In the past we have reviewed our fair share of AOC gaming monitors and they have all done a stand up job when it comes to gaming. However, many of you may have noticed that quality comes with a very high price tag. Well AOC have thought about this and have decided to deliver a great G-Sync ready monitor for those with a mid-range budget. With that said I give to you the AGON AG241QG, the gaming monitor that gives you 2560 x 1440 resolution and an impressive 165Hz refresh rate at a decent price.
If you’ve ever seen an AOC gaming monitor you will know by now that they’re all about a stylish sleek design made to stand out from the crowd. The AG241QG falls in line perfectly as you can see from the pictures. The panel is housed by a slim line bezel with a black finish and the classic red AGON calligraphy along the bottom bezel. The stand comes with a great silver metal finish to it and the back-end sports a very nice scarlet crimson chevron design. The stand of course can be removed from the back panel and allows the user to use a VESA mount for those of you who like to have your monitor on a wall or an arm.
There are several different adjustments that can be made using the stand and it will allow users to swivel the monitor around 20 degrees horizontally in both directions and a tilt that will range from anywhere between minus 5 and around 23 degrees. Of course, for the taller gamers out there like myself the stand has a great height adjustment which will get to around 21 inches in height and a marker is even printed on the side of the stand so you know exactly what height the monitor was positioned to in case it gets knocked or moved. The 90 degree orientation feature is not something I use personally but is a handy feature to have should you need to adjust your screen so you can use it in a portrait mode.
Lastly on the right hand side is a small fold away hook which has been designed for you to hang your headset over when not in use.
The AG241QG comes with your standard array of connectivity with the video input being your normal HDMI port and DisplayPort. Naturally using the DisplayPort will allow you to reap the benefits of the glorious technology that is G-Sync and I for one would definitely recommend using it at any given opportunity. Of course no AGON monitor would be complete without an abundance of USB 3.0 ports for you to connect devices until your heart is content.
On the back we have two normal USB ports and one USB type B with another two USB ports located on the right hand side of the monitor. Still to this day it baffles me what kind of devices you would need to plug into all these ports, but then again I’m a man of simple things and like to keep everything neat and tidy when it comes to cabling etc. One of the side USB ports however does have a small lightening bolt next to it which indicates a fast charging port allowing you to quickly charge a mobile device such as a phone or tablet. Very handy indeed.
In terms of connectivity there is a crazy amount at your fingertips for you to use and this is something AOC will always hand gamers because they know how important it is for some people to have multiple devices connected all at once and I personally think they have given these people what they want.
The AG241QG offers a tremendous resolution of 2560 x 1440 with a refresh rate of 165Hz. If you even know a little bit about PC gaming you will know that this monitor would be an excellent choice for just that feature alone. With the added G-Sync technology which allows the monitor to match the refresh rate of your graphics card frame output it will then take all that nasty screen tearing you may have experienced in the past and remove it from your life by unceremoniously binning it.
Normally I would hammer something like BF1 or CS:GO when testing monitors, but for this review I thought I would take a different route and test drive Far Cry 5 on it. Overall the performance of the monitor was fantastic. Colours were vibrant, dark corners had exceptional detail in them and screen tearing literally has no meaning anymore. I have previously played this game on my standard AOC monitor and when things get hairy which they often do in Far Cry 5 I seem to run into all kinds of issues when it comes to refresh rate and response time. This beauty on the other hand ran like a dream and is a monitor I would recommend to any gamer out there. The real hero in all of this however is the technology of G-Sync but none-the-less great work all round.
Most AGON monitors now come with a Shadow Control option, this basically allows a black stabilisation solution that will let the user lighten up darker portions of an image without effecting the brighter areas. It is a very nice option to have especially when plenty of modern games have heavy shadows built in to obscure details or enemies as part of the gameplay and to heighten the gaming experience.