The big news of the day will be the launch of AMD's second-gen Ryzen processors, other than this it's shaping up to be a very slow news day. We do have two new display announcements for you. First up, here's the AGON AG322QC4 from AOC.
The AGON AG322QC4 will start shipping in June for around 599EUR, it has a 31.5" curved VA panel with a 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution. The refresh rate is 144Hz, it has a 4ms gray-to-gray response time, 400 nits brightness, 2000:1 contrast ratio, a DisplayHDR 400 certification, FreeSync 2 support, and a 1800R curvature.
This new gaming display has an adjustable foot, a headset stand, 5W stereo speakers, and a LED light strip. Display inputs include VGA, 2x HDMI 2.0, and 2x Displayport 1.2. It also has a USB 3.0 hub.
Display specialist AOC is proud to announce the new addition to its AGON premium gaming monitor family, the AOC AGON AG322QC4 that offers stunning gaming visuals with its VESA DisplayHDR™ 400-compliant 3-sided frameless 31.5” VA panel, a razor-sharp Quad HD (2560x1440 px) resolution in 16:9 aspect ratio, deep and inky 2000:1 static contrast ratio and an aggressive 1800R curvature. The 144 Hz refresh rate, 4 ms GtG response time combined with Radeon™ FreeSync™ 2 support ensure a smooth gameplay experience at the utmost competitive level.
DisplayHDR 400 and Radeon FreeSync 2
The AG322QC4 comes with recent display technologies for lifelike visuals and the smoothest gameplay experience, VESA DisplayHDR 400 and AMD's Radeon FreeSync 2. The VESA DisplayHDR 400 specification ensures 400 cd/m² peak brightness, improved black levels, higher colour gamut and more bit depth (colour depth) to display High Dynamic Range (HDR) visuals.
For a stutter-free and tear-free gaming experience, AMD’s Radeon FreeSync 2 technology improves upon FreeSync, still supporting a variable refresh rate (by matching the monitor’s refresh rate with the framerate of the GPU). FreeSync™ 2 employs stricter constraints (e.g. mandatory Low Framerate Compensation (LFC), bigger colour space) and HDR support with lower latency than conventional HDR monitors.
Impressive and immersive looks
The sleek AG322QC4 with its revamped deep black finish employs a 1800R curvature on its 31.5” VA (Vertical Alignment) panel. This aggressive curvature with a radius of 1800 mm encapsulates the user, covers their peripheral vision and offers them a convincing immersion. On a curved display, one’s eyes will have more or less the same distance to every corner of the panel with an almost perpendicular angle, which cancels out any picture distortion, contrast and colour shift caused by an oblique angle.
Redefining smooth gameplay
The AG322QC4’s VA panel boasts a QHD (2560x1440 px) resolution, future-proofing gamers for many years to come. The best middle-ground resolution for today’s gamers, the QHD resolution provides four-times more detailed imagery than a 720p resolution, yet in most games current mid-/high-end GPU’s can easily push high framerates in QHD compared to 4K. The AG322QC4’s VA panel also provides wide viewing angles comparable to IPS panels.
Competitive gamers will be satisfied with the aggressive specs of the AG322QC4. The 144 Hz refresh rate and 4 ms GtG response time together eliminate the effects of motion blur and give gamers much better visual feedback in fast-paced, twitchy games. AOC’s Low Input Lag mode improves the responsiveness of the monitor even more. In this mode, the video signal bypasses most of the video processing done by monitor’s electronics and the actions given by input devices (keyboard/mouse) translate more quickly into visuals.
Customise to your own game
AOC knows the little things gamers appreciate. AOC’s Game Mode presets offer custom settings for different genres such as FPS, Racing or RTS for faster responsiveness and clearer visuals. Moreover, users can save their own presets as well. With the included wired remote OSD controller (QuickSwitch), users can easily jump between these presets. AOC’s Shadow Control feature allows gamers to dial-in shadow levels in the OSD, lightening the dark areas or darkening bright/washed-out areas, so they can get the upper edge no matter what.
The AOC Ergo Base allows wide ranges of height, tilt and swivel adjustments for optimum ergonomic positioning. Gamers can connect their headsets using audio out and microphone inputs, and when not in use, hang them onto the AG322QC4’s retractable headphone holder. Practicality is also provided by the monitor’s 2 x USB 3.0 ports, the built-in cable management solution and carry-on handle for transportation. With the LED lights on the lower bezel and the back of the monitor, gamers can choose between red, green or blue lights with three intensity levels for increased customisation.