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AOC Agon AG273QCX Review: Awesome 144Hz Refresh Rate, VA Panel, 1440 QHD Monitor

4/5

The AOC Agon AG273QCX display is aesthetic and an elegant 27-inch monitor, which provides the necessary screen real estate for users to have more room to have multiple windows and projects open.

With a fast refresh rate and a low response time as well, the AOC Agon AG273QCX makes a great monitor for hardcore gamers and producers alike.

The display also has newer features compared to its last version of the display. Also, the monitor has excellent RGB lighting to add to the aesthetics.

So if you’re thinking about upgrading to a gaming monitor, then you’ll need to check out this AOC Agon AG273QCX review.

Before investing in the AOC Agon AG273QCX, let’s dive into what the display is capable of and what the monitor can provide in terms of features and performances.

Specifications

  • Display Size: 27-Inches
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440 Quad HD
  • Panel Type: VA Panel
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz
  • Response Time: 1ms (GtG)
  • Screen Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
  • Brightness: 400 cd/m^2
  • Stand Height, Tilt, Swivel, Pivot: Yes
  • VESA Mount Compatible: Yes
  • Connection Panel: 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0 and 1x VGA with USB 3. 0 hub (4x ports with 1 fast-charging port)
  • Weight: 18-lbs

Display Design

The design of the display is aesthetically pleasing and has a futuristic look to the overall monitor. The RGB lighting in the back of the monitor also adds to the aesthetics as well, which you can also control in terms of changing the RGB colors and color patterns.

And the overall frame is made up of high-quality plastic material and has a matte black finish to it, which adds a sharper look to the monitor.

The bezels are tiny and thin, so you won’t be able to notice them when using the display. The small bezels also add to the immersion experience, and you’ll be able to view the screen entirely.

As an add-on, the monitor also has a built-in hook on the right side of the display for resting gaming headsets, which is pretty convenient if you need to take a break from your winning-spree sessions.

Located at the bottom of the display, you’ll find the OSD panel, which utilizes a joystick for navigation. And compared to traditional buttons, the joystick is more convenient in terms of navigating through the OSD settings.

With the OSD, the display also comes with an AOC AGON OSD Gamepad, which lets you control the OSD settings via remote, which is convenient if you’re unwilling to use the OSD joystick.

The stock stand serves a great foundation to the display, thanks to its tripod type of stance. The stand material is also made up of high-quality metal as well, which is also a plus.

And this prevents the unit from wobbling when slightly nudged. The stand is also ergonomic by design, and you’ll be able to adjust the display’s height, tilt, swivel, and pivot according to your viewing preferences.

If you’re not fully satisfied with the default stand, you can always opt-in for a VESA mount (100×100 mm), and the VESA mount will allow you to have more options in terms of monitor positioning and movability.

The connection panel is located in the bottom rear of the monitor. It may be somewhat of an inconvenience to access because you’ll have to tilt the monitor downward for you to connect the pieces conveniently.

But the panel consists of two DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, and one VGA input. With an additional three USB 3.0 ports, and one is dedicated to fast-charging. You can also invest in an HDMI switch and plug in multiple devices as well, such as a SNES classic, other console systems or electronic devices.

And the additional ports are pretty helpful for the other electronic devices that you may have to connect.

AOC Agon AG273QCX Side View

Performance and Features

The AOC Agon AG273QCX is a 27-inch display with a resolution of 2560×1440 QHD, with a refresh rate of 144Hz and a response time of 1ms.

If you’re a serious gamer, then the AOC Agon AG273QCX would be the right fit, thanks to the monitor having a fast refresh rate and a quick response time, which allows gamers to gain the advantage over their opponents.

Considering that the AOC Agon AG273QCX is a VA panel, users will get the best of both worlds of performance and quality.

The display has a curved design (1800R curvature), which may or may not add to the immersive experience, and this is because the monitor is 27-inches, and the curved design would be best suitable for larger, and wider sized displays.

Being a VA panel, the resolution presents excellent image clarity and sharpness, which is suitable for both producers and gamers alike.

The screen brightness levels go up to 400 cd/m2, so you may want to lower the brightness down once you get the AG273QCX straight out of the box.

Backlight bleeding may appear on the screen but not significantly to where you’ll be able to notice them. So backlight bleeding shouldn’t be a significant issue.

Being an already fast display, the AOC Agon AG273QCX also gives gamers FreeSync 2 capabilities. Once turned on, you’ll be able to experience smooth and buttery-like gameplay, and will take your gaming experience up a notch.

And once FreeSync 2 is enabled, there won’t be any ghosting, no lag, nor screen tearing. You’ll be able to game without any issues.

The monitor may have a bit of ghosting as well; you can always use “overdrive” mode, which will eliminate trailing and ghosting altogether. But once in “overdrive” mode, you may witness few graphic motion artifacts, but you won’t significantly notice them.

The colors, in general, may appear to be less in quality, and some colors may appear to be inaccurate. The darks won’t be as rich, and the whites won’t appear as brilliant. So you may have to do a bit of calibration once you get the AG273QCX out of the box.

In general the AG273QCX does provide you with a fast 144Hz refresh rate making this one of the top gaming monitors to invest in if you’re serious about gaming competition.

Pros

  • Fast and quick thanks to its 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time
  • Aesthetically pleasing design, with controllable RGB coloring
  • Curved by design for added immersion

Cons

  • The colors may appear washed out and inaccurate, so be sure to calibrate the display a bit.

Conclusion

Overall the AOC Agon AG273QCX is an outstanding display in terms of performance and design. The screen is quick, very responsive, and provides users higher refresh rates. The AOC Agon AG273QCX is ideal for serious gamers and content producers alike. And potentially making the display one of the best monitor for console gaming as well.

But if you lean towards more of a producer side and need the brilliant colors, then you’ll need to check out more of the IPS displays. And if you lean more towards gaming, and produce once in a while, then the AOC Agon AG273QCX will be your best bet.

You can check out some of the fastest 144Hz monitors and some of the quickest 240Hz displays as well. If you want to go more specific, you can check out the MSI Optix MAG271CQR monitor or the MSI Optix MAG271C display.

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