Caution: Wide Load -- AOC announces 34 inch UltraWideQuad HD Monitor


While 1080p is a very common monitor resolution nowadays, 4K is poised to become the next big thing. With that said, Dell and Apple have launched products with 5K resolution, so who knows what will happen. While 4K and 5K are both darn beautiful, they are designed with movies in mind. While many people use their computers to watch films, others, such as myself, use their computers for work (imagine that).

AOC is one of my favorite display manufacturers, and today, the company announces a new monitor designed for the working crowd; not the gaming and movie-watching folks. You see, it is a very wide 34 inch monitor with a 3440 x 1440 resolution. What does this mean? It is like having two 20 inch monitors side by side!

"This 21:9 display offers uwQHD 3440 x 1440 resolution for gorgeous detail and more room to get work done with a pixel area that is 2.4 times larger than a Full HD monitor and equivalent to two 20 inch displays side by side. Built-in 7-watt speakers and 1.07 billion colors complete the cinematic experience, while the extra space lets you split your screen into multiple panes for increased efficiency. The massive display comes complete with a 4-way adjustable stand to make it easy to maneuver for maximum working comfort. The AOC 34 inch uwQHD monitor (U3477PQU) will be available December 8th at and for $899", says AOC.

The manufacturer further explains, "IPS technology offers extended range for brilliant and consistent color, and wide viewing angles for natural transitions between hues delivering exceptional realism. The display also includes picture-by-picture mode, which is ideal for displaying two sources of content on the same screen, while picture-in-picture is optimized for video chat. The display comes equipped with a wide range of connectivity options, including DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI and MHL to easily connect to devices, peripherals, smartphones and even a second computer".

AOC lists the following specs:

Monitor Line Performance
Monitor Size 34"
Visible Screen Size 86.7 cm
Screen Format 21:9
Brightness 300 cd/m² (typ)
Contrast Ratio Dynamic 80.000.000:1
Contrast Ratio Typical 1.000:1 (CR)
Pixel / Dot / Pitch 0.2325 (H) x 0.2325 (V) mm
Display Area 799.8 (H) x 334.8 (V)
Viewing Angle 178 (H) / 178 (V) (CR?10)
Response Time 5 ms GTG

This monitor seems to be perfect for multitasking while doing actual office work. I get giddy when imagining working with massive Excel sheets or column-heavy Access databases. I particularly like this design as I hate working with multiple monitors, but often have to. This monitor coupled with Windows window-snapping sounds like a dream come true! Quite frankly, $899 seems reasonable for a potentially massive productivity boost.

Do you use your desktop more for work or fun? Tell me in the comments.

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