• Panel Type: TN Panel
  • Display Size: 24.5-inch
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Connectivity: 1x DVI, 2x HDMI, 1x Display Port, 1x VGA, 4x USB Out Port
  • Refresh Rate: 240 Hz
  • Response Time: 1 ms
  • Viewing Angle: 170/160 degree
  • Dimensions: 566.6 x (515 ~ 545.2) x 218 mm
  • Weight: 6.5 kg
  • Others: 1x Physical Menu Controller, 1x Headset Hanger
  • Pros:
  • Terrific build quality
  • Headset hanger
  • Physical controller
  • Cons:
  • None

As Easy On The Eyes As AOC

The AG251FZ comes with a tightly packed box that took us longer to unbox and setup compared to other monitors due to its build. Assembling this monitor took us longer than usual due to its parts, as you will have to fasten the screws on the neck of the stand to the monitor. After the initial setup, it was a breeze to configure everything, especially with the physical controller that comes bundled with the monitor. You can adjust the brightness, the configuration, which output to channel and so on. It is profoundly simpler compared to you digging your hands onto the bottom of the monitor and fiddling for a good while before managing it.

Speakers are also built into the monitor to offer the full package for those who enjoy gaming without restrictions on your head or in your ears. As per the norm of monitors of today, you can swivel, tilt and adjust the height of the monitor easily with the stand. If you wish, you can even set it up to portrait mode if you need to tackle some spreadsheets. Bezels are still present on the monitor, despite most monitors making the transition to bezel-less, so some immersion is lost.

Overall, the build of the monitor is top notch and it is hard to complain after its initial setup. The stand is weighted well, and with a headset hanger, it is all a gamer needs.

For gaming needs, it features a 240 Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, which is the nirvana for gamers. It will allow your game to transition smoothly without any graphical lags or ghosting. Some would argue against using a TN Panel, as they do not offer the best colour reproduction or viewing angles. This combo will definitely give you the extra edge over monitors with less capabilities. However, gear does not fully maketh the man as you still require skill to perform better than your opponents. Along with AMD Free-Sync, screen tearing will be a thing of the past. Shadow Control will also help bring out the blacks during gaming, or to hide them when you want other colours to pop out more.

If you have an AMD GPU plus the extra dough to spend and are looking for a stylish, decently built monitor, then this should be the next monitor that graces your table.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall a great gaming monitor that deserves more recognition in the sea of monitors out there. Every diehard gamer should check this out.

(previously published in issue October 2017)