PC Gaming and graphics have come a long way in the last twenty years with starting simply with resolution but for the last decade focusing on smoothness. Almost any modern monitor can display a beautiful high resolution image but displaying a equivalently resolution in motion as a video or generated on the fly in a game takes a lot more hardware.
This smoothness of movement is measured in Hz which translates to how many frames are displayed a second. For video the standard needed is 60 Hz used by BlueRay but for a dynamic game like a first person shooter the viewpoint shifts enough that a higher figure is better.
To get to this higher frame rate you need a decent monitor and a graphics card that can both talk to and control it. The AOC AGON AG241QX is AOC’s new premium monitor designed specifically for this market. There’s two versions of the monitor – the AG241QX and AG241QG one of which works with NVidia’s G-Sync and one with AMD’s FreeSync. Pair the right monitor with the right graphics card and you get theoretical 165Hz.
Price: ± £318
Comes with the standard cables including a USB connector
AOC, “Admiral Overseas Corporation”, was founded in Taiwan in 1967 and is now part of TPV Technology Limited, a PC monitor manufacturer who ships around 15 million monitors worldwide per year.
It is one of the big name brands in computer monitors and have a reputation for reliability, durability and their top of the line monitors are some of the best on the market.
The AG241QX makes a big impression as soon as you take it out of the box. The screen is slimmer than I’d expected and has a stylish, solid and surprisingly flexible base – although if you prefer arms it also has a standard VESA mount. There’s all the connectivity you’re likely to need with all the display formats and a built in 4 port USB 3.0 port hub with a fast charge socket.
There’s the standard 3.5mm input and outputs with a separate mic connector and a pair of small but decent quality speakers built in. Then finally there is a microUSB port. This port is used for something I’ve never seen on a monitor before – an external controller. The AGON has all the normal buttons along the base of the panel and while they’re decent quality switches they are small, difficult to see when the monitor is on and inconvenient. The external controller gives you all the standard buttons in a more accessible format but also gives you three user settable presets. The screen comes with predefined ideal setups for FPS’s, RTS and racing games and lets you setup your three ideal configurations and switch between them.
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The AG241QX is available on Amazon for £320 and it’s 27 inch brother that is otherwise identical is for £420.
They’re not your average monitors and if you’re not looking for something to game with are overkill. Look for a similarly specced monitor with Active Sync and the average price comes out at around £300 making the AOC monitor more expensive but not prohibitively so. It has the extra ergonomic adjustment, external controller and great looks to justify the price.
Screen Size: 23.8 inch diagonal
Panel Type: TN
Screen proportion: 16:9
Brightness: 350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Viewing angle: 170/160 degrees
Response time: 1ms
Resolution: 2560×[email protected]
Adaptive Sync: Freesync at 30-144Hz
Connectivity: D-Sub, DVI, HDMI (x2), Display Port
USB: 4 USB 3.0 and one Fastcharge
Power consumption: 37W on, 0.5W Standby, 0.5W off
Swivel: From -20 to +20 degrees
Tilt: From -3.5 to 21.5 degrees
Height Adjustment: 13cm
Colour: Black, aluminum and red highlights
VESA: Yes, 10x10cm
Speakers: Yes, 3W
Release date: August 2016
Warranty: Three years
The Monitor is a high specification display unit and to get the best out of it you’ll need a high power graphics card of the right type, a gaming PC and the right game.
The AGON Line is very specifically aimed at one market – premium PC gamers who want the best possible experience. AOC have designed it to look good on your desk and to be about as flexible as possible. In short if you’re after looks and specs it’s impressive and paired with a decent system works exactly as described.
It does however fall into an odd place – the AG27Q is functionally identical and three inches larger. If you’re spending this sort of money why not go a little further and get the larger size? The only drawback would be the cost and a slightly decreased pixel density. Recommended for PC gamers who want the best experience but are space or very cost sensitive.
The review is based on the AOC AGON AG241QX kindly provided by AOC during November 2016. This article was first published on 2nd December 2016.