AOC this week introduced two new 27” displays with thin bezels, a fancy asymmetric stand, an IPS panel and QHD resolution (2560×1440). The more expensive of the two monitors comes with a rose gold base as well as a rear embedded with Swarovski crystals.

When it comes to stylish computer hardware in general and displays in particular, it is not always easy to get something that is both aesthetically attractive and technologically advanced. High-quality backlighting requires space, and full-size connectors make devices thicker too, so sleek designs usually have certain compromises. AOC attempted to combine style and technology in its Q2781-series monitors, if having crystals on your monitor is your thing. The displays are based on AH-IPS panels featuring a 2560×1440 resolution suitable up to 350 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles, a 5 ms response time and a 60 Hz refresh rate. The manufacturer claims that the Q2718PQ and the Q2718PS displays can reproduce 16.77 million colors, and also claims “full sRGB” (but we would cautiously call it 99%).  

The monitors have very thin bezels on all four sides and have asymmetric L-shaped stands as shown in the picture above. The AOC Q2781PQ has a silver stand and a regular black back panel. The AOC Q2781PS comes with a rose gold base, whereas its back panel is decorated with Swarovski crystals. The tilt of both displays can be adjusted, but the height is fixed.

AOC Q2781-Series Displays
  Q2781PQ Q2781PS
Panel 27" IPS
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 5 ms (gray-to-gray)
Brightness 350 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.2331 × 0.2331 mm
PPI 109
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort
2 × HDMI
1 × D-Sub
Audio 3.5-mm headphone jack
Color Silver Rose gold
Bling No Bling Bling Bling
Power Consumption Standby < 0.5 W
Maximum 45 W

As for connectivity, the AOC Q2781-series displays have a DisplayPort, an HDMI header, a D-Sub input as well as a 3.5-mm headphone output. Keep in mind that D-Sub does not support HDCP and certain content may not playback when using such connectors. AOC mentioned that the Q2781-series monitors also feature the company’s Clear Vision video engine to upscale SD content to HD quality.

The AOC Q2781PQ is available now at for $349.99, which is below the MSRP of $499. The rose gold version with the Swarovski 'bling' (Ian's edit: each to their own) will be available in the coming months for $599.

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Source: AOC

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  • MattMe - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - link

    Bling: "No Bling", "Bling Bling"!

    I approve of this.
  • philehidiot - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - link

    Actually almost wet myself at that for no good reason.

    Just it being the total opposite to this site's stringent adherence to deep technical analysis, perhaps.
  • lopri - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - link

    I have never heard of this company (AOC). Is this a subsidiary of ASUS or something? What else do they make?
  • Despoiler - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - link

    Rose gold is the Nickleback of colors.
  • philehidiot - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - link

    So they're going to cover the back with crystal but have made no effort to hide the ports? Eh? Have I missed something?
  • jwcalla - Friday, February 3, 2017 - link

    no VESA mount
  • vicbee - Friday, February 3, 2017 - link

    How long before monitors come like the newest tv's : ultra thin panels with all hardware located in the base? It's a no brainer.
  • YourFairShare - Thursday, February 9, 2017 - link

    Those crystals are sure pimpin' with that D-SUB...
  • rarson - Saturday, February 11, 2017 - link

    60 Hz? Yuck. I don't care if it has zero bezel if it can't do at least 100 Hz. Even in everyday use the difference is very noticeable.
  • couchgi - Friday, June 15, 2018 - link

    Why have VGA port on back? I can understand presence of VGA on entry level cheap monitors but these high resolution monitors its baffling to find that port.

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