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AOC's Panoramic 21:9 34-inch IPS Monitor Priced Right

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AOC has built a very nice monitor, and it is very competitively priced.

LG’s 21:9 WQHD monitor was very well received, so it should not be a surprise to see other manufacturers follow suit. AOC is one of the first to also make a monitor at 3440 x 1440 pixels. This is the AOC U3477PQU.

AOC built the monitor with an IPS panel, so color reproduction should be excellent. The panel comes with an 8-bit + FRC arrangement, which will allow for more than one billion discrete colors. The panel has a refresh rate of 60 Hz, and a 5 ms gray-to-gray response time. We actually suspect that the panel in here is the same one featured in the LG 34UM95.

AOC has not skimped on connectivity. Aboard you’ll find DisplayPort, HDMI with MHL support, and a USB 3.0 interface. There are also DVI and VGA connectors, although we wouldn’t suggest using them. You’ll also find a stand with height and tilt adjustment, as well as a 100 mm VESA mount.


Overall, we quite like these monitors. If you come from a 27” QHD monitor (2560 x 1440) you’ll gain more real estate and a new experience, while not quite dipping into the 4K territory just yet. For gamers this is particularly interesting, because this is a monitor that will be drivable with a powerful graphics card, while 4K can still be problematic.

Availability is expected in September. Pricing for this monitor is expected to be £499 in the UK, which is quite good considering the LG 34UM95 costs about £800. Hopefully this one will also make it to the US.

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    whiteodian , July 22, 2014 1:51 PM
    ...Google.com 499 pounds to dollars = $851.17. Ouch.
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    moogleslam , July 22, 2014 2:55 PM
    Make one of these with G-Sync, and I'm all over it.
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    ap3x , July 22, 2014 3:14 PM
    Actually the LG 34UM95 is $999.00 at most stores. Some are selling it for 1399.00 so it is fairly clear they are taking advantage of early adopters. I would imagine we would see it for 899.99 in the next few months.

    G-Sync would rock on it though. I am actually debating on the 34UM95 or the Asus ROG Swift with G-Sync.

    The main then that has me leaning to the LG is the fact that it actually has a KVM built in and I am a PC and Mac user. Allows me to use 1 keyboard/Mouse with 2 systems on this one monitor. That combined with the screen real estate that I can use for work/play make it a better solution overall then going with the 2/3 Asus monitors.

    Last thing is that currently G-Sync does not work with Nvidia Surround right now which is a huge disappointment for me.
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    soldier44 , July 22, 2014 5:49 PM
    21:10 would be alot better, 3440 x 1600.
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    falchard , July 22, 2014 7:36 PM
    Most European countries suffer under VAT, Carbon Credits, and forcing manufacturing in their country. This means we see close to 50% markup or no availability.
    The main issue with this format is support. A lot of older games won't allow this screen resolution without editing. It also has the same vertical size as a 27". However, it would be pretty cool to play this as a 3 monitor setup.
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    agnickolov , July 22, 2014 9:23 PM
    Why on earth is DVI a not recommended interface? It has higher bandwidth than HDMI 1.4 thanks to dual-link support.
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    Phillip Wager , July 23, 2014 3:39 AM
    where do i preorder?
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    ps3hacker12 , July 23, 2014 3:47 AM
    Bear in mind all UK prices are inc. 20% VAT aka £100 of that £500 monitor is VAT :L
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    Menigmand , July 23, 2014 6:56 AM
    You Brits have it easy. Over here across the canal, we pay 25 % VAT
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    Merry_Blind , July 23, 2014 7:18 AM
    Classy! I really like the look of this monitor! It doesn't look lame and cheap, but it doesn't look like something from a sci-fi movie either!

    Hope your designers are well paid AOC!
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    dgingeri , July 23, 2014 8:28 AM
    Nice! It'd be worth the US$850 at that size and resolution, especially adding the USB 3.0 hub. I hope it comes here to the US. I'd get one.

    As for the guy complaining about the 25% VAT, that's your own fault for letting the government get too much power. They'll rob you blind as long as they aren't afraid of you. That's why we yankees have our second amendment.
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    B1ueW01f , July 23, 2014 9:31 AM
    Hmn that wide with no bend? Missing a trick there for the gaming market imo.

    Not to get into politics but dont bash VAT, pays for a whole world of other benefits that the yanks get stung for from 'Big Corp'.
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    heydan , July 23, 2014 9:37 AM
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    You Brits have it easy. Over here across the canal, we pay 25 % VAT


    First world problem.... on third world countries we deal with even more taxes and we make less money, so this US$850 monitor will be like US$1000 here in Mexico, so yes... what a big problem you have.
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    eklipz330 , July 23, 2014 9:45 AM
    i really want a 21:9 monitor but i have THREE RECOMMENDATIONS

    1) bring out the displayport 1.2a for freesync capability. screw gsync.
    2) make it CURVED. seriously, pc monitors are usually dedicated screens for one person, and when gamers usually set up their eyefinity/3d surround, its in a way that it curves around the user. there is NO REASON THESE MONITORS SHOULD NOT BE CURVED! it would be PERFECTTTTT
    3)if by some magical way you can incorporate 120hz and blur reduction, this monitor would be THE MONITOR TO HAVE
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    chaotixblade , July 23, 2014 9:50 AM
    lol ^^
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    ozicom , July 23, 2014 1:08 PM
    Well this is what i'm thinking that monitor manufacturers must do. "Make different products for computer users"
    Most manufacturer think that we're like a TV consumer but we're not. Most of us didn't use Pivot monitor but most of manufacturers even think to make a pivot monitor or made a pivot monitor. Manufacturers like NEC make different products but others just copy what others made. Please be more creative. I'm waiting for a 3840x1080 monitor to buy when someone made :) 
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    ozicom , July 23, 2014 1:13 PM
    I also want to add something. If this monitor can support PIP or can split the display area for different input it'll be great. I think i saw that split thing on a 4K monitor before but i'm not sure of that.
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    hardcore_player , July 23, 2014 1:27 PM
    34 Ultra-Wide’ monitors LG’s 34UM95 , Dell’s U3415W and AOC u3477Pqu
    all have WQHD ..........gee... i wounder what's the recommended GPU to run any game on this at 60fps !!!! must be dual GTX 780ti in SLI ???
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    sarghum , July 23, 2014 8:23 PM
    Asus ROG Swift, end of story :) 
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    TesseractOrion , August 10, 2014 6:32 PM
    Quote:

    That's why we yankees have our second amendment.


    And you're welcome to it, much good it does you LOL. But why Yanks have to bring their uninteresting rabble-rousing politics into every single bloody post I don't know *sigh*