AOC this week introduced two new 27” displays with thin bezels, a fancy asymmetric stand, an IPS panel and QHD resolution (2560×1440). The more expensive of the two monitors comes with a rose gold base as well as a rear embedded with Swarovski crystals.

When it comes to stylish computer hardware in general and displays in particular, it is not always easy to get something that is both aesthetically attractive and technologically advanced. High-quality backlighting requires space, and full-size connectors make devices thicker too, so sleek designs usually have certain compromises. AOC attempted to combine style and technology in its Q2781-series monitors, if having crystals on your monitor is your thing. The displays are based on AH-IPS panels featuring a 2560×1440 resolution suitable up to 350 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles, a 5 ms response time and a 60 Hz refresh rate. The manufacturer claims that the Q2718PQ and the Q2718PS displays can reproduce 16.77 million colors, and also claims “full sRGB” (but we would cautiously call it 99%).  

The monitors have very thin bezels on all four sides and have asymmetric L-shaped stands as shown in the picture above. The AOC Q2781PQ has a silver stand and a regular black back panel. The AOC Q2781PS comes with a rose gold base, whereas its back panel is decorated with Swarovski crystals. The tilt of both displays can be adjusted, but the height is fixed.

AOC Q2781-Series Displays
  Q2781PQ Q2781PS
Panel 27" IPS
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 5 ms (gray-to-gray)
Brightness 350 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.2331 × 0.2331 mm
PPI 109
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort
2 × HDMI
1 × D-Sub
Audio 3.5-mm headphone jack
Color Silver Rose gold
Bling No Bling Bling Bling
Power Consumption Standby < 0.5 W
Maximum 45 W

As for connectivity, the AOC Q2781-series displays have a DisplayPort, an HDMI header, a D-Sub input as well as a 3.5-mm headphone output. Keep in mind that D-Sub does not support HDCP and certain content may not playback when using such connectors. AOC mentioned that the Q2781-series monitors also feature the company’s Clear Vision video engine to upscale SD content to HD quality.

The AOC Q2781PQ is available now at for $349.99, which is below the MSRP of $499. The rose gold version with the Swarovski 'bling' (Ian's edit: each to their own) will be available in the coming months for $599.

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Source: AOC



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  • Meteor2 - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - link

    Absolutely. Would look good in high-end office and hotel lobbies. Not to mention flash open-plan offices. Reply
  • XabanakFanatik - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    For that price point, you only get two blings? That's highway robbery! Reply
  • Dug - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    It definitely needs more pieces of flair. Reply
  • nathanddrews - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - link

    Look, you want to express yourself, don't you? Reply
  • philehidiot - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - link

    Don't you all just use a crystal encrusted man bag like me? Reply
  • nehway0912 - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    D-sub in 2017. This is so wrong. lol Reply
  • Makaveli - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    Agreed get rid of the VGA port.

    Make the stand removable and also make it mountable.

    Sales go up!
  • npz - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    D-sub is definitely still useful in 2017, but probably not for this display's market.

    Image quality on my VGA port on my Asus 1080p and Samsung 1200p "pro" monitors are just as good as DVI. Very useful as I have multiple machines at home and at work. Also, analog vga KVM switches are still much cheaper than HDMI/DVI/DP switches (hardware wise, they shouldn't be, but they are...)

    Anyways, coming back to this monitor, if they wanted to show off the back, they should have the ports facing down, and get rid of that big tacky AOC logo.
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    Any potential fashion statement from that stand will be overpowered by the laptopbox or stack of programming books that are stuffed under it to compensate for the lack of height adjustments. Reply
  • npz - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    One experience I have with thin-necked and especially this kind of thin, snaking stand:
    this monitor is gonna be wobbler.

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