The AOC AG273QCG is a revamped gaming monitor that belongs in the brand’s Agon 3 series which are built for speed, responsiveness, and superb visuals. AOC dropped the metal accents and chunky appendages in favor of sleekness and minimalism which created a sophisticated-looking product. The AOC AG273QCG combines proven performance with modern aesthetics, but is it worth the upgrade?
AOC AG273QCG Specifications
- Screen Size: 27 Inches
- Resolution: 1440p QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Twisted Nematic (TN)
- Refresh Rate: 165Hz
- Response Time: 4ms
- Contrast Ratio:1000:1
- Brightness: 400 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: Yes
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot– Yes
- VESA Compatibility: Yes (100 x 100)
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI x 1, USB 3.0 x 4, 3.5mm Headphone jack
Design and Features
The AOC AG273QCG drops its old red-winged aesthetic in favor of an all-black design that has modest proportions. The latest evolution is bezel-free this time around via a dual stage design that disappears completely when the monitor is turned off. This design makes the product ideal for an ultra-premium multi-monitor setup if budget permits.
There are a few neat tricks hidden in the AOC AG273QCG’s chassis which are valuable for gaming enthusiasts. There are the signature fold-out headset stand and the uni-directional joystick that lets you manipulate the OSD conveniently. But what stands out is the AGON game light feature at the center of the rear which allows users to apply RGB lighting for decoration or as a bias light.
It’s almost identical to the LEDs on some LG and Asus monitors which maximized how a product affected your gaming setup. At the center of the LED ring is an attachment point which holds the thin red and black metallic stand in place with a QD mechanism. Removing the device will reveal 100 x 100 VESA holes for your aftermarket mounts.
However, there is less need to spend the extra on an armature since the AOC AG273QCG is quite flexible. You can tilt, swivel, and adjust height for this curved gaming monitor for easy acquisition of a suitable view angle. Pivoting isn’t included in the design because it isn’t ideal for curved displays.
The AOC AG273QCG comes with a limited I/O panel due to the G-Sync module installed inside. You only get DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 for video inputs, plus four USB 3.0 slots for peripherals.
Display and Performance
The AOC AG273QCG packs a 27-inch curved TN panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 165Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time. A 400cd/m2 WLED backlight and 1000:1 contrast ratio is specified, along with 8-bit color which is more than sufficient for gaming purposes. The screen surface will include a medium-matte AG coating for glare reduction that doesn’t affect the vibrancy.
The AOC AG273QCG is designed as a curved display that offers an immersive gaming experience. To be honest, this effect is better experienced from larger screens or ultrawides, but its positive impact is already present at this size. The peripherals or corners of the image will appear closer, so your eyeballs won’t need to pan around to view the whole picture.
Nvidia GPU users will love the AOC AG273QCG because of its G-Sync functionality that smooths out the tears and stutters. We’ve seen this combination on the Asus PG278QR and PG27VQ which enhances the gaming experience beyond compare. Take note that you have to use a meaty GPU like a GTX 1080 to maximize the 165Hz refresh rate.
If G-Sync isn’t your cup of tea or if the games you play aren’t graphically intensive, you can use the AOC AG273QCG’s ULMB feature instead. The latter is a strobing function that helps to reduce blurring and ghosting further, presenting you with a clearer image.
The AOC AG273QCG’s functions also include gaming features in the brand’s flavor. You will find AOC’s Dial Point crosshair, and FPS counter, and a Game Color digital saturation control in the respective submenus of the OSD. Granted, we still favor calibrated image settings, but Game Color could provide a fantastic medium if its accurate enough for out of the box users.
Lastly, the AOC AG273QCG isn’t a safety hazard for your eyes in extended gaming use. The monitor WLED backlight is flicker-free so eye fatigue will not be an issue. There is also Low Blue Light modes in the OSD which omits harmful blue light when using the monitor for office documents or browsing.
Thoughts on the AOC AG273QCG
The AOC AG273QCG is still a monitor to look forward to despite the rise in popularity of 144Hz 4K displays. 144Hz 4K displays are still too expensive to run. The AOC AG273QCG’s combination of specifications is comparable to the Asus PG27VQ which was one of last year’s promising announcements. However, we hope that this model performs better in image quality just like its predecessors which wowed us with excellent design and value.
The AOC AG273QCG is slated for a November 2018 release date in the UK and Europe. It was first revealed to the public at Gamescom 2018, and we cannot wait to get our hands on it! Further details such as pricing and availability in the US and the rest of the globe will be added here shortly.