AOC Agon AG352UCG gaming monitor evaluate

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In some ways, the finest gaming PCs are solely nearly as good because the monitor connected to them. You’ll be able to spend heaps of money on a top-end graphics card, but when it’s hooked as much as a decrepit monitor that may solely deal with decrease resolutions, all that energy (and cash) will go to waste.

That’s unlikely to occur with the AOC Agon AG352UCG, a feature-rich gaming monitor that guarantees to offer you an immersive and silky-smooth gaming expertise. 

A current entrant in AOC’s gaming-orientated Agon line of screens, the AG352UCG is a mighty 35-inch monitor with a 21:9 ultra-wide side ratio. And, it’s one of many finest gaming screens you should purchase in 2018. 

Pricing and availability

You shouldn’t be too shocked to study that such a big – and feature-packed – gaming monitor comes with a excessive price ticket.

It’s priced at £799 ($899), with Australian value and availability but to be confirmed. It’s actually not an affordable monitor, however whenever you evaluate it to a few of its fellow ultra-wide rivals, such because the Acer Predator X34, which provides very comparable options for $999 (£899, AU$1,899), it’s not too dangerous of a deal.

The extra business-orientated Philips Brilliance BDM3490UC is available in decrease at £670 (round $960, AU$1,350), however you’re sacrificing dimension (it’s 27-inch relatively than 35-inch) in addition to a number of the gaming-focused options like G-Sync.

If you happen to’re planning on shopping for any ultra-wide monitor, you’re going to paying fairly a bit of money, and the AOC Agon AG352UCG gaming monitor sits across the higher center vary of what you’d anticipate to pay. If you happen to had been already trying on the Acer Predator X34, then the AG352UCG is a really compelling different, for much less cash.

Design

An ultra-wide 35-inch monitor is inevitably going to be a big beast that may dominate any desk it’s positioned on – this can be a monitor that’s going to take up a whole lot of house, with dimensions of 847 x 587 x 266.45mm. Nevertheless, as quickly as you plug it in and begin enjoying video games, any issues over dimension fade away.

With the stand connected (it is advisable to screw it in your self), you possibly can tilt, swivel and regulate the peak to make the display screen snug to make use of. You too can wall-mount it utilizing a Vesa 100×100 attachment. AOC is not going for a slim and modest search for this monitor, and the bezel that surrounds the display screen is sort of thick, particularly on the backside, which additional will increase the footprint; it does home built-in audio system, although, which justify a number of the dimension of the bezel.

As you’d anticipate from a gaming monitor the design is actually hanging, and though it is not as aggressive because the design of the Acer Predator X34, it helps the monitor stand out (as if this enormous monitor wanted any extra assist with that). The entrance of the AOC Agon AG352UCG is completed in black, with the ‘Agon’ emblem entrance and heart.

There are additionally two lengthy LED strips alongside the underside that may show inexperienced, purple or blue relying in your choice. The brightness of those LEDs might be modified utilizing the on-screen menu, and they are often turned off as nicely. The impact is sort of good, though it’s a disgrace it’s restricted to the three colours, which limits customization.     

The LEDs additionally attain round to the again of the monitor, which has a plastic black and silver design. The general design is fairly good, and received’t look misplaced subsequent to many individuals’s rigs. It’s additionally not as in-your-face as some gaming peripheral designs, so it received’t stick out like a sore thumb for those who’re utilizing it in additional straight-laced environments.

Across the again of the monitor is an HDMI port, a DisplayPort and 4 USB 3.zero ports, together with audio out. This isn’t the widest collection of inputs, however whenever you’re enjoying video games at 3440 x 1440, a DisplayPort is all you really want.

Options

We have talked about simply how giant the AOC Agon AG352UCG gaming monitor is. If you happen to’re sitting shut sufficient it could actually fill most of your visual field, and with the assistance of the curved design it creates in a fairly immersive expertise. 

If you happen to’re apprehensive that the brief and broad side ratio of the AOC Agon AG352UCG will result in a cramped workspace, worry not, because the 3440 x 1440 decision is excessive sufficient to depart you loads of desktop actual property. It’s additionally excessive sufficient to offer beautiful graphics, whereas not being fairly as taxing in your {hardware} as a 4K (3840 x 2160) monitor. If you happen to’re shifting from a 16:9 (the extra widespread side ratio) 1080p display screen, you’re going to be blown away.

And that’s earlier than we’ve talked about that this monitor is G-Sync suitable. That is an adaptive sync expertise created by Nvidia that eliminates display screen tearing (an annoying visible glitch) and permits greater refresh charges of as much as 240Hz for smooth-feeling gameplay.

G-Sync

By supporting G-Sync, the AOC Agon AG352UCG joins the likes of the Asus MG248Q, Asus ROG Swift PG248Q and AOC Agon AG271QG. For a lot of players, the inclusion of G-Sync makes any monitor a really tempting buy. 

Mix this with the big dimension, excessive decision and ultra-wide side ratio, and the AOC Agon AG352UCG ticks lots of the containers required of a formidable gaming monitor. 

It’s value noting, nonetheless, that the utmost refresh fee of the AOC Agon AG352UCG is 100hz – so not fairly as excessive as G-Sync permits, though it’s the identical as its closest rival, the Acer Predator X34.

Different options embrace built-in stereo audio system, 2000:1 distinction ratio, 100% sRGB shade gamut assist and a 4ms response time. A wide variety of settings might be accessed through an on-screen menu, which is managed by a toggle situated on the underside of the bezel.  

The on-screen menus of screens are often fairly fiddly to navigate, however this one works fairly nicely, and you may simply cycle by means of the assorted choices.

Efficiency

The AOC Agon AG352UCG is actually feature-packed on paper, so we had been excited to check it out. Nevertheless, first we would have liked to offer the monitor a slight calibration, because the default settings had been slightly too vivid for our liking. It solely took a couple of minutes, nonetheless, because of the on-screen controls.

We then gave the monitor a spin with the wonderful Battlefield 1. This can be a hectic multiplayer sport that basically advantages from a superb monitor, and the AOC Agon AG352UCG delivers in spades. The sport’s graphics are superb, and actually shine on the AOC Agon AG352UCG’s giant and high-resolution display screen, whereas the broad side ratio provides you an immersive view of the battle discipline and the carnage that surrounds you. The broad side ratio additionally provides you a bonus whereas enjoying, as you’re capable of spot enemies that you just won’t in any other case.

Battlefield 1, like many fashionable video games, appropriately recognized the bizarre side ratio, and configured the interface and sport’s graphics accordingly. Pre-rendered cut-scenes stay the identical side ratio, nonetheless, so you’ll get black bars down both facet of the display screen whereas these play – this additionally occurs for those who watch films full-screen.

It is a small value to pay for such an immersive enjoying expertise, and due to the G-Sync options, together with the broad side ratio, this monitor can actually provide you with a aggressive edge when enjoying video games.

The AOC Agon AG352UCG additionally has incredible viewing angles, so for those who use it to look at movies with pals, or have individuals crowd round it whilst you play, then just about everybody will get an important view. An anti-glare coating on the display screen does an excellent job of stopping reflections from showing with out compromising picture high quality.

There’s additionally a low blue mild setting, which is designed that will help you work at night time with out straining your eyes or impacting your means to get to sleep.

Returning to Battlefield 1, it’s a superb sport to indicate off the AOC Agon AG352UCG’s shade dealing with. A variety of various environments and colours are featured, and each – from deep inexperienced forests to the brown, hellish panorama of no-man’s land and the poppy-strewn fields of the brand new They Shall Not Go enlargement – is displayed brilliantly.

There was no noticeable enter lag throughout our video games, with the AOC Agon AG352UCG’s G-Sync working with a GTX 1080 GPU to supply an extremely immersive and responsive expertise.

The excessive decision and ultra-wide design additionally labored brilliantly in Home windows 10, with the additional display screen house providing you with loads of room to have a number of home windows and packages open directly, making this an important monitor for productiveness in addition to for video games.

Last verdict

If you happen to’ve obtained the desk house, a strong graphics card and the requisite financial institution steadiness, the AOC Agon AG352UCG is a wonderful funding for players. It’s an enormous monitor that may fill your visual field, and for those who love being totally immersed in your video games then it is nicely value contemplating. 

It’s additionally a rattling good monitor whenever you’re not gaming, with the excessive 3440 x 1440 decision providing you with loads of house when utilizing your PC for work.

Nevertheless, it’s when enjoying video games that the AOC Agon AG352UCG actually shines, with nice shade replica, quick response occasions and {smooth} frame-rates curtesy of G-Sync.

After all, to utilize G-Sync you want a suitable Nvidia graphics card; nonetheless, even if you cannot entry that characteristic there’s nonetheless lots to love about this glorious gaming monitor.



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