• Screen: 31.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080), 85% NTSC wide colour gamut
  • Panel: VA
  • Response Time: 4ms (Grey to Grey)
  • Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
  • Input: HDMI (v1.4), DisplayPort (v1.2), DVI-D, VGA, 4 x USB 3.0
  • Others: AMD FreeSync, Low blue light, Anti-flicker, AOC Shadow Control, AOC Game Colour, Scene light Dimensions: 721 x 530 x 243 mm (with stand)
  • Pros:
  • Immersive viewing
  • High colour range
  • Cons:
  • Lacks ergonomics

Gon For Games

Over one year since large curved monitors appear, brands have a better idea of what enthusiasts would like. Enthusiasts crave for the high-end bells and whistles, so AOC set out to tackle the market segment with its own AGON gaming monitors. Let’s take a look at its latest – the AGON AG322FCX.

While not the largest we’ve seen, the AGON AG322FCX’s is sizable. With a curve rated at 1800R and a 31.5-inch screen, this monitor sits at a good size for a 1080p display. It has a sleek overall appearance with an aggressive back, thanks to its the silver panel and the LEDs that light up when it’s in use. The stand and the base are both metal ones, which are sturdy enough to support the large monitor. In addition, there are two useful features that AOC have added, which is the stand’s cut out that allows cables to be passed through, as well as a small lever tucked away at the back that can be unfolded to use as a headphone holder.

We found that the ergonomics of the AG322FCX left much to be desired, as it can only be tilted at about 5 degrees downwards and 20 degrees upwards. Although it can be argued that swivel and rotate are often unnecessary, height adjustment can be handy for those who don’t want to have to prop items under the display for the extra height. Fortunately, by tilting the screen upwards, it can be viewed comfortably without having to slouch.

As a personal gaming monitor, the AGON AG322FCX performed to our expectations. The large, curved screen delivered on immersion and real estate space. On the other hand, the visual output lacked a bit of sharpness, possibly due to its max resolution of 1080p on a 31.5-inch screen, but it’s not very obvious. The good thing was that the colours were balanced and that the 85% NTSC rating resulted in a wider range of colours, which made visuals in games look better. Then there’s the high refresh rates it has, ensuring that visuals look smooth as well. Turning on AMD FreeSync helped eliminate the possibility of screen tearing, which really made the action in FPS games all the more satisfying.

Other highlights include the anti-flicker and low blue light features, which were helpful for reducing eye strain. The angled strip at the bottom of the monitor – that lights up when in use – was also a nice touch.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The AOC AGON AG322FCX is an excellent gaming monitor, with high frame rates and higher than average range of colour, making it great not just for games but also movies.

(previously published in issue November 2016)