The AOC C2783FQ is a curved monitor equipped with a VA panel that promises to offer deep contrasts and stunning shades of colors. Ultrawides still hold the top spots in the curved segment, but this model is a promising example of how diverse your options are if you want an arcing 16:9 display for your home or office. We’ve seen a lot of VA-equipped models and a lot of them have shown stellar performances, so let’s see if the as a place among them.
AOC C2783FQ Specifications
- Screen Size: 27 Inches
- Resolution: 1080p FHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment (VA)
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- Response Time: 5ms
- Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 300 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: No
- Stand: Height -No
- Stand: Tilt – Yes (-5°/+23°)
- Stand: Swivel – No
- VESA Compatibility: No
- Connectivity: HDMI-MHL x 1, DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, DVI-D x1, VGA x 1, 3.5mm Audio Jack
- Dimensions with Stand(WxHxD): 24.8″ x 18.15″ x 6.9″
- Weight: 12.85 lbs.
Design and Features
The AOC C2783FQ avoids the fashionable or gaudy design treatments and instead goes for a subdued and subtle look, which could appeal to a larger chunk of consumers. The screen isn’t bezel free, but you they are within reasonable limits and shouldn’t distract viewers from the upgraded viewing space. This model comes pre-assembled, so you won’t need tools to put it up, but there are reasons why AOC went with this route.
One of these considerations on the AOC C2783FQ is one of our favorite features as well. The base not only serves as the whole device’s footing, but it also is the I/O layout for video inputs. You get DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI-MHL, DVI-D and VGA connectors which are more than enough for most needs. It’s a shame that they did not include USB receptacles which would have found a good spot on the base.
The cabinet’s piano black finish and the brushed metal layer on the base combine to make an attempt at a luxurious appearance. The only beef we have with glossy monitors is that they are prone to dust, fingerprints, and hairline scratches, so maintaining the good looks of the AOC C2783FQ could be a chore. The neck, however, presents a contradicting aspect which veers away from the plasticky exterior because it is made of silvery metal.
The OSD buttons are located on the base of the AOC C2783FQ as well, and our complaint is that they are too sensitive. A simple brush of an object could activate them, and we wish AOC provided tactile buttons instead. But on a positive note, their layout including the I/O panel at the rear of the base is convenient and within easy reach from near field distance.
The AOC C2783FQ’s armature does not detach so there are no VESA mounting options. Ergonomics is limited to tilting, so you are stuck with this configuration. One of the main reasons for this design is that the wiring from the base to the panel goes through the neck, so AOC chose not to compromise this design and provide this model with the uniqueness that grows on you when you set this monitor up.
Display and Performance
The AOC C2783FQ sports a 27-inch curved VA panel with a 1920 x 1080 FHD resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, 5ms response time, and contrast ratio of 3000:1. Out of the box, the AOC C2783FQ’s output appears pleasant except for some minor clipping that you can easily correct by adjusting contrast by a few notches. There is an imaging presets included in the OSD, but most of them can’t help you in bringing out the maximum potential from this monitor.
Selecting User mode is the best choice since it unlocks the color temp sliders that can help alleviate the slight skewing in the reds and greens. After some minor tweaking, the AOC C2783FQ can reach coverage of the sRGB gamut by as much as 98%, while Delta E sits at 2.3. For the best results, set Gamma to the first setting to lock it at 2.2. These are consistent output results for a monitor of this caliber since most of the slight deviances we noticed shouldn’t manifest in regular usage.
One of the best aspects of the AOC C2783FQ is its panel uniformity. Our model showed an average of 6% deviance from the center to the corners, which would translate to around 10% maximum. In today’s monitors and their manufacturing processes, that minor difference equates to excellence and quality. Of course, this output could differ from unit to unit since not all panels are made equal.
The 4000r curve on this device is more subtle than most, but more pronounced when configured in a triple monitor setup. This feature does not provide that hugging feel we get from tighter models like the 1800r curvature of the Samsung CFG70, although it somehow helps you focus on the images. Curved screens provide more mileage when the product is an ultrawide display.
VA panels are notorious for having interlacing and ghosting due to the slower pixel response of which, the AOC C2783FQ has a rating of 5ms. The Overdrive feature in the OSD can help solve issues, and we found that it does not produce detrimental reverse or advance ghosting which you can easily see. At 60Hz, setting it to its maximum level is the best option.
These numbers are put to the test in Battlefield 1, where the panel’s excellent, but not ecstatically brilliant color and contrast output did some justice to the game’s graphics. The deserts and forests of the map appeared sufficiently saturated, while the dark confines of the indoor areas of the maps look convincing. Sadly, there is no FreeSync compatibility and input lag sits at 20ms, so we can’t recommend the AOC C2783FQ for hardcore, fast-paced gaming.
The AOC C2783FQ features a VA panel with potential for beautiful images, vibrant colors, and deep blacks. 1920 x 1080 in a 27-incher isn’t as crisp as a 1440p or a 4K UHD option in a similar form, but this makes it easier to run your games with a midrange computer and watch FHD format movies. It’s hard to expect more from it considering it’s $250 SRP at the time of this review so that we can forget about the minor misgivings mentioned above.
Although this model does not offer the specs we currently look for in the best of today’s monitors, 1080p is still viable for a lot of homes and offices, and it still is the current universal standard. For a budget purchase or replacement, the AOC C2783FQ is a good buy if you can live with its limitations.