The AOC Agon AG322QCX is the latest entry to the brand’s recent stream of outstanding gaming monitors which have competitive pricing and fantastic designs and capabilities. This display behemoth provides a whopping 32 inches of display space via a vertical alignment panel which delivers the best of both worlds (TN and IPS) plus unbeatable contrast levels. Couple these with fast refresh rates and FreeSync and you get a promising offering which should find a spot among the best in the market.
AOC Agon AG322QCX Specifications
- Screen Size: 32 Inches
- Resolution:1440p QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment (VA)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time:4ms
- Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
- Brightness: 300 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: Yes 2 x 5 Watts
- Stand: Height – Yes (4 Inches)
- Stand: Tilt – Yes (-5.5°/+28°)
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes 100 x 100
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 2, HDMI x 2, D-Sub x 1
- Dimensions With Stand(WxHxD): 28.1″ x 24.99″ x 10.86″
- Weight: 14.64lbs
Design and Features
The AOC Agon AG322QCX is a beautiful piece of kit much like its siblings in the extensive list of Agon gaming displays. The face of the screen is virtually bezel-free except for the bottom which holds the Agon logo and two ambient LEDs. The screen curves at 1800r which fits perfectly for this size without being too intrusive to your field of view.
The product has a matte black finish all over, but the rear panel includes silver wing-like accents which seem as if they are holding the large cabinet in place. There are four LED accents which can change colors, although limited to only a few basic shades. We have seen this design on their ultrawide variants like the AOC Agon AG352UCG, but appreciation as always is subjective.
What we like about this model is its metal stand which feels heavy and sturdy. From experience, the design and chosen material of AOC’s Agon stands are top-notch, and they provide perfect stability even if you pound on your desk. Ergonomics is excellent since you get height, tilt, and swivel for adjustments, although we imagine having a gaming monitor the size of a regular LCD TV wouldn’t need much movement to get a perfect view.
The top of the stand terminates with a carry handle if you want to lug this display around, although it is interesting to note that at 15lbs, this is one of the lightest 32-inchers we have seen. One lapse in the design is that there is still no cable tidy option which can hold wires in place. At the top-right of the cabinet, you get the pop out headset hanger which is standard for the Agon line.
The AOC Agon AG322QCX has plenty of connection options in its I/O layout. Preliminary spec sheets from AOC state that this product will ship with two DisplayPort 1.2 slots, two HDMI ports with HDCP, and a D-Sub Slot for legacy connections. We can’t imagine users selecting the D-Sub as the main connector, but it is nice to have if you have a secondary low spec machine beside your beast of a gaming rig.
Display and Performance
The AOC Agon AG322QCX boasts a 32-inch VA panel with a 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and 4ms response time. Contrast is notably lower at 2000:1 when compared to other VA monitors, but if this model can reach that spec or at least near it, the AOC Agon AG322QCX will still outperform a huge chunk of the gaming monitor population in blacks and grayscale performance.
Now, some enthusiasts and readers may scoff at the pixel density of QHD at 32-inches which sits at 93PPI, our experience with the superb HP Omen 32 otherwise. Even if 1440p looks better in a 27-inch form factor, from what we have seen, there is little difference in the sharpness and clarity of the display output. You’d have to be extra sensitive to know the difference, especially in games where there are a lot of helping factors that can clean the images.
Document reading and browsing is a whole other story since we have heard of horror stories such as graininess or jagged text edges when using a VA panel. For the AOC Agon AG322QCX, we hope this isn’t the case because a small complaint like that can ruin sales for a product which fits in a smaller niche when compared to its 27-inch sized competition.
VA panels also promise immersive shading and color reproduction, and we think this capability goes hand in hand with curved monitors. The 1800r curvature is a bit gentler than what other products have, so it shouldn’t feel constricting. Also, bigger screens tend to strain the eyes because you can’t see the whole picture without rolling your eyeballs around, so it might be beneficial to have the edges closer to your face.
The AOC Agon AG322QCX features a fast, 144Hz refresh rate and FreeSync to provide an excellent gaming experience. There are value cards from AMD Which can handle gaming at 2560 x 1440, so having AMD’s FreeSync instead of G-Sync still, makes sense. This direction should also help pricing due to the free nature of this VRR solution, and we reckon the AOC Agon AG322QCX will be within a hundred or so with the HP Omen 32, which is surprisingly affordable.
The AOC Agon AG322QCX offers the best of both worlds; a gigantic screen and bleeding edge speeds which a lot of gamers will want in an upgrade or a new monster build. The brand prices their products competitively when compared to the big three manufacturers, and we think this model has a big shot at being a best seller. 32-inch screens are also attractive as a budget-friendly alternative to ultrawide models since you pay half or less of what the latter commands but still get a sizeable view.
But we are a bit worried about a 144Hz monitor with a slower, VA panel which is prone to interlacing and ghosting. If these flaws show and persist in practice, the lower pixel density will make it much worse. But surely, AOC will implement an acceptable Overdrive solution to work with the 144Hz refresh rate in alleviating these foreseen misgivings. We are looking forward to testing this bad boy out, and once it does release and become available for review, you will be the first to know.