AOC Q2770Pqu WQHD 27" S-PLS Monitor Review
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AOC Q2770Pqu WQHD 27″ S-PLS Monitor Review

March 22nd, 2014 Mike Leave a comment Go to comments

Overview

 

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.

 

AOC - logo

 

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…

 

AOC Q2770Pqu - box front AOC Q2770Pqu - box side

 

Features

  • 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

 

AOC Q2770Pqu - unboxing

 

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.

 

AOC Q2770Pqu - stand base AOC Q2770Pqu - contents

 

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
  • DisplayPort
  • USB 2.0 (type b) Cable
  • Drivers and Documentation CD

At the time of writing the AOC Q2770Pqu is available from Amazon for approximately £355.63, or from our friends at OverclockersUK for £379.99 and comes with an impressive 3 year warranty.

 

Specifications/Features

courtesy of AOC

  • LINE
  • Monitor Line Style
    Monitor Size 27″
    Visible Screen Size 68,6cm cm
    Screen Format 16:9
    Brightness 300 cd/m² (typ)
    Contrast Ratio Dynamic 80.000.000:1 (DCR)
    Contrast Ratio Typical 1.000:1
    Pixel/Dot/Pitch 0.311(H) x 0.311(V)mm
    Display Area 597.89(H) x 336.31(V)mm
    Viewing Angle 178°/178° (CR≥10)
    Response Time Up to 5ms GtG
  • SCANNING FREQUENCY
  • Scanning Frequency H:30~83 KHz, V:50~75Hz
    Pixel Frequency 170MHz
  • RESOLUTION
  • Maximum Resolution 2560×1440@60Hz
    Recommended Resolution 2560×1440@60Hz
    Colors 16.7M
    HDCP Compatible Yes
  • SIGNAL INPUT
  • Analogue Input:D-Sub Yes
    Digital Input:DVI-D/HDMI Yes/Yes
    Composite CVBS Input -
    Component CVBS Input -
    S-Video Input -
    Display Port Input Yes
  • CONNECTORS
  • D-Sub 15 pin Yes
    DVI-D 24-pin Yes
    HDMI Yes
    Display Port Input Yes
  • POWER
  • Power Source 110-240V DC, 50/60Hz
    Dimensions
    Power Consumption
    On:29.05W
    Standby:<0.5W
    Off:<0.45W
  • OTHER FEATURES
  • Plug & Play USB PNP
    User Control Button
    OSD Languages languages
    Speaker Yes
    Regulations CE, Energy Star 6.0, EPEAT Silver,
    EuP, FCC, GOST,ISO 9024-307,
    NRTL, RoHS, TCO 6.0, TÜV-GS
    Wallmount Yes
    Height Adjustment Yes
    Pivot Yes
    Swivel Yes
    Other Features -5/25 Tilt, 130 mm Height Adjustment,
    Eco Mode, e-Saver, i-Menu,
    Kensington Security Lock, screen+,
    VESA 100 mm
  • DIMENSIONS
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) 642 x 558 (+130) x 245mm
    Weight 7.5kg
    Warranty 3 Years
    EAN 4038986183871

    * Additional details available here

     

    First Impressions

     

    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).

     

    AOC Q2770Pqu - logo

     

    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.

     

    AOC Q2770Pqu - fully extended AOC Q2770Pqu - fully retracted

     

    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)

  • USB 2.0 (type b)
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • Power Switch
  • Aux Power
  • AOC Q2770Pqu - IO left
  • DisplayPort
  • VGA
  • DVI-D
  • HDMI
  • Audio Out (3.5mm)
  • Audio In (3.5mm)
  • AOC Q2770Pqu - IO right
  • USB 2.0 (Fast Charge)
  • USB 2.0
  • AOC Q2770Pqu - USB

     

    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.

     

    AOC Q2770Pqu - control panel

     

    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.

     

    AOC Q2770Pqu - back AOC Q2770Pqu - portrait

     

    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…

     

    Testing Methodology/Setup

     

    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
    • Loadout!
    • Splinter Cell – Blacklist

     

    Hardware Performance

     

    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!).

     

    AOC Q2770Pqu - on

     

    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)

     

    Unigine Heaven 1920x1080 Unigine Heaven 2560x1440

     

    • 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)

     

    Metro Last Light - 1920x1080 Metro Last Light - 2560x1440

     

    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.

     

    Final Thoughts

     

    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.

    But…

    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?

    Oddly that is not the question I’m asking myself now. The question I find myself asking is; what should I treat myself to first, another MSI R9 290 Gaming 4G or the AOC Q2770Pqu!? ;)

     

    Verdict

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      Design/Quality pcGameware awards the AOC Q2770Pqu WQHD 27″ S-PLS Monitor a Silver
    Performance
    Value
    Overall

     

    Many thanks to AOC for providing this sample for review

     

    1. July 28th, 2014 at 09:47 | #1

      Impressive … but the price is not what i am sure of. It is definitely costly esp. when so many other options are available with a lesser price tag

    2. James
      July 28th, 2014 at 12:55 | #2

      Hi John, do you have some examples, maybe we will be able to get some of them in for review…

    3. John Watson
      August 4th, 2014 at 04:35 | #3

      @James

      Hi James, thanks for reaching out

      Here are the links to the products i was talking about.

      Nixeus Vue 27 http://www.nixeus.com/?product=nixeus-vue-27
      Nixeus VUE 27d http://www.nixeus.com/?product=nixeus-vue-27d
      Nixeus View 30 http://www.nixeus.com/?product=nixeus-vue-30

      Your reviews will be highly appreciated

    4. James
      August 5th, 2014 at 17:35 | #4

      @John Watson Hi John thanks for the update, I’ll look into this…