AOC has a couple of new monitors coming out that should appeal to folks who need everything in their lives to look as good as they do. The venerated Studio F.A. Porsche design house collaborated with AOC on the look of the PDS241 and PDS271 displays. As you might guess from the model names, these are incredibly stylish monitors in 24" and 27" sizes.
Despite their fancy looks, the displays' technical specifications are relatively pedestrian. Both models are rated for a maximum brightness of 250 cd/m² and a 1000:1 static contrast ratio. Their AH-IPS panels come in 1920x1080 resolution with a 4-ms response time that should be more than sufficient for the 60Hz refresh rate on offer. There's no fancy adaptive-refresh-rate support here either.
Still, the displays' visual performance should easily satisfy most users—and they certainly look fantastic on a desk. Their visual design is vaguely reminiscent of the Q2781PQ monitor that AOC released earlier this year. Unlike that display, though, the PDS241 and PDS271 are so thin that there is no room in their casings for any ports. Instead, a small breakout box connects to the base of the monitor via what appears to be a USB Type-C connector. That box contains the display's power plug and a single HDMI port.
These style-over-substance monitors may not attract the shiny black eyes of TR gerbils, but they'd make a great fit for a reception desk or perhaps for the lair of a Bond villain. AOC says the monitors will be released in June, and that it'll be asking $240 for the 24" PDS241 and $330 for the 27" PDS271.