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AOC shows off 35-inch 160Hz curved gaming monitor with AMD FreeSync

By Koh Wanzi - on 7 Jan 2016, 2:00pm

AOC shows off 35-inch 160Hz curved gaming monitor with AMD FreeSync

AOC C3583FQ curved gaming monitor

How does one make a monitor that will hold the gaze of consumers? Either include an ultra-high resolution display as in this 10-bit, 4K Dell panel that can display a whopping 1.07 billion colors, or make an extra-large display with a high refresh rate. Or a curved display. Or all of the above. As it turns out, AOC is following the latter tack with its new C3583FQ gaming monitor, a 35-inch curved display with a 160Hz refresh rate and support for AMD’s FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, and the U2879VF, with a 4K resolution and 10-bit panel.

The AOC C3583FQ joins the likes of the ASUS ROG PG348Q and Acer Predator monitors like the X34 and Z35 in the rarefied stables of curved monitors. It uses a VA panel from AU Optronics, which should offer better viewing angles over cheaper TN panels. The resolution is a fairly ordinary 2,560 x 1,080 pixels (for a 35-inch monitor that is), so the eagle-eyed amongst you may find that it is not quite as sharp as you’d like it to be.

It also features a wide range of display connectors, including HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort and D-Sub inputs. FreeSync over HDMI is also expected to arrive in this quarter, so you’ll soon be able to enjoy the benefits of FreeSync via an HDMI cable on this monitor. There is also a 3.5mm audio jack for you to hook your headphones directly to the monitor, in addition to one more 3.5mm input jack and two rear-facing 5 watt speakers.

On the other hand, the 28-inch U2879VF monitor is less about immersive gaming and more about providing better image quality for professional use. It has a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and a 10-bit panel that supports up to 60Hz. This means that instead of 256 possible shades for each color (as in 8-bit panels), you get 1,024 different shades now, which allows for more realistic pictures and more natural transitions between hues.

AOC U2879VF monitor

It also supports FreeSync, so you could benefit from a smoother experience if you use the monitor for gaming as well. Furthermore, because it utilizes a TN panel – these in general have faster response times – it boasts a response time of just 1ms for reduced motion blur. In addition, it comes with DisplayPort 1.2a, HDMI 2.0, D-Sub, and DVI ports, but you’ll need to run it over the former two specifications in order to enjoy the full 3,840 x 2,160 pixels resolution at 60Hz.

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