AOC Q2778VQE; An In-Depth Review

In the past couple of years, we have seen quite a lot of different displays from AOC, as their selection ranges from small but fast 24-inch G-sync equipped displays, to ultrawide 4K monitors. These two screens may be very different from each other, but they have one thing in common – the hefty price. The former offers premium gaming experience, while the latter provides the best entertainment and colour-demanding tasks. Innovations in display technology however, paved the way for some great crossbreeds, with newer models now aim to cater the needs of both types of users. Some also, strip their products of extras and just opted to be good at the basics to offer quality monitor for a cheap price. One good example of that is the AOC Q2778VQEa straightforward display that never fails to deliver. For a much closer look, check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide.

AOC Q2778VQE (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

AOC Q2778VQE is perfect for anyone looking for a decent quality screen that doesn’t come with any additional features for a good price. It’s stripped off of extras, which means it’s able to offer impressive screen quality on a budget. And since it’s a TN panel monitor, it’s an excellent cheap solution for gaming.

 

Benefits

As with most displays equipped with TN panel, there isn’t much to expect in AOC Q2778VQE. Despite the limitations of it panel technology however, this monitor has no problem showing credible colour performance. It runs at WQHD resolution, which is at 2560x1440p, which easily beats most TN panels in the market’s Full HD 1080p resolution.

 

Surprisingly Decent Colour Performance, Despite the TN Panel

AOC Q2778VQE (image from Amazon)


As said earlier, this display comes equipped with TN panel, which means it doesn’t have the most beautiful screen. Despite the cheap panel however, colour performance is pretty credible, as it clocked in an sRGB colour gamut of 98.9%, meaning it hits majority of colours accurately. The only real issue it had is the bright reds, which are a little off the mark. As expected, it scored an averagely low delta-E figure of 1.91, still pretty acceptable for the money. This monitor has no problem displaying vast majority of colors.

For the contrast ratio, AOC Q2778VQE exceeded our expectation as it scored an impressive 1049:1. It doesn’t go off the charts, but still impressive considering the TN panel. This helped a low measured black level of 0.28cd/m2. Maximum brightness is at 322cd/m2, which is impressively bright. It may need some tweaking though for the screen to look and feel more comfortable.

 

 

Excellent Gaming Performance, As Expected for Its TN Panel

As with other panels, TN panel has its weaknesses and strengths, and its strength is pretty impressive. There are no motion blurring or ghosting problems in this display, even for big title games and action-packed Blu-ray movies. Response Time is at a whopping 1ms, which is the fastest we have today. Refresh Rate however, is pretty standard at 60Hz.

The only issue we have for this AOC monitor is its input lag which measures at 38ms, which is something we expect from large LCD TVs. You may not notice this lag most of the time, but it may feel sluggish when playing games that requires optimal input lag, such as FPS games.

 

Reasonably Wide Viewing Angles

Viewing angle is a common weakness for TN-based displays, surprisingly though, this display doesn’t suffer the same fate as many TN monitors in the market. Vertical viewing angle is wide enough to give you the freedom to move your head without making the screen unreadable. The same goes with its horizontal viewing angles, with the screen only getting slightly darker as move your head to extreme angles.

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Mounting Options 

 

There aren't a lot of options out there for dual monitor setup for 27-inch displays, much more for triple monitor setups. There are however, a couple of great options, namely the Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm and  AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm. The former comes from a tested-and-proven brand, and its build quality and performance easily justifies its slightly more expensive price. The latter however, is a cheaper alternative. It may not come with the same construction material, but it's solid and sturdy enough for everyday use.

Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm (image from Amazon)


Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm allows you to put two 28-inch display side by side, or even put one on top of the other. It is made up of solid polished aluminum construction, with high quality materials. It’s equipped with Constant Force (CF) technology, which is Ergotron’s patented technology that holds monitors securely in place, and still allows smooth, convenient adjustment for optimum ergonomics.

AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm (image from Amazon)


If you’re looking for a dual monitor LCD arm that can support your two 27-inch monitor, but don’t have the budget to spend for premium products, then you can opt for AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm. This product comes with an affordable price tag, but don’t mistake its price for low quality, as it can certainly stand against the best in the market today.

 

 

Design and Features

AOC Q2778VQE (image from Amazon)


At first glance, the AOC Q2778VQE’s screen comes unimpressive; the bezels are glossy plastic, which stands out and can be distracting at times, the bezels looks chunky as well. It is by no means offensive, but those who are looking for a stylish display on their desk will be better off with other AOC models. It looks utilitarian, but it’s solidly built and comes with stable stand as well.

AOC Q2778VQE (image from Amazon)


From the rear view, this product sports a textured matte black. Again, made up of quality plastic that we normally see from other AOC models. The glossy black AOC brand is molded at the center of the top part of the rear cabinet, which provides nice contrast.

 

Buttons and Controls

The OSD (on-screen display) of this monitor reveals a small section of adjustments, which includes controls for Contrast and Brightness, as well as the Power Saving mode which drops brightness levels. For the image adjustment controls, there is Colour Temperature (warm, normal sRGB, cool, and user). Choosing the User mode also unclocks the ability to adjust the screen’s colour saturation for red, green, and blue.

Then there’s the PictureBoost which lets users choose a specific area on the screen and change its settings (brightness and contrast). The size and position of this portion of the screen is also customizable as well. This would be a useful feature for graphics or photos under different conditions, which fits better for bigger and more expensive screens. For cheaper monitor however, the usefulness of this feature is quite limited, especially considering the fiddly features of this screen’s menu buttons.

 

Connectivity Options

AOC Q2778VQE (image from Amazon)


It comes with all the basic connectivity options you need, namely VGA, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort. For audio, it does come with a headphone jack.

 

Solid and Stable Stand, But with Limited Adjustability, with VESA Compliant Mounting Holes

The monitor is fixed at 95mm height, and unfortunately, it doesn’t come with rotation and height adjustment. The only adjustment it offers is tilt. This can be an issue for users who put value in good posture and versatility in their workstation, as this product doesn’t come with much option for adjustments.

Fortunately though, VESA is here to save the day. Those who want more comfort and ergonomics in their desk can ditch the factory stand and opt for third-party dedicated monitor stand. It’s can also be a good cheap solution for secondary display and have a dual monitor stand setup.

 

Tech Specs

Bottom Line

AOC Q2778VQE is an excellent example why TN technology still has its place in a market largely dominated by IPS and AHVA panel monitors. It may suffer from the same limitations as any other TN monitors have, such as poor viewing angle and subpar colour accuracy and reproduction. However, TN panels now are getting better, and this one for example, has a much improved colour reproduction, thanks to full sRGB coverage, along with NTSC and Adobe colorimeter that provides decent colour-accurate display. Both brightness and contrast are equally impressive as well, despite the limitations of its TN panel.

Where this monitor really shines is its value for money. It runs in WQHD resolution, which is of course, miles ahead from the standard Full HD. Also, since it’s TN, it has great gaming performance. Of course, it’s far from the best, as it only has 60Hz refresh rate, subpar input lag, and doesn’t come with G-Sync or VSync.

 

It’s been stripped off of features to keep the price low, which also means there is no USB port, limited adjustability for monitor stand, and no speakers. But hey, you can always solve this issues; you can plug your USB to your PC, make use of its VESA-compliant mounting holes and use third-party monitor stands with articulating arm, and use external monitor.

All in all, the full sRGB coverage, 1ms response time with little to no ghosting, good overall quality, including viewing angle (despite the limitations of its TN panel) easily outweighs the basic features, and poor quality stand. There’s really no denying that AOC has produced a good quality display in AOC Q2778VQE. It may not have the plethora that many gaming monitor has, but it performs well and looks really good.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!

Bottom Line AOC Q2778VQE is an excellent example why TN technology still has its place in a market largely dominated by IPS and AHVA panel monitors. It may suffer from the same limitations as any other TN monitors have, such as poor viewing angle and subpar colour accuracy and reproduction. However, TN panels now are getting better, and this one for example, has a much improved colour reproduction, thanks to full sRGB coverage, along with NTSC and Adobe colorimeter that provides decent colour-accurate display. Both brightness and contrast are equally impressive as well, despite the limitations of its TN panel. Where this monitor really shines is its value for money. It runs in WQHD resolution, which is of course, miles ahead from the standard Full HD. Also, since it’s TN, it has great gaming performance. Of course, it’s far from the best, as it only has 60Hz refresh rate, subpar input lag, and doesn’t come with G-Sync or VSync. It’s been stripped off of features to keep the price low, which also means there is no USB port, limited adjustability for monitor stand, and no speakers. But hey, you can always solve this issues; you can plug your USB to your PC, make use of its VESA-compliant mounting holes and use third-party monitor stands with articulating arm, and use external monitor. All in all, the full sRGB coverage, 1ms response time with little to no ghosting, good overall quality, including viewing angle (despite the limitations of its TN panel) easily outweighs the basic features, and poor quality stand. There’s really no denying that AOC has produced a good quality display in AOC Q2778VQE. It may not have the plethora that many gaming monitor has, but it performs well and looks really good. For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!

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