AOC readies up a pair of 144-Hz curved VA monitors


— 11:30 AM on February 21, 2017

Gamers seeking a curved display will soon have another pair of options to choose from, thanks to the monitor mavens at AOC. The company has announced the AG272FCX monitor in 27" size and the AG322QCX 32" behemoth. Both displays are built around 144-Hz VA panels with 1800R curvature and use a "three-sided frameless" design with thin bezels on the top and sides. The monitors sport headphone hangers and integrated two-port USB 3.0 hubs, and can be controlled with an included RF remote. There's FreeSync support on tap, too, though AOC didn't specify the exact refresh rate ranges.

The AG272FCX sports a rather pedestrian 1920x1080 resolution, a likely preference of gamers willing to sacrifice image sharpness in exchange for higher frame rates. The front of the monitor has a red-and-black color scheme, and the reverse side is studded with an HDMI port, a pair of DisplayPort inputs, and a VGA connector. The acrylic stand has height, tilt, and swivel adjustments. AOC says the AG272FCX's panel can hit 250 cd/m² of brightness and a 3000:1 contrast ratio, and has a 4-ms response time. Built-in 3W speakers probably aren't punchy enough for most gamers, but they can provide at least a little sound at a LAN party.

The AG322QCX is a lot like its little brother, but the panel is a 31.5" model with 2560x1440 resolution. The viewing angle and response times are identical to the AG272FCX, but the brightness spec is higher at 300 cd/m², though the contrast is a bit lower at 2000:1. The front side of the monitor has the same design as the smaller model, but the back has a different port cluster, with a pair each of HDMI and DisplayPort inputs. The acrylic stand is adjustable for swivel and tilt only.

According to TechPowerUp, both monitors should start shipping in May. The AG272FCX is expected to land at 450€ (about $475) and the AG322QCX is slated to ding wallets for a more substantial 600€ (around $630).

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