AOC 90-series review: business-like and nice for home

Excellent price-performance ratio and modern design



With the 90-series AOC releases a formidable player on the market for affordable, but complete business monitors. Looking at the list of specifications all of the important aspects are here, while the test results also show that there is little to complain about. Compared with the competition of Iiyama the models remain standing without a doubt, although the differences are too small in our opinion to pick a clear victor. The business buyer will presumably base their decision on the price of a big order, and maybe even because they prefer a certain design. None of the options that we discussed on the previous page is a bad choice.

For the home user these monitors are a welcome addition to a market that might be full, but in the 24-inch segment offers only a few truly attractive options. Especially standard consumer models do not compare well with these very affordable business competitors, with lacking ergonomics, absence of displayport and a usb hub, and an often mediocre colour adjustment. The nice thing about the 90-series monitors is that they look more playful thanks to their design, which means they might be better suited for home use than a more somber aesthetic, although taste is a personal matter.

While we know that many of our readers turn green when seeing the combination of 27-inch and full hd, there is something to say for this combination especially for those that wear glasses. Te I2790PQU has the best uniformity of black out of the three tested models, excellent viewing angles and also excellent coloru quality. For a price of 177 pounds / 199 euros to 195 pounds / 219 euros it is definitely a great monitor, which is why it receives an Excellent Choice award. The I2490PXQU is a strong and marginally cheaper competitor for the Iiyama XUB2492HSU-B1; in terms of test results both of them are very comparable. In the end the performance of the Iiyama is slightly better, while the equipment and price end up being an advantage of the AOC model. The difference is too small to not also give this model an Excellent Choice award.

Last but not least the Q2790PQU at a price of 311 pounds / 349 euros is a formidable competitor in the wqhd ips-class, where we are clearly seeing a downward trend in terms of the average price. With that the competition for this model is also very strong, not only the mentioned XUB2792QSU, but also the - in terms of design slightly older - XB2788QQS-B1 performs well and is even cheaper, although the AOC will presumably go down in price as well. However, we also find ips qhd-monitors for less than 267 pounds / 300 euros, although these do not offer the same features. In the future we will cover this segment more. Back to the Q2790: if we place it next to its direct competitor it can keep up with it, although we do have to mention that the black value and uniformity of black are clearly weaknesses of the AOC model that Iiyama does better. In terms of viewing angles, colour range and colour quality it is AOC that is clearly better. The wide gamut backlight results in a slightly higher power consumption, true, and you can discuss about whether or not the average office worker has a need for all of the colour brilliance. All things considered AOC has a great monitor, that we still send home with an Excellent Choice award, despite of the small details that we mentioned. 




three products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price


23.8 inch, 1920x1080, 93 ppi, IPS, 60 Hz, HDMI input, DisplayPort input, 4 ms, 250 cd/m², 1000 : 1

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices


Avg. £176.14
3 shops, 3x stock


27 inch, 1920x1080, 82 ppi, IPS, 60 Hz, HDMI input, DisplayPort input, 4 ms, 250 cd/m², 1000 : 1

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices


Avg. £221.79
4 shops, 3x stock


27 inch, 2560x1440, 109 ppi, IPS, 60 Hz, HDMI input, DisplayPort input, 4 ms, 350 cd/m², 1000 : 1

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices


Avg. £343.40
5 shops, 5x stock

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