Wednesday, June 15th 2022

AGON by AOC Announces AGON PRO AG344UXM with 170Hz MiniLED Panel

AGON by AOC - one of the world's leading gaming monitor and IT accessories brands - presents the AGON PRO AG344UXM, a 34" (86.4 cm) ultrawide monitor with breath-taking credentials: a MiniLED backlight with 1152 dimming zones to achieve an eye-catching high-level DisplayHDR 1000, 170 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms GtG response time for smooth motion and high UWQHD resolution of 3440x1440 for increased clarity and detail. While providing great immersion in simulation, racing, and first-person titles where extra peripheral vision benefits the user, the AG344UXM also covers home-office and streaming tasks gracefully thanks to the built-in HDMI 2.1, USB-C connectivity and an integrated KVM switch.

The AG344UXM expands the AGON PRO portfolio of high-end monitors for enthusiast gamers with an exceptional ultrawide model. With a MiniLED backlight, the AG344UXM features a superior amount of 1152 dimming zones that can individually light up or turn off to achieve localised areas in pitch black or sections illuminated at 1000 nits peak brightness within the same frame. Certified with VESA DisplayHDR 1000, this high dynamic range increases the perceived contrast immensely and creates a lifelike image, displaying scorching sunlight and deep, dark shadows simultaneously without washing out the total image. With the colour-accurate IPS panel, the AG344UXM offers wide viewing angles of 178°/178°, 10-bit colour depth and wide gamut coverage of 99% DCI-P3 and 100% sRGB, reproducing punchy and vivid hues, just as intended by the game artists.
The AG344UXM belongs to AOC's highest-tier AGON PRO portfolio, which aims to deliver future-proof, top-level technologies to the legends of the gaming community. Backed up by the 170 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms GtG response time of its fast IPS panel, the AG344UXM naturally excels as a gaming monitor with smooth, fluid motion in fast-paced action titles, including Adaptive-Sync technology to remove tearing and stuttering. Furthermore, the ultrawide aspect ratio fills the users' vision field and brings immersion to a new level.

Versatility at its best
The AG344UXM is a clear contender as the definitive single display for all tasks from entertainment/gaming to work and productivity. Featuring DisplayPort 1.4 and the future-proof HDMI 2.1 connectivity, the AG344UXM can be easily connected to the latest generation of GPUs or current-gen consoles. Additionally, the AG344UXM features USB-C input, which supports transferring the full display signal with 170 Hz refresh rate and 10-bit colour, while providing 90 W USB Power Delivery simultaneously. This means that a gaming/high-end laptop or a powerful miniPC can also be connected to the monitor to take advantage of the monitor's high refresh rate using USB-C, while being powered and charged.

The USB-C connectivity is only a fraction of the total USB docking capabilities. The AG344UXM features a 4-port USB hub with a USB-B upstream port. In practice, a keyboard and mouse connected to the AG344UXM's USB hub can be toggled with the KVM switch to control the device connected via the USB-C port (e.g. a laptop) or via the USB-B upstream port (e.g. a desktop PC), providing total control over multiple devices with a clean desk. To get the best out of the wide horizontal canvas, the AG344UXM also supports Picture-by-Picture mode.

Today's high-end gamers are more than familiar with showing off their talents and capabilities on livestreams or epic montages, and there is an increasing number of gamers who are becoming content creators. For this kind of audience, the AG344UXM makes absolute sense. The ultrawide aspect ratio is not only immersive for games, but increases productivity in work-related tasks as well. Much more of the timeline in a video editing software is visible at a single glance on an ultrawide monitor such as the AG344UXM. In day-to-day tasks, two applications fit side-by-side, improving multitasking. Alternatively, the additional screen real estate can fit a stream chat window or the streaming software alongside the actual game. The advantage of the AG344UXM's 21:9 aspect ratio also shines when watching movies, accompanied by 2x 8 W DTS-enhanced speakers.

The striking design of the AG344UXM follows the design language of its AGON PRO siblings with 3-sides frameless front side and red accents on the back, bestowed upon with the "Red Dot Design Award". For increased customisation, the LightFX RGB lighting on the rear can be synchronised with other AOC peripherals using the G-Menu software. In terms of ergonomics, the sturdy metal stand of the AG344UXM offers tilt and swivel adjustment to cater to individual preferences.

The AG344UXM's OSD settings can be adjusted using the wired remote (QuickSwitch), the 5-way joystick on the back, or the aforementioned G-Menu software. This lets users select - among other options - one of the 6 dedicated game modes, toggle settings such as AOC Game Color (saturation), Dial Point (crosshair overlay), FPS counter, or the LowBlue mode.

AGON PRO AG344UXM will be available from July 2022 at a MSRP of £1,429.99.
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12 Comments on AGON by AOC Announces AGON PRO AG344UXM with 170Hz MiniLED Panel

#1
wolar
Why would anyone buy this over the new oled monitors. This needs to be at most 800 to even be worth looking at.
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dyonoctis
wolarWhy would anyone buy this over the new oled monitors. This needs to be at most 800 to even be worth looking at.
The triangular subpixel, and the fringing on fonts that ensue is a deal breaker for some. The new qd-oled panel are not ideal if say you are also doing graphic design on your pc.
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#3
ThrashZone
Hi,
Cool lighting cost big bucks
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#4
Turmeric
that pricing is way off, by that i mean it is overpriced vs competition.
i got a AOC 4k monitor, ips 144hz normal screen. for 500 dollar. so the AGON monitor in question here cost three times as much for lower resolution and annoying lights. the right price for it to be worth it is 500 dollar, if the MiniLED backlight does look great.
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#5
R0H1T
dyonoctisThe triangular subpixel, and the fringing on fonts that ensue is a deal breaker for some. The new qd-oled panel are not ideal if say you are also doing graphic design on your pc.
Those aren't the only OLED (gaming) monitors out there!
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#6
hwanzi
£1,429.99......WAT LOL
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#7
LabRat 891
Product releases like these just strengthen my resolve to wait for MircoLED self-emissive displays.
If my 144hz 1080p VA panel dies before then, I'll have to look @ OLED; but the cost and other 'associated problems' would probably just have me grab another LCD.
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#8
dyonoctis
R0H1TThose aren't the only OLED (gaming) monitors out there!
You’re talking about those massive 42 inches monitors ? Besides them lg is the only who got smaller oled monitors, but they are currently meant for creation (60 hz) and above 2k euro price wise. They are working on a higher refresh rate version though
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#9
Tomorrow
Yeah the pricing is way off. Why would someone choose this over a 4K IPS/VA that has higher resolution and higher refreshrate but costs the same or less? (Neo G7 for example)
And obviosly QD-OLED monitor has the same resolution and refreshrate but is actually cheaper.

Besides i doubt anyone is buying a gaming focused LCD (like this one) for text (for those that say the triangle pixel layout on the QD-OLED is not ideal).
If an LCD costs over 1000 these days it has to something special and do it really well to even compete against OLED and QD-OLED.
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#11
stimpy88
I would much rather have an 42" LG OLED than this LCD crap.
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#12
simlife
wolarWhy would anyone buy this over the new oled monitors. This needs to be at most 800 to even be worth looking at.
as someone who bought the new Alienware qd 34 inch oled i almost am... the halo effects on some things is insane on it... the peak sustained brightness is a nightmare my 2015 27 inch shows whites being white... its only 350 nits things like youtube or this page side by side its just dark and gray... i switch you tube to dark mode because it cant handle the brightness... and screen burn is better now but will exitst long turm unlike my 2015. in good hrd games its really nice.... but in some content with my 2 monitor setup it is a little worse and that sucks that a monitor that is 2.5x more then a 2015 has worse elements then the "top of the line" qd oled

in fact my qd oled with a dark background image when i l click the windows tab is a hugely noticeable the rest of the screen gets darker when the bright window in the left comes up... its jarring to say the least i can click it on and off and the 70% rest of the screen just brighter darker bighter darker... its bad i kinda reget buying it as many games dont support the widescreen and/or remeber it like the remaster gta san anderas need it to be change and justed 3 menus in everytime
stimpy88I would much rather have an 42" LG OLED than this LCD crap.
as someone who bought the new Alienware qd 34 inch oled i almost am... the halo effects on some things is insane on it... the peak sustained brightness is a nightmare my 2015 27 inch shows whites being white... its only 350 nits things like youtube or this page side by side its just dark and gray... i switch you tube to dark mode because it cant handle the brightness... and screen burn is better now but will exitst long turm unlike my 2015. in good hrd games its really nice.... but in some content with my 2 monitor setup it is a little worse and that sucks that a monitor that is 2.5x more then a 2015 has worse elements then the "top of the line" qd oled

in fact my qd oled with a dark background image when i l click the windows tab is a hugely noticeable the rest of the screen gets darker when the bright window in the left comes up... its jarring to say the least i can click it on and off and the 70% rest of the screen just brighter darker bighter darker... its bad i kinda reget buying it as many games dont support the widescreen and/or remeber it like the remaster gta san anderas need it to be change and justed 3 menus in everytime... i suppose as somone whoi is crying faoul is a sentor being paid or as done and seen whay i have?!@?!?
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