AOC has unveiled a new gaming monitor to its AGON monitor series. The new gaming monitor in question is the 25-inch AOC AGON AG251FZ, also referred to as AGON AG251FZ or just AOC AG251FZ. It seems like monitors are reaching even above 144Hz in an increasing matter, but you should always keep in mind that while there is a positive noticeable difference as the refresh rate increases, this difference will become smaller and smaller. Some people claim to see a difference between 144Hz and 165Hz monitors, but this could possibly also be a placebo effect.
The AOC company claims that the AGON AG251FZ is the world’s fastest gaming monitor. They back this claim up by referring to the 240Hz refresh rate, but the BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 and ASUS ROG PG258Q also support a 240Hz refresh rate, so it’s uncertain if this really is the “world’s fastest gaming monitor”. It seems like monitors are reaching even above 144Hz in an increasing matter, but you should always keep in mind that while there is a positive noticeable difference as the refresh rate increases, this difference will become smaller and smaller. Some people claim to see a difference between 144Hz and 165Hz monitors, but this could possibly also be a placebo effect. The response time of the AOC AGON AG251FZ display is specified to be just 1 millisecond, but this pretty common for gaming monitors with a TN panel. AOC boasts that “the time of motion blur is over” with the release of this super fast gaming monitor. Check out our AOC AGON AG251FZ review if you want to know more in-depth details about the monitor.
The AOC AGON AG251FZ monitor features a 25-inch TN panel. This results in a poor color quality and viewing angles but will help against ghosting effects. The response time of the AOC AGON AG251FZ display is specified to be just 1 millisecond, but this pretty common for gaming monitors with a TN panel and this is the reason that ghosting usually doesn’t occur on TN monitors. This gaming monitor is aimed towards competitive, high-end and fast-paced gaming where every millisecond matters.
Moving on, the AOC AG251FZ also support AMD FreeSync, so that if you have an AMD compatible GPU, you will not be getting screen tearing artifacts if you enable this nifty feature. The FreeSync range is 48Hz-240Hz so LFC will be supported, but probably not necessary since the resolution is only 1080p. AOC has also developed its Flicker-Free technology and this gaming monitor also features support for that as well as Low Blue Light technology, which should prevent eye strain after longer periods of use – at least to some degree. AOC Shadow Control is a technology which is also supported by this monitor as well. This will lighten up dark areas in video games to make them brighter and easier for you to see. When we review this monitor, we’ll test out these features of course.
Brightness is specified at 400 cd/m2, the contrast ratio is 1000:1 and there are in-built 3W stereo speakers as well.
Connection ports include one HDMI 2.0 port, a DisplayPort 1.2a input, a DVI connector and a VGA connector (D-SUB) as well. Furthermore, there’s four USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm jack for headphones as well as a 3.5mm jack for a microphone. The stand is fully ergonomic with options for tilt, swivel, height and pivot adjustments. VESA mount (100×100) support is also supported by this versatile display. There is also a small handle at the side of the monitor where you can put your headphones or gaming headset if you do not have another monitor at the right side of it.
As far as pricing regards, the price of the AOC AGON AG251FZ will be £450 in the United Kingdom. We also expect this to be priced at around $450 in the United States at release. The AOC AG251FZ will be shipping in January 2017. We hope to review this monitor at release.