It does not happen every day that we have to do a double take when looking at our test results because they are exceptional. It does happen, and even after verification these results stay the same: the AOC U3277PWQU and the Philips 328P6VJEB do not only distinguish themselves in terms of price, but also because of their excellent performance. If you thought that a 32-inch ultra hd-monitor was not for you, you should definitely reconsider now that these monitors are available on the market.
Ultra hd might be becoming more popular in the monitor market, it is clear that you have to pay a lot for the extra amount of pixels (compared with full hd). In multiple previous reviews we covered the use and necessity of a monitor with higher resolution, so we will not cover that here. If you want to know more about this, do read our recent comparison test again.
Having said that the higher price is justified in our opinion, it is indisputable that the higher price is there – and it is not small. This, despite the continuously falling prices. Today we take a look at two monitors that imply a considerable price breakthrough. Both the AOC U3277PWQU as well as the Philips 328P6VJEB are for sale for about 510 pounds / 600 euros, an amount that would get you a 27-inch wqhd (2560x1440) monitor not too long ago.
However, these two monitors are ultra hd-monitors (3840x2160) with a diagonal of 32 inch, based on a vertical alignment-panel – at the moment a novelty in this segment, where we only found ips-like panels up until this point. The advantage of a relatively big diagonal is that this resolution is still usable with standard scaling (100%). Useful for applications that do not scale well, and of course for users that want as much work space on their monitor as possible. The actual diagonal of these monitors is 31.5 inch, and the pixel density ends up at a workable 140 ppi. Of course everything is slightly smaller than with a 92 ppi monitor (such as 24” full hd).
You might be wondering why we cover both monitors in a single review. This is because of the simple reason that they are pretty much brothers. AOC is the brand of the giant Chinese manufacturer TPV Technologies; that same manufacturer also has a license for selling Philips monitors and televisions. The latter is done via a company with the name of TP Vision, the former through a company with the name MMD (Multi Media Displays). While both brands operate independently and the products differ both in terms of design as well as target audience, below the hood we mostly find similarities. The same goes for the two that we cover today, where the used panel is an important parallel. However, as will be seen, there are differences as well: it is definitely not the case that both brand offer a repackaged version of the same product.
As stated before, both monitors stand out because of their (relatively) low price. Nearly every 32-inch ultra hd-model we tested costs (well over) more than 723 pounds / 850 euros, with the exception of single model. However, at the time of writing you can find the AOC that we cover in this article for 424 pounds / 499 euros. The Philips monitor also has a surprisingly low price. Of course this raises the question if the monitors are any good – these are still high prices that have to be justified. This is definitely the case, but we do have a clear preference for one of the two monitors.