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AOC C2783FQ 27-inch Curved VA Monitor Review


So is there still a place for an FHD monitor on the modern desktop? It would seem so given the fact that most users are still looking at that resolution every day at work, and most likely at home. While many gaming, and almost all professional displays are offering at least QHD (2560x1440) or Ultra HD (3840x2160), the C2783FQ has one compelling feature that should attract value-conscious shoppers: that gorgeous VA panel.

While manufacturers of both panel parts and monitors have pursued features like adaptive refresh and higher pixel density, they have largely ignored contrast. If you look over our monitor reviews for the past four years, it’s evident that color accuracy, adjustability, and flexibility have all improved greatly, but contrast has remained pretty close to the 1000:1 level that is our preferred benchmark. Only VA panels can significantly exceed this, but they seem mainly relegated to use in HDTVs rather than computer monitors.

It is true that Ultra HD VA panels are pretty rare on the desktop. The Philips BDM4065UC is the only example we’ve reviewed so far. But we believe (and fervently hope) that more are coming. As much as we like IPS and have made it our go-to technology when choosing monitors, there is nothing like the deep black levels and high contrast of a display that’s rendering almost 3000:1 or more.

If you check out the tech behind the best HDTVs like Samsung’s S-UHD or Sony’s Z-series, you’ll find VA exclusively. Though its viewing angles are not quite as good as IPS, the extra image depth and dynamic range far outweighs any desire for a display that lets you watch it from the side of the room.

To this point, we haven’t talked much about the C2783FQ’s curvature. At 4000R it’s pretty subtle despite how the photos look. Our conclusion is that it neither enhances nor detracts from the user experience. We spent lots of time taking measurements and using the monitor for workaday tasks and honestly, we just didn't notice the curve. So if you are specifically shopping for a curved monitor, you might be better served by an ultra-wide model, though its extra immersiveness will cost you a lot more money.

The C2783FQ offers tremendous accuracy, contrast, and overall performance for the money. Its test results and reasonably low input lag make it well suited for just about any task. Price will make it a top choice for business or perhaps even enterprise use. But it can also provide a decent gaming experience, and it’s qualified for color-critical work. For all these reasons, we’re giving it the Tom’s Hardware Editor Recommended Award.

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