The AOC Agon AG352UCG is an exceptional gaming monitor which offers an advantage over similarly priced 35-inch products. Products like the Acer Predator Z35 is almost entirely analogous to this model, but the slower 100Hz AG352UCG steps up the display game by offering a 3440 x 1440 resolution.
AOC Agon AG352UCG Specifications
- Screen Size: 35 Inches
- Resolution: 3440 x 1440 UW-QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 21:9
- Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment (VA)
- Refresh Rate: 100Hz
- Response Time: 4ms
- Contrast Ratio: 2000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 300 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: Yes 2 x 2 Watts
- Stand: Height – 4.8 Inches
- Stand: Tilt – Yes (-5.5°/+29°)
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1, USB 3.0 x 3, 3.5mm Audio Jacks
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 33.35″ x 23.11″ x 10.49”
- Weight: 26.02lbs
Design and Features
The AOC Agon AG352UCG sports .7-inch thin bezels at the top and sides and a bottom strip which is slightly thicker at 1.18 inches. This design does an excellent job at hiding panel borders, except for a protruding strip which is visible at the center. AOC chose to go with a glossy black finish instead of the graphite or grayish colors most gaming display manufacturers work with, and while it doesn’t look all too bad, we prefer a matte texture for its resistance against dust and fingerprints.
Looking at the face of the AOC Agon AG352UCG, the screen’s light AG coating becomes immediately apparent. An embossed Agon logo emphasizes this model’s inclusion in AOC’s latest cutting-edge display line, plus if this device is in use, you can see a LED strip at the bottom. You can change its color to red, green, or blue in the OSD, plus you can also turn it off or dim it a bit.
Looking at the back, you will see aluminum colored wings decorated with additional LED strips which function like the ones you can on the front. Honestly, the AOC Agon AG352UCG looks over-designed at this point, but it still looks cleaner and discrete when compared to other models. You also get a folding headset hanger on the top edge, which is a cool feature to have so your cans don’t flop around on your desk.
The powder coated tripod stand provides an excellent degree of stability for the massive cabinet even if it weighs in at over twenty pounds, plus it offers a broad range of ergonomics so users can quickly set a suitable viewing angle. You can remove this mechanism conveniently to reveal 100 x 100 VESA holes for aftermarket mounting options.
Finally, the AOC Agon AG352UCG is a equipped with a G-Sync module which usually limits connector options for certified products. Instead, this option includes an improved I/O layout which features the standard HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2 receptacles for video input, but you also get USB ports and 3.5mm jacks for audio pass through.
Performance and Features
The AOC Agon AG352UCG boasts a 35-inch VA panel with a 3440 x 1440 resolution and 100Hz variable refresh rate. This monitor can readily reach a contrast ratio of over 2100:1 at its maximum brightness, but for typical scenarios, a middling setting will produce around 1900:1 which is still excellent when compared to IPS or TN’s capabilities.
Color vibrancy is also fantastic since the AOC Agon AG352UCG provides more than 100% coverage of the sRGB gamut. Testing the screen with Battlefield 1 was pleasing overall since greens in the Argonne forest appeared lush and variances between shades were clearly visible. Once coupled with a fantastic grayscale performance, the images feel alive and realistic when compared to a conventional TN or IPS gaming monitor.
However, this product, like a lot of high-end offerings, isn’t perfect by any means. The 2000r curve exposes discoloration issues and a slight variance in backlight uniformity. These flaws aren’t detrimental to the overall viewing experience, but it is somewhat noticeable especially when viewing vibrant or cartoony images.
You also have the option to utilize G-Sync to cure stutters and tears once the graphics become intense. 3440 x 1440 can flex your GPU’s muscles even if you have a top-end model like the GTX 1080, so we’re glad AOC included this tech into this premium product. But despite proof that Nvidia’s VRR solution incurs a minor penalty in performance, we did not feel a difference in input lag or responsiveness which is an aspect where the AOC Agon AG352UCG excels at with a resulting delay time of a little under 6ms.
Despite being one of the snappiest ultra-wides we have tested, one caveat you have to live with is the blurring or ghosting issue present in VA panel equipped models. AOC lists a 4ms spec, but this type usually has an even slower actual response time in black to white transitions.
100Hz operation somehow reduces the trails and interlacing you typically witness at 60Hz, plus AOC included an overdrive or OD setting to help with this issue. There was a little improvement at its low setting, and using it at max power introduced advanced or reverse ghosting. Your best bet in this regard is the Medium option, so you can maximize your available features to reduce these issues.
Overall, the AOC Agon AG352UCG is indeed an excellent product worthy of its hefty $900.00 premium. G-Sync is mostly to blame for the tech tax you have to pay, but this gaming monitor does offer superb viewing experience if you can live with the limitations attached to VA panels.
100Hz is plenty for fast-paced gaming, and the responsiveness of the AOC Agon AG352UCG is nothing short of amazing even for the most sensitive users. Color saturation and performance is easily maximized by correcting gamma and brightness in the options, making this ultra-wide display a recommended product even for out of the box users.
But if you are visually sensitive to interlacing and shade transitions, you might have to look at the more expensive IPS options like the Asus PG348Q or the Acer Predator X34. But for those who hold contrast levels dear for deeper blacks and significant variations in shades and shadows at a slightly lower price, then the AOC Agon AG352UCG is worthy of consideration.