The Ergohacks Verdict
Monitors get bigger, and the last three or four years has seen bigger and bigger ultra-wide and more and more curved monitors. The AOC AG352UCG is the largest I’ve yet gotten on my desk and brings in a new element – G-Sync for higher refresh rates gaming. If you’ve not used curved monitors before you’re in for a treat. It’s a significant step up from both wide screen and dual monitors.
Gaming is excellent, however, I did hit a few minor problems. The first issue is that the AGON has a non-gaming standard shape. Some games adapt very well to it, but many end up with two black bars down the sides ignoring the extra width. Find the right game and it shines. Don’t and you’ve got an excellent 27-inch monitor with two big ears. Doom was perhaps the game that best showed off what the monitor was capable of – the high-speed first-person perspective with the slight curvature towards you and high frame rate made an already great game even more immersive.
Productivity and creative desktop work have pushed to larger and larger monitors or multiple screens over the years and the AG352 is wide enough to get three decent size windows open at once and the curve gives you a better eye-line on all three. I’m used to using two large monitors which have more screen space combined, but I much prefer the AG352’s ability to get everything close together.
I loved having the AG352 on my desk. Its design is easy on the eyes and practical and the screen panel is great quality. The extra width lets me be even more productive and add it to my higher end NVIDIA card and it’s perfect for gaming – although I wish more games took advantage of the extra width.
There’s just one problem with the AG352. It’s going to be a problem for most casual gamers or home office start-ups and that’s the cost. It’s not badly priced and compares well to the alternatives on the market with similar specs, but it is a premium product with a premium price tag of £720. If price isn’t an issue, then the AGON AG252 is an excellent choice.
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The AG352 makes a decent first impression. The stand looks like the bottom of a Star Wars Droid and the two LED bars along the base of the screen add to the look without being flashy. Once you’ve got it hooked up that stand holds the monitor stable and you can raise and lower, tilt and twist the panel to your ideal angle. Connectivity is decent with HDMI and Displayport, the obligatory built-in USB hub and 3.5mm headphone sockets.
- The entire menu system is controlled with a single button that can be moved in four directions and is also clickable. This button is right in the centre of the base of the screen and once I’d adjusted to it was easy to use.
- The menu system on the screen is divided into four parts – Luminance, Colour setup, OSD Setup and Extras.
- The screen is easy to assemble. The stand splits into the tripod base and the column and clips together before being screwed into place. I was able to do it myself without needing a second person to hold the screen.
- G-Sync is NVIDIA’s technology that lets the monitor and graphics card synchronise. That gets rid of screen tearing and makes everything look smoother. If you’re a gamer this is an essential spec.
- Blue light mode. Playing and working later into the night disturbs all of our sleep. Filtering specific colours can help and the AG352 has this built in. It’s adjustable and works well but isn’t automatic and I often forgot to switch it on.
- The top of the stand has a handle built into it that lets you lift and carry the whole screen. It’s a little thing but was so useful I couldn’t figure out why every screen doesn’t have one.
- Built-in 2 watt speakers that while not that loud are decent quality. I found them perfect for a bit of background music while working.
Dimensions (screen real estate): 80 x 34.5 cm
Dimensions (highest position on stand): 59 x 85 x 49 cm
Desk space required (footprint): 49 x 28cm – the screen overhangs this significantly
Colour: Black, grey and chrome
LEDs: Two LED strips on the base of the monitor that can be blue, red or green
Screen Size: 35 Inch
Panel Type: LED
Maximum resolution: 3440×1440 at 100Hz
Screen ratio: 21:9
Curvature radius: 200cm
Colours: 16.7 million
Brightness: 300 cd/m2 (type)
Viewing angle: 178 degrees
Response Time: Up to 4ms
G-Sync built in
Connectors: HDMI and Display Port
Power usage: On – 70W, standby 0.5W
Movement: Swivel -30 to 30º, Tilt -5.5 to 29º Height 12cm
Kensington lock: Yes
Vesa: Yes 10 x 10cm
Speakers: Yes integrated 2W
Headphone stand built in
USB Hub built in: 3 3.0 ports
Warranty: AOC offers a three year warranty for all defects from manufacturing.
The monitor is a high specification display unit and to get the best out of it you’ll need a high power NVIDIA graphics card of the right type that supports G-Sync, a generally powerful PC with the right drivers and the right game or software. Without this you’ll still have a beautiful looking monitor but you won’t get the best out of it.
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.
We based our Ergohacks Verdict on 3 weeks of tinkering, testing and using the AOC AGON AG352UCG monitor kindly loaned by AOC during May/June 2017. This article was first published on 7 June 2017 and last updated on 14 September 2017.