS panel, which of course it is not (strange!).
The sides being predominantly black, again show the monitor and features (you’ll notice the same IPS mistake is made here too).
Ok, so it’s only a box (with a few odd mistakes), but it is bright, colourful and sharp, with a seemingly high resolution wildlife picture on the front! Can the AOC Q2770Pqu WQHD 27″ S-PLS Monitor live up to its representation? Read on to find out…
- Inputs: D-SUB, DVI-D, HDMI
- 2560×1440 maximum resolution
- Special Features: -5/25 Tilt,130 mm Height Adjustment,Display Port Input,Eco Mode,e-Saver,i-Menu,Kensington Security Lock,screen+,VESA 100 mm
- 300 cd/m²
- 5 ms GtG
Within a two piece styrofoam block, we find the AOC Q2770Pqu panel, with the stand arm attached, the stand base, software disk and various different cables. All of which are in separate protective bags. There is no user guide or warranty information as these are all on the enclosed disk.
The contents of the box are shown above and listed below:
- AOC Q2770Pqu – Panel
- AOC Q2770Pqu – Stand
- Power Lead (UK and Euro)
- DVI-D Cable
- VGA Cable
- Audio Cable
- USB 2.0 (type b) Cable
- Drivers and Documentation CD
courtesy of AOC
Having slipped off all the protective bags, I started to piece the AOC Q2770Pqu together. Surprisingly the base looked identical to the base used on the AOC G2460Pqu? Having a quick look at the arm it would seem the entire stand is indeed identical! Admittedly the stand is brilliant, but how will it cope with the bigger screen I wonder? As it turns out pretty well, if anything it seems sturdier than the smaller monitor (perhaps it’s the extra weight!? (7.5kg vs 6.54kg).
Style wise the AOC Q2770Pqu has many things in common with its smaller sibling the AOC G2460Pqu. The stand is identical, same black colour and the brushed metal styled plastic bezel (21mm top and sides, 32mm bottom) is almost identical. This is no bad thing, just like its little brother, it’s simple styling is very likeable and will suit any environment.
One very minor disappointment is the AOC logo itself, instead of the chrome badge of their most recent offerings, AOC have chosen a matte silver paint. I know it’s not a lot, but the badge helped to give a slightly more premium feel.
The AOC Q2770Pqu has the same arm and stand as the AOC G2460Pqu, which just stands testament as to how good the stand is. It really is rock solid and the panel will barely move even when fully extended an extra 130mm.
IO Panel (underside)
As you can see AOC Q2770Pqu has all the inputs and outputs you could want. On the left we have two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 2.0 (type b) which hooks up to your rig in order to provide both power and data, a power switch and of course the main power socket. The bottom left houses a DisplayPort, VGA, DVI-D, HDMI and Audio ports. Then on the right side of the screen there are two USB 2.0 ports, one of which is a rather handy fast charge port.
The discretely placed (bottom right) control panel consists of input select, +, – and menu, not forgetting power button on the far right. This isn’t anything hugely special, but the buttons are firm and I think it’s nice not to have all the buttons visible on the front of the monitor.
The back of the AOC Q2770Pqu is pretty sparse as you can imagine. AOC have chosen to go with a slightly odd fabric effect on the black plastic. It’s not going to set your pulse racing for sure, but then your not going to be staring at the back of it either! Just to the left is the AOC branding, to the lower right a Kensington lock, then slap bang in the middle (where it should be) is the removable arm for the stand. Typically this mount also doubles up as a 100mm VESA mount. Looking at the stand arm you may have noticed the removable cable tidy, which I’m damn sure will come in handy.
The AOC Q2770Pqu stand arm comes rather handily pre-attached to the panel VESA mount. The stand allows for plenty of adjustments, it has your typical swivel, tilt(-5/+25), height (+130mm), pivot and this also allows for portrait view. Worth noting that due to the size of the screen, in order for it to not hit the base of the stand when moving to portrait mode, you will have to tilt it first.
Well, there’s nothing thus far not to like about the AOC Q2770Pqu. It seems very sturdy and well made, it tick’s all the right boxes, all the connectivity ports your likely to want and comes with an impressive 3 year warranty.
How does the S-PLS panel with a resolution of 2560×1440 fare in Gaming? I certainly can’t wait to find out…
No special changes were required for the Test Rig which means I didn’t need a Windows 7 re-install of any kind. No calibration software was used, instead relying on AOC factory settings and my own eyes.
For this review the Test Rig has a MSI R9 290 Gaming 4GB installed set to OC Mode via the MSI Gaming App (fingers crossed it’ll have enough grunt to drive the screen!). For the review I’ll be using our typical benchmark suite also to allow me to demonstrate the differences between 1920×1080 and 2560×1440 resolutions. Firstly to see if there really is that much of an improvement in image quality and secondly to see how big a GPU you’re going to need!. Of course all work and no play makes for a very dull Mike, so I’ll even be playing a few games myself while I’m at it.
- Benchmarks Used:
- Games Played:
- Battlefield 4
- Total War – Rome 2
- Splinter Cell – Blacklist
Now the AOC Q2770Pqu has been assembled and hooked up to the Test Rig via DVI-D port, it’s time to give the S-PLS panel a quick once over. The panel has a very good matt anti-glare coating. Checking out the panel with a plain black background shows very minor backlight bleed in the top right corner. By minor, I mean at a fairly acute angle when viewed from the left. Switching to a plain white background reveals no dead pixels. On any coloured background no other pixel oddities were revealed. So far so good.
Now the bad news… Straight out of the box, you’re unlikely to be happy with the slightly dull and lifeless image in front of you. The good news? By simply changing the colour setup and changing the DCB (Dynamic Colour Boost) Mode to full Enhance, the AOC Q2770Pqu truly comes alive (this can be done using the monitors control panel or via the enclosed i-Menu software included). In fact the colour is nigh on perfect IMHO, the picture quality is also sharp and vivid. I have to admit this is the most vibrant and possibly best picture I’ve seen on a monitor to date!
Here’s hoping the MSI R9 290 Gaming 4GB is up to the job of driving the 2560×1440 panel at reasonable settings (too the max!).
The data below is to give you an idea of how your GPU will perform with a 2560×1440 panel. I’ve also thrown in the test temperatures to show the effect of all the extra work that is required by your GPU.
- MSI AMD Radeon R9 290 Gaming 4GB OC Mode (Boost Clock: 1007MHz / Memory: 5000MHz (effective))
- Resolution: 1920×1080
|Benchmark||Ambient Temperature||Max GPU Temp||Delta Temp||Result|
|3DMark (Fire Strike)||22.00||67.00||45.00||8744|
|UNiGiNE Heaven||21.50||70.00||48.50||FPS 57.0 Score 1436|
|Batman Arkham Origins||22.50||81.00||58.50||143 FPS (average)|
|Tomb Raider||23.00||83.00||60.00||73.4 FPS (average)|
|Metro Last Light||23.00||84.00||61.00||71.00 FPS (average)|
- MSI AMD Radeon R9 290 Gaming 4G OC Mode (Boost Clock: 1007MHz / Memory: 5000MHz (effective))
- Resolution: 2560×1440
|Benchmark||Ambient Temperature||Max GPU Temp||Delta Temp||Result|
|3DMark (Fire Strike)||22.50||74.00||51.50||4560|
|UNiGiNE Heaven||21.50||77.00||55.50||FPS 36.1 Score 989|
|Batman Arkham Origins||22.50||83.00||60.50||91 FPS (average)|
|Tomb Raider||22.50||86.00||63.50||53.6 FPS (average)|
|Metro Last Light||23.00||90.00||67.00||45.67 FPS (average)|
I’m not going to lie, the jump in resolution from 1920×1080 to 2560×1440 is huge (shown briefly in our blog here). Your GPU will drop performance by approximately a third (and get a little hotter under the collar because it’s working harder too) when switching to WQHD, but is it really worth it? Because of the extra screen estate afforded by the higher resolution, the first thing you’ll notice is how much smaller your desktop icons are, the second thing is how much extra work it takes to get your mouse cursor from one side of the screen to the other!
Of course what your really interested in is how the AOC Q2770Pqu plays out when Gaming. I’ll be honest, the above photo’s really do the higher resolution and the quality of the monitor no justice at all, you really have to see it to believe it. The AOC Q2770Pqu really is that good. The fast and frenetic fun of Loadout! somehow feels more vibrant. At no point did I see any Ghosting and any sign of Input Lag. Battlefield 4‘s Second Assault maps seem to have more atmosphere whilst running through the dense smoke in Firestorm and the bleak sandstorm in Gulf of Oman. For me though the open warfare in Total War – Rome 2 is where the most noticeable difference occurs, it just looks stunning. Is this down to the Q2770Pqu’s higher resolution or its excellent image quality? Well, I would say both!
Of course when you look at the benchmark results you’ll see that to play at 2560×1440, maxed out on many graphically intensive games at an average 60FPS, you’ll need a high end GPU for sure, maybe even more than one!
When all’s said and done, I cannot fault the AOC Q2770Pqu. The visual performance is all you could ask for. AOC have also included built in speakers (2x2W), whilst they don’t do a bad job, they won’t make you want to ditch your headset or speakers of choice any time soon.
All in the AOC Q2770Pqu offers a great package, especially at £355.63. It arrived well protected and packaged with very little assembly required. Its uncomplicated styling is good and it supports all the display connectivity you’re likely to want, including additional USB 2.0 ports. The Q2770Pqu has a wonderfully vibrant (after a little tweaking) pin sharp 2560×1440 WQHD S-PLS screen, which in turn offers impressive viewing angles, an incredibly solid and well built stand and built in speakers.
Then in the all important area of Gaming, I truly feel it excels. Every game and benchmark tested looked phenomenal. I honestly thought given the frantic pace of Loadout!, we might have seen some Ghosting issues, but nothing at all and no Input Lag either. I’m am very impressed indeed.
During the final phases of the AOC Q2770Pqu benchmark phase, a small fuzzy black smudge was noticed centrally on the lower part of the screen. Thinking it may have been a small grubby mark I gave it a quick wipe only for the fuzziness to disappear and for a very small but evident (on light backgrounds at least) dead pixel appear (ED: ohh the horror!). I have to admit though, it isn’t within my peripheral vision, but is it something I would honestly be prepared to live with?
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Many thanks to AOC for providing this sample for review