So is the C3583FQ the perfect gaming monitor? If you’ve read our other display reviews then you already know our thoughts on using that particular adjective. No product is perfect. But for the price, this new AOC might just be the thing that puts curved screens on more desktops. Gamers will certainly want to take a serious look.
There’s no doubt that a curved monitor takes a bit of getting used to. Staring at 16:9 flat screens for years means users have come to expect a certain look and feel from their displays. The 21:9 aspect ratio coupled with a 2000R curve means perceiving the desktop and games in a whole new way. After working with many such products, we think it’s pretty cool. Will we be chucking all our 16:9 flat panels in favor of these new-fangled screens? Probably not. In our environment where we look at a new monitor every other day, it’s not as practical for us to simply switch back and forth. We think curved ultra-wide belongs firmly in the entertainment spectrum.
Gaming on this new AOC is an absolute hoot. Our normal play tests might take a couple of hours at most, but when we used the C3583FQ, we found ourselves frittering away entire afternoons. Monitors like this really draw the player into the environment. And thanks to its manageable resolution, motion quality is extremely smooth and clean. While we did see a little softness in certain instances, that wasn’t enough to disqualify it from consideration by any stretch.
Our benchmark tests revealed a couple of things worth noting. Of course contrast is the king here and that extra image depth really enhances everything you do on this display, gaming or otherwise. Color accuracy is excellent when using the sRGB preset in the Color Temp menu. Our measurements showed quality befitting a professional product. The only caveat there is the fixed 300cd/m2 output level.
Calibration produces a very good picture and one that has just a little extra saturation which is fine with us. We recommend at minimum selecting the Gamma 2 preset and using our recommend RGB values if you want to optimize your C3583FQ’s image quality. If you’re OK with a fixed brightness level, go for sRGB to enjoy color, grayscale and gamma that’s right on spec.
After looking at many curved monitors, we’d have to say this one is a standout product. It delivers everything a gamer could ask for at an attractive price. At the very least, it might be the impetus for other manufacturers to reduce their price of admission to the curved genre. For its excellent performance and great value, we’re giving the AOC C3583FQ our Tom’s Hardware Editor Recommended Award.