AOC’s Agon family of gaming monitors heads stateside

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 2560×1440; 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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    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    PS, [url=http://aoc-europe.com/en/products/ag271qx<]AOC's product sheet[/url<] mentions a Freesync range of 30-144 Hz, which is pretty damn good for a Freesync monitor. [quote<] Thanks to Adaptive-Sync Technology (FreeSync™ compatible, at a 30-144Hz range), the days of stuttering and tearing are over. [/quote<]

      • Ryu Connor
      • 3 years ago

      For Freesync that’s a phenomenal config.

      30Hz is uncommon on most Freesync models and the 144Hz is greater than 2.5 times the minimum meaning it has LFC as well.

      Of course if a $500 monitor is a good fit for your $300 video card is another discussion.

        • Acidicheartburn
        • 3 years ago

        It’s pretty much an ideal Freesync range, really. If you’re going below 30Hz then you should probably reevaluate your graphics settings or the hardware you’re using.

        As far as your other point goes, I see no reason why you shouldn’t have a monitor that’s more expensive than your GPU. I would argue it makes more sense to spend more on a good monitor than it does a GPU. You’re going to use that monitor hopefully for many years compared to a GPU which may last you ~4 years.

          • brucethemoose
          • 3 years ago

          +1

          This was my mindset buying one of the Korean monitors for $400 in early 2012 (even though my 6850 wasn’t really up to the task). Fast forward to today, and 2560×1440 110hz IPS is still pretty good.

        • Voldenuit
        • 3 years ago

        I guess it’s possible that the 30 fps figure is achieved using LFC, but if that’s the case, I ain’t complaining.

    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    I’m glad that we’re finally seeing more Tier 1 Gsync/Freesync displays without horrible green/red bezels and the like.

    Still, the $500 TN Freesync model doesn’t give me much hope on the Gsync offering. If it is >$700, why would anyone get it over the $700 Viewsonic IPS/165Hz/GSync offering?

      • cygnus1
      • 3 years ago

      This UK pre-order page I found for the IPS model has it going for about $650… not sure what that price will actually translate to in the US though.

      [url<]https://www.scan.co.uk/products/27-aoc-ag271qg-agon-165hz-nvidia-g-sync-ips-2560x1440-4ms-10001-dp-hdmi-2x-2w-stereo-speakers-black[/url<]

        • Kretschmer
        • 3 years ago

        If the 650 pound price translates into $650 in the US, that would be a nice improvement (the other 165Hz Gsync IPS screens go for $700-900+).

          • cygnus1
          • 3 years ago

          £499.16 Ex VAT, £598.99 Inc VAT. The £499.16 is what roughly exchanges to $650. And yeah, definitely agreed, if it pops up Stateside for anywhere under $700, that monitor might end up under my Christmas tree.

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Agon Spengler.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      “Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.”

        • Bomber
        • 3 years ago

        Total protonic reversal!

      • CuttinHobo
      • 3 years ago

      Agon Targaryen.

    • cygnus1
    • 3 years ago

    Jeez, $500 seems pricey for the the TN model. This preorder I found for the IPS model has it going for $650 in UK (£499.16 Ex VAT | £598.99 Inc VAT):

    [url<]https://www.scan.co.uk/products/27-aoc-ag271qg-agon-165hz-nvidia-g-sync-ips-2560x1440-4ms-10001-dp-hdmi-2x-2w-stereo-speakers-black[/url<] They need to drop prices on both of those by about $150 to $200.

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    Typo:
    [quote<] the AG271[b<]GX[/b<] is going for $499.99 on Newegg—[/quote<] should be AG271[b<]QX[/b<]

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 3 years ago

      My mistake. Fixed.

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