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AOC 27inch Panel 

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A good sized panel capable of showing up to 4K as well as a range of screen sizes upwards from HD. Its stand means that the amount of desk space it takes is less than most of a similar screen size and the ability to lower or raise the panel is just another good point that can make this something that can fulfil so many demands without costing a fortune.

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It is 61x36.5x1.5cm and it sits on a 20cm circular stand that’s arm raises from the rear so the screen itself sits within the stand. The stand raises the panel by between 4 and 16.5cm from your desk. There is a good amount of back tilt as well as a little forward tilt. The viewable dimensions are 59.5x34cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 27 inches.

The connections on the back are in a horizon line 9cm up from the base in a cut away down pointing area, from right to left mains input, flip up power switch, HDMI1, HDMI2, Display Port, upstream USB and two downstream USB.

There is a nipple towards the bottom right of the back that does the work of the five or six buttons that normally make internal controls, it works in a joystick up, down, left, right and press to complete the action.

The internal down pointing 2W speakers are better than most found on flat panels and with the output setting adjusted to maximum gives a perfectly acceptable level of sound.

The top and sides of the panel are what is described as frameless meaning those using it with other such units side by side need see almost no border at all.

Rarely does the stand get a mention in my reviews but this stainless steel circle of metal means that however you use the panel straight, back tilt, or even forward tilt the panel stays within the footprint of the stand meaning far less total desk space is used.

The colour and contrast are excellent using a hardware solution and - dare I say it – this office solution even looks great with a range of greys and blacks found in a lot of games. This can be seen in a sky scraper scene shown on the final link.

Flicker free resolution is now taken as given as is low blue light vital for those burning the midnight oil. While some panels may exceed the 5MS refresh rate it will not be in this price bracket.

A lot is spoken about 178 degree viewing but I tried this in my work area and the only problem was my neck when craning to look from a near side on position, I could still read the text on the screen but I only see people volunteering to watch like that in a group presentation.

Full specifications are also on the second link. The steel grey surround colour matches the steel stand perfectly.

At the time of publication the AOC 27inch panel (U2790PQU) is available from Amazon for £325.14 including delivery.

Full details are available from the AOC website.

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