Earlier this year, the AOC AGON sub-brand of gaming monitors strafed into a very competitive market. At the time, though, the monitors weren't being made available officially in North America. That has now changed. If you're already a fan of AOC's products and want to step up your game, you'll now have access to the company's premium line of gaming monitors.
The initial US launch will consist of two AOC AGON monitors, both of which boast a positively massive screen size of 27 inches. I remember when the TV in our family room was a 27-incher. My, how times have changed.
The cheaper of the two options is the AOC AGON AG271QX. It's still very much a high-end gaming monitor with a quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels), a 144 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time, and Adaptive-Sync technology support to eradicate tearing and stuttering. This TN panel retails for $599 and is available now. If you step up to the AG271QG, you get a Quad HD IPS panel with NVIDIA G-SYNC support for $799. Expect it to start shipping in the US next month.
Full specs for both AOC AGON monitors are listed in the press release below.
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AOC Announces US Availability of Premium Gaming Monitor Line: AGON
Fremont, Calif. – September 27, 2016 – AOC, a worldwide leader in monitor display technology, today announces the U.S. availability of their new premium line of AOC gaming monitors, the AGON series. The first one from the series that will be available in the U.S. is the AG271QX, a high-end QHD gaming monitor with 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time, addressing the needs of demanding, competitive gamers. With the AOC AGON AG271QX, you can enjoy clear and detailed graphics thanks to its high-speed TN panel at a native Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels plus sharper action sequences. The AG271QX also supports Adaptive-Sync technology to eliminate graphics tearing and stuttering, while also minimizing input lag. The AOC AG271QX is available in the U.S. today at Amazon, Best Buy, and NewEgg for $599.
AOC will also be launching the AGON AG271QG, a 27-inch IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, lightning-fast 165Hz refresh rates that eliminate tearing and stuttering for super-smooth action. The 27-inch AGON AG271QG features the latest advances in display technology to keep you at the top of your game. The IPS display with QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution delivers superior clarity and extra-wide viewing angles to keep everything in focus. It will be available in the U.S. this October for $799.
Gamers that play competitively not only rely on fast and smooth images, but also on instantaneously-executed commands and perfect visuals in every situation. The AOC Low Input Lag mode disables picture post-processing on the monitor’s electronics and, therefore, accelerates the command pass-through from mouse, keyboard and gamepad to result in immediate actions, while the AOC Shadow Control enables gamers to quickly adjust contrast in overly dark or bright areas without sacrificing the quality of well-balanced areas across the rest of the screen.
The VideoGameBootCamp team agrees. “The quality is overall amazing. My favorite feature is the low input lag mode though,” says Calvin “GimR” Lofton of VGBC, AOC’s sponsored Super Smash Bros. live-streaming team. “Sometimes you just want to get serious and play at your best.”
The display is designed specifically for the competitive gamer with eye-protecting AOC Flicker-Free Technology and the AOC Low Blue Light mode, both reducing eye strain, discomfort, and fatigue during long gaming sessions. Monitor settings are key features when it comes to individuality, and they need to be easily accessible. Adjustable gaming presets will grant gamers exactly that. AOC implemented changeable Game Mode Presets as well as added the AOC QuickSwitch Controller, enabling the user to switch effortlessly between modes and adjust brightness, contrast and other gaming features.
The AOC AGON series’ ergonomic base provides plenty of comfort so gamers can adjust height, tilt and swivel, and is accurately marked by a scale, so gamers can always jump back to their preferred settings. The stand is also equipped with a carry-handle for easy transportation of the monitor to and from eSports events. There is even a headphone holder at the side of the display to support the headset when it’s not in use.
|Monitor Line||AOC Gaming||AOC Gaming|
|Monitor Size||27 Inch||27 Inch|
|Brightness||350 cd/m2 (type)||350 cd/m2 (type)|
|Dynamic Contrast Ratio||50M:1||50M:1|
|Response time||1 ms||4ms|
|Connectivity||D-Sub , DVI , HDMI , MHL , Displayport , USB fast charge||HDMI , Displayport , USB fast charge|
AOC is the world’s largest manufacturer of LCD/LED monitors and HDTVs. With more than 60 years of design and manufacturing experience, AOC has earned a reputation for selling user-friendly, technologically advanced monitors, TVs and multi-functional displays. Every aspect of AOC’s global business focuses on the development of products that fit seamlessly into consumers’ digital lifestyle. For more information, please visit us.aoc.com. Connect with AOC on Facebook at Facebook.com/AOCAmericas and on Twitter at Twitter.com/aocusa.