AOC U32U1 review: a monitor that thinks its modern art

If a monitor could move you, this 32-inch masterpiece comes close, as it's styled by the same people that pen Porsche cars

(Image: © AOC)

Digital Camera World Verdict

If there was an award for sheer monitor wow-factor, this stunning screen would be an easy winner. But sadly the beauty seems to be somewhat skin-deep. While the U32U1's image quality looks the part to the naked eye, under closer examination using a color calibrator, try as we might, we couldn't get this big beast to give the kind of performance we were expecting from the advertised specs.


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    Stunning design

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    4K IPS LCD panel

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    Huge display area


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    Disappointing measured color accuracy

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    AdobeRGB coverage could be better

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    Brightness uniformity not great

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AOC is renowned for producing well-specced monitors at very competitive prices, with its main focus being on entry-level and business displays, as well as gaming panels under its AGON sub-brand. But now AOC is branching out into premium designer monitors, and what better way to ensure your new screen stands out from the crowd by commissioning a premium design studio to come up with the exterior.

That's right, the AOC U32U1 has been designed by Studio F.A. Porsche - that is indeed the same Porsche that does the sports cars. However the design consultancy division pens much more than automobiles, and even monitors for that matter - with everything from trains, to cutlery, to gym equipment appearing in their portfolio.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.