The AOC U3277PWQU is a gorgeous, lump of hardware with a typical black bezel, however, the untraditional brushed metal strip makes for an eye-catching affair. We have looked at several screens that feature no or a reduced bezel and that really seems to be the way forward, however, the AOC prefers to go with a full glossy black plastic frame. This is a shame as the screen would be so good looking had it lost this chunky design.
The on-screen display controls live at the bottom with their function clearly labels in the silvery plastic of the faux brush steel addition. A little unobtrusive LED glows blue when on and red when in standby mode.
On the right is a convenient hub, one of my favourite additions to any screen. This is accessible to the right-hand side of the screen and comprises of five USB slots. Interestingly one supports charging and is coloured yellow whilst another for upstream (Type B).
The panel’s supports DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI MHL, alongside DVI-DL and even a VGA to provide pretty much every type of GPU sold today even though not all utilise 4K operation. Inside are some functional 3-watt speakers for Windows beeps and bops, find another sound output if you plan on doing more than that.
The AOC is quite flexible. Tilting, swivelling and pivoting are all possible. The stand also provides the ability to raise the height of the massive screen. Thankfully AOC has included the ability to wall mount as this is a 32” display there the footprint of the screen is quite large and will fill many desks.
The stand also features the brushed steel look added to the bottom of the screen. There is an interesting transparent coating to the stand to provide more weight and a glossy look. The wide stand help balance the overall size of the screen and keeps this feeling secure.
The AOC U3277PWQU has a 31.5-inch VA panel from InnoLux which is known as an Azimuthal Anchoring Switch LCD. The top resolution supported is 3840 x 2160 with a 60Hz refresh rate, and a 4ms response time. The U3277PWQU also manages 10-bit colour support a contrast ratio of 3000:1 and a maximum brightness of 350cd/m2.
The AOC U3277PWQU comes with decent colour coverage however as a gaming screen I found the reality of the screen to be less smooth than I had hoped. There were moments of straight up stutters and some tearing. There some slow pixel transitions and some visible blurring and ghosting in fast action sequences.
One of the most annoying aspects of the AOC’s performance was the stand-by feature. Once awakened it took around 5 or 6 seconds for the screen to display the lock screen. In a multi-screen setup, the AOC was always the last to function.
The AOC U3277PWQU is a difficult screen to recommend, however it is priced well enough that the casual gamer might be able to overlook some of the ghosting problems experienced. Office users and designers will benefit from a rich colour representation and the size to price will make this an easy choice. Connectivity is top notch and not forgetting this is a 4K screen it’s one of the cheaper ways to get one.
However, if you are looking for an immersive gaming experience you will notice the issues with the screen almost right away.