AOC Agon AG352QCX is a game monitor with a large diagonal, combining a high refresh rate of 200 Hz with AdaptiveSync support and various ergonomic adjustment functions. The monitor is characterized by aggressive game design, it will attract attention to the gamer’s desk, and the price from 650 euros s is quite reasonable. But how does the monitor show itself in practice? You will learn about this in our review.
Game displays have been separated for several years into a separate segment of the monitor market, but manufacturers usually overprice them. Typically, gaming displays are equipped with the latest technology, support a high refresh rate of the panel, high resolution, have a large diagonal and aggressive design.
Our test model AOC Agon AG352QCX also refers to gaming displays, but the price 650 euros is quite reasonable. On gaming technologies, there is no need to make compromises. The monitor supports FreeSync technology, as well as a high refresh rate of 200 Hz. All this allows you to immerse yourself in the game without artifacts, such as tearing the frame. Also AOC will please gamers with a stylish case with backlight and an interesting management concept.
However, some sacrifices have to be brought. AOC decided to reduce AOC Agon AG352QCX resolution to 2.560 x 1.080 pixels, which is not so much for a large 35-inch MVA panel. Therefore, the visual quality will be worse than the panels with a higher resolution, but the refresh rate can reach 200 Hz. Not without the curvature of the panel, AOC chose a radius of 2.000 mm.
With game monitors, manufacturers are not afraid to experiment, so they often get the most bizarre design. In addition, it can not do without lighting. AOC was no exception, the design of the AGON line turned out to be quite unusual, here the monitor is not inferior to the same Predator or ROG models from Acer and ASUS.
We did not receive any surprises on the coloring. The monitor is dominated by a black coloration, which is adorned with silvery elements. The case is made of glossy black plastic, which looks beautiful, but “attracts” fingerprints. AOC has chosen a classic frame with a thickness of about 15 mm, so several monitors can be combined.
On the side, the flexure of the VA panel is clearly visible. The radius is 2.000 mm, the panel is curved much more strongly, than at the first generation of similar displays. A more substantial bend improves immersion in games. Among the 34-inch models you can find panels with an even stronger curvature with a radius of 1.800 mm, but there are no significant differences in practice from the monitor being tested.
AOC Agon AG352QCX monitor stands out as a beautiful stand. The supports are quite widely spaced, as a result, the rack not only looks original, but also provides good stability. Despite this stance, AOC did not sacrifice the possibility of adjusting ergonomics, which we’ll talk about a little later. It’s also nice that AOC left the VESA wall mount 100×100 mm, so the monitor can be attached to various brackets.
But the 35-inch monitor stands out not only the rack. From behind you can see large silvery components resembling wings. However, the appearance is a matter of taste.
We did not have any complaints about the quality of making any complaints, all components fit well, there are no uneven gaps. But the quality of the materials could be slightly higher.
The interface panel provides the most important inputs for DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI, but there is also a hereditary D-Sub, which is hardly worth using. On the right you can see the micro-USB port, but it is used to connect an external control panel.
In a separate segment on the left, AOC carried out data transfer ports. Namely two USB 3.0 ports in Type A format for connecting peripherals. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to connect plugs to the touch, so these ports are more intended for permanent connection of devices, for example, a mouse and a keyboard. You can, of course, and charge the smartphone, but in this case it is best to leave the cable always connected to the USB port of the monitor.
After turning on the monitor, the design begins to play with new colors, because the backlight is activated. And not only the silvery “wings” are illuminated, but also the lower part of the display frame. You can change the intensity of the backlight and choose a color.
If you like to play headphones, then surely useful folding holder on the right. It has a simple construction, but it copes with its work.
On the ergonomics of the 35-inch AOC monitor, you do not have to go for compromises. The height of the panel can be adjusted in the range of 120 mm. It is enough to allow you to set the position of the panel for comfortable work. The slope of the panel can be changed from -5 ° to + 35 °, it is also possible to rotate the monitor in both directions by 30 °. The rotation function does not exist in portrait mode, but it is not needed for such a large panel.
As a result, the AOC monitor is well suited to the office environment, although it is not targeted at it.
On management AOC has chosen a very original approach. But let’s start with the classic control panel on the monitor. AOC Agon AG352QCX, following modern fashion, has only one control. In the center of the bottom frame is a mini-joystick, which does not disturb the appearance of the monitor. Recently, we have seen a similar approach in many LG models or, for example, the ASUS MX34V. In practice, this concept works quite convincingly. It’s easy to get to the mini-joystick, although the trigger point is tactilely felt not so well – here LG has a clear advantage.
AOC, unlike ASUS, did not install additional buttons, so you can not confuse anything.
But AOC also added the ability to navigate with arrows and buttons. A wired QuickSwitch control panel is connected to the monitor. For QuickSwitch, the rear panel has a Micro-USB connector. The console consists of eight buttons, divided into two columns. The design corresponds to the AGON game line, the red buttons are framed with black glossy inserts. The arrangement of the buttons is not so convenient, especially for the arrows. But you can directly call different profiles. On our, navigation through the on-screen menu is more convenient to do with the joystick, and on the QuickSwitch controller you could take out the direct function buttons.
We did not receive any special surprises in the on-screen menu. AOC chose the traditional menu design at the bottom of the screen. The menu structure is quite logical and understandable. Although the menu may seem outdated compared to some competitors. Navigation through the menu a little “slows down,” and it’s annoying that only one action is processed at a time. For example, you can not skip a few menu items with fast joystick movements.
The game functions of the 35-inch monitor are highlighted in a separate menu item. There you can activate the game mode (and other modes), adjust the Overdrive power in four steps (off, weak, normal, strong), turn on AOC Shadow Control technology that illuminates the most dark parts of the screen without affecting the rest of the image.
AOC Agon AG352QCX is a large display, but its resolution is not as high as we would like. But we get a relatively low level of energy consumption. We ran tests at a brightness level of 150 cd / m², the monitor showed a power consumption of 27.4 watts. Models with a higher resolution usually consume 7 watts more.
As we already noted above, the AOC Agon AG352QCX has a relatively low resolution of 2.560 x 1.080 pixels. Despite the 35-inch diagonal, you get no more pixels in the vertical than the 24-inch panels. A 2.560 pixels in width are quite typical for 27-inch monitors. That is, the 35-inch AOC monitor on the desktop will not give as much space as the higher-resolution model. And the picture quality is not so good. If you are demanding on quality, you should choose a monitor with a resolution of 3.440 x 1.440 pixels.
AOC uses an MVA panel with a radius of curvature of 2.000 mm. In games and movies, the curved panel provides a deeper dive than in the case of a flat monitor. Feelings are as if you are directly involved. In the first generation of curved panels, the curvature was not so significant, in this case the immersion effect is much stronger.
As you would expect from an MVA panel, AOC Agon AG352QCX gives a very contrasting picture. On the other hand, the viewing angles are not so good. They are wider than the TN panels, but still the same IPS. However, if you sit directly in the center in front of the display, you will hardly notice anomalies. But watching a movie in a company, for example, will not be so convenient.
As you can guess by design, AOC aimed at gamers. And in games, a low resolution can really give its advantages. Of course, compared with the same resolution of 3.440 x 1.440 pixels, the image quality drops noticeably, but the load on the video card will be less. That is, the monitor will cope with a less powerful graphics card.
Another advantage of the selected resolution is the high refresh rate. Monitors with high resolution for today are limited to 100 Hz – the DisplayPort port, unfortunately, can not provide a higher bandwidth. Due to the lower resolution of AOC Agon AG352QCX, the refresh rate can reach 200 Hz. In practice, the high refresh rate shows itself perfectly, the game becomes very responsive, it feels that the actions of the gamer are transferred into the game instantly. However, the MVA panel for dynamic games does not fit so well. For MVA panels, as in the case of our monitor, there is a noticeable afterglow on moving objects. Overdrive settings in this case can improve the situation, but only up to a certain level. When the Overdrive mode is too strong, artifacts of overshooting appear. We did not feel the delay of the input.
As usual, FreeSync technology has proven itself in practice, preventing frame breaks and other artifacts.
In the OSD menu there is a game section in which there are different settings, but there is not the same sight or the fps indicator, unlike ASUS.
As we expected, the 35 “MVA panel showed excellent contrast: the result of 2.715: 1 can be called one of the best among the tested models.The brightness was also convincing, we received a maximum of 393 cd / m², the average level was 338 cd / m². The light in the AOC Agon AG352QCX is not so good.With the darkest and brightest areas, we got a difference of 85 cd / m², noticeable to the naked eye.The uniformity was 78%.
If you decide to choose the “normal” color rendering for AOC Agon AG352QCX, no additional adjustments will be required. The 35-inch monitor has a white point temperature of 6.582 K, which is pretty close to ideal.
With an average value of DeltaE 1.01, all colors are transmitted quite accurately.
Large game displays are at the peak of fashion today, but most models are quite expensive. However, if you are ready to sacrifice some functions, you can save. Yes, and upgrade the video card is not required. It is these users that are targeted by Agon AG352QCX from AOC. In practice, the monitor proved to be very successful in many characteristics, but it should also take into account the shortcomings.
The Agon line is positioned to compete with the ROG and Predator game families, as seen from the bright but quite stylish design. AOC traditionally for its game segment combined black, red and silver shades. Note also the original rack, which contributes to the overall design. Behind the monitor is decorated with silver “wings”, to which after switching on red light is added, so AOC Agon AG352QCX can attract attention to the gamer’s desk. Of course, the appearance is a matter of taste, but the game focus of the AOC monitor is noticeable at a glance. Quality of manufacturing of censures does not cause, we receive a full panel of interfaces, including USB for fast charging. Why did the manufacturer add the old VGA input – remains a mystery to us.
AF352QCX has proven itself in the field of ergonomics. The stand provides a stable position of the monitor on the desktop, while it is possible to adjust the height of the panel with a decent range, it can be rotated left or right. As for controlling the monitor, in addition to the mini-joystick in the center of the panel from below, there is a wired controller. Conveniently, it allows you to directly switch profiles. The screen menu itself seems to somebody old-fashioned, but the range of functions is convincing. Due to low resolution, we received a low level of power consumption, a 35-inch monitor consumed energy even less than many 34-inch monitors.
In day-to-day operation, the 2.560 x 1.080 resolution of the MVA panel used by AOC leads to its limitations, there is not much room on the desktop. As you would expect from the MVA panel, we get a first-class contrast and a high level of brightness, but the uniformity of the backlight is not the best. It’s nice that the color temperature is set neutral.
On the side, a bend of the panel with a radius of 2.000 mm is clearly visible, which improves immersion in games and films. Gamers may even like the low resolution, because they do not have to upgrade the video card, and the DisplayPort bandwidth is sufficient for the refresh rate of 200 Hz. In practice, the monitor felt very responsive, the player’s actions were instantly transferred to the game. But, unfortunately, the afterglow of the pixels was noticeable. The FreeSync technology worked traditionally well.
In general, AOC Agon AG352QCX is an excellent gaming monitor that pleases not only the beautiful body, but also a wide range of functions. On the other hand, the afterglow of pixels in dynamic games is distressing.
Due to the unsatisfactory work of AOC PR-service in Russia, we failed to get AOC Agon AG352QCX monitor to the test lab in time.