The AOC U3277PWQU is an interesting option if you want to have a more outspoken design on your desk. A grey bar below the panel makes it look smaller and the shiny base looks pretty elegant. The weight shows that it is not all plastic: the entire monitor weighs 11.5 kilograms, more than 2 kilograms more than the Philips. The bezels are not particularly small, but definitely not the biggest that we have ever seen.
The 31.5 inch diagonal measuring panel rests on a height adjustable base, which can be moved up and down about 16 centimetres. The monitor itself is just shy of being 75 cm wide. The panel can rotate to portrait view as well as tilt, but a real pivot / turn possibility is absent – although it is not difficult to turn the monitor with base and all. If you want, you can use the vesa-mount.
The panel itself is a so-called vertical alignment-model; as stated before this is a technique that we have not seen with ultra hd-resolution at this size. Characteristics of this panel technique are the excellent black values and with that a good contrast. Downside are mostly the low response times and worse viewing angles compared with ips. Perhaps for this reason we usually find va-panels used in ‘business-monitors’, although we do not value this at all: we value the test results.
You can use a great many different cables for this monitor. Although we have come used to this with AOC, we do question the use of vga and dvi-inputs on a monitor such as this. Of course there is a picture-in-picture possibility, although the full resolution cannot be used well or with an ergonomic refresh rate via these interfaces. Fortunately we find hdmi 2.0 and displayport 1.2 as well. The hdmi-input also supports mhl, although we rarely hear anything about this. Furthermore we also find audio in- and outputs, built-in speakers and a usb 3.0 hub with four ports, one of which has the quick charge functionality for charging your mobile devices quickly.