U3477PQU mon­i­tor

Wide boy AOC’s new ul­trawide LED mon­i­tor prom­ises plenty of workspace for a pretty re­spectable price

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he move from stan­dard

T square mon­i­tors with as­pect ra­tios of 4:3, to widescreen mon­i­tors with 16:9 and 16:10 as­pect ra­tios was rev­o­lu­tion­ary, with the in­crease in screen real es­tate giv­ing artists a lot more space to work with. AOC’s U3477PQU takes things even fur­ther by in­creas­ing the as­pect ra­tio to a whop­ping 21:9 and call­ing it, rather un­sur­pris­ingly, “ul­trawide”.

It cer­tainly lives up to the name, giv­ing you almost the same desk­top space as two widescreen mon­i­tors next to each other. The high res­o­lu­tion of 3,440x1,440 not only makes images look fan­tas­tic, but also helps give you plenty of space in which to work. You can even ro­tate it to work on por­trait images, thanks to a swivel base.

The LED mon­i­tor en­ables you to have a num­ber of pro­grams and win­dows run­ning side by side, which makes us­ing ref­er­ences while paint­ing a breeze. The TN (twisted ne­matic) panel is found in more ex­pen­sive mon­i­tors, and re­pro­duces colours bril­liantly. Con­trast ra­tio is also han­dled very well, with deep blacks that add a vi­brancy to images with lots of bright colours.

At 34 inches this is a big screen, and it’s go­ing to dom­i­nate your desk. How­ever, in our time us­ing the mon­i­tor we were might­ily im­pressed with its per­for­mance, and the ex­tra space that the ul­trawide build pro­vides has a pos­i­tive im­pact on pro­duc­tiv­ity.

It’s also quite a bit cheaper than some of the other ul­trawide mon­i­tors on the mar­ket, such as LG’s 34UM95, which costs around £200 more but has roughly the same hard­ware spec. How­ever, LG’s mon­i­tor does come with a Thun­der­bolt port for Macs – some­thing the AOC mon­i­tor doesn’t.

The ul­trawide as­pect ra­tio

of this mon­i­tor does won­ders for pro­duc­tiv­ity.

It will take a lot of space on your desk, but we think it’s worth it.

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