You’re certainly getting a lot of screen for your money. The Q3279VWF has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 and it stretches that across a huge 31.5in MVA panel.
If that wasn’t enough, the panel runs natively at 75Hz and comes with AMD FreeSync, which provides tear-free gaming for those with compatible AMD graphics cards. Basically it does the lot.
Design and features
First, you’ll want to make sure the 31.5in (which measures: 729.59 x 425.09 x 153.2mm) monitor fits on your desk because this monitor is really big. The AOC’s glossy low-profile bezels and brushed silver aluminium stand look pretty slick, though.
AOC has made some compromises to come at that budget, though. The stand is only capable of tilting by -2° or +21.5° with no height adjustment and there are no VESA mounts at the back of the monitor, so you’re stuck with the restrictive stand.
For connectivity, you get DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, DVI and VGA inputs, plus a 3.5mm headphone jack output, but there’s no USB hub or headphone stand.
The OSD, which is accessed through the buttons found on the bottom right-hand corner, gives you access to a host of different options. You can adjust the Overdrive level, colour settings, and brightness levels, among others.
The AOC Q3279VWF features AMD FreeSync technology in the 48-75Hz range over HDMI and DisplayPort, which results in tear-free gaming with compatible AMD graphics cards. If you have a Nvidia graphics card, you’ll have to settle with V-Sync, but that’ll add unwanted input lag.
Image quality and gaming performance
The Q3279VWF has a 31.5in MVA panel with a matte coating. It runs natively at 2,560 x 1,440 with a 75Hz refresh rate and, thankfully, doesn’t suffer from any frame-skipping.
When I first switched the monitor on the whole screen had a blue tint. Set the monitor to sRGB mode and things improve. In this mode, the blue colour adjustment drops to 43, while the red and green stay at 50, an odd occurrence for a PC monitor as it’s usually the other way around. Nevertheless, this does have the effect of subduing the blue tint, which makes for a more colour accurate display.
MVA panels are renowned for their high contrast ratio, but I’ve yet to come across one as good as the Q3279VWF. I measured its contrast ratio at an astonishing 4,276:1, and this leads to incredibly vibrant onscreen images, although I suspect AOC dynamically adjusts the contrast.
At 90% brightness (the max brightness achievable in sRGB mode), the panel also achieves the lowest black luminance I’ve seen in a consumer-grade monitor. At a measured 0.047cd/m² there’s barely a hint of grey, which is exactly what you want when watching movies with dark scenes.
As for gaming, its 75Hz refresh rate is a step above the 60Hz panels you see in most monitors at this sort of price. Coupled with an AMD FreeSync-compatible graphics card this monitor delivers buttery smooth, tear-free gaming.
What’s more, input lag is very low and response time is incredibly fast, especially with Overdrive set to Medium. This makes the AOC ideal for multiplayer gamers.
Price and competition
The AOC Q3279VWF costs around £200 and this makes it the best vape MVA 1440p monitor of any size I’ve come across, let alone one this big. Its closest competitor is the Acer EB321HQUA, which is £241 and has the same core specs. After that the prices are so much higher there is no real competition at this price point..
The AOC Q3279VWF is simply incredible value for money at less than £200. It’s perfect for watching movies on, ideal for gamers and excellent for office. If you’re looking for a competent all-purpose monitor and you’re on a budget, the Q3279VWF is a great choice.
With a 1440p 75Hz display on a huge 31.5in panel, the AOC monitor ticks all the right boxes and is our top choice monitor for the money.