Display specialist AOC has announced the arrival of the curved AG273QCG (Nvidia G-SYNC) and AG273QCX (AMD FreeSync 2 HDR) monitors from the third AGON generation. AOC’s revamped and redesigned premium gaming monitor series is available starting from January 2019.
Designed for hardcore gamers, the AGON 3 models carry on with features from the past AGON displays such as refresh rates of up to 165Hz, a high responsiveness of 1ms, and now includes latest technologies such as AMD FreeSync 2 HDR and a refreshed sleek design, which in case of the AG273QCG has contributed to becoming a ‘Red Dot Design Award 2018’ winner. Thanks to high refresh rates of 165 Hz (AG273QCG) and 144Hz (AG273QCX), fast response time and variable refresh rate technologies both monitors are suited for fast-paced games.
The 27” (68.6cm) AG273QCG is equipped with a curved (1800R) TN panel in QHD resolution (2560×1440), supports Nvidia G-SYNC and a higher refresh rate of a 165Hz and a 1ms response time. Users of supported Nvidia GPUs could enable G-SYNC to eliminate tearing and stuttering and match the monitor’s refresh rate to their GPU’s framerate. The high brightness of 400 nits makes sure the monitor is usable even in brightly lit rooms. Two built-in 2W speakers with DTS complete the whole audio-visual package.
The 27” (68.6 cm) HDR (High Dynamic Range) monitor AG273QCX on the other hand is equipped with similarly curved (1800R) VA panel in QHD resolution with a refresh rate of 144Hz. Thanks to the high brightness of 400 nits, the display supports the HDR standard VESA DisplayHDR 400. To accompany HDR, it also boasts AMD FreeSync 2 HDR to mitigate input lag caused by HDR’s tone mapping, and to force Low Framerate Compensation (LFC) as well as (to) get rid of tearing and stuttering.
The VA panel’s 3000:1 static contrast ratio and 90% DCI-P3 gamut coverage bring visuals to life with deep blacks and vibrant colors, while offering wide viewing angles of 178°/178°. A high responsiveness is guaranteed with the 1ms response time, which is achieved by a strobe technique. The 2x5W speakers on the AG273QCX are also DTS-compliant.
Both monitors are now equipped with a three-sides frameless panel, allowing for multi-monitor setups. They are also ergonomic, offering 110mm height adjustment besides swivel and tilt options. Behind the panel, the AGON Game Lights, highly customizable with over 100,000 colors. The AGON Game Lights can also be adjusted to change according to gameplay.
The red angular stand of the AG273QCG and the silver stand of the AG273QCX sit firmly on the desk without taking up much space. A curvature of 1800R on both displays increases immersion and creates a comfortable visual picture when viewing content from one side to the other. The familiar retractable headset holder from past AGON monitors has been redesigned and doubled, providing one at either side.
For easy setup and breakdown (such as for tournaments, LAN parties) the stand can be assembled with a one-click mechanism without any screws, and the carrying handle allows easy transportation. The AG273QCX’s redesigned, sleek wired remote controller, AOC Game Pad also allows easy adjustment of various OSD settings.
Both monitors feature
- AOC Game Color, where users can adjust the color saturation for better grey levels and picture detail.
- AOC Game Modes, with specific improvements aimed at different game genres and three user customizable profiles.
- AOC Shadow Control, to adjust shadow levels for seeing dark areas better without affecting rest of the screen.
- AOC Dial Point, an aiming indicator in the center of the screen, helping users aim accurately in shooter games.
- FPS Frame Counter, an overlay showing the current frames per second.
- Flicker Free Technology, for reducing eye discomfort and fatigue for extended gaming sessions.
- New, updated OSD with a fresh, modern look and an accompanying software-based OSD (G-Menu) for even more customization.
These two AGON 3 displays are going to be available on the virtual and physical store shelves for gamers to enjoy.
AOC’s AG273QCX and AG273QCG are expected to be available soon in January 2019 with an MSRP of £629 and £719, respectively.