Brightness and contrast
At the moment we have tested four 32-inch ultra hd-monitors with our new test method, but fortunately the competition for the AOC U3277PWQU and the Philips 328P6VJEB is not insignificant. The Asus PA329Q (with AdobeRGB coverage, about 1105 pounds / 1300 euros) received an Ultimate Product award, the Benq BL3201PT (sRGB coverage, about 765 pounds / 900 euros) received an Excellent Choice award. Definitely not trivial competition and something to bear in mind when analyzing these test results.
Looking at the maximum brightness we see that the AOC and Philips lack somewhat behind with their va-panels, but in absolute terms both are more than bright enough. While they do not reach 300 cd/m², they do come pretty close.
We might find the minimum brightness of white more important, meaning with the brightness turned all the way to the lowest setting. We measure about 35 cd/m² for both monitors, a lot less than with the Asus and the Benq. If you work in dark(er) rooms, this is an important advantage.
The black values for the AOC and Philips are a lot better as well, whether we look at a brightness of 150 cd/m² or at maximum brightness.
This results in an exceptionally good contrast, for the AOC slightly better than the Philips – although the 328P6VJEB does have the best contrast in the hardest test (if only just), the checkerboard contrast. The ips-competition cannot keep up with all of this.