AOC Q29630 29" UltraWide IPS LED Monitor Review

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There are several different presets to choose from in the On Screen Display (OSD) options. We stuck with the Normal setting for the duration of our tests.



AOC opted for physical buttons rather than touch-sensitive controls, a great decision in our opinion. Touch-sensitive controls don't always register our touch inputs, whereas physical buttons are generally more reliable.



Navigating the settings is a mostly easy and intuitive affair. The different options are clearly labeled, and so are the navigation options as you zigzag through the OSD.
    Once inside, you can adjust things like Brightness, Contrast, Eco settings, Gamma, Color Temperature (Warm, Normal, Cool, sRGB, and User), Frame Size, Picture-In-Picture settings, and so forth. If you get in over you head adjusting various knobs and dials, you can always reset the panel to factory settings.

    There's also an OverDrive setting (Weak, Medium Strong, and Off) that adjusts the response time. Using OverDrive can introduce input lag, so it's nice to see AOC offering different levels to play with.

    Calibration (DisplayMate)
    Menus and Options
    DisplayMate Test Screens

    We're now using DisplayMate for Windows (www.displaymate.com) as part of our monitor evaluation process. DisplayMate's smorgasbord of tests allow us to root out potential problems areas, such as geometry distortion and color inaccuracies, to name just two.

    To AOC's credit, we didn't notice any major issues with its Q2963PM. The IPS panel proved bright and vibrant with accurate color reproduction with exception black level performance. There wasn't any backlight bleeding, and despite its wide profile, distortion never reared its ugly head. We were especially impressed with its small font performance. Tiny text appeared sharp and readable, whereas lesser quality displays tend to struggle with this portion of DisplayMate's gamut of benchmarks.

    Not all was perfect, though. As we've seen with other high-end monitors, there was a tiny bit of overshoot detected in the video bandwidth test. A perfect score in this test is 100, and the Q2963PM scored about 105. Values over 100 indicate over-peaking and compensation, which can result in ringing and overshooting an image, according to DisplayMate.

    We also noticed a bit of overloading on the bright-end of the LCD intensity scale in DisplayMate, indicating a bit of white level saturation. It still outperformed the majority of TFT panels we've tested, but was slightly behind other IPS displays.



    Photos looked superb on the Q2963PM. People and scenes came to life on the brightly lit display, and though we noticed some white level saturation in DisplayMate, it didn't appear to affect our sample of photos, including brightly lit scenes. You need not worry about your vacation photos looking crummy on the Q2963PM.

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    *Drools* Too much want.

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    i would just want a few of those

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    A $400.00 is not too shabby. I'd love to get one of them.

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    Love the fact that it is an IPS panel, definitely want atleast one!!

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    I purchased on of these about 6 weeks ago and have been nothing but pleased.

    From the matte finish on the screen to the plethora of inputs its almost the perfect monitor.

    Gaming is great also, as pretty much all modern games offer resolutions based upon what the video driver tells the game it can run.

    And to not have any more letterboxing on movies is fantastic. Bitching about the lack of a rotate feature is simply asinine, there is NO conceivable way anything with such an aspect ratio would be useful in portrait mode and simply isn't something that any real user would have a use for.

    A USB hub would have been nice, but its really no great loss, and unless EVERY other screen had this there is no way this should be considered a negative.

    Given the connectivity options, a remote would have been a great addition like my 2 Asus 27" panels do.

    And as for the speakers, they should have been dropped from the design from the start.

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    Asinine, eh? Don't tell that to NEC -- the company's 29-inch EA294WMi UltraWide (2560x1080) display rotates into portrait mode just fine. So does the Philips 298P4QJEB, another UltraWide display with a 2560x1080 resolution.

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    Whoop dee doo. What is the point of the rotation other than to add another check on the spec list? Its simply a stupid feature on this ratio of screen. You'd be far better off with a 32" display (no rotation required) or to just grow up.

    Also remember, that these other screens cost close to twice the amount for pretty much no differences that are worthwhile.

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    There are quite a few scenarios where portrait mode could come in handy. To name just a few: photography, specialized gaming (pinball, as has been pointed out by another reader), certain CAD work, reading through long documents (productivity), and programming/debugging all immediately come to mind. One could even argue the benefits of investing in multiple monitors (as AOC is quick to promote), in portrait mode, if it was supported.

    I understand you don't personally have a need for the feature, and that's great, because as pointed out in the review, there's a lot to like about the display. However, it's just plain wrong to discredit the feature altogether in a professional panel.

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    I would love to play Visual Pinball full screen on this, too bad it doesn't rotate. Sorry to be so asinine about it!

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    I want this for gaming but this would cost too much!

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