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AOC’s New AG271QG 27-Inch WQHD Gaming Monitor With NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology

But then the AOC is a little cheaper, and such shortcomings have diddly-squat to do with image quality, productivity, or gaming fun. So, you pays your money and you takes your choice. But the new AOC AGON AG271QG is certainly a very plausible new competitor in the performance 27-inch segment. jeremy Laird

AOC’s New AG271QG 27-Inch WQHD Gaming Monitor With NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology

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The AOC AGON AG271QG is a WQHD(2560 x 1440) display based on an IPS like AHVA panel. The contrast ratio is rated at 1000:1, with a typical brightness rated at 350 cd/. Response time is rated at 4ms GtG and refresh rate is at 165Hz. This gaming monitor support Nvidia G-SYNC and ULMB.

The 27-inch AGON AG271QG is the ultimate display for high-performance gaming. NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and exceptional 165Hz refresh rates deliver ultra-smooth, stutter-free action. The IPS panel and QHD resolution ensure sharp, detailed imagery from every angle.

The monitor has a reasonably understated (but still interesting) look for a gaming monitor. The bezels cover the panel border pretty much entirely, in contrast with some modern designs that feature a reasonably prominent panel border and a very slender outer bezel. The bottom bezel has a brushed texture effect whereas the remaining bezels are plain matte. The included stand offers excellent stability and is quite heavy-duty, comprising powder-coated metal with a forked stand base. As explored later, the screen surface used here is light matte anti-glare.

Unfortunately, my unit suffers from Backlight Bleed on exact 3 places. Note: This can differentiate within each individual unit. You also can take a look at the gaming monitor list to check if there are ratings from other users available.

The IPS Glow on the AOC (on my unit) is a bit worse than average on current AU-Optronics high refresh rate panels. Compared to other IPS panels the Glow, in general, is also bad. Compared to the Asus PG279Q otherwise, the IPS Glow is stool good. Note: Also the IPS Glow can strongly differ from each individual unit. In future I will try to order several units, to get better test results. Take a look at the gaming monitor list on Lim's Cave to find out if other users made a different experience within the IPS Glow.

The AOC AG271QX is a good 2560x1440 gaming monitor with a high 144Hz refresh rate and TN panel. It has excellent motion handling due to the fast response time and support for FreeSync. It also has very low input lag which is excellent. Unfortunately, the picture quality is below average and when viewed from up close, the edges of the screen lose accuracy due to the narrow viewing angle.

Left: BenQ ZOWIE XL2540. Middle: AOC AGON AG271QX. Right: Dell S2716DG. Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.While the AOC Agon AG271QX is a good monitor for mixed usage, it is focused on fast-paced gaming with high refresh rate, FreeSync support, and low input lag. For other uses, there may be better or cheaper monitors available. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors for PC, the best 1440p monitors and the best gaming monitors for Xbox One X.

The AOC AGON AG271QX is better than the ASUS PB277Q. The AGON AG271QX is a gaming-oriented monitor and has a much higher native refresh rate, so fast motion looks much smoother. The AOC also has better dark room performance with a higher native contrast ratio and better black uniformity.

Gaming monitors have become cheaper, and there is no reason not to get one. And, if you value your games so much, you want to spend a good amount of money on a great display. With that being said, if you have an Nvidia graphics card, you may want a gaming monitor with the G-Sync functionality.

1080p is the staple resolution for gamers worldwide for being relatively easy to run on most mid-spec machines with superb manageability. It is also the universal standard for E-Sports gaming since playing at 1080p makes it easier to attain higher refresh rates. These G-Sync gaming monitors with Full-HD resolutions have seen their share of hardcore battles in some of the most prestigious E-Sports events, making them suitable for your very own battle station at home.

The Asus ROG Swift PG278QR is our absolute favorite when it comes to 1440p gaming monitors for its outstanding performance. Unlike its PG279Q sibling below, this model still utilizes a TN panel which is prone to bad angles and lesser vibrancy. Thankfully, the PG278QR rallies all of its might to produce amazing vibrancy and clarity despite its disadvantages without making users deal with IPS issues. The pixel response time is extra fast, so there are no ghosting issues usually associated with slower panels.

The Asus ROG Swift PG348Q is a 34-inch IPS monitor with 1440p resolution, a 100Hz refresh rate, and a 21:9 aspect ratio for a truly immersive gaming using only one monitor. The monitor is at 60Hz refresh rate by default, but you can overclock this via the OSD. Simply select the 100Hz refresh rate and then the monitor will reboot to signify that the change has been made

The Asus PG35VQ is the equivalent of the PG27UQ in terms of being the ultimate gaming monitor but in an ultrawide format. This 35-inch beast sports a 200Hz curved VA panel that is backed by a 1000-nit FALD backlight with individually dimming zones. The combination enables the product to have DisplayHDR 1000 certification which ensures top-end performance in HDR visuals.

The Acer X35 is a more desirable 200Hz QHD ultrawide thanks to its arguably better aesthetics and superb color accuracy. This monitor has a specialized 200Hz ultrawide VA panel that combines with a 1000-nit individually dimming backlight to create immersive HDR visuals in AAA games. Its also one of the few G-Sync gaming monitors to sport the G-Sync HDR module which carries improvements in both capabilities and connectivity.

The Dell UP2720Q has a 27-inch IPS panel with 3,840-by-2,160-pixel 4K (a.k.a. UHD) resolution, and a very healthy pixel density of 163 pixels per inch (ppi). What sets it apart is that it is the only professional monitor in its price range that has a built-in colorimeter. You can use it not only to measure the monitor's color accuracy in a range of color modes, but to calibrate the monitor itself. To this end, the colorimeter seamlessly integrates with Portrait Displays' CalMAN display-calibration software. From the monitor's settings menu, you can schedule regular calibrations to ensure that the monitor retains its excellent color accuracy.

Although it's a bit on the pricey side, the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is a monitor without any notable flaws. It's a superior gaming machine, with a 27-inch 1440p screen that boasts a maximum 165Hz refresh rate, fast response times, and low input lag. Bright, with stunning color fidelity in the DCI-P3 color space and a high contrast ratio, the XG270QG is equally good for movie watching.

This Dell is laser-focused on the cash-strapped gaming set. Its contrast ratio is only so-so, and the cabinet and stand lack frills, but those are standard issues with monitors in this price range. Colors are balanced and natural, motion playback is smooth, and measured input lag is extremely low. It ticks all the boxes for a satisfying and very affordable gaming monitor.

The Alienware 34 QD-OLED, an ultrawide panel, is one of the best gaming monitors incorporating an OLED screen that we have come across, and it's decently priced, too. (It uses Samsung's quantum dot OLED technology, aka QD-OLED.) Its 34-inch panel has a rated 144Hz refresh rate but can be overclocked to 175Hz. The 1800R-curvature panel has a 3,440-by-1,440-pixel native resolution. While its input lag is nothing special compared with gaming panels in general, it is a giant leap forward for OLED screens.

If you're looking to replace a dual-monitor setup with a single display, check out one of the ultrawide models. These are available in panel sizes ranging from 29 to 49 inches in both curved and flat varieties, feature aspect ratios of 21:9 or 32:9 instead of the familiar 16:9, and come in a variety of resolutions including 4K/UHD and Wide Quad High-Definition (WQHD, or 2,560 by 1,440 pixels). Some of these are built for productivity apps, while others are gaming-oriented. (More on the latter later.)

Measured in milliseconds (ms), pixel response rate is the time it takes for a display pixel to change from black to white (black-to-white response time) or to transition from one shade of gray to another (gray-to-gray response time). The faster the pixel response rate, the better the monitor will be at displaying video without showing artifacts such as ghosting or blurring of moving images. Monitors with a fast 1ms gray-to-gray response are ideal for gaming, but even monitors rated at a 6ms gray-to-gray pixel response can show games without much blurring or ghosting.

HDR has been creeping into more and more PC gaming and content creation monitors over the past few years. While we've found that many of them would be better off not including it at all (anything below HDR 600 rarely passes muster), the HDR adoption rate in monitors resembles that of HDR televisions starting in 2017. Theoretically, once similar panel-scale economics kick in, monitors with higher HDR ratings could also come down in price.

Until then, if HDR matters to you, we recommend buying monitors only with an HDR 600 rating or above to give you an experience comparable to that of a modern HDR-rated TV. An HDR certification will always add to a monitor's MSRP, so unless you really want the feature and are ready to pay for a proper rating, that money could be better saved for upgrades to your PC or added features such as a higher refresh rate for a gaming display.


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