AOC introduced on Monday a new 29-inch LED-lit UltraWide IPS monitor packing a WFHD 2560 x 1080 resolution and a pricetag of $499 USD (model Q2963PM). It's available now at Amazon (opens in new tab), Microcenter, Newegg, Tiger Direct, Canada Computers and other national retailers.
AOC is now one of many display makers jumping on the 21:9 ratio bandwagon, providing super-wide screens that should eliminate the need for those annoying black bars running across the screen when watching movies and TV shows. This particular model features a Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 50,000,000:1 from viewing angles up to 178° both vertically and horizontally, a 250 cd/m² brightness and a response time of 5 ms.
Also on the spec list is an HDCP-compatible HDMI port, DVI-D and D-Sub ports, and DisplayPort in and DisplayPort out connections. "Thanks to Display Port 1.2a with HBR2 multi-stream transport technology, you can interconnect multiple monitors to create a single daisy chain configuration," the company said. "Your DP 1.2a compliant PC device will be able to configure these monitors into a single huge screen, or independent screens depending on your application requirement."
The new display also features MHL support, meaning a compatible device can connect to the MHL port and deliver movies, music, gaming and more while receiving a recharge directly from the monitor itself. AOC's included Screen+ software allows the UltraWide 29-inch screen to be split into individual work areas, making it easy to multitask and view multiple documents simultaneously. Dual 3-watt speakers completes the package, delivering a home theater-like experience directly to the desktop.
"In the office, the monitor’s built-in speakers will also help to reduce cable clutter, as no external audio set-up is required," the company said. "The display is also 100 mm VESA compatible so that it can be mounted to the wall to save space and create a streamlined look."
Currently the display isn't listed on AOC's website, but the company provided a link to its Amazon listing here (opens in new tab).