The AOC AG273QCX is designed for enthusiasts who want responsiveness and excellent image qualities in a gaming monitor for an engrossing experience. This redesigned variant in the AGON 3 line offers new additions in its spec sheet such as HDR10 compatibility and FreeSync 2. The AOC AG273QCX is set for a later release date, but let’s see how it stacks up to its fantastic predecessors.
AOC AG273QCX Specifications
- Screen Size: 27 Inches
- Resolution: 1440p QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment(VA)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time: 4ms
- Contrast Ratio:3000:1
- 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 2, HDMI x 2, USB 3.0 x 4, Mini USB x 1, 5mm Headphone jack
Design and Features
The AOC AG273QCX retains the overall aesthetic of the AGON series, although it carries over refreshed aspects we like. For starters, the display is now bezel-free on three sides, giving the monitor a sleek and cleaner look. AOC also dropped the glossy plastics in favor of mattes which is easier to maintain.
The cabinet for the AOC AG273QCX is shared with the AG273QCG we presented earlier. There is a fold-out joystick hanger at the side and a uni-directional joystick at the bottom for the OSD. However, this model does not feature the AGON Game Light found on the G-Sync variant.
There is, instead, a glossy decorative ring made of red plastic to keep up with the gamer-centric aesthetic of the monitor. At the middle sits the attachment point for the stand which also doubles as a VESA adaption point for your aftermarket armatures.
Another critical feature of the AGON monitors such as the AOC AG273QCX is an included OSD remote called AGON Game Pad. This gadget amplifies the convenience in OSD manipulation which AOC is keen on. Frankly, it isn’t a necessity, but it will be handy during intense sessions.
The AOC AG273QCX leaves the old “penguin feet” stand behind in favor of a chunkier variant based on what its ultrawide siblings include. This device should be as durable as a tank since it’s made of metal, but it will eat up a lot of space on a desk. At least its fully flexible with tilt, swivel, and height adjustments.
Since the AOC AG273QCX doesn’t have the connector restrictions of its counterpart since it is based on FreeSync 2 technology. On its I/O layout, you will find two DisplayPort 1.2a slots and dual HDMI connectors for video inputs. There is also a USB 3.0 Hub with four full-sized slots and a single mini USB port for the AGON Game Pad.
Display and Performance
The AOC AG273QCX sports a 27-inch curved VA panel from Samsung with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and 4ms response time. A 400cd/m2 WLED backlight and 1000:1 contrast ratio is specified for excellent depth and saturation. The monitor is HDR10-compatible, particularly with the HDR400 VESA standard which is considered as the bare minimum.
Sure, the AOC AG273QCX’s specs aren’t sufficient to produce true HDR imagery, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve. The VA panel is said to be capable of 90% DCI-P3 coverage which will go quite well with VA tech’s primary attribute which is its extended contrast ratio. Couple these with a solid HDR emulation and you get an enjoyable viewing or gaming experience that will set this monitor apart.
Another change in the AOC AG273QCX is its curved display which aims to enhance the immersive quality of the monitor. We think this form factor is better experienced at larger sizes, but the effect is still there. The corners of the screen appear closer which will lessen the movements of your eyeballs and give an enveloping feel.
Another key feature of the AOC AG273QCX is its 1ms MPRT function which we saw in some of Samsung’s curved gaming monitors like the C32HG70. 1ms MPRT is another name used for backlight strobing which boosts pixel responsiveness to lessen blurs and ghosting. The add-on does have its merits, but there are countless implementations out there that have limited effects on this issue.
The AOC AG273QCX also features FreeSync 2 which is AMD’s take on HDR compatible VRR solutions. This feature will smooth out the tears and stutters without any detrimental effects to the HDR effect or any added input lag. You will also find AOC’s proprietary gaming features such as the Dial Point crosshair, an FPS counter, and the Game Color digital saturation control.
Thoughts on the AOC AG273QCX
The AOC AG273QCX is a gaming monitor users can look forward to as an upgrade to 144Hz 1080p monitors. The higher resolution is an instant upgrade, while the added features such as HDR400 compatibility and FreeSync 2 are huge bonuses. We are disappointed that we still do not have higher-refresh QHD models, but we’d be happy if this new variant presented a decent range of improvements on its own.
The AOC AG273QCX is scheduled to drop on December of this year with a listed pre-order price of £540 in the UK. Availability for the rest of the globe will follow shortly and shall be shared on this page when the information becomes available. You can find the AG273QCX by clicking the links above and below.