Manufacturers develop monitors on different matrices, experiment with diagonal and aspect ratio, but rarely pay attention to design. AOC decided to do it differently and put an emphasis on appearance: the PDS271 display, which came to us for review, boasts a design that was designed by FA Porsche. It was founded by Ferdinand Alexandre, the grandson of the founder of the legendary Porsche company. Let’s see what happened.
Design and construction
When switched on, the screen displays the words Design by Studio FA Porsche – the developers pay attention to the fact that we have a design monitor. In order not to spoil the appearance, manufacturers have changed the system for connecting the display to the computer and the menu.
At the front, the monitor is practically no different from its counterparts, except that the frame at the bottom of the screen is made not of silver plastic, but of aluminum. In the lower right corner is the status LED, next to it is the power button. Due to the narrow bezel, the display looks larger than it actually is.
The rest of the chips become noticeable as soon as we rotate the monitor in profile. First of all, pay attention to the ultra-thin case: in the upper part it is 5 mm thick, in the lower one – 1 cm. It looks very impressive and takes up a minimum of space on the table. The only caveat is that it was not possible to integrate speakers and a power supply into such a thin case. But the developers found a way out – they added a headphone jack and a power supply as a separate module. I liked the choice of material: the upper part of the back panel is made of matte plastic, and the lower one is made of glossy.
The asymmetric stand, like the bottom frame, is made of aluminum. You don’t have to waste time assembling the monitor – the stand is firmly attached to the display: unpacked, admired, and you can connect to a computer. Using the stand, you can tilt the monitor back and forth for the most comfortable working position.
We did not see video inputs on the rear panel – the designers decided not to spoil the appearance of the display and move them to the stand. The monitor connects to the computer using two cables. It looks like this: we connect the HDMI cable to a laptop or PC with one end and the other – to the power supply port. Then we connect the supplied cable to the Mini-HDMI connector – a smaller version of HDMI. The neat cable routing makes the workplace look neat.
The headphone jack is located in the lower right corner on the front panel, next to the LED indicator.
Technical parameters and menus
|Screen diagonal||27 inches, AH-IPS|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels @ 60Hz maximum frequency|
|Response time||4ms (GtG)|
|Brightness||250 cd / sq.m|
|Viewing angles||178 ° horizontal, 178 ° vertical|
|Video inputs||HDMI 1.4|
|Possibilities of transformation of the stand||Tilt to yourself / from yourself – 3.5 ° / 21.5 °|
|Energy consumption||25W (working)|
|Dimensions||613.1 x 179.2 x 459.8 mm|
We did not find anything unusual in the characteristics: the 27-inch display is built on the AH-IPS matrix, which promises realistic color reproduction. Porsche’s designers have had a hand not only in the look of the monitor, but also in the menu – it is significantly different from the OSD that we are used to seeing in many AOC monitors. There are only six items in the menu: one of them is responsible for going back, and the other is for choosing a language. It allows you to adjust the brightness, contrast and volume of the sound in the headphones, as well as activate or deactivate the Overdrive and LowBlue modes, which reduce the amount of blue radiation harmful to the eyes.
The control system is very laconic, as well as the menu. A single button is used to turn the display on and off. One keystroke starts the menu, subsequent clicks switch its items. The desired item is activated automatically, it is worth pointing and holding the cursor on it.
Let’s start testing with color gamut. He was pleasantly surprised: the display shows 100% sRGB color gamut and 87% AdobeRGB. I was pleased with the brightness: instead of the 250 cd / m2 indicated by the manufacturer, we got as much as 350 cd / m2. As we expected, the color reproduction turned out to be very accurate: some DeltaE values go beyond one unit but remain within three units. Additional calibration can be performed if desired.
The viewing angles turned out to be wide – however, one should not expect otherwise from the IPS matrix. The response time is too long – as much as 20 ms: for professional gaming, it is better to choose another monitor – AOC offers a dozen of suitable options.
Once again, let’s pay attention to the fact that the main thing in AOC PDS271 is design. The monitor is aimed at those who like beautiful things. If you plan to work professionally with graphics or gaming, it is better to consider displays with advanced functionality. In addition to its luxurious design, the AOC PDS271 boasts impressive color gamut, wide viewing angles, and lifelike color reproduction – it reproduces contrasting, rich, vibrant images for work and plays in the home and office.