AOC have this week announced two new models in their AGON gaming series, both 49″ in size with an ultrawide format. The AG493UCX2 has a 5120 x 1440 resolution and a 165Hz refresh rate, while the AG493QCX has a lower 3840 x 1080 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. These screens are a nice alternative to having dual 1440p or dual 1080p screens side by side, from a single display.
The press release explains some of the use cases: “In sim racing games, large, super-wide displays elevate situational awareness by showing a wider picture of the game world, which lets the gamer visualise the scale better in their minds and lets them corner at the perfect time to get ahead. Or, in flight simulation titles, this extra screen real estate makes displaying tons of little dials and indicators, visual references, charts, all that much easier. The AG493UCX2 particularly excels in games played from the first-person perspective, but all games benefit from additional screen space, whether RTS games, where gamers can see their home base and the frontier at once, or MMO games with lots of interactions going on at the same time.”
AGON AG493UCX2 Specs
The AG493UCX2 has a 5120 x 1440 resolution and a 165Hz refresh rate. IT features a curved VA technology panel with an 1800R curvature. There is a 4ms G2G response time and a 1ms MPRT spec as the screen also includes a blur reduction backlight mode.
Content creators or streamers can connect two PCs (a streaming PC/work PC and a gaming PC) and control them with one set of peripherals thanks to the onboard KVM switch, and the USB-C connection can transfer video and power/charge laptops with up to 65 W at the same time.
AGON AG493QCX Specs
The AG493QCX has a lower 3840 x 1080 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. In a fully featured sim setup with a reasonable distance from the monitor, the AG493QCX delivers a great immersion experience, and unlike its QHD sibling above, the lower resolution is less taxing on the GPU, bringing the total system cost down. There is a 4ms G2G response time and a 1ms MPRT spec as the screen also includes a blur reduction backlight mode.
Both Screens Additional Features
Both monitors also offer Picture-by-Picture mode to connect a work laptop and a desktop simultaneously (to its 2x HDMI 2.0 or 2x DisplayPort 1.2 inputs) and display the content of both side by side. While the AG493UCX2 also offers USB-C input, both feature a built-in 3-port USB hub to allow connecting peripherals easily.
To eliminate stutter and tearing, both models support Adaptive-Sync for variable refresh rates from both NVIDIA and AMD systems. They are certified with the lowly VESA DisplayHDR 400, decoding and displaying high dynamic range with richer colours (89% Adobe RGB, 91% DCI-P3 and 120% sRGB gamut coverage for AG493UCX2). To deliver on all fronts, both models are also equipped with massive and sturdy metal stands with 100 mm height as well as tilt and swivel adjustments. Two 5W speakers in both models also create a rich stereo sound stage.
To make the OSD adjustments or select various games modes and gaming-specific features, users can either use the on-board buttons, the included remote control, or the AOC G-Menu software.
The first models of the new AGON series, the 49” AG493UCX2 and AG493QCX, will be available from September 2021 at RRPs of £939.99 and £719.99, respectively.
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