AOC has introduced its new large gaming display aimed at gamers on a budget. The AOC Q3279VWFD8 is a 31.5-inch monitor and features AMD’s FreeSync technology, but its price will be around €250 in Europe.

The AOC Q3279VWFD8 is based on an 8-bit + FRC 31.5-inch IPS panel featuring a 2560×1440 resolution, 250 nits brightness, a 1200:1 static contrast ratio, a 5 ms GtG response time, a 75 Hz refresh rate, and so on. The monitor covers 98% of the sRGB and 84% of the Adobe RGB color gamuts. In addition, the display supports AMD's FreeSync dynamic refresh rate technology. The manufacturer does not publish the exact FreeSync’s range, specifically the lower bound, but typically the range is around 30-75 Hz on inexpensive models.

When it comes to inputs, the AOC Q3279VWFD8 has one DisplayPort 1.2 input, one HDMI 1.4 port, one DVI-D port, and one D-Sub input. In addition, the LCD has one 3.5-mm audio output for headphones, but does not include integrated speakers. As for the stand, it supports tilt adjustment, but not height or swivel adjustments.

AOC will start selling its Q3279VWFD8 later this month for the price of £219 in the U.K. and approximately €250 in mainland Europe. Being very affordable for a 31.5-inch model, the AOC Q3279VWFD8 naturally does not support premium features, such as high brightness, DCI-P3, a high refresh rate and so on. Obviously, price and dimension are the main selling points of the product. Besides, customers in budget hardly own high-end graphics cards that offer performance of above 100 fps in the latest games at a 2560×1440 resolution.

Specifications of AOC's Entry-Level 31.5" Gaming Display
Panel 31.5" IPS
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 75 Hz
Dynamic Refresh Tech FreeSync on DisplayPort
30?-75 Hz
Response Time 5 ms (gray-to-gray)
Brightness 250 cd/m²
Contrast 1200:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.273 × 0.273 mm
PPI 93
Color Gamut 98% sRGB
88% NTSC
84$% Adobe RGB
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × DVI DL
1 × D-Sub
1 × HDMI 1.4
Audio 3.5-mm headphone jack
Color Black and Silver
Power Consumption Standby < 0.5 W
Maximum 45 W

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  • stanleyipkiss - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - link

    Does it have VESA support? Seems stupid to have a stand that doesn't adjust height or swivel and not at least offer the possibility to mount it on a stand.
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - link

    I think it's more oriented to smaller gaming setups, most likely consoles due to the lower refresh rate ceiling, larger than normal monitor (but smaller than TV), along with FreeSync support which is being supported by (most) consoles. Might be ideal for someone’s college dorm where you may need a single display for a PC or TV. VESA support isn't too important since they'd likely put it on top of a shelf or TV stand with their consoles. So for that application, I guess it’s OK.

    That being said, some VESA support is just a requirement on any display I consider these days, so I wouldn’t consider this one, myself.
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - link

    It appears not. the picture of the back doens't show anywhere for mounting holes and it's not in the linked source brochure.

    Unfortunately a fixed non-VESA mount is common in cheaper displays. Dunno if not having mounting holes actually saves a meaningful amount of money or if it's just for market segmenting purposes.

    The old cheap 22" (1080p? 1680x1050?) AOCs floating around where I work have horribly wobbly stands, to the extent that I'd never buy an AOC product unless it has VESA holes and is price competitive with the additional cost of a 3rd party stand or I'm able to test drive it in person first.
  • Diji1 - Thursday, July 19, 2018 - link

    There's a (pretty ordinary looking) VESA adapter that attaches to the stem for this series of AOC monitors. Seen on Amazon.

    Also seen DIY mods on this series of monitors where you drill 4 holes spaced for the VESA size you want and attach a small metal plate to the inside the plastic cover using the VESA mount. This looks much nicer.
  • Manch - Thursday, July 19, 2018 - link

    For the VESA mounts,3D Printing FTW!! This is a decent resolution. I'll take three to replace my 3 1080P 27" monitors.
  • Alistair - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - link

    My favorite monitor right now is the Samsung 32J590. 32" 4K, fast VA panel with good black uniformity. $350-$400 USD and Euro ($460 CAD).

    Can't be beat.
  • Cellar Door - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - link

    Nice suggestion - if it was only a 75hz at least, I would be adding it to my shortlist.
  • Alistair - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - link

    It's much faster than my old 4k panels. It has overdrive and gaming mode. It's really a nice small Samsung TV. I had low expectations, and it blew me away. Also the first monitor I've bought in years that came out of the box with perfect blacks (don't get me started on those awful MSI gaming monitors).
  • johnnycanadian - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - link

    Good call -- wish I would have had that recommendation a few months ago: I picked up a ViewSonic VX4380-4K and while the 43" viewable area is impressive, I'd rather not eat up my whole desk with the thing. In addition, it needs to be placed back far enough to be completely in my FOV which renders small text illegible to my old eyes. I know, I can scale text up but some applications (FileMaker, anyone?) still don't do great with HiDPI scaling.
  • Alistair - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - link

    Same experience. I bought the first Samsung 4k monitor which used the bad TN panels. Then I bought a 40 inch that was unusable, and sold it after getting irritated at the size.

    There have been some nice and expensive 32" monitors, but those are IPS and I had bad luck with yellow bleed all over the place.

    Samsung one is cheap and high quality, I've purchased 3 so far. Released just weeks ago. Would really like to see a professional review of it.

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