AOC i2769Vm review
With street prices around £200, or under if you look carefully, the AOC i2769Vm is one of those value-packed IPS panels where you need to keep half an eye out for the catch.
To start, it’s 27in of screen space with a very thin bezel edge that’s none too solid around three of the sides. Inside, the picture starts around 10 mm in from the edge. Along the bottom, there’s a silvery plastic bottom strip that squeaks if you press it firmly.
The menu controls are arranged under it, so some hunting usually needs to be done, especially as the icons are marked in dark grey on the panel, with no backlighting. Needless to say, in subdued light, it’s impossible to see what they are without shining a light. The overall menu arrangement could have been done better.
There are lots of options though, including Eco mode to reduce the power consumption (typically 35 W when on and 0.5W on standby), and sharpness adjustment with the Clear Vision setting. That latter control may comes into play because this is of course, a 27in screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Fortunately it isn’t really needed because the anti-aliasing strikes a good balance between well rendered text and sharpness with it turned off.
Around the back of the AOC a nicely curved panel houses the internal power supply and the interfaces. These include a D-Sub, DisplayPort, HDMI (MHL) and a standard HDMI. There’s also a headphone jack socket but mercifully no speakers.
The AOC i2769Vm sits on a stand that tilts back and forth (-5 to +15 degrees) but doesn’t rotate or elevate. Moving it around does incur some wobble as well but it’s stable enough in normal use.
As this is an IPS panel, it has great viewing angles, and you can still read text at very oblique angles, although the does colour shift as you move right over. As the lightweight construction of the frame might have intimated, there was a little light leak along the bottom, but we needed dim conditions to see it.
For brightness the manufacturer’s specification says 250 cd/m2 and in our measurements it got as far as 275 cd/m2 which is plenty for most circumstances.
At full brightness was measured a contrast ratio on 720:1, and dropping the brightness down to ‘75%’ (227 cd/m2) it was at 760:1. Down at 25%, or a more practical 132 cd/m2, we recorded 670:1 contrast ratio.
Luminance consistency wasn’t the best. At 100% brightness the top two corners were 17% and 15% darker. At a more usable 50% brightness this increased to 22% each, which is more variation than most IPS panels.
Colour uniformity was very good at all brightness levels, being DeltaE 1.7 in the middle and bottom middle at 100% brightness and only DeltaE 1.1 in the bottom middle at a brightness of 50%. Colour accuracy DeltaE averaged 1.36 and only the grey shades (all under 2.0) and the dark cyan (a typically poor 5.18) pushed the average DeltaE up to 1.73. In terms of colour gamut, we recorded 99% for sRGB and 75% in AdobeRGB.
While the build quality is merely average, reflecting where the costs have been saved, it’s not bad to look at and while it wouldn’t take a lot of punishment, it isn’t particularly flimsy. Throw in the excellent colour uniformity and consistency and you have a very decent, large screen, budget 27in IPS option.