The AOC Q3279VWF offers a combination of a large, 32-inch screen with a 1440p resolution that provides a moderate, but upscale output for a friendly price. Unlike most of the premium releases we have recently seen, this model is designed as an easy to own essentials-only monitor for your home or office. The AOC Q3279VWF has enough casual gaming pedigree in its specs, pitting it against the HP Omen 32 which is one of the best value offerings in this segment.
AOC Q3279VWF Specifications
- Screen Size: 32 Inches
- Resolution:1440p QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment (VA)
- Refresh Rate: 75Hz
- Response Time:5ms
- Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
- Brightness: 250 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: No
- Stand: Height – No
- Stand: Tilt – Yes (-3.5°/+23.5°)
- Stand: Swivel – No
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes 100 x 100
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1, DVI x 1, D-Sub x 1, 3.5mm Jack
- Dimensions With Stand(WxHxD): 28.72″ x 20.98″ x 6.03″
- Weight: 15.4lbs
Design and Features
The AOC Q3279VWF adopts the aesthetics we’ve have seen from the brand’s other value models like the AOC U2879VF which is one of our favorite budget 4K monitors. On the large face, expect to see reasonably thick bezels which are almost an inch thick on each side, but are still reasonable for the size. This product uses a two-tone scheme composed of matte black and brushed metal, although we have seen a white variant slated for other regions.
The product’s proportions are thin, save for the minimal bulge at the rear which holds the innards. Aside from the OSD buttons on the bottom bezel, this part is where most of the AOC Q3279VWF are located. The stand hinges to the chassis at the center indicating that this model can only offer tilt for adjustments.
The massive device is supported by a thin metal upright that connects to a broad rectangular base that only eats 6 inches of depth on a desk. The AOC Q3279VWF stands at almost 21 Inches, but taller folk might need a separate stand since this model isn’t readily mountable nor is it entirely ergonomic. There is also no built-in speakers involved in the package, but PC gamers rarely miss that feature since most of the time, it lacks power.
The AOC Q3279VWF is sufficiently equipped with video input connectors despite its budget-oriented nature. There are no USB ports like on the Omen 32, but you get DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, DVI, and D-Sub which is all you will ever need. Although it is essential to take note 1440p at 75Hz will only function on DP and HDMI, as the other two are limited to 1440p at 60Hz.
Display and Performance
The AOC Q3279VWF features a 32-inch VA panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 75Hz refresh, 3000:1 contrast ratio, and a 5ms response time which should be taken with a grain of salt. Most of the specs are identical to what the HP Omen 32 offers, save for the slightly lower brightness of 250cd/m2, which is more than sufficient for a screen of this size. AOC is keen on convincing consumers that this model offers vibrant and slightly oversaturated images which are superb for gaming and movies.
The panel supports 10-bit color (8-bit +FRC), enabling the AOC Q3279VWF to produce a more extensive 88% NTSC gamut coverage which converts into 107% sRGB. The brand is calling this capability their SuperColor technology, although we now know that high-quality VA modules are readily capable of this kind of output. Once proven to be accurate, users can also utilize this gaming monitor for editing, but only up to a relative degree.
One downside to the AOC Q3279VWF’s combination of a 31.5-Inch screen and a 1440p resolution is its lower pixel density of 93.24 PPI. This aspect may turn-off some buyers, but in reality, it is very similar to a 24-Inch 1080p screen. As long as you sit at a considerable distance, seeing the dots shouldn’t be an issue, especially for gaming.
Some of the firm’s proprietary technologies are featured in the AOC Q3279VWF despite its wallet-friendly nature. Examples such as Game Color allow users to control saturation and gray level with 20 incremental stages, while Shadow Control fine-tunes the already deep contrast ratio for low light environments. Users will also get to choose between various filters that support specific genres via AOC’s Game Mode which is merely another name for filter presets.
Finally, what makes the AOC Q3279VWF an excellent and well-rounded budget 1440p monitor is its inclusion of FreeSync. Users will get to enjoy the benefits of adaptive sync at a range of 48Hz to 75Hz which isn’t that wide but is the sweet spot for games suitable for this type of screen. Considering the introductory price, this gaming monitor is a superb option for a budget build without sacrificing glorious eye candy.
Thoughts on the AOC Q3279VWF
The AOC Q3279VWF offers a formula of specs which we have seen in the very popular HP Omen 32, but this time, for a lower price. 60Hz to 75Hz isn’t a big jump, but the benefits of high refresh screens are most apparent in this short range. The degree of smoothness enabled by the additional headroom combined with FreeSync should improve gaming experience noticeably, without hurting your wallet.
The AOC Q3279VWF is already starting to sell in different parts of the globe for almost half the price of a 144Hz variant. While the latter will always be better for buttery smooth gaming, we love products like this that offer the best bang for your buck. Stay tuned to Monitornerds if you are interested since we will try to secure a review model and update you on price and availability shortly.