Wednesday, October 23rd 2019

AOC Launches the AG273QX Gaming Monitor: 27" VA, 2560 x 1440, 165 Hz, FreeSync 2, HDR 400

AOC today launched the AG273QX, a flat panel gaming monitor (meaning there is no curve, which makes sense due to the usual 16:9 aspect ratio). The AG273QX sports a 27" diagonal with a VA panel, sporting a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a 165 Hz refresh rate. This refresh rate is mated with support for AMD's FreeSync 2, which makes an appearance due to this monitor also being HDR capable - though at the lowest end of the spectrum, with its HDR 400 certification. With its 1 ms response time, this monitor seems to have all the claims to fame. Sadly, it only sticks to the Adobe sRGB color space with 99% coverage - no DCIP-3 here.

FreeSync 2 HDR means this monitor supports low-latency HDR tone mapping, and LFC (Low Framerate Compensation). AOC are pushing this as a 3-side frameless design, which means that the display should go all the way towards the bezels. If you want to carry this monitor to LAN parties, there's a carrying handle, and the monitor also sports double headset holders in the design. There's an RGB lighting ring on the back of the panel. Connectivity-wise this monitor sports a 4x USB 3.0 HUB, 1x Headphone out, and video inputs are taken care of by 1x VGA, 1x DisplayPort 1.2, and  1x HDMI 2.0. The AOC AGON AG273QX will be available in November 2019 at an MSRP of £439 / €489.
Source: AOC
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10 Comments on AOC Launches the AG273QX Gaming Monitor: 27" VA, 2560 x 1440, 165 Hz, FreeSync 2, HDR 400

#1
Vayra86
Interesting, let's hope its not shit

Very much liking these specs AND the price is reasonable. Almost can't be good.
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RH92
Vayra86
Interesting, let's hope its not shit

Very much liking these specs AND the price is reasonable. Almost can't be good.
Hmmmm i guess you never heard about LG 32GK650F .........
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Vayra86
RH92
Hmmmm i guess you never heard about LG 32GK650F .........
Never really did look at it, but yeah that looks remarkably similar. Hmm!

Thx
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RH92
Vayra86
Never really did look at it, but yeah that looks remarkably similar. Hmm!

Thx
You are welcome , honestly i would go with LG over AOC any day of the week .
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Vayra86
RH92
You are welcome , honestly i would go with LG over AOC any day of the week .
Reading this review now, it does look very good. https://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/lg_32gk850g.htm
That AOC is probably the same panel but not with an LG backlight. And the backlight is clearly the thing that makes it stand it out in the review. Very low black point, zero bleed or clouding, darker corners (tends to be the opposite, or a slight tone shift in corners - this one has none of it)... the full contrast ratio measured (2950 or sth) and high peak brightness. Me likey.

Except for this, but if you can lock refresh to 120, all is well

"On the 32GK850G the response times (even if we ignore the few slow black transitions for now) were not quite fast enough to keep up with 144Hz or 165Hz refresh rates, and you get a little added smearing in practice if you use the screen at those settings. We felt 120Hz (needing <8.33ms) was a better balance and provided the optimal experience. "

Something to look at when one gets that AOC. Its not the fastest panel out there, even for VAs.

And no strobe... :( Real shame because it also counters smearing for a fair bit.
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#6
Rahnak
Looking forward to reviews of this. Price looks very appealing.

It'd be nice if that LG had a 27', FreeSync variant.
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lynx29
Rahnak
Looking forward to reviews of this. Price looks very appealing.

It'd be nice if that LG had a 27', FreeSync variant.
yeah 32" 1440p is just too large of pixel density imo. i have my eye on this monitor. i love those inky blacks, it all comes down to pixel smearing for me, i don't mind a little, but i have seen some panels that are just horrible
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voltage
lynx29
yeah 32" 1440p is just too large of pixel density imo. i have my eye on this monitor. i love those inky blacks, it all comes down to pixel smearing for me, i don't mind a little, but i have seen some panels that are just horrible
and so, what monitor do you like?
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#9
Octopuss
Is curvature of any benefit for 27" monitor?

Looks interesting, but it's not IPS...
And the VGA input is a bit weird at this time and age :D
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Vayra86
lynx29
yeah 32" 1440p is just too large of pixel density imo. i have my eye on this monitor. i love those inky blacks, it all comes down to pixel smearing for me, i don't mind a little, but i have seen some panels that are just horrible
You won't avoid it with any VA. Any time you see those fat red boxes in tftcentral reviews under G2G response tables, you know what time it is.

Personally I've grown used to it. Is it noticeable, yes. Is it annoying, hardly. It actually adds a smoothing quality to moving images too, in a way. I'll take that over IPS glow, overshoot or ghosting, and low contrast any time. Smearing really is a better version of overshoot artifacts, not being a highlight but black.
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