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Many gamers seek a flexible monitor which combines strong SDR and HDR image quality with good responsiveness. The AOC AG274QZM of the AGON Pro series aims to deliver this. The screen has the usual dark metallic-effect red and black colour scheme, with down-firing logo projector that can project one of two logo designs onto the desk in your preferred colour choice. Or disabled for you minimalists out there. Customisable ‘LightFX’ LEDs are also found at the bottom of the screen. The stand base is mainly coated metal, for a weighty and premium feel. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen and slender hard plastic outer part. A detachable ‘shadow shield’ shading hood is included to help minimise glare. The OSD can be controlled with a wired ‘QuickSwitch’ remote or a joystick found at the rear of the screen, towards the right side as viewed from the front.
A 27″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) IPS-type panel is used, possibly the Innolux M270KMB-EFB. A 240Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync – including Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ and AMD FreeSync with 48 – 240Hz VRR range plus LFC assumed. Other aspects of note include a matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178/178° viewing angles and 10-bit colour support. A Mini LED backlight with 576 dimming zones is included, which we believe is a Quantum Dot LED based solution (‘InnoLED’). The screen has 97% DCI-P3 coverage specified alongside 149% sRGB (suggesting strong Adobe RGB coverage, too), plus a typical maximum luminance of 750 cd/m² (1200 cd/m² HDR peak). The monitor can respond to HDR10 content in a highly dynamic way, with VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification included. This allows the Mini LED backlight to be put too good use to pump out strong brightness and offer effective local dimming to enhance contrast, whilst allowing the wide gamut to be put to good use alongside 10-bit colour reproduction.
Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included for a potentially more relaxing viewing experience, whilst a 1ms grey to grey response time is specified and ‘low input lag’ mentioned. As usual, approach specified response times with caution. The rear includes further customisable ‘LightFX’ LEDs at either side, a retractable headphone hook and a dark red coloured cable tidy. The stand attaches centrally with a quick-release mechanism allowing quick detachment, revealing 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The stand offers full ergonomic adjustment, including 120mm (4.72 inches) height adjustment and pivot into portrait. The ports face downwards and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’), 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, 2 DP 1.4 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C (65W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports plus upstream and a 3.5mm mic jack. KVM functionality is included, allowing easy sharing of USB peripherals and the display signal between 2 systems. The monitor may include a 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) downsampling setting that runs up to 120Hz, allowing games consoles such as the Xbox Series X and PS5 to use HDMI 2.1 with their full signal capabilities. 2 x 5W DTS speakers are also included and PbP functionality supported.
Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is due June 2022 for ~£1000 – no confirmation of US release currently.