Costing around £450, the AOC Agon AG273QX monitor is a 27-inch QHD, FreeSync 2, VA panel with high speeds with a 165Hz refresh rate and a response time of around 1ms. This sounds like a recipe for victory, especially when it comes to rapid-fire games and esports. But the question is, does it end up being a success only in games, or is there something more?
Note, however, that this model is sadly not yet available in the US. It may well be getting there soon, but for now, that’s an EU-only model. In the United States, the closest accessible AOC equivalent would appear to be the AOC C27G2.
On the other hand, using the onboard controls is simple and you can change presets with a small flick of the lever. The presets are also mostly great – they apply very well to a variety of different games.
On top of this, the AG273QX is claimed to have a DCI-P3 of around 90%, so the panel should certainly be included in the premium scopes of the range. Combine this with the good HDR 400 certification, and it really has everything to be considered a great monitor for colour.
The design of the monitor is a combination of the elegance of the panel, as well as an extraordinary AOC-style design on the stand. The panel is set in slim bezels and is quite stylish. And it has a delicious RGB lighting on the back in the shape of a circle. You probably won’t be able to see it, but you’ll enjoy the glow against a wall, especially in low light.
However, I personally find the stand and legs to be too thick. While it’s often fun to have design statements, this one just takes up too much desktop space for my liking. So this is a bit of warning for people with smaller desktops.
However, the panel can be adapted quite easily.
First, let’s see how the monitor works in Apex Legends. To summarize, it is a delight. The high speeds make this first person shooter a really exciting game thanks to its 165Hz refresh rate. The camera moves smoothly and the gameplay is very nice.
Metro Exodus is, unfortunately, a completely different story, as there is a bit of a prominent glow in the gray and black colored areas of the dark images. The contrasts are also not as good as the game asks for. However, it all works fine in some more well-lit places.
All in all, after having made a detailed examination, I can say that I have seen somewhat sharper images. But what this monitor gives you in terms of clarity, mixed with a few other features, makes for a tremendous combination. The resulting image is really very good.
If you are trying to find a fast 1440p monitor that is reliable and of high quality, then this is the one for you. Ultimately, it’s built for speed, which means gaming and esports shooters. If you have different gaming preferences, there are some better options for you.
The AG273QX is best suited for Call of Duty gamers and those who appreciate movement and rhythm over other features. It also complements Nvidia graphics cards well.