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AOC Q2963PM Conclusion


The biggest "problem" if you want to call it that with the AOC Q2963PM is the price. For $500, you can get two smaller displays and put them side by side. Sure, it isn't one, ultra-wide display, but it will probably cost you less than $500. For example, if you just use the 16:9 with a 1080p input, you end up with an image that is 23.75" diagonal. Right now, AOC's own 24" e2460Sd will run you less than $150 on Amazon (the MSRP is $190). Two will cost you less than the price of the Q2963PM and you'll have much more screen space. It's hard to see why someone would spend that much on an ultra-wide display.

But if you crave the newest "coolest" display, the AOC Q2963PM might be for you. It might also make sense if you can't have two displays or for other reasons that I can't seem to come up with. From a performance standpoint, the AOC Q2963PM does well. It scored admirably on the HQV tests, the Picture-by-Picture works well even if it does require a bit of resolution maintenance on your part for optimum functionality, it is bright and clear and virtually without glare, and it certainly is very wide. Perhaps this enough for some buyers.

AOC Q2963PM 29" Ultra Widescreen Monitor

MSRP $499.99



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Cos posts on September 17, 2013 22:35
I never got into multi monitor setups, so I just went with a Dell u2713H rev 5 and 2560x1440 is just fine
BoredSysAdmin posts on September 17, 2013 17:21
Just in case if anyone is interested how this monitor measures (luminescence, speed and color reproduction) vs other monitors here is review at tom's hardware:
AOC Q2963PM Monitor Review: 2560x1080 Is A New Way To Play - AOC Q2963PM Offers A New Way To Work

And heck yea, I'd rather buy 3 16:9 monitors for same money, for example this one ASUS VS239H-P Black 23" 5ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1, IPS Panel - Newegg.com
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