Everyone loves the wide viewing angles and vivid colors of IPS and VA LCD panels. The TN panel technology has been all but abandoned in the high-end monitor space. Sometimes, though, you really need a monitor that can update every four milliseconds. AOC is serving the market of gamers on near-lethal doses of crank with the Agon AG251FZ. This 25" 1920x1080 monitor supports FreeSync at refresh rates from 48Hz all the way up to 240Hz.
The AG251FZ's backlight is capable of a retina-searing 400 cd/m², and AOC rates the display's static contrast ratio at 1000:1. Both of those qualities are more important to the gamers this monitor is intended for than how many shades of blue it can reproduce.
Of course, achieving the 240Hz speed means that some sacrifices have to be made. AOC lists the viewing angles as a somewhat optimistic 170° horizontal and 160° vertical. Furthermore, the panel in this display is a 6-bit+FRC model, meaning that color accuracy isn't the display's strong characteristic. All of that is missing the monitor's point, though.
AOC made sure the AG251FZ is a premium monitor in other ways besides the display itself. The included stand supports tilt, swivel, and pivot adjustments, and the AG251FZ can be VESA-mounted. Owners can hook up to the monitor using VGA, dual-link DVI, DisplayPort 1.2, or HDMI ports. A secondary HDMI port supports the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) standard too, so folks can connect their smartphones to the display. AOC also includes a USB 3.0 hub, plus a set of audio jacks.
AOC says the Agon AG251FZ will be available in January next year for $449. Gamers looking for blistering speeds should save up some of their Christmas cash.
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