AOC AG273QX 165Hz WQHD VA model

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AOC AG273QX 165Hz WQHD VA model Specifcation

The VA (Vertical Alignment) route is tempting for users seeking a high-contrast experience but wanting to benefit from a high refresh rate. Most of the market ‘s high refresh rate VA options offer curved screens, which isn’t to everyone’s taste. The AGON series AOC AG273QX is an evolution of the AG273QCX which offers a flat rather than curved screen and a slight increase in refresh rate. Aesthetics are shared with the QCX, with a solidly built tripod-style stand base with a silver-coloured powder-coated metal finish. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border and very slender hard outer component. The panel border blends seamlessly with the remaining portion of the screen, which is difficult to see when the monitor is turned off. The lower bezel is thicker, matt black plastic and has a central red ‘AGON’ logo on it. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled under this central logo, by a joystick. An remote wired ‘AGON Game Pad’ is also included as a convenient alternative method for OSD control.

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The monitor adopts a 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution, flat VA (Vertical Alignment) row. A 165Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync which includes support on compatible systems for AMD FreeSync 2. The monitor supports a refresh rate range variable of 48-165Hz plus LFC (Low Framerate Compensation). Other aspects to note include a (likely light) matte anti-glare screen surface, 3000:1 static contrast and 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles. True 8-bit colour is supported, but like its predecessor a dithering stage is included for 10-bit HDR signals. A flicker-free WLED backlight is used which offers a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and 99% Adobe RGB coverage. This is a significantly wider colour gamut than the QCX model, which according to our measurments offered 85% Adobe RGB coverage. The monitor supports VESA DisplayHDR 400 which makes good use of its color gamut and enables the use of 10-bit processing to improve the accuracy of tone mapping in HDR10 content. This is the most basic standard for which HDR VESA can recommend, and does not require contrast enhancements or local dimming.

Other aspects to note include a gray to gray response time of 4ms, and response time of 1ms MPRT. Both values, particularly given the type of panel, should be taken with a good dose of salt. The MPRT response time is defined with strobe backlight mode active in MBR (Motion Blur Reduction). The rear of the monitor is mainly matte black plastic, with a red and silver AGON logo towards the top. A retractable headphone hook is found at either side. The included stand offers tilt, height, swivel and pivot (90° rotation into portrait) adjustment. The stand attaches centrally using a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to make way for an alternative 75 x 75mm VESA compatible solution. Surrounding the attachment points there is a ring of RGB LEDs – the ‘Light FX’ feature found on the AG273QCG (TN G-SYNC model) but absent from the original QCX. In the OSD, those can be customized. Includes: DP 1.2a, HDMI 2.0, VGA, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 3.5 mm audio input, and 3.5 mm headphone jack. Also included are 2 x 5W speakers for potentially decent (or relatively loud) sound output.
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Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is due for a November 2019 release with an MSRP of £439. We can’t confirm availability of this model in the US at this stage.

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