If you cannot suppress a yawn when reading the word 'business', it is very understandable: it is a synonym for 'boring' more often than not. Nevertheless there are products that are meant for the business market, that can still be very interesting for end users at home. A good example of this are the new AOC 90-series monitors, that we test in this article. We take a closer look at the AOC I2490PXQU, I2790PQU and the Q2790PQU.
There are multiple reasons why a consumer should look at the offer in the business market when you are looking for a certain product. For example, products meant for professional applications are usually more sturdy, they have a timeless design and often offer functionality that is not usually found in the consumer market. With notebooks for example you can think about a docking- or displayport-connector; with monitors you can find an ergonomic, height-adjustable base more easily and once again, displayport. On the shelves of known electronic stores we can compare hdmi with the rule of an absolute monarch in the 1800s, but if you are likely to use a higher resolution and refresh rate or simply want to use multiple monitors on a single computer, you will prefer the connector of the Vesa-organisation.
Those are more often found on a 'business' monitor. These might be more expensive than the regular models for the home user, but the difference is not that big. Furthermore a good, adjustable base is not free if you have to purchase it separately. Add to that the usually good warranty and the fact that you can purchase these models via the exact same route as the models that manufacturers offer for the non-business consumer (simply online), and you can understand that we welcome professionally titled monitors in our test lab with some consistency.
This time we welcome the AOC 90-series, of which we received no less than three different models: the I2490PXQU, the I2790PQU and the Q2790PQU. Like most monitor manufacturers, AOC has their own logic when it comes to naming their products, which we will not try to comprehend this time. The models that startwith an i are full hd-models, the Q-variant has 2560x1440 pixels otherwise known as wqhd. All hree of them have a panel based on ips-technology and offer at least one displayport-connector. Nevertheless the prices are pretty low, relatively speaking. This is especially true for the 27-inch model, which should cost 413 dollars. The 24- and 27-inch models are certainly not expensive either when looking at their specifications, but in the end the test results are of course all that matters.