HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort or VGA output; compatible AMD GPU for FreeSync use; spare USB 3.0 port for hub power
AOC’s new premium range of gaming monitors has recently been released under the Agon brand name, with the monitors ranging in size and having an AG prefix.
What we have here is the entry-level model of the group, the Agon AG241QX. This 23.8” TN display boasts a fantastic range of features: 144Hz refresh rate, 8-bit color without dithering, 1ms response time, dynamic contrast ration of 50,000,000:1, 170/160O viewing angles, AMD FreeSync support and a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1440.
Connectivity is equally superb, with VGA, DVI, a pair of HDMI ports and a single DisplayPort. AOC has also included a four-port USB 3.0 hub, spread over the underside of the monitor and the right-hand side, with one of the ports colored yellow and catering for fast charging devices. There are a couple of microphone and headphone ports added to the side-mounted USB section too.
Other features include a USB remote, fashioned in the same sharp-angled design and colors as the monitor itself, an antenna-like swivel headphone stand around the rear of the screen and ample ergonomics in the form of 130mm height adjustment, tilt, swivel and pivot. In the case of the height adjustment, there’s a millimeter scale ‘ruler’ and movable red marker to help you quickly put the screen back into your ideal position, should it be moved.
The design of the monitor is certainly eye-catching; the gaming element, with a semi-aggressive sharp lines and contours makes for an interesting but also quite stylish look. The screen itself has a matte-black finish with a reasonably thin bezel, with the bottom section of the bezel having a kind of brushed aluminium effect. We assume this is to help the Agon logo stand out along with the icons for the OSD buttons.
With plenty of connectivity and ergonomics, AOC has hit the nail on the head here.
In terms of output quality, the Agon AG241QX doesn’t disappoint. Despite it being just a 24” monitor (although there’s nothing wrong with 24” screens, most gaming displays these days are using 27 inches as the entry level), the AG241QX looks very good indeed. The color depth is great, there’s no perceivable screen lag and the image is bright and clear. Admittedly, having 2560 x 1440 on a smaller screen does feel a little strange at first, but you soon become accustomed to it, and before long you ignore the screen size and focus on what’s going on.
It’s good to see AOC adopting the low blue light technology that rival BenQ frequently uses on its range of monitors. While a lot of games won’t necessarily use this feature, it allows the AG241QX to sell itself to non-gamers who still demand a high-quality screen.
The AOC Agon AG241QX is a great gaming monitor and one that’s priced quite reasonably too. For around £310, you’re getting a lot of connectivity and technology for your money, plus the screen quality is certainly better than you’d find on most of the competition’s displays. If it’s a performance 24” screen you’re after, then this will tick all the right boxes, mm David Hayward
A great gaming monitor, with tons of technology on offer