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AOC launches ultra-sharp u2868Pqu 28-inch monitor

by Mark Tyson on 27 May 2014, 14:46

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Today AOC launched a new 28-inch monitor which boasts an Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, good connectivity and ergonomics "at a surprisingly low price". In an email to HEXUS, AOC said that the u2868Pqu embraces both the market trends of larger screen sizes and higher resolutions. The firm thinks that the new monitor is eminently suitable for: CAD/CAM professionals, architects, engineers and power users at home.

The AOC u2868Pqu has the following key specifications:

  • Panel Size: 28” / 70.9 cm
  • Panel type: WLED / TN
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m 2
  • Contrast Ratio Dynamic: 80M:1
  • Contrast Ratio Typical: 1000:1 (CR)
  • Pixel / Dot / Pitch: 0.16(H)mm x 0.16(V)mm
  • Display Area: 620.93(H) x 341.28(V)
  • Viewing Angle: 170(H)/160(V) (CR≧10)
  • Response Time: 1 ms GTG
  • Scanning Frequency: H: 30-99 KHz / V: 50-76 Hz
  • Pixel Frequency: 185.58MHz
  • Maximum Resolution: 3840x2160@60Hz
  • Colours: 1,073 billion
  • Connectors: D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
  • Power consumption: 50.5W in use, 0.5W in standby
  • Speakers: pair of 3W speakers
  • Mount: 100x100mm
  • Adjustments: 130mm height adjustment, pivot, tilt -5, tilt +24
  • Regulations: CE, Energy Star 6.0, EPEAT Silver, RoHS, TUV-Bauart, TCO 6.0, CU, Ukrain Safety, ISO9241-307
  • Controls: touch
  • Features: PIP(Picture in Picture), PBP(Picture by Picture), Audio out, e-Saver, Eco Mode, i-Menu, Kensington Security Lock, Screen+
  • Weight: 7.94Kg
  • Warranty: 3 years with on-site exchange

The u2868Pqu uses a Real 8-bit +FRC arrangement to squeeze more than a billion colours from its TN panel. Its Ultra HD panel, with 3840 x 2160 pixels, offers four times as much detail as a regular Full HD panel. This monitor can work at up to 60Hz at its native resolution.

Thanks to its pixel response time of 1 ms AOC also suggests that the u2868Pqu is perfect for working on or watching fast-paced action video clips or enjoying games. The multiple source picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture functions make the panel even more useful for monitoring or watching another video source while you get on with your computing.

Though not listed in the spec sheet which I was emailed, AOC's press release says that the u2868Pqu offers MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) connectivity for mirroring you smartphone screen to the big screen. There's also a full range of wired monitor connection ports available; D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort. However none of the ports are duplicated – you have just one of each kind.

The AOC u2868Pqu is priced at £499 and includes a three year warranty with on-site exchange service. In the UK, Scan estimates stock will arrive on 17th June.

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D-Sub will never die it seems…
Paying £500 and receiving a TN panel (no matter the resolution) feels like a scam…

But look how fast 4K monitors are falling!!
i find the DPI almost too high on 1600p 30" monitors, so I bet it is terrible on a smaller, higher-res screen
i find the DPI almost too high on 1600p 30" monitors, so I bet it is terrible on a smaller, higher-res screen
… and the "any rez less than 4K sukz" folks are preparing the tar and feathers for you as we speak… :p

Quite like most of the specs of this. Apart from (a) the price, need it a bit more SWMBO-friendly and (b) speakers? speakers AOC - what were you thinking?

Pivot option also seems a bit strange on such a large screen - suspect that the mechanism is going to have to be pretty stiff to handle that large a panel.
D-Sub will never die it seems…

Hm, used to know how to calculate/estimate the horizontal clock (KHz) and pixel clock (MHz) for analog signals back in the CRT days. Think it was vertical lines * refresh plus ~10%. So that means 142KHz and (I guess) around 115MHz. So anyone wanting to use the D-Sub would have to use lead of exceptional quality if the picture is not going to be full of interference.

While graphic cards still boast 400MHz RAMDACS ‘which support QXGA displays up to 2048x1536 @ 85 Hz’, I wonder if the analogue know-how is good enough to send a clear signal. Back in the CRT days, Matrox used to get praise for their good signal but everything has been digital for so long now that I can't recall the last review I read where the VGA output was even tested never mind compared.