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Update: We’re currently reviewing this model. News piece below initially published 29th July 2021.
With significantly improvements made to the pixel responsiveness of IPS technology in recent years, there’s been a focus on driving up refresh rates. Providing an experience that both casual and competitive gamers can enjoy. The AOC AG254FG of the AGON PRO series is focused primarily on competitive and esports gaming with a 360Hz refresh rate. The monitor includes various black and red elements and includes a detachable ‘shadow shield’ hood, designed to reduce glare. Dual-stage bezels are employed with slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen, plus a slender hard plastic outer part. ‘Light FX’ lighting provides a customisable RGB lighting strip on the bottom bezel, with an additional LED light projector. Which projects one of two logo designs onto the desk beneath the screen, in a colour of your choice. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick at the rear, towards the right side as viewed from the front. Or alternatively using the included wired OSD remote.
A 24.5″ 1920 x 1080 (Full HD or 1080p) IPS-type panel is employed, an AUO AHVA panel more specifically. The monitor supports a 360Hz refresh rate, with G-SYNC support provided via a module. A medium matte anti-glare screen surface is included, whilst 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles and a 1000:1 static contrast ratio is specified. True 8-bit colour is supported and a flicker-free WLED backlight provides 400 cd/m² peak luminance and 110% sRGB coverage. VESA DisplayHDR 400 support is included, which doesn’t require a particularly high luminance, local dimming or generous colour gamut. So only a basic HDR experience in other words, but still facilitating 10-bit colour processing via GPU dithering to enhance the nuanced shade variety. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are also provided for a more relaxing viewing experience.
A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, with a 0.5ms MPRT response time specified with the ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) strobe backlight setting used as an alternative to G-SYNC. As usual, take these figures with a pinch of salt. As a model with G-SYNC module, a key focus is on a low input lag and Reflex Latency Analyser is also supported. This allows overall system latency to be measured if you have a compatible Nvidia GPU and compatible mouse. Further ‘Light FX’ customisable RGB LED lighting elements are found at the rear, towards the sides – shown in red in the image below. The included stand attaches centrally using a quick-release mechanism and can be removed and replaced by an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution, if you wish. The stand offers full ergonomic flexibility, including height adjustment (130mm or 5.12 inches) and pivot into portrait. The ports face downwards and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’), DP 1.4, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and 4 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream). 2 x 5W DTS speakers are also included for potentially quite rich sound output.
Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$750 USD (£700).