AOC’s New UltraWide Monitor: Making Your PC Suck Less
When it comes to enjoying any type of visual media, your experience is only as good as what you are viewing it with. So the better your viewing experience, the better the experience as a whole. With that in mind, meet the new 29-inch UltraWide Display from AOC.
This baby has an epic 21:9 display ratio and a huge 2560×1080 resolution. Yes, this is a full 1080p ultra-wide monitor, and it is glorious. It is built using IPS LED technology, giving it super sharp color production, insane viewing angles, and it is extra energy efficient. Pricing is a bit steep at 499$, but when you consider you are essentially getting two monitors worth of screen space, it is actually a decent deal.
AOC touts the ability to provide users with two-screen productivity on one monitor, but we think that is boring. The best use for this is going to be movies and gaming. The 21:9 ratio is actually closer to a movie format than the standard 16×9 of most computer screens and TVs, meaning that those annoying “black bars” are a thing of the past.
As far as gaming is concerned, this monitor essentially gives you the feeling of that crazy 3-screen setup you always wanted, but you don’t have to contend with the GPU constraints or worry about hideous monitor bezels.
I think this is the greatest invention ever. It will make your life suck less, and I think everyone should buy one. For all of the finer details, you can refer to the full press release below.
AOC’s Cinematic 29-inch UltraWide Display Brings Dual Monitor Productivity to a Single Screen
Fremont, Calif. – April 15, 2013 – AOC, worldwide leader in display technology, unveils the Q2963PM, a 29-inch 21:9 super wide screen HD monitor that combines IPS LED technology with convenient connectivity to provide a cinematic display experience. The Q2963PM is equipped with dual 3 Watt enclosed speakers and WFHD 2560×1080 resolution to deliver a more immersive experience for your favorite movies and games. With multiple inputs like DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI, the display will also enable you to multiply your screen with Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture capabilities. This means you can watch a movie through a connected Blu-ray player on one half of the screen and browse the Internet through your connected laptop on the other half, and more. MHL technology will also allow you to mirror your smartphone on the monitor’s 29-inch wide screen. The AOC Q2963PM is now available for $499 at Amazon, Microcenter, New Egg, Tiger Direct, Canada Computers and other national retailers.
The panoramic Q2963PM display offers a 21:9 aspect ratio, which allows widescreen movies to be viewed without black bars on the top and bottom of the screen. The monitor’s IPS panel also provides crisp and clear viewing from almost any angle. The Q2963PM features a Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 50,000,000:1 from viewing angles up to 178° both vertically and horizontally. Combined with 250 cd/m² brightness and a response time of 5 ms, the display is ideal for both cinema enthusiasts and office users.
Work Station Productivity
AOC’s Screen+ software allows the Q2963PM’s vast screen to be split into individual work areas, making it easy to multitask and view multiple documents simultaneously. The extra desktop real estate is perfect for comparing documents side by side or using multiple program windows. In the office, the monitor’s built-in speakers will also help to reduce cable clutter, as no external audio set-up is required. The display is also 100 mm VESA compatible so that it can be mounted to the wall to save space and create a streamlined look.
The Q2963PM offers multiple connections so that Blu-ray players, computers and other signal sources can be connected simultaneously and displayed at a high resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels. Additionally, an integrated MHL port allows Android users to connect compatible phones and tablets directly to the monitor to mirror content to the 29-inch UltaWide display while charging the mobile device at the same time.
The Q2963PM is also equipped with an HDCP-compatible HDMI port, DVI-D and D-Sub ports, and DisplayPort in and DisplayPort out connections. Thanks to Display Port 1.2a with HBR2 multi-stream transport technology, you can interconnect multiple monitors to create a single daisy chain configuration. Your DP 1.2a compliant PC device will be able to configure these monitors into a single huge screen, or independent screens depending on your application requirement.
The Q2963PM is ENERGY STAR qualified, meaning it uses about 30 percent less energy than standard units. The energy-efficient monitor consumes only 26 watts when in full operation and 0.5 Watt in standby mode. It also comes with Eco Mode and e-Saver software to help save energy, and is free of harmful arsenic, mercury and BFR/PVC laminates that can be found in other monitors.
“AOC’s new 29-inch super-wide monitor lets you see more, do more, experience more and connect more, whether you are looking to add a panoramic display to your home for watching movies or a widescreen monitor to help increase productivity at the office,” said Chris Brown, AOC Marketing Manager. “The monitor’s expansive features and versatility coupled with its competitive pricing make it a must-have for every PC user.”
• See More: Stunning design and clear bright images provide the perfect canvas for your visual experience
• Do More: 21:9 Ultra-wide screen combined with AOC’s Screen+ software allows for multiple full-size applications on one screen
• Experience More: Cinematic super wide display delivers a more immersive experience with no black bars on the top or bottom of the screen
• Connect More: Display Port 1.2a with HBR2 multi-stream transport technology lets you interconnect multiple monitors to create a single daisy chain configuration; MHL technology allows you to mirror your smartphone on this big screen monitor; and multiple inputs like DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI enable you to multiply your screen with Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture capabilities
AOC is the world’s largest manufacturer of LCD/LED monitors and HDTVs. With more than 60 years of design and manufacturing experience, AOC has earned a reputation for selling user-friendly, technologically advanced monitors, TVs and multi-functional displays. Every aspect of AOC’s global business focuses on the development of products that fit seamlessly into consumers’ digital lifestyle. For more information, please visit us.aoc.com.
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April 15, 2013 at 11:06 am
OMG, this is sick! I’d gladly ditch my dual-monitor setup for one of these suckers.. I just need to upgrade my video card first, since I don’t think mine is capable of 2560×1080.
April 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm
Well what video card do you have? I can tell you, or make a god recommendation 🙂
April 16, 2013 at 9:23 am
It’s just some junky on-board video card that came with my Dell, it maxes out at 1920×1080.
April 16, 2013 at 9:44 am
April 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm
Good call, guess I know where my tax refund is going.. 🙂
April 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm
It appears that we have run out of Reply space, haha. But I have the slightly lower 7770 version, and it is great. Plus at 150$, it is a sweet bargain! 🙂