AOC Agon, is the company’s gaming range. I have tested the 241QX, a 24-inch display with Adaptive-Sync (FreeSync), 1440p resolution and 144 hertz image rate.
The AOC Agon AG241QX has a 23.8-inch screen retains the gamer-required specifications of a 144Hz refresh rate and 2560 x 1440 resolution. As well as that, the Agon promises decent ergonomics, an array of connectivity options as well as a good-looking stand and VESA compatible screen mounting. All of this for £340.99 at Amazon UK.
The Agon monitors does have aggressive styling, as expected by anything built for gamers, but they have kept it subtle. The monitor is slender, measuring about 19mm (0.75 inches) at its thinnest point.
The screen can be tilted back 22 degrees or forwards by 4 degrees. You can also swivel the screen 20 degrees to the left and right. There is even a scale so you can remember the favourite settings.
The screen surface here is of a medium (regular) matte anti-glare finish. The matte black bezels are slim, with the top and sides coming in at around 12mm (0.47-inches) and the bottom, 19mm (0.75-inches). The bottom bezel has a brushed effect rather than a plain matte.
The OSD (On Screen Display) controls are located towards the right of the bottom bezel. These are nicely spaced and respond well. Unobtrusive white icons printed on the lower bezel indicate the button functions.
There is even a remote control that connects via mini-USB. This hands you shortcuts to your saved screen profiles and is an alternative way to control the monitor. The functionality of the OSD using both control methods is simple and well laid out.
The stand attaches centrally using a captive screw in the base and then 4 screws in order to attach the stand to the panel. Included in the bundle is a Vesa mounting plate, if you need it.
3W down-firing speakers are included at the rear. Which are not very powerful, but a useful addition.
There is AOC Flicker Free Technology and AOC Low Blue Light mode to ensure that your eyes aren’t overly strained during gaming marathons.
With AOC Shadow Control you can activate contrast enhancement for dark areas. This helps see those pesky would-be assassins lurking in dark corners. The same is true for the low-input lag mode, which virtually deactivates the postprocessing of the display in order to further improve the response time.
On the right side of the monitor you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm audio input and 2 USB 3.0 ports. The top, yellow USB port, supports fast-charging for compatible devices. Above these ports is a flick-out headphone hook. When not in use it is stored at the rear of the screen pointing upwards.
At the rear there is another pair of USB 3.0 ports (making 4 in total, plus upstream) and the DC power input.
Here you will also find Dual-Link DVI, HDMI 1.4 port (with MHL), HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2a (supports Adaptive-Sync), VGA, 3.5mm audio out, 3.5mm microphone jack and a mini-USB port for the OSD remote.
The metal stand is suprisingly heavy and solid. This is powder-coated with a forked design that offers good stability without an excessive footprint. It is adjustable and allows the monitor to be rotated, tilted, swiveled and raised up to 130 mm in height.
The 2560 x 1440 resolution (Quad HD) monitor uses a 23.8-inch TN (Twisted Nematic) panel with support for a 144Hz refresh rate. This panel offers true 8-bit colour without dithering and boasts a 1ms grey to grey response time.
DVI and HDMI 1.4 is limited to lower refresh rates at native resolution and is there for compatibility, including games consoles.
Included in the box is a VGA cable, HDMI cable, DVI cable, DP cable and 3.5mm audio cable as well.
The display reacts quickly, without streaking or other unpleasantness. The matte anti-glare finish to the panel did add some graininess to some lighter backgrounds. I really noticed this when typing out documents.
Colours are pretty accurate and are vibrant. As with most TN panels, though, there can be a feeling that some colours appear a little washed-out.
Most monitors with a 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution are 27-inch models. That adds up to a pixel density of 108.79 PPI (Pixels Per Inch). With this 23.8-inch screen the pixel density is increased to 123.41 PPI (13.4% higher than 27-inch WQHD models).
AOC’s AG241QX provides good picture quality with strong colours and contrast. When gaming I could not detect any problems. The display reacts quickly and without noticeable artifacts or tearing.
This is what the Agon range is all about.
I found the AG241QX perfect for first person shooters as well as high speed driving sims such as Project Cars.
Colour and contrast is pretty darned good but there is the usual brightening towards the edges that you have to expect with these panels.
Forza Horizon 3 played smoothly with good response times and fast rendering even when driving flat out.
CS:GO was nice and fast. Switching to Overdrive in the Gaming section of the OSD gives improved response times with just a small amount of ghosting.
The viewing angles are a little narrower than some other monitors at 170 degrees horizontal and 160 degrees vertical – most come in at 178 degrees. At really extreme angles you will notice some yellowing (from the sides) or green tinging (from the bottom up) but, from straight on or even at slight angles you will be fine.
Easy to get a good viewing position
Plenty of input options and USB ports
Good, solid stand that doesn't take up much foot space
OSD remote is very handy
Great picture performance
Narrower viewing angles than some
Can appear a little grainy on whites
Agon AG241QX review conclusion
The AG241QX is a great gaming monitor. It looks good, has plenty of scope for adjustments to tailor it to the user, it runs quickly and smoothly.
The AOC AGON AG241QX makes good use its 2560 x 1440 panel with a screen area measuring 23.8-inch on the diagonal. This combination works well with increased pixel density and overall screen room.
There is little to dislike, but I’d say the anti-glare coating was a bit too heavy-handed. Also, having to screw the panel to the stand is a little dated (no tools supplied).
You can buy the AG241QX right now for £340.99 from Amazon UK.