AOC Agon AG271QX is the first in a new line of gaming displays

Chinese display manufacturer AOC recently announced that it planned to release a new line of gaming monitors under the brand name Agon. Today it's released details for the first display in the series, the AG271QX

The AG271QX is a 27”, 2560 x 1440 display. Its TN panel has a 1ms response time and a 144Hz refresh rate. The display supports FreeSync through a wide 30-100Hz refresh rate range. On the more nuts-and-bolts side, the display’s stand allows for height, tilt, and swivel adjustment.

We have seen most of these features from AOC’s displays before, though. The thing that sets this display apart from the company’s normal fare, and apparently earns it the Agon brand, is the display’s bold red-and-black styling. This design language is a pretty major departure from the AOC’s normally understated matte-black bezels.

AOC hasn't specified what connectivity options are available for this display yet. The company expects the AG271QX to show up at retailers in June. AOC suggests a starting price of €599, which works out to $685 at today's exchange rates. We don't know whether that European price tag includes VAT, which could affect the final figure.

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    • jts888
    • 4 years ago

    More adaptive-sync displays is always a good thing, but I have a hard time getting excited about anything released now knowing that DP 1.3 displays are supposed to start hitting the streets sometime in Q4.

    Frame judder on >100Hz displays isn’t even that bad IMO (it’s just dropped frames at 60Hz that kill), and UHD@120Hz seems vastly superior to anything on the market now, even if my next GPU won’t come close to maxing that out on modern titles.

    • rems
    • 4 years ago

    What makes it so hard for freesync panels as I’ve seen across a few of them to have the varying fps range from 0 to the max the screen can do? ie this panel can do 144Hz why can’t it do 0 fps to 144fps in variations?
    ELI5 pls! Thanks!

      • jts888
      • 4 years ago

      FreeSync/VESA Adaptive-sync is just a communications protocol (really just a simple modification to DisplayPort timing spec).

      Monitor vendors aren’t required to support 0Hz/Display Self Refresh, which requires an onboard memory buffer, so many/most do not. Instead, most FreeSync monitors just support refresh rates down to the limit of pixel stability, which seems to be 30Hz-40Hz for most panels.

      This hasn’t really a big deal since AMD started supporting GPU-side intelligent auto-refresh, although it requires a max:min refresh ratio of >=2.5:1.

      [b<]tl;dr[/b<] - going under 30Hz on a monitor increases part cost due to extra device frame buffer, doesn't matter anymore since recent FreeSync drivers can fake it on the GPU.

    • albundy
    • 4 years ago

    yikes! Agon-izing TN!

    • oldog
    • 4 years ago

    Agon: Agony :: AOC : IDCPC

    • tootercomputer
    • 4 years ago

    If I was in the market for a monitor like this, I would take a close look at AOC. I have an AOC 27″ 1920 X 1080 IPS monitor, it is a beautiful monitor. I had never heard of AOC when I bought it and have been pleased. Got it at BB. Very thin and light weight. I’ve had it for about a year and it has worked very well. Controls could be a bit better, easier, but not a big deal.

      • bill94el
      • 4 years ago

      No complaints here either for the AOC 27″ 144hz 1ms that I own as well. I’ve had it about 6 months and other than the time it took getting the colors right there are no downsides. Very smooth gaming. I ordered two more and they arrived today. I’m setting up triple screen for a race simulator.

    • AJSB
    • 4 years ago

    If its 599€ , it will be 599 USD…trust me, we in Europe are constantly screwed…without any lubricant, i might add 🙁

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 4 years ago

      Wow, that was graphic!

        • morphine
        • 4 years ago

        … and sandpaper.

    • Chrispy_
    • 4 years ago

    Whilst it’s good that it’s Freesync and 144Hz, a modern gaming screen should probably also be

    Ultrawide
    Curved
    VA or IPS type

    In saying that, this disappointment is only the first model in what is presumably a whole range of monitors to come, and AOC already have a 200Hz AMVA curved model using an AUO panel that looks good (if only G-Sync at the moment).

      • Firestarter
      • 4 years ago

      That’s a matter of taste and priorities, there are pros and cons to each of those features

        • Chrispy_
        • 4 years ago

        Whilst true, there are very few customer or professional reviews that don’t like curved ultrawide. Most people say things along the lines of “once you go ultrawide, you don’t want to go back to 16:9”

        As for the TN vs non-TN screens, that whole argument is moot now as TN’s [b<]ONLY[/b<] advantage used to be response times, and both IPS and VA panels are capable of high refresh without any of TN's drawbacks.

    • DPete27
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]The thing that sets this display apart from the company’s normal fare, and apparently earns it the Agon brand, is the display’s bold red-and-black styling.[/quote<] I'm surprised the headphone hanger didn't make it into this sentence.

    • bronek
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]AOC hasn't specified what connectivity options are available for this display yet.[/quote<] it would appear that the connectivity options include ... WiFi?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah, I’m all like “wtf” about the antenna. Maybe Intel WiDi?

        • juzz86
        • 4 years ago

        Headphone hook.

    • protomech
    • 4 years ago

    A straight conversion of €599 is $684.

    Seems like a lot for a 27″ TN display.

      • EndlessWaves
      • 4 years ago

      The Euro price is almost certainly with VAT (tax), list price in US format would be €500, or 571USD. Knock at least a hundred off that for the price you’d actually buy at.

    • gbcrush
    • 4 years ago

    Ho hum. Another TN panel from AOC …BUT WITH A RED STRIPE DOWN THE BACK…wooh!

    yeah, count me out.

      • ozzuneoj
      • 4 years ago

      Clicked the link hoping for a low persistence OLED gaming monitor…

      … got yet another overpriced 144Hz TN display that doesn’t do anything special with nvidia cards.

        • DPete27
        • 4 years ago

        [quote<]doesn't do anything special with nvidia cards.[/quote<] That's Nvidia's fault, not monitor manufacturers'

          • Chrispy_
          • 4 years ago

          Yeah. SOMEBODY can’t adhere to VESA standards like everyone else >:(

            • Flapdrol
            • 4 years ago

            Does it work with intel yet?

            • DPete27
            • 4 years ago

            [url=https://techreport.com/news/28865/intel-plans-to-support-vesa-adaptive-sync-displays<]Skylake IGP doesn't have the hardware capability,[/url<] so Intel won't be able to support it until Kaby Lake.

      • EndlessWaves
      • 4 years ago

      Although I do like the little red height indicator mark on the side of the stand.

      • Anovoca
      • 4 years ago

      offensive to your eyes in the front,
      offensive to your eyes in the back

      • rudimentary_lathe
      • 4 years ago

      The red stripe makes it refresh faster!

      But they can’t fool me. I’m holding out for one that has flame graphics all over.

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