Display maker AOC said on Tuesday that its lineup of AGON gaming monitors is now available for customers in the United States. Right now this family consists of only two units: the high-end AG271QX model with a high refresh rate and a fast response time, and the AG271QG model with an even higher refresh rate and support for Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. These monitors can be purchased now through Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg for a starting price of $600.
AOC launched its AGON gaming brand in April. The name represents the company’s vision for products that fall under this new umbrella: “A” for AOC, “G” for gaming enhanced, “O” for outstanding performance, and “N” for a new standard of gaming. The panels promise a comfortable play with zero hassle, providing a headset hanger, an easily-gripped handle to move the panel from place to place, height adjustment, and angle adjustment.
The new displays include the company’s flicker-free and low blue-light technologies to make viewing easy on the eyes. They also include the firm’s Shadow Control tech allowing users to quickly adjust the contrast in dark areas without washing out the entire screen. They even come with a special remote control so that users can easily switch between the panel’s many game mode presets on the fly.
The AGON AG271QX was the first of the two to hit the market. It’s based on a Twisted Nematic (TB) panel, which is old display technology that provides incredible response times (the time it takes the panel to display an image after it received the data) and high brightness, and draws less power than other competing panels. This panel’s sibling, the AG271QG, is based on the newer IPS panel technology that provides wider viewing angles and better color reproduction.
According to AOC, the AG271QX supports Adaptive-Sync technology, which sounds like a proprietary feature to reduce screen tearing, image stuttering, and input lag. That means the panel is capable of syncing the images displayed on the screen with the output of the PC’s graphics chip no matter the brand. The AG271QG panel, on the other hand, supports Nvidia’s G-Sync technology that syncs images specifically with its GeForce graphics chips.
Here are the hardware specs and prices for both panels:
|Screen Size||27 inches||27 inches|
|Brightness||350 nits||350 nits|
|Contrast Ratio (Static)||1,000:1||1,000:1|
|Contrast Ratio (Dynamic)||50,000,000:1||50,000,000:1|
|Viewing Angles (Degrees)||178/178||170/160|
|Response Time||4ms GTG||1ms GTG|
|Resolution||2,560 x 1,440 @ 165Hz||2,560 x 1,440 @ 144Hz|
|Colors||16.7 million||16.7 million|
|Speakers||2x 2-watt||2x 3-watt|
Connectivity-wise, the two panels provide different options. The cheaper AG271QX model sports one D-Sub port, one DVI port, two HDMI ports, four USB 3.0 ports, one MHL port, and one DisplayPort connector. The more expensive AG271QG isn’t quite as packed, providing one HDMI port, four USB 3.0 ports, and one DisplayPort connector.