Calibration & Controls
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.
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.
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.