AOC C2783FQ 27-inch Curved VA Monitor Review

Ever since curved monitors first appeared a little more than two years ago, we’ve managed to review a fair number of them. Without exception they’ve been of the ultra-wide variety, sporting a 21:9 aspect ratio and coming mainly in 3440x2160 resolution with a 34" diagonal screen, though a couple have been 2560x1080 at 35". The 16:9 aspect ratio has not been abandoned in this category, however. It's rare, but there are a few curved models in the more rectangular format.

Today we’re checking out AOC’s C2783FQ. It’s a 27" panel with 1920x1080 resolution and vertical-alignment (VA) technology. Is this something that business-class users will be attracted to? Let’s take a look.

Specifications

Aside from the curve, the C2783FQ is a fairly typical 27" monitor, although not everyone will be thrilled with its FHD resolution. However at street prices not much over $200, you may overlook that limitation, especially when you see our test results. The 4000R curvature is subtle and much less than some photos would have you believe. When viewed head-on, there is no image distortion, and the bezel’s bowing effect is almost non-existent.

We’ve covered VA panels here before, though not as much as we’d like. VA offers far higher contrast than IPS and TN due to its more efficient light-valve design. The individual pixels are better able to block the backlight’s output which means deeper black levels and anywhere from two to five times the contrast of even the premium end of the competition. Our current record holder is the Philips BDM4065UC Ultra HD 40" model, which exceeds 6000:1 in our max output test. The backlight is a white LED with flicker-free operation. No pulse-width modulation is used to regulate brightness.

The C2783FQ is a business-class display for sure. With an sRGB color gamut, 60Hz refresh rate, and a basic feature set, it’s not likely to be on gamer or professional short lists. But you may want to check out our benchmark results before passing judgement. We uncovered some surprisingly high performance.

Packaging, Physical Layout & Accessories

Like all curved screens, the C2783FQ is securely packaged with soft foam to protect the panel, while more rigid material surrounds the base. It’s already assembled for you, so all that’s required is to lift it out of the box.

Our sample included a fairly thin cable bundle. In addition to the slim external power brick, we got only VGA and analog audio connectors. You’ll need to provide your own HDMI, DisplayPort, or DVI cable to get a picture. We also had to go online to download a user manual.

Product 360

The C2783FQ’s reason for pre-assembly is immediately apparent when you see that the inputs and touch-sensitive controls are built into the base. It’s exactly what we encountered with the ultra-wide C3583FQ. This is a very convenient arrangement for both connection and OSD navigation. The controls respond to the slightest touch, and we even tripped them during our testing phase when the meters’ wires brushed across them. AOC might consider making them a little less responsive.

The anti-glare layer is somewhat shinier than typical monitors so you’ll have to take care with placement if you want to avoid harsh reflections. The upside is that clarity is a cut above the norm. Even though resolution is FHD, the picture is quite sharp and vivid. Surrounding the screen is a thin bezel finished in piano black. The side surround is silver plastic with a satin texture. The gloss black extends across the back of the monitor in one single piece interrupted only by the upright’s connection. That piece is made from metal with a thick chrome plating. Obviously you can’t remove the panel and use your own mount. And the only adjustment available is 15° of tilt. The package feels fairly solid given its light weight.

The side profile is fairly slim, though not surprisingly so given the gentle 4000R curve. Looking down from the top gives a true perception of the actual radius. Some photos make it seem more severe than it actually is. We couldn’t see any distortion in the image, and after working with the C2783FQ awhile we barely noticed the curve.

The base contains one of each video input type. You get DisplayPort, HDMI with MHL, DVI, and VGA. Audio is supported by an analog input and a headphone output. There are no built-in speakers, but you can control the volume to your headphones.

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  • NinjaNerd56
    I have a similar flat version of this screen, and love it. $209 on sale at Best Buy last year.

    I use it with work laptop and home game tower every day...it's been OFF about 2 minutes since I got it.

    Good stuff, Maynard!
  • Dantte
    I want a 34" 21:9 1440p curved AMVA with 120Hz+ and g-sync. Please, someone make this display

    UPDATE: I looked into this and apparently AUO (they build the panels for Acer) is working on this exactly panel, @200Hz, and should be available in 2017. FreeSync and G-Sync are unknown at this time. They are also working on a 4K 144Hz panel that should come out around the same time in 2017.
  • sillynilly
    Great price for an ok monitor. Could never go backwards to a large format 1080 panel, but for many people, this could be a decent option. I'm with Dantte - that's the monitor I'm looking for.
  • jaber2
    Not sure if I want the wires not hanging from the monitor, this design makes my head hurt
  • TheDane
    Low rez.... boring! Please - more 3440x1440 and 4K gaming monitor tests. Since I tried gaming on a 3440x1440 (21:9) I simply cannot go back to anything less than 2560x1440.
  • Korpxx
    People like Thedane give me a headache
  • TheDane
    Korpxx: Sorry about that. Doesn't change my opionion one bit though.
  • nitrium
    I'd go for something like this instantly if it was 2560x1600 (16:10) 144Hz IPS with FreeSync.
  • Eggz
    CORRECTION:

    The opening paragraph says that 34' ultrawides are usually 3440 x 2160, but they are usually 3440 x 1440. The 2160 number is part of 4K, not ultrawide.
  • harrkev
    Can somebody explain the "curved monitor" thing to me with anything besides "because we can?"

    Da Vinci pained the Mona Lisa on a completely flat surface. Van Gogh did not have a curved surface when he painted "The Starry Night." OK. I admit that the Michelangelo chose a curved surface when he painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
  • sillynilly
    For me the curve makes sense due to screen width - i.e., you have a wider range to look at. The curve, when I have messed with them, helps with immersion and a wrapping feel rather than the distance from the center of the screen to the farthest edges being so dissimilar. I run 3 27" panels on an ergotech stand that allows me to have the outside two panels angled in making them almost all equidistant from the center panel (eye-to-panel distance). For me, it makes sense - to you? Maybe not so much.
  • zodiacfml
    Too bad, no fast refresh rates.