• Screen: 27-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080), 72% NTSC
  • Panel: TN
  • Response Time: 1ms (Grey to Grey)
  • Refresh Rate: 75 Hz
  • Input: HDMI (v1.4), DisplayPort (v1.2), VGA, audio in
  • Others: Stereo speaker, Low blue light, Flicker free, AOC Shadow Control, AOC GameMode, AMD Free Sync
  • Dimensions: 640.3 x 470.7 x 299.1 mm (with stand)
  • Pros:
  • Sharp image quality
  • Affordable
  • Cons:
  • Thick bezels

Midrange Excellence

One issue that we’ve noticed with gaming monitors is that there are high-end ones and then there are low-end ones, at least for key specs like refresh rates and screen size. There’s hardly anything worthwhile that’s in between, but AOC has one that might just be the ideal bridge between the gaps – the AOC G2778VQ.

The G2778VQ is much larger than expected, mostly because the thick bezels add a lot of extra size to the main display. Most of the body is black but there’s a horizontal piece of red plastic at the bottom of the main display and one around the base of the stand, which provide some much needed flair to its otherwise simple design. Below the right side of the main display are five physical buttons, all labelled accordingly on the red plastic that was mentioned. The stand is solid enough but can only tilt, so if extra height is needed then you’ll have to put a box under it or something.

One interesting feature that can be found at the back is the stereo speaker that’s housed behind the grills. The I/O ports, facing downwards, include a D-Sub, HDMI, DisplayPort, audio out and line out. There are also four mounting holes for a VESA mount, for those who want to attach the monitor to a wall. However, the pre-installed stand might need to be removed first.

The OSD is simple enough to use and the buttons are easy to reach. Using it, users can toggle through preset modes like RTS, Racing, or make two customised profiles manually.
Gaming on the G2778VQQ is a treat. Although you won’t be getting amazing colour reproduction, its high response time and AMD’s Free Sync delivers smooth visuals while gaming. At a max refresh rate of 75Hz, it performs well enough for mainstream gamers who can’t afford the best PCs.

Since it has a HDMI port to go with the DisplayPort, the G2778VQ can be daisy chained to another monitor. This is highly useful for those who use a gaming notebook as their main gaming platform. Unfortunately, if your intention is to run a triple-screen setup for racing games, then the huge bezels would kill the immersion.

In contrast, the quality of the speakers isn’t great. The max volume is loud enough, but it lacks details across all frequency ranges and, understandably, has no sub-woofer to provide bass. Fortunately, there’s a pass-through for external audio output so headphones or speakers can be connected to it.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you want a large enough monitor with over 60Hz refresh rates, but don’t want to pay a ridiculous premium for 120/144Hz monitors, then this model is an ideal choice.

(previously published in issue December 2016)