Since warranty and reliability has become the focus of this thread, I will also add that in our many years of being in this industry, as a rule, we find that those monitors that are going to be trouble will arrive DOA or exhibit issues within the first 30 days (assuming you are a daily user, and not a casual, occasional user), which is ample for Amazon Prime’s better-than-B&H return policy for that period; but, for the next group of defectives, which generally expose themselves in the first 6-12 months, I absolutely agree with you, B&H after 30 days is a bit of a nice insurance policy, though you may end up paying substantially more for the display itself, or shipping at time of purchase.
I love B&H as a company, but the shipping costs usually make me go with Prime, especially when I already have faith in the brand/model/product.
And, no, I did not take any offense at all RE: AOC as a brand; I just wanted to be sure others reading this thread don’t think of it as such. Their consumer marketing sucks (so they don’t show up well in search results), and their consumer-targeted bargain-hunter non-IPS (TFT) displays are definitely not indicative of what they are capable of. I wish they would abandon that market, because their mid-tier products are fantastic.
And, yes, display shopping is utterly exhausting; with few brick and mortar destinations already only displaying a tiny sliver of what is available (and mostly displaying bargain hunter or top tier only), you have no choice but to go with published reviews, which are also suspect because they are so often based solely on what that author chose to purchase; and the revenue-generating affiliate links they provide with every “comprehensive” review and “comparison” or “shootout”.
My most hated are those at 9to5 Mac and iMore; they don’t have the budgets to buy and test every 4K display available in order to form an opinion not driven by manufacturer-provided or author-selected purchases. Their articles aren’t anything remotely helpful, providing no technical information or comparisons, no color-correct assessments, etc.; just vague opinions on perceived quality and even references to other reviews as a basis for choosing one, as if they haven’t even seen one in person! Crazy! Nothing but clickbait for affiliate revenue.
And don’t even get me started on their propensity for advising people to purchase overpriced USB-C (Thunderbolt) versions of displays, which have the exact same panels (or even of lesser NIT or color gamuts) of the more affordable DisplayPort / HDMI models, purely because Macs now come with USB-C / Thunderbolt connectors.
They end up spending as much as an additional $200-$300 or more for an otherwise identical display, purely to get a “convenient” USB-C connector – which, incidentally, is merely pulling a DisplayPort signal along with possibly USB – which might have a crappy, unreliable USB 3.0 (5Gbps) hub on the back, and, if it’s trying to pose as a Thunderbolt display, might deliver 67 watts of power (if you have a MacBook that needs it).
But, have fun unplugging/replugging that display when the builtin hub goes wonky and your attached peripherals won’t stay connected and your data backups are corrupted as a result; and have fun when your newer MacBook needs 85 watts (or perhaps more in the future), but your external display can’t charge it.
Oh, and did we mention you now have the privilege of buying vastly more expensive, confusing, and wildly unreliable Thunderbolt / USB-C cables? Have fun sorting out which cables will actually work with your display at the length and power delivery you require.
Almost no one needs a USB-C display; especially If you don’t even need a hub, all you have to get is a USB-C / to DisplayPort or HDMI cable/adapter, all under $25 or even $15 or less, for shorter lengths.
Most everyone in need of a hub and single-cable connection can do far better with a DisplayPort or HDMI display, and purchase a separate USB-C/Thunderbolt dock/hub that provides faster USB 3.1 gen 2 (20Gbps) or gen 1 (10Gbps) ports, as well as DisplayPort and/or HDMI, as well as possibly other things like ethernet and audio I/O.
Those external docks/hubs are not only more reliable, but can be swapped out if future needs change; whereas if you went with a USB-C (ostensibly Thunderbolt) display, you will be forced into a more expensive tier of hubs/docks that also provide Thunderbolt display passthrough capabilities – even though all the display is really drawing is the DisplayPort signal!! Maddening.
If you’re thinking of buying USB-C displays for (perceived) simplicity or convenience, you can even just attach the damn hub/dock to the back of the DP/HDMI display if you only want to see one cable attached to your MacBook.