We’re no strangers to AOC products here at GReviews as we have been sent a fair amount of products from them to review over the past year but this one may just top the lot. Now, masterpiece is not a word I throw about often unless I’m doing my impression of LT. Aldo Raine from the end of Inglorious Basterds, but I feel it’s the word that should be used when talking about this monitor.
If you’ve seen the previous version of this monitor, the AG352UCG, then imagine what that looked like and add more black to the equation. The once silver stand has now been given that all important black finish and although its something so simple it makes the monitor look totally different.
The monitor is still housed in a 15mm bezel and I like how they have opted not to go for this new fad of borderless frames when it comes to monitors. It doesn’t make the monitor look any less attractive either because once you power it up you get a nice colour glow from the bottom of the bezel and also from the back of the monitor.
For a monitor of this size would you expect anything less from AOC? This beast will take up all 35 inches of your desk space and may have some people reinforcing desk legs as it weighs in at almost a whopping 12kg. Yes you read that correctly 12kg so mix that with the packaging and it could be a two man job when setting it up. I even had to move my beloved TV out of the way as there wasn’t enough space.
The stand does a great job of balancing this mammoth and comes with great height adjustment of up to 120mm. There is also your usual swivel and tilt functions which have a good threshold so you can get the perfect position for that all important gaming. The stand itself is screwed into place via the back of the monitor but the same place can also be used to attach a VESA mount if you would like it on your wall.
The OSD has a lot of options for the user and is easily navigated using a small joystick underneath the screen which will also act as your power button for the monitor. The OSD has all the normal settings you would find including the control for the ambient lighting which can be set to red, green or blue and also comes with various different brightness levels.
Lastly, let us not forget the delightful little add-on which has become synonymous with AOC. So simple and I still think it is a stroke of genius; the small handle AOC add to their gaming monitors for you to hang your headset from. Nothing groundbreaking, but still a nice touch.
Given the size of this thing you would expect a few bells and whistles along the way in terms of connectivity for devices. Well, the AGON AG352UCG6 comes with integrated stereo speakers that are great for adding a piece of background music while working on your computer, HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2 inputs, headphone out, and a two-port USB 3.0 hub.
AGON AG352UCG6 uses a VA Panel and the panel has a specification of 2,500:1 static contrast ratio, 300-nit peak brightness, 178-degree viewing angles, true 8-bit color depth with 100% sRGB color gamut and a 4ms response time. The screen resolution is a superb 3440×1440 which even at times given the size of the monitor I was overwhelmed with. The curve makes it easier for your eyes as when you add a curve to a monitor you don’t have to move your eyes as much to view certain parts of the screen and thus puts less strain on your peepers.
This is where the AGON AG352UCG6 really shines through. This monitor will have you asking for more and just wanting to carry on gaming. With the added bonus of G-Sync, providing you have an NVidia graphics card, you should find gaming an absolute dream. There’s always two games I always test when reviewing monitors, the first being CS:GO and the second being Battlefield 1. The reason for this is because CS:GO is a fast FPS and Battlefield 1 is slower with more squad base action going on around you. CS:GO played fine without really any issues, however I did notice there was slight delay in response time and noticed a small amount of ghosting when playing, but other then that the monitor held its own. Plus lets be honest CS:GO was never really built to look spectacular was it?
Battlefield 1 for me is where this monitor showed its true potential. Everything looked so much better then it did using my old monitor or TV. On my previous monitor which does not include G-Sync, playing a game as heavily demanding as BF1, I would get a shit-tonne of screen tearing or refresh rate issues, but with this machine and the help of G-Sync that was a thing of the past. The refresh rate is 120Hz which is double the refresh rate of my regular AOC monitor. This is a constant reminder for me to invest in a new monitor at some point. The colours were vibrant and with shadow control on I could see pretty much everything BF1 had to offer. AOC Shadow Control will enable fast adjustment of the in-game image to improve areas of the screen that are too dark or washed out, without affecting the rest of the screen.