Today AOC is announcing two new gaming monitors to their AGON line-up, adding in a 24.5” 240Hz TN model in the form of the AG251FZ2E, and a new 27” 165Hz NanoIPS model with the AG273QXP.

The 27” AG273QXP is the more interesting release today as this is the company’s first ever FreeSync compatible 1440p 165Hz IPS offering, representing a notable and more versatile offering versus the G-Sync-only AG271QG from 2017. AOC switches up display panels and adopts for the first time a new LG NanoIPS unit which offers considerable upgrades such as a move to 1ms GtG response times.

The 16:9 2560 x 1440 resolution display furthermore offers outstanding gamut characteristics covering up to 133% of sRGB and 98% of AdobeRGB and DCI-P3 gamuts. The new panel also allows the screen higher brightness levels, now reaching up to 350cd/m². Contrast ratio is at a common figure of 1000:1, in line with other IPS displays.

It’s to be noted that the display lacks any HDR certification, but is HDR ready in that it’s able to convert and display a HDR signal, although without the specular highlight retention.

Being a gaming-branded monitor, we naturally see a gaming-oriented design, with an unusual elevated three-foot stand that might not be to everybody’s preference in terms of space usage. The stand does offer adjustments options in all the expected directions such as pivoting, rotation, swivel and tilt, and if you wish do employ your own stand, the monitor has a 75mm VESA mount support. The back of the monitor features RGB ambient lighting.

Connectivity-wise, we see two DisplayPort 1.4 ports and two HDMI 2.0 ports, as well as a USB-hub capability with two USB 3.2 ports, alongside a 3.5mm headphone jack output. The monitor features no speakers.

The other monitor released today is the new AG251FZ2E, the new monitor is a refresh and successor to the original AG251FZ that was released in 2017 and the 2019 update, the AG251FZ2. This means that like its predecessors, this is a 240Hz 1920 x 1080 TN-panel display which comes with both the traditional strengths and weaknesses. Strengths of course are the monitors fast response-times, which can be decreased from 1ms GtG to 0.5ms with help of black frame insertion thanks to a strobing in-sync backlight.

The new model improves the stand with a more robust and compact foot that is able to save on desk space.

AOC new AGON Gaming Monitors
  AG251FZ2E AG273QXP
Panel 24.5" TN 27" IPS
Native Resolution 1920 × 1080 (16:9) 2560 × 1440 (16:9)
Maximum Refresh Rate 240 Hz 165 Hz
Response Time 1ms GtG
0.5ms MPRT
1 ms GtG
Brightness 400 cd/m² (typical) 350 cd/m² (typical)
Contrast 1000:1 1000:1
Backlighting WLED
no PWM
WLED
no PWM
Viewing Angles 170°/160° horizontal/vertical 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature 0R 0R
Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9
Color Gamut 102% sRGB/BT.709 133% sRGB/BT.709
98.6% AdobeRGB
98.1 DCI-P3
DisplayHDR Tier None HDR Ready
(Signal conversion)
Dynamic Refresh Rate AMD FreeSync
48 - 240Hz
AMD FreeSync
48 - 165Hz
Pixel Pitch 0.311 mm² 0.233 mm²
Pixel Density 110 PPI 110 PPI
Inputs 2 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 2.0
× HDMI 1.4
1 × DVI
1 ×VGA
2 × DisplayPort 1.4
2 × HDMI 2.0
Audio 3.5 mm output 3.5 mm output
USB Hub USB 3.0 x 4 USB 3.2 x 2
Stand Pivot, Rotation, Swivel, Tilt

VESA: 100x100
Pivot, Rotation, Swivel, Tilt

VESA: 75x75

RGB Back Lights
MSRP 409€ 489€

AOC's AG251FZ2E and AG273QXP will be available in August 2020 with a MSRP of respectively €409 and €489.

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  • Cellar Door - Friday, July 31, 2020 - link

    So they are pricing the LG panel higher then LG? Not to mention that the is a slew of 240hz TN for way less.

    This isn't a smart move like their 24G2 or 27G2 IPS 144hz that offer excellent value.
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  • close - Friday, July 31, 2020 - link

    It's those LEDs on the back. They make everything better. Reply
  • Samus - Saturday, August 1, 2020 - link

    You'd think they could actually put some money into PWM backlighting if they were going to throw gimmicks at the ambilight ripoff Reply
  • brucethemoose - Saturday, August 1, 2020 - link

    Isnt PWM backlighting bad? Analog brightness adjustment = no flicker. Reply
  • JlHADJOE - Saturday, August 1, 2020 - link

    Agreed. I can't think of any single case where PWM is better. Reply
  • imaheadcase - Friday, July 31, 2020 - link

    Stop it! The market is so saturated with these type i'm surprised they are not being given away to people. I can't believe they are priced so high still. Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Friday, July 31, 2020 - link

    If people weren't dumb enough to buy them, they wouldn't be making them. That being said, 409 euro is ridiculous for a 24" 1080p TN monitor. I don't care what the refresh rate is. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Friday, July 31, 2020 - link

    That guy with the full face mask and shoulder bird in their marketing images, who is that targeted at? Its really creepy looking. I think I would buy some other monitor specifically to avoid Deadface McGee and his "lookit-mah-gunz-duh-hyuck!" pose. Reply
  • brucethemoose - Friday, July 31, 2020 - link

    I've had a 1440p/110hz monitor for about 9 years, and I paid $450 for it, shipped from Korea.

    Its not DCI-P3... but still, it seems like these 1440p monitor advances have slowed to a crawl, which is curious since one can get more HDR-capable 43" TVs for less money these days. Some will even take 1440p120 input.
    Reply
  • brucethemoose - Friday, July 31, 2020 - link

    *and support freesync as well Reply

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