AOC's Agon family of gaming monitors heads stateside

— 9:36 AM on September 28, 2016

Taiwan-based monitor company AOC announced this week that its Agon line of gaming monitors is heading stateside. While we've covered these displays before, the Agon line hadn't made an official appearance in the United States before now.

The entry-level Agon display, the AG271QX, uses a TN panel with an advertised 1-ms response time and a 144Hz refresh rate. This monitor offers VESA Adaptive-Sync (or FreeSync) support for tear-free gaming with Radeons. Gamers can pipe signals into the AG271QX with VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connections, and the display's HDMI port is also MHL-compatible for use with mobile devices.

The QX's big brother, the AG271QG, is an IPS panel with a 4-ms response time and a 165-Hz refresh rate. The QG features Nvidia's G-sync variable-refresh-rate technology. As the QG is an IPS screen, it should have a wider viewing angle than the QX, as well as more accurate color reproduction. Since the AG271QG uses Nvidia's G-Sync module, it only offers HDMI and DisplayPort inputs.

The two screens have a lot in common. They're both 27-inch, 16:9 displays sporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1440; even the advertised 350 cd/m2 maximum brightness, 1000:1 constrast ratio, and 50M:1 are identical. The screens also feature AOC's "flicker-free technology" and a "low blue light mode," both of which are claimed to provide a more comfortable viewing option for competitive gamers.

Both monitors can adjust for height, tilt, and swivel, and have carrying handles for easy transport. AOC has even included an optional headset hook that mounts next to the USB 3.0 port on the right side of screen. The primary feature set of the Agon line is pretty standard, but the additional options aimed at gamers could help it stand out from other gaming monitors like those in Asus' Republic of Gamers line.

AOC says both displays are available now. The AG271QX is going for $499.99 on Newegg—$100 lower than its suggested price. The AG271QG will hit store shelves in October.

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