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AOC Q2963PM Monitor Review: 2560x1080 Is A New Way To Play

Results: Viewing Angle And Uniformity

For off-axis viewing, there’s no better tech right now than IPS. You can sit as much as 45 degrees from center and still see a decent image. The light falloff is minimal and the color shift associated with TN monitors is virtually non-existent. In addition, with monitors as bright as these, the effect can be further minimized at high-output settings.

We expected there might issues with side-to-side light falloff and color shift from the AOC because of its extra width, but the opposite turned out to be true. You can see a slight blue shift only in the upper- and lower-angle photos. This is a good thing, since you want a uniform image from left to right, especially from a monitor this wide. The vertical color shift means that people watching movies over your shoulder won’t see the best image quality.

Screen Uniformity: Luminance

To measure screen uniformity, zero percent and 100 percent full-field patterns are used, and nine points are sampled. In a change from previous reviews, we’re now comparing the results to other monitors we’ve measured. First, we establish a baseline measurement at the center of each screen. Then the surrounding eight points are measured and their values expressed as a percentage of the baseline, either above or below. This number gets averaged. It is important to remember that we test a single sample only, and that other samples of the same monitor can measure differently in this metric.

First up is black field uniformity:

A 7.24% variation from center is pretty much invisible. This means you are unlikely to see any variation in the black tone from left to right, and top to bottom.

Here’s the white field measurement:

The white field pattern measures even better at 4.44%. We can’t see any change in the Q2963PM’s white tone whatsoever. This is excellent performance made more impressive by the screen's wideness. We're also floored to see it right up there with the Samsung, which has a software adjustment for screen uniformity loaded at the factory.

Screen Uniformity: Color

With this review, we’re adding a new uniformity test to our benchmark suite: color. The above measurements only cover luminance. Now we’re measuring the white balance variation in an 80-percent white field pattern. The results are expressed as a variation in Delta E, in other words, the difference between the highest and lowest value. Since we don’t have numbers for past monitors, there’s no chart. The AOC ranged from a high of 2.6 to a low of .48, which is still invisible to the naked eye. This represents a 2.12 variation, which isn’t too bad.

  • Simos Kozanidis
    Does it tilt?
    Having 2 in chain of those, tilted on the side, would be very nice for productivity apps, like coding, etc.
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  • eddieroolz
    Good to see 21:9 monitors come down in price. I don't ever watch movies so the width is no use for me, though what I'd like to see in the future is a vertical VESA mount to stack 2 of these monitors in the vertical orientation. That would result in a 2560x2160 resolution that would be great for productivity purposes.
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  • cobra5000
    If only it was 21:10.
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  • giovanni86
    I'm actually in the market for the LG 21:9 primarily for gaming. Though i was disappointed that the veritcal length is smaller then others. Its still a very nice display. Looking forward to buying it and playing BF4 on it :)
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  • christop
    I would like to try gaming with 3.
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  • ubercake
    Seems like a good choice for an RTS/MMORPGer. The input lag of the IPS panel is still going to keep me away from using something like this for shooters.
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  • vertexx
    With the multiple sources, does it force a 50-50 split or is that adjustable?

    I currently run two PCs for my daily work and could probably use something like this. Two 1080p monitors side by side is too much back and forth, so this may be a good solution. But I'd want to be able to adjust the split between the sources if needed.

    Thanks!
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  • cknobman
    I know no one wants to hear this and I will be instantly down voted but this resolution seems ideal for Windows 8 Metro/Modern interface.

    Everything in Windows 8 Metro/Modern is designed for horizontal screen orientation vs. vertical.

    Besides that point this monitor seems like a great piece of hardware for the money. Nice review!
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  • major-error
    11424113 said:
    Good to see 21:9 monitors come down in price. I don't ever watch movies so the width is no use for me, though what I'd like to see in the future is a vertical VESA mount to stack 2 of these monitors in the vertical orientation. That would result in a 2560x2160 resolution that would be great for productivity purposes.
    What you're looking for comes from Ergotron: http://www.ergotron.com/ProductsDetails/tabid/65/PRDID/15/language/en-US/Default.aspx
    I have this stand holding up a pair of Dell U2412M displays. My only real concern when hanging displays on this stand is the panel weight, although I bet the bottom-mounted of a pair of 27" 16:9 displays would end up touching the desk...
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  • nekromobo
    You totally forgot to compare it to Dell U2913WM for little more there's 3years NBD warranty etc.. not to mention how does it compare picture-wise? Probably same panel used on both.
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