AOC AGON AG271QX; An In-Depth Review

In the past couple of years, we’ve seen quite a boom in the number of gaming monitors in the market. More and more manufacturers are releasing new series of monitors to compete in the market, giving all types of gamers a better chance to find the one that fits their needs, most especially their budgets. AOC’s AGON series is another one to add to the list. We have reviewed AOC AGON AG271QG earlier this year, and now we’re looking closer to its more affordable sibling, the AOC AGON AG271QX. On the surface, it offers an impressive gaming capability with 2560x1440p resolution running at 144Hz refresh rate, and with good all-around performance. But what makes it a good gaming monitor? How is it different from the others in the market? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide to know more.

AOC AGON AG271QX (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

As with its sibling AOC AGON AG271QG, the AOC AGON AG271QX is obviously designed for gaming, however, it uses TN panel instead of IPS, which means it compromised some to provide excellent and cut-throat fast and smooth gaming experience. It pairs impressive resolution with fast response time and refresh rate and low input lag. It comes with all the key elements gamers desire.

 

Benefits

Quad High-Definition On a Widescreen

AOC AGON AG271QX (image from Amazon)


AOC AGON AG271QX runs Quad High-Definition or 2560x1440p resolution on its 27-inch widescreen TN (Twisted Nematic) panel. This means the screen has better image quality; crisp and vivid visuals with greater details. Though it’s primarily designed for gaming, it can definitely deliver good visuals for movie watching, editing photos and even videos, just not professionally, of course. It may not have the image quality of its sibling AG271QG, as it doesn’t use IPS, but it definitely delivers the better gaming experience. The colors may not be as consistent and precise as the IPS, but they’re still definitely good to deliver immersive gaming and entertainment experience.

 

1ms Response Time and 144Hz Refresh Rate Combo for Fluid and Smooth Gameplay, Plus FreeSync Technology

AOC AGON AG271QX (image from Amazon)


As said earlier, this variety of AGON series offers better gaming experience, and that is of course, can be attributed to its TN panel. It runs at 1ms response time (gray-to-tray) at 144Hz refresh rate, both of which are the best digits in the market when it comes to optimal gaming experience and high-end competitive gaming.

The 144Hz refresh rate ensures fluid and smooth gaming experience. That’s gaming without blurring, stuttering or tearing. Consumers can run the most demanding games with this screen, even at maxed out settings and still maintain steady and high frame rate.

 

Also, this monitor comes equipped with a FreeSync technology from AMD graphics card. That means superior gaming experience by further eliminating image tearing and choppiness, as it can synchronize frame rate from 30Hz to 144Hz. Higher Hz of course, is an advantage for FPS games, while 60Hz shows that even the movement of the mouse looks smooth.

 

Packed with Gaming-Convenient Features

As with any quality gaming monitor in the market, this AGON monitor comes packed with cool and convenient features all aimed to provide better gaming experience, such as:

Shadow Control Feature – this utility feature helps gamers see better in dark areas of the games. It works by brightening up dark corners of the screen when needed be, all without affecting the quality or the lighting of the rest of the screen. This is very useful feature for generally dark games, as it will be easier to see and spot enemies and objects.

Flicker-Free Technology – this utility feature is a common feature among quality gaming monitors, as it helps provide eye-friendly screen for gamers. It works by eliminating harmful blue light coming from the screen, allowing gamers to play and log on more hours in the game without hurting their eyes.

 

Dual Monitor or Triple Monitor Setup

The backside of this monitor’s cabinet features VESA-compatible holes. This means users who want a more flexible and versatile setup for this monitor can ditch the factory-provided stand opt for aftermarket monitor stand, or mounts for a more ergonomic setup. Or better yet, for dual monitor or multi-monitor setups, which would be awesome for gaming for more immersive experience.. Here are a couple of good options for multiple monitor setups.

AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm (image from Amazon)


If you’re looking for a dual monitor LCD arm that can support your two 27-inch monitor, but don’t have the budget to spend for premium products, then you can opt for AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm. This product comes with an affordable price tag, but don’t mistake its price for low quality, as it can certainly stand against the best in the market today.

Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm (image from Amazon)


If you want a more versatile setup that allows you to stack one monitor on top of the other, you can opt for Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm. This dual monitor arm allows you to put two 28-inch display side by side, or even put one on top of the other. It is made up of solid polished aluminum construction, with high quality materials. It’s equipped with Constant Force (CF) technology, which is Ergotron’s patented technology that holds monitors securely in place, and still allows smooth, convenient adjustment for optimum ergonomics.

 

 

Design and Features

AOC AGON AG271QX (image from Amazon)


AOC AGON AG271QX sports a familiar matte-black finish made plastic bezel with brushed material at the bottom, giving it a nice and elegant touch. The bezels are thin, measuring only around 12mm on top and sides, and 17mm at the bottom. The screen itself is coated with a medium anti-glare matte finish, which effectively eliminates glares and reflections without compromising picture quality. The red logo and silver base adds to the overall elegant look of this gaming monitor. Aesthetic wise, this AOC monitor is without pleasing to look at, especially from the back where brushed red lines looked like wings.

 

Buttons and Controls

The OSD (on-screen display) buttons are located on the right bottom side of the monitor, underneath the screen. AOC have provided the iMenu software to adjust the OSD settings, which provides access to the OSD other than the physical buttons. There’s of course, the QuickSwitch, which will be discussed later.

 

The menu is super user-friendly, which offers wide range of adjustments. The Luminance settings lets you fine tune all the standard settings, such as Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, Dynamic Contrast Ratio and swap between the presets. For the presets, it has Text, Internet, Game, Movie, Sport and Eco Mode for to save on power consumption.

For the Image Setup section lets you set the Image Frame position on screen, while Color Setup lets you choose color temperature settings, namely Cool, sRGB, Normal and User Defined (configure RGB color levels). There’s also the settings for volume adjustment of the built-in speaker and controls for a timer.

One of the highlights of the AOC AGON AG271QX is its Picture Boost mode, where users can choose Bright Frame option, allowing users to set a custom brightness and contrast for specific areas of the screen, which is done by choosing through x and y coordinates of the screen.

For the Game Settings, choices include presets for FPS, RTS and Racing games, as well as three customizable profiles where users can set Shadow Control, adjust color through AOC Game Control and configure color saturation and grayscale levels, enable and disable Low Input Lag mode.

Extra Menu section provides access to input selection, Aspect Ratio, auto-configure feature, off timer settings, DDC/DCI, and restore factory defaults.

 

Introducing the QuickSwitch Controller

AOC AGON AG271QX (image from Amazon)


For fast and easy access of the three customized game modes of this monitor, AOC provided the QuickSwitch controller, which allows users to set their preferred brightness, contrast, and other essential gaming features easily as well as switch to their preferred presets, anytime they want. It’s a small and handy device that connects through the mini USB port. This eliminates the need to pause the game to change the settings, giving users the ability to adjust various settings during gameplay with a simple click of a button.

 

 

Connectivity Options

AOC AGON AG271QX (image from Amazon)


AOC AGON AG271QX basically has all the inputs you could ask for, from VGA, Dual-Link DVI, HDMI 2.0, HDMI-HML, and Display Port Connections. There are also four USB 3.0 ports, with one works as a fast-charging port. For MHL-enabled HDMI, users can connect their devices (smart devices) to the monitor, charge it simultaneously while opening and viewing multimedia files to the monitor.

The DisplayPort or DVI Dual-Link cable also maximizes the 144Hz refresh rate, which gets rid of annoying ghosting effects, and ensuring smooth rendering of fast-moving action and dramatic transitions.

For audio input, there’s the audio line-in/headphone out.

 

Decent 3W Speakers for General Computing

AOC AGON AG271QX (image from Amazon)


Like its sibling, this AOC AGON variety also comes equipped with a built-in speaker. It is however, a slightly better pair of speakers, as they’re 3W instead of 2W. They’re generous additions, but we can’t really expect much about the speakers, they sound tinny when set at the highest volume level, and lacks the bass to be impressive. Nevertheless, they’re a decent audio source for general computing, or even for gaming.

 

Adjustable, Steady and Versatile Stand

AOC AGON AG271QX (image from Amazon)


As with many AOC products, the stand that comes with AG271QX is quite steady and versatile. Made up of all aluminum material, the stand curves in a V shape, giving the monitor its modern gaming look. It can be titled smoothly, swivel left and right, pivot 90 degrees to switch from landscape to portrait orientation, and adjust in height. The stand also comes with a measuring unit that lets you keep track of your preferred height settings.

 

Tech Specs

Bottom Line

With its well-engineered look and dazzling gaming performance, AOC AGON AG271QX will definitely amp your gaming experience, all for a reasonable price. It comes equipped with wide variety of connectivity options, as well as ergonomic functionalities, giving users features that make gaming even more interesting and enjoyable.

It runs at TN panel, which means viewing angel is far from fantastic. Colors are washed out as well. However, that also means it has the ultra-fast response time for gaming. In terms of colour accuracy, it is quite impressive, considering the restrictions set by its panel. It averages Delta E of 0.8, which means though it’s not the best, it can work as a decent display for editing photos, and videos, which makes a good screen for editors and graphic designers who love to play games. That is of course, after careful and meticulous calibration.

 

Gaming wise of course, AOC AGON AG271QX is among the best in the market. Also, the response time can even be reduced further using Overdrive. Strong overdrive however, can cause noticeable ghosting which can be unpleasant from time to time. To compare however, both Asus ROG Swift PG279 and ViewSonic XG2703-GS don’t have ghosting when ramped up to overdrive. You can get the sweet spot at medium overdrive settings.

All in all, it’s safe to say that the AOC AGON AG271QX is an extremely good gaming monitor, and a superb all-rounder. Build wise it is undeniably fantastic, plus it comes with wide range of inputs and outputs for users’ convenience.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!



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