If you are on a budget looking for a 4K monitor for your productivity purposes, the AOC U2790VQ is a great monitor to consider. It is one of the best budget monitors in the industry right now because it offers so much value for a reasonable price. Its 4K screen is its main highlight, attracting professionals seeking real estate.
It falls under the $300 monitor price category, so this monitor should be on your list if you have set your budget around there. The panel is of high quality, and the list of features is long, but there are certain bits that this monitor misses, which we have discussed below, so if you are okay with the shortcomings, the AOC U2790VQ is a great choice.
First Look & Overview
- Over 1 Billion Colors
- 4K Screen with 163 PPI
- Ultra-Narrow Borders
- Low-Blue Mode
- Ample Connectivity Ports
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The AOC U2790VQ is excellent for productivity because its 4K panel lets you fit more content on the screen. Gamers will be disappointed because it does not have VRR support. Still, casual gaming is possible.
It is excellent for entertainment because of its high-resolution screen because most OTT platforms support UHD resolution. Media creation is perfect because of its great screen space and decent SDR color coverage.
Design & Ergonomics
Monitor Type – Flat
Width – 59.6cm
Height – 44.5 cm
The AOC U2790VQ looks like a proper professional monitor because of its elegant design. It is finished in black from the front, and you get the AOC logo in the middle of the bottom bezel.
The frame is mostly clean, and there is a small LED on the right of the bottom bezel that indicates the monitor’s status.
Depth – 19.97 cm
VESA Mount – 100x100mm
Ports Position – Down-Facing
The back of AOC U2790VQ is clean and finished in black. It attracts dust quite easily, making it highly visible on the black frame. Hence, not pleasing to the eyes if the back is exposed.
You get a big AOC logo in the middle of the top portion, along with the vents for heat to dissipate. There is a power button on the right and a Kensington lock on the left. The ports are down-facing on the back, making it easy to route the cables down the desk.
Thinness – 0.6 cm
The borders of the AOC U2790VQ are very small and are 0.6 cm thin, which is thinner than most monitors in the industry. It looks very modern and appealing with those thin bezels, and multiple monitor setups work seamlessly, giving a continuous look of dual monitors.
Build Quality 7/10
Weight – 5.15 kg
The build quality of AOC V2790VQ is excellent. It is all plastic, but it is of very good quality and the parts are very well put together, and there are no gaps and imperfections.
It is not sturdy and is not as premium as high-end monitors, but it is acceptable for a reasonable price.
Removable Stand – Yes
Cable Management – Yes
The stand on the AOC U2790VQ has a round footprint with a textured finish. It does not take much space on the desk despite holding a 27-inch display. It is stable, but there are noticeable wobbles at times.
There is a basic cable management hole on the stand to route the cables down the desk.
Tilt – 21.5° Backward, 3.5° Forward
Swivel – N/A
Height – N/A
Pivot – N/A
The AOC U2790VQ offers poor ergonomics because the stand only supports tilt function. You do get VESA mount holes on the back, so you will need to mount this monitor on an arm if you need flexibility.
Display & Performance
Panel Type – IPS
Panel Size – 27″
Aspect Ratio – 16:9
Panel Depth – 10 bits (8 bits+FRC)
The AOC U2790VQ runs on IPS technology, which means you would get good colors, wide viewing angles, and a mediocre contrast ratio. The 27-inch size suits the 4K resolution well, making it an excellent combo for most professional tasks.
Screen Clarity 9/10
Resolution – UHD | 3840x2160p
PPI – 163 PPI
The resolution on the AOC U2790VQ is UHD which is 3840x2160p, and it results in an excellent 163 PPI on the 27-inch size. Text clarity is fantastic, so it is great for professionals who deal with many texts and small details.
The screen space is more than 1080p and 1440p monitors allowing you to fit more content on the screen. Hence, it is excellent for multitasking and tasks that include many tools and panels to work on, such as any video-photo editing software.
Peak Brightness – 350-nits
The AOC VG2790VQ has a 350-nits peak brightness which is sufficient for well-lit rooms. Visibility is excellent, and it has fantastic reflection handling at this budget price point. There is an anti-glare coating on the panel, eliminating most glares and reflections.
It is ahead of its competitor LG 27UL500-W, which has 300-nits peak brightness, whereas our current contender is brighter and highly suitable for well-lit rooms.
Contrast Ratio – 1000:1
The contrast ratio is mediocre hence the darkroom performance is not that great. The blacks appear gray in the dark and is not recommended for dark-room usage if color accuracy is important to you.
Budget IPS monitors have average dark room performance, which is okay for reasonable prices. If you need a monitor with better dark room performance on a budget, consider VA monitors.
Viewing Angles 10/10
Viewing Angles (H/V) – 178°/178°
The AOC U2790VQ has wide viewing angles, as you would expect from an IPS monitor. The colors do not fade when viewed from the sides, making it a perfect fit for mounting this monitor at a height.
The colors and visuals appear consistent from the sides, so sharing your work with a client or colleague sitting beside is possible.
Color Coverage 8/10
sRGB – 108%
NTSC – 91%
The AOC U2790VQ has wide SRD color coverage as it covers 108% sRGB color space making it suitable for creative professionals. If color accuracy matters for your work, this is an ideal monitor to consider.
The color coverage on the AOC U2790VQ is better than the expensive LG 27UN850-W, which is excellent.
Response Time 7/10
Response Time – 5ms
The AOC U2790VQ has good motion handling because of its 5ms response time. Causal gaming is possible on this monitor, but don’t expect fast motions to appear clear. However, the games appear super clear and sharp on the 4K screen but make sure you have a powerful PC to run games at 4K resolution.
Refresh Rate 6/10
Refresh Rate – 60Hz
The refresh rate on the AOC U2790VQ is limited to 60Hz because it is a budget monitor and making a 4K high refresh rate panel costs much more. Gamers won’t be excited because 60Hz is too regular nowadays. However, you won’t miss the absence of high refresh rate while working or binge-watching.
Black Frame Insertion – N/A
The AOC U2790VQ does not have backlight strobing technology, aka black frame insertion, because it is a productivity monitor.
HDR – N/A
The AOC U2790VQ does not have HDR certifications, but it is great for viewing SRD content. Its competitor LG 27UL500-W has HDR certifications, so if you are looking for an HDR monitor on a budget, consider that.
Low Blue Light
The AOC U2790VQ has a low blue light mode for reading that saves your eyes from straining in the dark, allowing you to stare at the screen for more time.
It has flicker-free technology that provides you with a consistent viewing experience at all brightness levels.
2x DisplayPort 1.2
2x HDMI 2.0
1x HDMI 1.4
The AOC U2790VQ has ample video inputs. You get dual DisplayPorts 1.2, dual HDMI 2.0 ports, and a single HDMI 1.4 port. You can use all the video ports simultaneously, so it is great for keeping multiple devices connected to the monitor. Note that the HDMI 1.4 supports 4K at only 30Hz.
USB, Other Ports 4/10
1x 3.5mm Audio Out
It has a single audio out port for connecting headphones and speakers. It misses out on USB ports which might disappoint some professionals.
Similar Options To Consider
The LG 27UL500-W also has a 27-inch 4K panel with 163 PPI, but it has lower peak brightness than AOC U2790VQ. You get HDR certification on the LG 27UL500-W, which you do not get on the AOC U2790VQ.
The Philips 276E8VJSB has better color accuracy than the AOC U2790VQ and LG 27UL500-W, so if color accuracy is your top priority, consider this over the two. However, it misses out on VESA mount support, so you do not get flexibility.
AOC U2790VQ: ConclusionAOC U2790VQ
Display2.8/5 MediocreThe display is excellent. It is sharp, vibrant, and has a lot of space.
Design3/5 MediocreThe appearance is elegant, and it feels premium to the eyes but has poor ergonomics.
Features2.2/5 Below parIt does not have many features—a few basic ones like low blue light and flicker-free technology.
- Decent SDR color coverage
- Excellent screen real estate
- Ample video ports
- No VRR
- No speakers
- Tilt-only stand