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AOC U3277PQU 32-inch 4K display review

Rating: 8.5.

Last updated on December 10th, 2015 at 04:33 pm

The AOC U3277PQU is a high-end 4K display, with a large 32-inch screen and a specification suited to graphic design work and gaming alike. It has a 10-bit IPS AHVA panel, built-in speakers, a picture-in-picture mode and a fully flexible stand – for a relatively reasonable price.

The different pricing tiers among 4K displays are quite clearly split between different panel technologies and screen size. For what might be considered an “entry-level” 4K screen, you pay around £350-450, and for that you get a TN (twisted nematic) display with screen size of around 27 inches, with a low refresh rate, usually 1ms grey-to-grey.

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An IPS panel for better viewing angles and overall picture quality adds to the cost considerably, as do screens larger than 27 inches. We’ve seen a number of 4K IPS displays with 32-inch screen sizes, such as the BenQ BL3201PT (Review HERE) and even 40 inches, in the case of the Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC (Review HERE).

At the very top end of the scale, you pay considerably more for features such as Nvidia G-Sync, as with the Asus ROG Swift PG27AQ (Review HERE) or if you want absolutely superb colour accuracy, you need to dig really deep into your pocket.

The 32-inch Asus ProArt PA329Q sports a lovely 100 per cent Adobe RGB coverage while Dell’s UltraSharp UP3216Q and EIZO’s beautiful ColorEdge CG318-4K displays offer good DCI-P3 coverage as well, but all three of these examples carry four-figure price tags.

AOC’s U3277PQU fits in between these ends of the pricing spectrum. It costs around £600, and is a 32-inch 4K display with an IPS panel and therefore, associated 178 degree viewing angles.

It sits alongside another similarly named AOC display, the £350 Q3277PQU, which carries a near-identical design but with a 2,560×1,440 native resolution. The ‘Q’ clearly stands for Quad HD, while the ‘U’ in the U3277PQU stands for Ultra HD.

AOC lists a 4ms response time, 350cd/m2 brightness, built-in speakers and audio passthrough, four display inputs and a stand with full tilt, pivot and rotate support.

Generally 4K monitors are still significantly more expensive than displays with a lower native resolution, but the AOC U3277PQU offers a lot of monitor for the money, and will work well for gaming, graphic design and general desktop use.

Specification:

Screen size: 32-inch
Native resolution: 3840×2160
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Panel type: IPS
Display inputs: HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, VGA, DVI
USB hub: 4x USB 3.0
Tilt: Yes
Raise: Yes
Swivel: Yes
Other: 10-bit panel, 2x 3w speakers

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