AOC Gaming AGON Ultra wide gaming monitors.
Having just had an Acer Predator Z35 pro gaming monitor to review I have been well and truly bitten by the ultra wide experience and have been looking in to it more to see what other options there are out there.
In my search two have jumped out at me and both are from AOC.
So who are AOC? Well they no new comer to the market having been formed in 1967 in Taiwan as the Asian arm of Admiral Corporation as Admiral Overseas Corporation and started marketing under AOC brand name in 1979.
The first is the AOC Gaming AGON AG352QCX.
The AG352QCX is a 35”, 2560×1080, MVA, ultra wide curved gaming monitor. You can get up to 200hz out of it and it has a 4ms response time (GTG).
Connection wise it offers D-Sub, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2 and also has 2x USB ports.
In order to get the 200hz at 2560×1080 you will need to use the display port and have beefy GPUs to boot.
If you aren’t a fan of the stand or just simply want to use a wall mounting or multi screen mount it does offer VESA support and for those that want them there are 5w speakers lurking inside.
What it doesn’t have is NVIDIA G-Sync (booo!) but instead offers FreeSync for all you AMD GPU users.
So other than G-Sync, this sits square up against the Acer Predator Z35 on paper at least. One area it clear wins in is the cost! The AOC Gaming AGON AG352QCX will cost around the £560 mark compared to the £800 of the Acer Predator Z35. Jurassic Park!
Next is the AOC Gaming AGON AG352UCG which is due for release in March 2017.
What does this one have to offer? Well it is a 35”, 3440×1440, MVA, Ultra Wide curved gaming monitor offering 100hz and a 4ms (GTG) response time.
The AG352UCG also comes with NVIDIA G-Sync (Woohoo!) to really help cut out tearing, stuttering and input lag giving much more smooth and responsive gameplay.
As for connections we have the option of HDMI or DisplayPort 1.2 and also 2x USB 3 ports.
Tucked away inside are some 2w speakers if you want them but no mention of Vesa support.
We all know that pretty colour lighting is a must these days and the AOC Gaming AGON AG352UCG has adjustable LED lights (Red, Green, Blue) on the back and lower bezel (As does the AG352QCX).
To help keep your desktop clutter free it has a handy fold away headset hanger on one side too.
So the specs of the AOC Gaming AGON AG352UCG stick it right up against the ASUS Republic of Gamers PG348Q and the Acer X34A in all areas on paper except panel type (the latter are both IPS Panels).
Once again though, the AOC Gaming AGON AG352UCG is set to blow them out the water with the price as it is set to retail for around £800. That’s same price as the Acer Z35 but with specs in line with the Acer X34A and ASUS Republic of Gamers PG348Q, both of which retail for close to £1000!
Granted neither AOC Gaming Monitors are budget but you get masses of bang for your buck with these pair and are absolutely worth a punt.