It was one of the items that really caught the attention in the Black Friday sale last year – the AOC Q3279VWF. This 32 inch wide quad HD (2560x1440) monitor with a VA panel had a price tag of just 199 dollars. But this was not just a sale price, this price lingered after the sale passed. Even now, our Price comparison shows many shops that are still selling it for the same price instead of the (not that much higher) recommended retail price of 269 dollars. It’s time to find out if this is too good to be true or a really good deal.
The old saying goes “if it seems too good to be true, it’s probably not worth it” and usually this applies well in the computing world. Take everything cheap as you get what you pay for. You do not get a well-equipped laptop for cheap and we have all seen the stories about chargers that catch fire. So, when we saw the Q3279VWF in the Black Friday deals, the eyebrows rose towards the skies. A 32” WQHD screen with a VA panel (which would mean much better contrast than the IPS or the TN) for just 199 dollars? Must be a hitch somewhere.
We were quick to ask for a test model, but it arrived too late to publish the results during the sale, the priority was lowered slightly, but even at the time we picked it up, the price remained 199 dollars in the Price Comparison. A quick question to AOC later, their reply states that they do not guarantee that it will stay so cheap, even with the recommended retail price potentially being raised in the first quarter of the year. This is it for the for your information section as we now want to dive into finding out if the Q3279VWF is worth getting your virtual wallet out or if it should stay in your virtual pocket?