The Ergohacks Verdict

Two years ago AOC’s 34″ monitor arrived in the biggest box I have ever seen for electronic equipment. Unboxing it was a pleasure and in less than ten minutes after the doorbell had rung, it was sitting on my desk displaying a high-quality background image I had selected just for the occasion. Every visitor to my office over the following two weeks stopped in the door and all attention was immediately directed to my monitor. Different aspects appealed to different people. The extremely narrow bezel was inspected, as was the output panel and the adjustable stand. I was asked to load up some high-res images and video to see how the IPS panel displayed colour consistently from all angles and to turn on the speakers on the screen.

I was told that it would be perfect for trade shows, awesome for gaming conferences and excellent for office presentations. Most of all, I was questioned about the resolution, the sheer size was enough to take everyone’s breath away and everyone wanted one. It was with great reluctance that I packed it up post-review as I had such a great time testing it. The moment we upgraded the gaming PC, I chose AOC’s 34″ as the perfect screen for all the things I do daily.

It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, AOC’s 34″ monitor serves me well. It is fabulous for gaming or watching a movie and it allows three A4 or larger parallel work panels. My productivity has increased significantly and working on it is always a pleasure. It is an excellent high-quality monitor and remains one of the most desirable on the market. Highly recommended.

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Price: ± £499

Specification

Type: 34″ 21:9 Colour Pro-line IPS LCD Monitor
Display area: 799.8 (H) x 334.8 (V)
Product with stand (W×H×D) 551.4 x 400.4 x 221 mm
Item Weight: 10 kg, 13.72 kg (with packaging)
Optimum resolution: 3440 x [email protected]
HDCP compatible: Yes
Response Time: 5ms
Colours: 1.07 Billion
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 80M:1
Brightness: 320 cd/m2
Backlight: LED
Power Consumption On: 47,54W, Standby: 0,28W, Off: 0,19W
Zero Power Switch: Yes
Connectors: D-Sub, DVI , HDMI 1x, USB 4x USB 2.0 / USB 3.0, MHL, Display Port: 1
Audio: 3.5mm Headphone Out
Speaker: 3-Watt
Voltage: AC 100-240C (Universal); 50/60 Hz
Mount: VESA Wallmount 100mm x 100mm
Height adjustment: 180 mm
Pivot: Yes
Swivel: Yes
Tilt: -5/+24

IPS Panel

IPS (In-Plane Switching) has two main advantages. It allows a wider viewing angle and displays colour more accurately and clearly. The main drawback of an IPS screen historically is that it doesn’t change as quickly and can show some ghosting. AOC’s 34″ monitor has minimized this inherent drawback and it has a 60Hz refresh rate (when using DisplayPort) and 5ms response time, on par or superior to most of the TN (Twisted Nematic) monitors on the market and I experienced nothing but excellent quality whilst putting it through its paces.

Warranty: 3 years

Requirements

It is an external monitor that requires both a power source, plugs into the mains outlet, and something to connect to display. It can be connected via HDMI, D-Sub or DVI.

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About

AOC, “Admiral Overseas Corporation”, was founded in Taiwan in 1967 and is now part of TPV Technology Limited, a PC monitor manufacturer who ships around 15 million monitors worldwide per year. It is one of the big name brands in computer monitors and has a reputation for reliability, durability and their top of the line monitors are some of the best on the market.

The company page provides the following information about sustainability and environmental impact: “Eco-conscious efforts start with production and carry through every step in the process, down to the choice of packaging materials. Built-in features like LED backlights decrease overall power consumption and ongoing running costs. Additional energy-saving settings let users tailor their working experience for even lower energy use. AOC displays comply with international environmental standards such as ENERGY STAR, TCO and EPEAT.”

 We based our Ergohacks Verdict on almost 2 weeks with the monitor kindly loaned by AOC, followed by 18 months post-purchase. It’s still currently being used as our top choice. This article was first published on 27 April 2015 and last updated on 8 September 2017.