AOC Announce 3 New 27″ AGON PRO Gaming Monitors with a Range of Specs and Features

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AOC have today announced three new monitors in their AGON PRO gaming line-up with an impressive range of specs and options. All 3 new models are 27″ in size, but offer different resolutions and refresh rates. We have provided a summary of each model below.

AG274QXM – 27″ with 1440p and 170Hz, as well as a Mini LED backlight and HDR 1000

First up is a model offering a 2560 x 1440 resolution ‘Fast IPS’ panel and 170Hz refresh rate, perhaps on its own not that impressive. However, this model also includes a Mini LED backlight, the first time we’ve seen this technology used for a screen with this lower resolution, with most high end FALD backlight options being limited to 4K models so far. This includes 576 local dimming zones, offering significantly superior HDR capabilities to common edge-lit options. This also allows for certification under the VESA DisplayHDR 1000 level, with a peak brightness of 1000 nits+. There is also a wide colour gamut covering a quoted 99% DCI-P3, and necessary 10-bit colour depth support too.

For gaming the 1440p resolution is much easier to drive then a 4K resolution, and the panel has a quoted 1ms G2G response time and 170Hz refresh rate for excellent motion clarity potential. There is also adaptive-sync support for VRR, including certification under the NVIDIA ‘G-sync Compatible’ scheme and the AMD FreeSync Premium Pro scheme. In other specs there is a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 600 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles.

The 27” AG274QXM employs an award-winning design (Red Dot Design Award) and comes with a monitor shield (Shadow Shield) to reduce reflections from sunlight or bright stage lights. This model also includes a USB type-C connection (including DP Alt mode and 65W power delivery) and built-in KVM switch. For content creators and live streamers who use multiple computers, this feature makes it easy to switch between two PCs while using the same monitor and peripherals, or to mirror their smartphones via USB-C when streaming mobile games. There are also 1x DisplayPort and 2x HDMI 2.0 connections offered.

AG274UXP – 27″ 4K Resolution with 144Hz and HDMI 2.1

Another option in the new range is the AG274UXP which features a higher 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 to be precise) Nano IPS panel. This model has a 144Hz refresh rate along with adaptive-sync support for VRR, including the NVIDIA ‘G-sync Compatible’ certification. There is also a 1ms G2G response time quoted here for gaming. Unlike the AG274QXM discussed above, this model does NOT have a Mini LED backlight, but still supports HDR 600 using some more basic edge-lit backlighting with a far more limited number of dimming zones. This model is more focused on delivering 4K @ 144Hz for exceptional picture quality and PPI.

There is still a wide colour gamut offered here with 98% DCI-P3 quoted, along with 10-bit colour depth support. Thanks to its HDMI 2.1 support (2 ports), the AG274UXP is fully compatible with the new-gen consoles, which can output 4K @ 120 Hz and can support variable refresh rate. This is the only model of the three that includes HDMI 2.1 by the way. This model also includes a USB type-C connection (including DP Alt mode and 65W power delivery) and built-in KVM switch. The AG274UXP also includes 1x DisplayPort and offers a Picture-by-Picture mode support.

AG274QG – 27″ with 1440p, 240Hz and G-sync Ultimate

Last up is the AG274QG, aimed more at hardcore gaming. This reverts back to the more modest, and easier to power 1440p resolution but pushes the refresh rate higher to 240Hz. This model is also based on a ‘Fast IPS’ panel, offering a 1ms G2G response time as well. Perhaps most interesting is the use of a Native G-sync hardware module on this model, giving rise to a ‘G-sync Ultimate’ certification and ensuring excellent VRR performance and range, along with other built-in benefits like variable overdrive and super-low input lag. This screen also includes NVIDIA’s Reflex Latency Analyzer tool, something we are currently looking in to and testing on another monitor and will have some information on soon.

There is still a wide colour gamut offered here with 98% DCI-P3 quoted, along with 10-bit colour depth support. This model is HDR 600 certified as well, with some edge lit basic local dimming included. There are 1x DisplayPort 1.4 and 2x HDMI 2.0 connections on this model (no USB type-C here).

Features Available on all 3 Models

All three monitors are equipped with a 120 mm height-adjustable and versatile stand for comfortable gaming sessions. A 4-port USB 3.2 hub is built in, to help gamers connect their peripherals such as keyboards, mice, streaming lights or webcams.

The monitors feature the RGB illumination (Light FX) and AGON logo projection introduced in previous AGON PRO models to increase personalisation. The QuickSwitch controller, a wired remote, is featured with all models to easily adjust game-specific features in the OSD. The OSD can also be controlled on the monitor itself or using the G-Menu software (AG274QXM and AG274UXP).

To complete the audio-visual experience, all models have two 5 W speakers supporting DTS for clear and rich sound

Pricing and Availability

The AGON PRO AG274QXM will be available from October 2021 at the RRP of £849.99.
The AGON PRO AG274UXP will be available from February 2022 at the RRP of £769.99.
The AGON PRO AG274QG will be available from February 2022 – price to be confirmed.

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