AOC AG271QX 144Hz WQHD FreeSync monitor
The concept of the ‘ideal gaming monitor’ will vary wildly depending on who you ask. Many gamers interested in faster paced titles in particular would agree, though, that having a high refresh rate and low latency are important. Other features such as respectable resolution and variable refresh rate technologies are also appreciated. As the first of several models to be added to the company’s ‘AGON’ line-up of gaming monitors, the AOC AG271QX is designed with these desirable attributes in mind. In keeping with the somewhat flamboyant styling decisions seen on gaming monitors from other vendors (ASUS ROG SWIFT and Acer Predator models in particular), this model combines red, black and silver. The bezel is matte black plastic, with a brushed effect on the bottom bezel and a dark red AGON logo. The stand is fully adjustable and includes a scale system to be used as reference when adjusting the stand.
A 27” TN (Twisted Nematic) panel is used, sporting a 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution, 1000:1 static contrast and a 144Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync is supported, meaning that AMD FreeSync can be used with compatible GPUs – the variable refresh rate range is 30 – 144Hz. This will be a similar AU Optronics panel to that used on the BenQ XL2730Z and other 144Hz WQHD TN models. Features associated with such panels include a medium matte anti-glare screen surface, colour support of 8-bits per subpixel without dithering and viewing angles of 170°/160° horizontal/vertical. A flicker-free WLED backlight is used whilst a Low Blue Light setting is also included to help reduce visual discomfort or fatigue. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified and a ‘Low Input Lag’ through-mode is included as well. This bypasses extraneous image processing by the monitor and therefore minimises signal delay. Other features of interest include a ‘Shadow Control’ to lift details in dark scenes (a gamma enhancement feature akin to BenQ’s Black eQualizer) and a ‘QuickSwitch Controller’ (shown below) for easy navigation through the menu system. This remote is wired and connects via Mini USB like the BenQ S-Switch.
The rear of the monitor includes some red ‘wings’, plastic with a brushed metal texture, and a little headphone hook at the right side as viewed from the front. Here you will also find 2 USB 3.0 ports (the yellow one has fast-charging), a 3.5mm microphone jack and 3.5mm headphone jack. The included stand can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The remaining ports face downwards, at the bottom of the red ‘wings’. These include; 2 further USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream), DP 1.2a (support Adaptive-Sync) and HDMI 1.4. Integrated 3W speakers also feature.
Further details on this AGON model can be found on the manufacturer’s website. A release in mid-late July is expected with an MSRP of £479 including VAT (no word on a US release currently). We will update this article with further details as they come to us and will consider a review if there is sufficient demand.