AOC Announces US Availability of Premium Gaming Monitor Line - AGON

Subject: Displays | September 27, 2016 - 06:23 PM |
Tagged: TN, ips, g-sync, AOC, AGON, AG271QX, AG271QG, adaptive sync, 1440p

AOC has announced two new 27" 1440p gaming monitors specifically designed to minimize input lag and to support the higher refresh rates than many gamers now demand.  The model numbers are similiar but the monitors themselves are very different and each wears a red or green stripe proudly.

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The AG271QX is a TN panel with a 1ms response time and a top refresh rate of 144Hz, it supports Adaptive Sync for those using AMD GPUs.  This panel is great for those who place zero lag ahead of colour reproduction and viewing angle.  It is to retail at $600.

The AG271QG is an IPS panel with four times the response time, still a mere 4ms, a top refresh rate of 165Hz and support for G-SYNC.  This one should have a better colour gamut and truer blacks for those more concerned with fashion over function.  You should expect to see this model at $800. 

Full PR below the specs.

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Fremont, Calif. – September 27, 2016 – AOC, a worldwide leader in monitor display technology, today announces the U.S. availability of their new premium line of AOC gaming monitors, the AGON series. The first one from the series that will be available in the U.S. is the AG271QX, a high-end QHD gaming monitor with 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time, addressing the needs of demanding, competitive gamers. With the AOC AGON AG271QX, you can enjoy clear and detailed graphics thanks to its high-speed TN panel at a native Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels plus sharper action sequences. The AG271QX also supports Adaptive-Sync technology to eliminate graphics tearing and stuttering, while also minimizing input lag. The AOC AG271QX is available in the U.S. today at Amazon, Best Buy, and NewEgg for $599.

AOC will also be launching the AGON AG271QG, a 27-inch IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, lightning-fast 165Hz refresh rates that eliminate tearing and stuttering for super-smooth action. The 27-inch AGON AG271QG features the latest advances in display technology to keep you at the top of your game. The IPS display with QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution delivers superior clarity and extra-wide viewing angles to keep everything in focus. It will be available in the U.S. this October for $799.

Gamers that play competitively not only rely on fast and smooth images, but also on instantaneously-executed commands and perfect visuals in every situation. The AOC Low Input Lag mode disables picture post-processing on the monitor’s electronics and, therefore, accelerates the command pass-through from mouse, keyboard and gamepad to result in immediate actions, while the AOC Shadow Control enables gamers to quickly adjust contrast in overly dark or bright areas without sacrificing the quality of well-balanced areas across the rest of the screen.

The VideoGameBootCamp team agrees. “The quality is overall amazing. My favorite feature is the low input lag mode though,” says Calvin “GimR” Lofton of VGBC, AOC’s sponsored Super Smash Bros. live-streaming team. “Sometimes you just want to get serious and play at your best.” The display is designed specifically for the competitive gamer with eye-protecting AOC Flicker-Free Technology and the AOC Low Blue Light mode, both reducing eye strain, discomfort, and fatigue during long gaming sessions. Monitor settings are key features when it comes to individuality, and they need to be easily accessible. Adjustable gaming presets will grant gamers exactly that. AOC implemented changeable Game Mode Presets as well as added the AOC QuickSwitch Controller, enabling the user to switch effortlessly between modes and adjust brightness, contrast and other gaming features.

The AOC AGON series’ ergonomic base provides plenty of comfort so gamers can adjust height, tilt and swivel, and is accurately marked by a scale, so gamers can always jump back to their preferred settings. The stand is also equipped with a carry-handle for easy transportation of the monitor to and from eSports events. There is even a headphone holder at the side of the display to support the headset when it’s not in use.

Source: AOC

September 27, 2016 | 10:13 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I am getting kind of sick of the "gsync tax". Why are gsync monitors $200 more expensive than their free sync counterparts across all manufacturers.

September 28, 2016 | 12:57 AM - Posted by Dood (not verified)

Some of that $200 in this case is the move from a TN panel to a IPS panel.

September 28, 2016 | 06:54 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Because "Nvidia"; not only will you pay the tax, but you will thank them for the privilege.

I'm shocked they haven't figured out how to tack on a founder's edition for the Gsync monitors yet...

In all fairness (AFAIK) the Gsync module is more complicated then what AMD is doing. It also works better at lower frame rates.

September 27, 2016 | 11:48 PM - Posted by Shadowarez

You're paying for the module+ Nvidia tax. I'll wait I got the Dell gsync for now I think AOC is the company that manufactures the panels you see for Acer/Asus if im correct then these are prob refurbished/returns from said company's branded under there own name.

Either way stay away unless you live in a civilized area were you can ship 10-20 monitors till you get one without the issues of dirt under screen butt cheeks on either side dead pixels,

general low low low low low QC standards.

September 28, 2016 | 09:59 AM - Posted by mooseknuckle (not verified)

I know of the quality control issues, but you are confused about companies. The panel maker is AUO, no relation to AOC.

September 28, 2016 | 01:54 AM - Posted by Nemesis.ie (not verified)

I wouldn't call a better picture fashion over function, but I imagine that was meant to be a bit tongue in cheek? ;)

September 28, 2016 | 03:16 AM - Posted by Kraaketaer

I sure hope so, otherwise it doesn't bode well for the journalist's grasp of what determines monitor quality.

September 28, 2016 | 12:37 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Well since function would be playing CS:GO competitively ...

I am a bit baffled how you consider a paragraph on top of a PR release journalism though?

September 28, 2016 | 03:18 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"Truer blacks"

You don't know much of anything about monitor panels do you? IPS has the worst contrast of any current panel technology along with TN. IPS has been stuck at 1000:1 contrast for a decade. This monitor is no different. There is a reason that VA panels are used in all top LCD televisions, it's because IPS and "truer blacks" do not belong in the same sentence.

September 28, 2016 | 12:33 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Funny, I don't see any VA panels in this PR ... only TN and IPS.  Weird, eh?

September 28, 2016 | 01:59 PM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

That's a bit misleading on your part since you don't say it specifically either one way or the other, you leave it up to the reader to interpret. Funny how it now suddenly fits your interpretation.

September 28, 2016 | 02:10 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Not following what you mean by interpretation?  There is a TN panel and an IPS panel and between the two IPS offers better colour reproduction and blacks are darker, unless you want to nitpick that TNs can match IPS assuming you are in the very center of the viewing angle. 

There is no VA nor PVA model so what is the point of comparing the two to an imaginary product other than being a pedant about a PR post?

September 28, 2016 | 02:53 PM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

it's a claim made by all sorts of monitor/tvs: "truer blacks", so when someone sees this claim, most, if not all will make the jump to compare it to other tv/monitors out there.
Again, you leave it open to interpretation by not stating it specifically.

September 28, 2016 | 03:33 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Yes, it is an abused marketing term.  I still really do not understand what it is that you think I should specfically state?

September 29, 2016 | 11:47 AM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

you don't make any sense. You can clearly see from teh first guy's reaction that the abused marketing term applies across the sepctrum and not limited to your two panel types. It's the idea that you are sticking to this notion that everyone should be able to read your mind when you use vague terms, lol, GG

September 28, 2016 | 07:22 AM - Posted by Baldrick's Trousers (not verified)

So, no-one is complaining that this doesn't go up to 3 billion GHz refresh rate. :evil-grin:

September 28, 2016 | 10:37 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

$800 AOC? "Nope".

September 29, 2016 | 07:10 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

people said same thing with ACER

November 8, 2016 | 01:38 PM - Posted by John Kornar (not verified)

That is somewhat deceptive on your part since you don't say it particularly it is possible that restricted or the other, you surrender it over to the peruser to translate. Interesting how it now all of a sudden fits your elucidation. Ohhhh, read my recent post about ">gaming monitors

Along these lines, nobody is whining this doesn't go up to 3 billion GHz revive rate. :detestable smile:

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