AOC is a brand primarily known for its gaming, mainstream, stylish, and entry-level displays. Meanwhile, the company also has its 90-series monitors aimed at demanding professionals, offering color accuracy and other features appreciated by the target audience. Last week the company introduced its most advanced addition to the 90-series lineup: the U2790PQU display that combines a 10-bit 4K panel and a relatively low price.

The AOC U2790PQU monitor is based on a 10-bit 27-inch IPS panel featuring a 3840×2160 resolution, 350 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 5 ms response time, 60 Hz refresh rate, and 178/178º viewing angles. For some reason, AOC does not disclose anything about the color gamuts the display supports, but indicates that the LCD supports the company’s Wide Color Gamut technology, which might mean that we are dealing with a monitor that supports wider than 100% sRGB color gamut, but this is only a suggestion.

Two important features of the AOC U2790PQU display are their very thin bezels along with an adjustable stand. The former will enable owners to organize multi-monitor setups easier.

When it comes to connectivity, the AOC U2790PQU has one DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI 2.0, and one HDMI 1.4 input. In addition, the monitor has integrated speakers, a headphone out, and a dual-port USB 3.0 hub.

Brief Specifications of the AOC's U2790PQU
Panel 27" IPS
Resolution 3840 × 2160
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 5 ms gray-to-gray
Brightness Normal: 350 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Color Saturation ?
Display Colors 1.07 billion
3D-LUT ? bits
Pixel Pitch 0.1554 mm²
Pixel Density 163 PPI
Anti-Glare Coating ?
Inputs 1 × DP 1.2
1 × HDMI 2.0
1 × HDMI 1.4
USB Hub dual-port USB 3.0 hub
Audio 2 × 2 W speakers
3.5-mm mini jack
Mechanical Design Chassis Colors: black, metallic.
Tilt: yes
Height Adjustment: yes
Swivel: yes
Power Consumption Idle 0.5 W
Active 35 W

AOC will start selling the monitor in July for £299 in the UK. Pricing in the US is unknown, yet it is likely that its MSRP will be around $315.

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Source: AOC

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  • Icehawk - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - link

    It's definitely preference to some extent - the setup I have now I really like, 4k 32" 175% scaling as my main monitor and a 2k 27" 125% scaling monitor in Portrait mode as my secondary. I'm in my 40s with average vision, I don't enjoy squinting so these scalings work well for me but I'm sure there are folks who would think everything is a bit large.
  • althaz - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - link

    Agreed. I have a 27" 1440p monitor and I'm after a 4k monitor to go alongside it. What I definitely don't want is lower pixel density though - I want similar pixel density in a larger display.
  • CharonPDX - Thursday, July 4, 2019 - link

    I prefer more DPI, with the OS set to a "High DPI" mode. 27" 4K is the sweet spot for me, with macOS set to "Looks like 2560x1440" or Windows set to "175%" scaling. That way, text is super-smooth while not being too small.

    That said, at home I have a 23.5" 4K display. On that, I have it set to "Looks like 1920x1080" / "200%", and even then, things are a *TOUCH* too small if I lean back at my desk.
  • clawsonj - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - link

    I personally love the 27" 4k setup, running two of those at work right now. I'd really love 5k @27", but I can't afford that! I don't want more pixels just to have more screen space, but to have sharp text! I think interface size is about right at 27" and 1440p, so that's what I scale to on my 4k monitors -- definitely works best on MacOS, but 150% in Windows is about right too.
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - link

    Agreed here - when I was running Bootcamp on a 27" iMac as a daily driver, 150% scaling in Windows 10 worked beautifully.
  • hardwickj - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - link

    No USB-C (DP Alt Mode)? It feels like 2019 prices but w/ 2017 tech.
  • Lord of the Bored - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - link

    DisplayPort's a better connector than USB-C, and they carry the same signals so who cares?

    Tech's not changed much between 2017 and 2019. That's why we're confusing connector shapes for meaningful differences. Flash memory got a little cheaper, processors got a little faster, graphics adapters got a little more expensive... and people started mistaking a new connector for technological advancement.
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - link

    Buy a USB-C to DisplayPort cable. Voila, you have a USB-C connection on your monitor - and it's less likely to fall out the back of the display.
  • Teckk - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - link

    What would be the ideal size and resolution for a monitor used primarily for coding (1 or more instance of IDE, browsers & 1 or 2 VM)? Also multi-monitor of 2K instead?
  • imaheadcase - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - link

    For coding you wouldn't care about 4k at all. Most people code with multimonitor setup anyway so text is easier to read.

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