• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display Size: 35-inches
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1080
  • Connectivity: VGA, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, MHL
  • Refresh Rate: 160Hz 4ms
  • Viewing Angle: 178/178
  • Dimensions: 844.6 x 458 x 213.6mm
  • Weight: 11.6kg
  • Pros:
  • Image quality
  • Refresh rate
  • Cons:
  • Not 1440p

Curve It Like Beckham?

Bigger is always better especially when it comes to monitors, but bigger monitors also mean higher resolutions which leads to a requirement of stronger graphics power. It is up to the user then to decide whether they can live with lower resolutions or bite the bullet on upgrades to get the full high resolution experience.

The AOC C3583FQ is probably one of the biggest monitor we’ve had the chance to review, not to mention it’s a curved monitor to boot. The monitor itself is sized at 35-inch but the actual display viewable display size is about 32-inches and has a refresh rate of 160Hz. 160Hz is a little higher than the norm which is 144Hz, and sadly personally some of us aren’t able to differentiate the smoothness after 120-144Hz. Maybe a professional gamer might notice the details or with a trained eye you could, so the 160Hz max refresh rate is still a welcomed addition.

Speaking of the display, the monitor uses an AMVA (Advanced Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment) panel which is placed in between a TN and IPS panel. VA monitors are capable of lower response times than IPS panels but colours aren’t as good as IPS panels. But VA panels hold an advantage over contrast ratio’s that offer deeper blacks which is noticeable during our review. The 4ms response time is decent and should only pose an issue to the most critical of gamers, like those in competitive FPS’ such as CS:GO.

The 2560 x 1080 is a nice resolution which allows us to work more efficiently, since we can comfortably split the screen in 2 acting as though we had 2 monitors. On the other hand, at the size of 35-inches it becomes apparent that a higher resolution might be better, but only for those who nitpick. Text is still great and crisp and images are displayed excellently with great colour and contrast, but taking it up a notch to a 1440p resolution would definitely take the cake.

The AOC C3583FQ strikes a nice balance between work and gaming, especially with its Flicker-Free technology that allowed us to end a long days’ work without our eyes feeling strained. Compared to using our regular monitor, our eyes at the end of the day are definitely a lot better when compared to a regular non-flicker free monitor.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If the monitor was at 1440p it would be one of the best buys, but although it isn’t it’s still an excellent monitor with great colours and viewing angles.

(previously published in issue October 2016)

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