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AOC I2777FQ 27in LCD monitor
A slim and stylish Full HD monitor with vibrant colour reproduction
- Vibrant colour reproduction
- Slim frame and stand
- Large viewing area
- Gap between screen and frame could accumulate dirt
- i-Menu software wasn't in English
If all you need is a large, Full HD monitor for general PC duties and family use, or even home office use, then go for it.
Price$ 399.00 (AUD)
AOC's 27in, 77F Series monitor has a thin frame and base that combine to give the screen an elegance that is not often seen in the sub-$400 price category. More importantly, though, it contains a modern IPS-based panel that can provide crisp, vibrant, and wide-angle viewing for all types of tasks.
The 27in viewing area is equipped with a Full HD screen resolution, which gives plenty of screen real estate for typical office work, Web browsing, and multitasking. It's not as good as an ultra-wide monitor for lining up windows side by side, but it will comfortably let you position two windows next to each other.
You get a sense that the panel should have a higher resolution because it's so big, and our initial reaction was to head to Windows' Display Properties to see if the icon size was set to 'large' instead of 'smallest'. It means that you can sit a good distance away from the screen and still make out text comfortably.
It’s not a glossy screen, so you won't be put off by reflections from room lights or natural light coming in through a window, and we love the fact that there is such a thin frame around the screen and that it also doesn't reflect any lights. Though the bezel along the bottom does have a little glossiness.
Since the panel uses AH-IPS (advanced high performance in-plane switching) technology, viewing angles should not be a problem. We barely tilted or swivelled the screen after plonking it on the desk — we didn't need to since the images and colours looked perfect from our seating position. The stand offers some tilting if you need to angle it up or down in your setting.
Colours were rich and clear, and viewing photos on the screen was a pleasure. Video viewing was comfortable during bright and dark conditions, and we didn't notice any problems with backlight bleeding during predominantly black scenes. Response time also proved to be a non-issue for us, as we didn’t notice any excessive ghosting during games such as Need For Speed: The Run, and Battlefield 3 (the response rating is 5ms, so it's not as fast as a dedicated gaming monitors that can do 2ms).
Should you notice any distracting ghosting, there is a pixel overdrive feature in the on-screen display (OSD) menu that can be enabled to counter it. We left this feature disabled on our monitor, but we didn’t notice any difference in the picture during general usage even when we had it enabled.
The controls for the OSD are located along the underside of the of the monitor on the right, and apart from luminance and colour, and the overdrive setting that we mentioned previously, there is a feature called Bright Frame. It allows you to set an area of predetermined size on the screen (up to half the screen) which then displays maximum luminance compared to the rest of the screen. We're not sure how handy this is, unless you want to check a photo or video against two different brightness and contrast values.
In addition to the OSD, the luminance of the monitor can be controlled from a connected PC if you have the DDC (Display Data Channel) feature enabled and AOC’s i-Menu software installed. (We couldn't find an English version of this software on AOC's Web site.)
Much like the Viewsonic VX2452mh that we reviewed earlier in the month, AOC's latest screen features a steady power supply to the backlight in order to ensure that there is no noticeable flickering of this light when you use low and mid-level brightness levels. This is flickering that not everyone is capable of seeing (or being affected by it), but if screen flicker is a problem for you, then this and other monitors that are touted as 'flicker free' should be considered.
We tested the AOC at mid-level brightness, which was the most suitable for our test environment, as well as low brightness when we switched off the lights, and we used an online tool to look for excessive flickering. What we noticed when comparing the AOC to the Viewsonic was that the AOC exhibited less flickering during this test.
Looking at static images, and colour blocks, we could notice only a faint hint of flickering at the zero brightness level in images with swathes of single colours (such as blue sky). We really had to look for it, though, and for the most part it wasn't noticeable. We didn't notice anything untoward when working on documents with large grey and white areas and the brightness level set to 50.
The AOC I2777FQ has plenty of style about it and it should look good in most home settings. We like its colour output and definition, especially for viewing photos, and we didn’t observe any noticeable problems with flickering or ghosting during our evaluation. If all you need is a large, Full HD monitor for general PC duties and family use, or even home office use, then go for it.
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