AOC has just unveiled its Q3279VWFD8 Monitor, and it’s just £219. Need I say more? Okay, yeah I probably should… AOC nomenclature is rarely crystal clear. Essentially this is a 32-inch IPS monitor, with FreeSync support, and a 1440p resolution.
I’ll admit £200 is still a fair chunk of money for most of us, but in Gaming Monitor land that’s not a huge heap of the ol’ folding stuff. And when you consider just what this AOC panel is offering, it’s actually a bit of a steal. A decent 1080p IPS can easily cost that much, and that would just be a straight 60Hz slab, with maybe 24-inches across the diagonal… if you’re lucky.
That might just make its way into our list of the best gaming monitors...
That makes it one of the cheapest 32-inch monitors you’ll be able to find, unless you manage to dig up some impressive back-of-the-lorry discounts down the pub. Obviously that means it’s not going to be the most outstanding Gaming monitor around - it’s only sporting a 250cd/m2 typical luminance rating - but it’s going to still do a fine job on your desktop.
In terms of the full specs list the AOC Q3279VWD8 has a native resolution of 2560 x 1440, a refresh rate of 75Hz, an 8-bit +FRC panel, 5ms response time, and AMD FreeSync support to make good with the GPU frame synchronisation. You might be wondering what the point is in going from a 60Hz panel to a 75Hz one, but you can honestly see the difference between the two refresh rates. Sure, it’s not as noticeable as the jump from 60Hz to 144Hz, but you get a cleaner, smoother experience on the desktop especially.