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

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
    ...Google.com 499 pounds to dollars = $851.17. Ouch.
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  • moogleslam
    Make one of these with G-Sync, and I'm all over it.
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  • ap3x
    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
    21:10 would be alot better, 3440 x 1600.
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  • falchard
    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
    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
    where do i preorder?
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  • ps3hacker12
    Bear in mind all UK prices are inc. 20% VAT aka £100 of that £500 monitor is VAT :L
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  • Menigmand
    You Brits have it easy. Over here across the canal, we pay 25 % VAT
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  • Merry_Blind
    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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