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AOC AG273QX 165Hz WQHD VA model

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For users seeking a high-contrast experience but wanting to benefit from a high refresh rate, the VA (Vertical Alignment) route is tempting. Most high refresh rate VA options on the market offer curved screens, which isn’t to everyone’s taste. The AOC AG273QX of the AGON series is an evolution of the AG273QCX, offering a flat rather than curved screen and offering a slight bump up in refresh rate. Aesthetics are shared with the QCX, with a solidly built tripod-style stand base with a silver-coloured powder-coated metal finish. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border and very slender hard outer component. The panel border blends in seamlessly with the rest of the screen, difficult to see when the monitor is switched off. The bottom bezel is thicker, matte black plastic and sporting a central red ‘AGON’ logo. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick beneath this central logo. An ‘AGON Game Pad’ wired remote is also included as a convenient alternative OSD control method.

A familiar but flatter face

The monitor adopts a flat VA (Vertical Alignment) panel with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution. A 165Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync, which includes support for AMD FreeSync 2 on compatible systems. The monitor supports a 48 – 165Hz variable refresh rate range plus LFC (Low Framerate Compensation). Other aspects to note include a (likely light) matte anti-glare screen surface, 3000:1 static contrast and 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles. True 8-bit colour is supported, but like its predecessor a dithering stage is included for 10-bit HDR signals. A flicker-free WLED backlight is used which offers a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and 90% Adobe RGB coverage (121% sRGB). This is a somewhat wider colour gamut than the QCX model, which according to our measurements offered 85% Adobe RGB coverage. The monitor supports VESA DisplayHDR 400, which puts its colour gamut to good use and allows 10-bit processing to be used for improved precision when displaying HDR10 content. This is the most basic level of HDR VESA will certify for and does not include enhancements to contrast or local dimming.

Other aspects to note include a 4ms grey to grey response time and 1ms MPRT response time. Both values should be taken with a good dose of salt, especially given the panel type. The MPRT response time is specified with the MBR (Motion Blur Reduction) strobe backlight mode active. The rear of the monitor is mainly matte black plastic, with a red and silver AGON logo towards the top. A retractable headphone hook is found at either side. The included stand offers tilt, height, swivel and pivot (90° rotation into portrait) adjustment. The stand attaches centrally using a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to make way for an alternative 75 x 75mm VESA compatible solution. Surrounding the attachment points there is a ring of RGB LEDs – the ‘Light FX’ feature found on the AG273QCG (TN G-SYNC model) but absent from the original QCX. These can be customised in the OSD. The ports face downwards and include; DP 1.2a, HDMI 2.0, VGA, 4 USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm audio input and 3.5mm headphone jack. 2 x 5W speakers are also included, for potentially decent-quality (or at least relatively loud) sound output.

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Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is available with an MSRP of £439. We can’t confirm availability of this model in the US at this stage.

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