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avatar Archie 13th December 2015, 16:29 PM

I recently asked you guys for some advice about 1440p displays. After much deliberation, I went for the AOC Q2770PQU sitting at a glorious 27" which takes up my entire desk width - an impressive feat on a desk this big.

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I've now been living and working with these panels for about six months and I've got to say I haven't had a single problem. The colour reproduction - which is easily my most important priority - is staggeringly good. I had them calibrated to broadcast standards in mere minutes and the faithful, bright and vibrant colours are simply beautiful. I'm also running them on the absolute lowest power settings and they're still totally bright and rich. On the full power setting it's like looking out of a real window.

For work, the extra screen real estate of 1440p is phenomenal. I have almost all the tools I ever need on screen at once in After Effects and it creates a painless and efficient workflow that makes work so much less tiring.

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For games, I was worried that I would notice the slightly lower-end refresh rate. I don't, at all. Maybe if I was playing a twitch-fps like Counter-strike at an e-sports level I might see a difference, but for gaming for enjoyment, the beautiful picture, immersive screen size and ridiculously crisp resolution more than makes up for anything lost in the refresh rate. I was using a 144Hhz monitor for years and I don't feel any worse off at 60.

There are some nice bonuses like USB3 ports in the sides and I personally quite like the design of the bevel, though it's nothing mind-blowing. The stands are sturdy and easily adjustable and sit on lazy-susans so that rotating your displays won't scratch your desk. Nice touch.

Overall, I couldn't be happier. Would heartily recommend to anyone on here, but especially to those with jobs in design or video - I can't stress enough how stunning the colour is, even at basically a 180 degree viewing angle. What a display.

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avatar Captain Terror says: 13th December 2015, 19:53 PM
Cheers Archie, those girls look absolutely beautiful :)

I'm coincidentally on my way to Beast Buy as I speak, to upgrayedd my cheapo 23" Acer LCD. I was thinking 27"(s) as well, although I've done absolutely zero research. Are these what are referred to as IPS panels?

I will also spring for a nice standing desk as well--which I've wanted for a long time--, so long as the prices aren't too rapey.
avatar DiscoStu says: 13th December 2015, 22:29 PM
I had a 19" Samsung monitor on my old computer (4:3) and it could pull off 85Hz. I did notice the difference when I switched to this laptop that is fixed at 60Hz. I much prefer 85Hz, it seems so much steadier. Even if I can't tell the individual frames apart (thankfully) 60Hz feels kind of flickery.
avatar TJB says: 13th December 2015, 23:23 PM
This is my monitor compared with one of yours.

I can't even fathom having that much resolution.
avatar Penguinboy says: 13th December 2015, 23:36 PM
Jesus TJB, how do you even deal with that? That's horrible :(

I currently run 3 1080p monitors at work (like this), and I always think that it'd be nice to have more desktop space. I would go insane if I had to deal with 1024x768 :P

Has anybody ever seen those 1920p 1:1 monitors? They look a bit disturbing when you're used to 16:9 screens, but I reckon it'd be great for programming and probably mapping as well. So much screen space!
avatar JeffMOD says: 14th December 2015, 04:35 AM
Those monitors look stunning even on my stock laptop display.
I have to say, from that testimony, if I had the budget and (physical) desktop size, I'd probably spring for a couple of those to replace my somewhat-aged Gateway. (It's been faithful as both a primary and secondary display for a good 7, but it has a couple dead pixels, has been starting to lose connection signal for a couple seconds periodically, and the power button is stickier than super glue)
avatar DoctorAmazing says: 14th December 2015, 05:06 AM
Fun fact: 4K monitors are useless, as the 4K resolution only makes a difference on a display above 55"
Cheers on those monitors though, look sweet.
avatar TJB says: 14th December 2015, 12:16 PM
I've never had anything much better than it PB, so it doesn't bother me much.
avatar potatis_invalid says: 14th December 2015, 12:17 PM
@DoctorAmazing: Whether 4K is useful or not depends on how much the picture fills your view - not just the size of the display but also how close you are to it. If you're close to an object, you can make out more of its details
avatar Striker says: 14th December 2015, 18:23 PM
I always thought AOC is kind of a budget brand(our university recently upgraded some labs to some cheap 19" AOC lcds, the resolution and colors are great, the backlight bleeding and black level is horrifying).
Seems like there are good choices among them.

Video editing on big displays is always nice. It's not impossible on little displays either. I made a 5 minute video project for uni recently in Premiere and After Effects on my 17" laptop. It's cringy, but hey it works :)).
avatar Archie says: 14th December 2015, 20:14 PM
I'd had no experience with AOC before, but I can happily report that there is no backlight bleeding and the blacks are black. You can't really compare LCD to anything modern, though.

You're right that you can edit on small displays, but consider how much effort it was for a five minute video project and multiply it by thirteen half-hour shows as per a standard British series run.
When you're working day in, day out for months, you need efficiency in your workspace and having everything to hand is hugely important.
avatar Captain Terror says: 15th December 2015, 01:35 AM
What software do you use to manage your displays if any, Arch? I can't figure out how to CC displays.. found the option under Screen Resolution in W7

I got one of these last night but not sure how I feel about it yet.. I'll probably buy a second one if this one passes muster.
avatar Archie says: 15th December 2015, 14:58 PM
1920 x 1080 can't be up to much at 27", surely :o
avatar Captain Terror says: 15th December 2015, 23:51 PM
It's noticeably easier to read my small desktop text labels now(on my 23" I almost had to squint), but yeah not a huge difference. The color depth or whatever seems to be a lot better on this one though. Did you have to calibrate or you using stock presets?
avatar potatis_invalid says: 16th December 2015, 01:29 AM
When you have trouble reading text, increase the display scaling level. On Windows 7 you can find it under "Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Display"
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