The new and soon-to-be-released AOC U2477PWQ is a promising and budget-friendly 4K monitor that is suitable for gaming too. Measuring only 24-inches diagonally, this monitor passes our minimum requirements for the screen size of a gaming monitor, but not by much, and the 4K resolution will result in a very high pixel density. This monitor will be suitable for those looking for a small budget-friendly 4K (UHD) monitor, without the benefits of a higher refresh rate.
Since this is a 4K monitor with 3840 x 2160 pixels, it will only run at a maximum of 60Hz, but the display makes up for this lack of refresh rate in a variety of features and visual specs. For starters, the AOC U2477PWQ uses a PLS type panel, which is similar to the more popular IPS type panel. PLS is just Samsung’s own version, but they both share the same benefits, such as the higher brightness, vibrant colors and great viewing angles. The U2477PWQ has 178/178 viewing angles, 300 cd/m2 brightness and a solid 1000:1 contrast ratio. Response time is 4 milliseconds, which is common in newer IPS/PLS type panels. Another noteworthy visual spec include the support for 16.7 million colors, which means that this monitor comes with 8-bit color, and thus can’t really be compared to higher-end professional-grade 4K monitors which usually sell for over $1000. This monitor is aimed at gamers and the more casual user segment, and for both those purposes, 8-bit color is great and it is not worth getting a 10-bit monitor instead, as those are mostly meant for designers that need high color reproduction.
The AOC U2477PWQ comes with HDMI 2.0 connectivity, which is becoming increasingly popular in 4K UHD monitors. HDMI 2.0 is able to handle 4K@60Hz, which is something that it’s predecessor, HDMI 1.4, could not do, and you are therefore no longer stuck with DisplayPort 1.2 for outputting 4K resolution at 60Hz. Surely enough, this PC screen also has DisplayPort 1.2, DVI, USB 3.0 ports and a VGA connector as well. It also comes with AOC’s Flicker Free technology, which is a must-have for many gamers as it ensures a zero-flickering viewing experience.
The stand is ergonomic with pivot, tilt and height adjustment options. As you can see in the image above, the monitor has a small stand footprint and can easily be positioned in almost any environment because of the VESA Wallmount support too.
The AOC U2477PWQ will be released in the end of November 2015, hopefully just before Black Friday. We expect this display to cost around $350, which is very reasonable for a 4K PC gaming monitor.