The panel itself is an In Plane Switching (IPS) type that should offer superior viewing angles and deeper, richer, and more accurate colors than what even a high-end TFT panel can offer. Going with an IPS panel was a wise choice by AOC. Even though it drives up the price a bit, having a wider viewing angle is even more important since the sides of the display extend so far past the middle. An IPS panel allows you to view all parts of the screen from a single position without sacrificing color uniformity or introducing other unwanted artifacts.
It's also important to note that this monitor is primarily aimed at productivity gurus. There's not a ton of content designed specifically for a 2560x1080 resolution, and where that really comes in handy is when lining up multiple windows side-by-side.
While we're picking on the stand, we should point out that it doesn't include any cable management features. Many monitors have cutouts or other fancy ways of routing cables to help reduce clutter. You won't find any of that here.
If you want, you can skip the base altogether and attach the Q2963PM directly to your wall. The VESA cover with AOC's logo pops right off with a long fingernail or flathead screwdriver.
Video output ports are found on the right side of the stand. These include:
- VGA: 2560x1080@60Hz
- DVI: 2560x1080@60Hz (with Dual-Link DVI cable)
- HDMI 1.4: 2660 x 1080@60Hz
Sitting on the underside of the stand are a pair of DisplayPorts. With the front of the panel facing you, the left DisplayPort serves as an input and the right is an output, which allows you to daisychain multiple monitors. The supported resolution is 2560x1080.
Also on the underbelly are audio in/outputs and the power connector. Noticeably missing from the panel is a built-in-USB hub, somewhat of a glaring omission on a monitor designed for professionals.