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