AOC AGON AG352UCG Review: Ultra-Wide 100Hz Gaming Monitor With G-Sync

AOC Agon AG352UCG

Introduction

The AOC AGON AG352UCG features a 35-inch screen with a native 100Hz rate and 3440×1440 resolution. This giant gaming monitor offers a stunning and immersive gaming experience with the 2000R curvature and ultra-wide resolution while smooth and fluid gameplay is ensured by Nvidia G-Sync feature and the quick 4ms response time.

Concerning the specifications, the AOC AGON AG352UCG PC monitor is on par with the Acer X34 and the ASUS PG348Q, yet it is available for a more affordable price. Besides being larger by an inch, the AOC AGON AG352UCG also features a VA panel whereas its mentioned rivals have an IPS with more accurate colors. However, the VA panel delivers a superior contrast ratio for a better relation between the darkest and brightest colors, among other things.

Specifications

  • 35 Inches Screen (Curved)
  • 3440×1440 Resolution
  • VA Panel
  • 21:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 100Hz
  • Nvidia G-Sync
  • 4ms Response Time
  • Ports: 1x HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2
  • Other Ports: 2x USB3.0, Audio Line-Out, Microphone Jack
  • Static Contrast: 2,000:1
  • Brightness: 300cd/m2
  • Built-in Speakers: 2x2W

Performance

The AU Optronics’ VA panel delivers 8-bit color depth that covers 100% of the sRGB color space allowing gamers to enjoy vibrant and consistent colors in video games as well as to do some basic content creation. The VA panel also provides the impeccable viewing angles of 178 degrees both horizontal and vertical along with the superior 2,000:1 contrast ratio for more shadow depth and detail. While the IPS panels offer more accurate colors that are mandatory for color critical work, the VA panel monitors have drastically improved in comparison to their older models and now offer a brilliant image quality as well as quick response time.

One of the advantages the VA panel has over IPS is that they don’t suffer from IPS glow. But, they still produce some backlight bleeding, however, it’s only minor and totally tolerable as on the AG352UCG it only appears at the bottom of the screen, and it is noticeable only on the entirely black background. VA panels have also improved regarding the response time, and are now on par with the IPS panels offering up to 4ms response time speed. In video games, the AOC AGON AG352UCG gaming monitor performs with next-to-none visible ghosting or trailing of the fast moving objects.

Naturally, professional players will prefer a TN panel gaming monitor for the most responsive gameplay in competitive gaming. However, the AOC AGON AG352UCG delivers an immersive and intense gaming experience like no TN panel is capable of. Additionally, with some minor tweaking of gamma and brightness in the OSD, the monitor delivers a flawless image quality with vibrant colors whilst still maintaining a quick response time and exceptionally low input lag, especially if G-Sync is enabled.

Features

The amazing picture quality on the AOC AGON AG352UCG VA display is powered by the Nvidia G-Sync technology. G-Sync allows you to synchronize the frame rate between your compatible Nvidia graphics card and the monitor’s refresh rate giving you a more steady frame rate within the 30 – 100Hz dynamic range. Additionally, it will eliminate screen tearing, stuttering, and reduce the input lag. Unlike some G-Sync gaming monitors, this model doesn’t have the ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) feature which cannot be activated at the same time as G-Sync, anyway.

The AOC AGON AG352UCG features a 2000R curvature for an immersive gaming experience, although the curvature is not as steep as other 1800R curved monitors, it’s still enjoyable and even more comfortable to some. AOC has also incorporated the common features of other AGON series monitors including the low blue light filter and flicker-free technology into this monitor so that you can enjoy this beauteous 35-inch screen for hours without feeling eye fatigue.

Other more gaming-oriented features include the AOC Shadow Control which increases visibility in dark areas of games by brightening up the screen when and where it’s most needed. In addition, the AOC AGON AG352UCG G-Sync monitor also offers several pre-calibrated picture settings for different game genres including FPS, RTS, Racing, and a customizable Gamer mode.

Design

AOC Agon AG352UCG AmazonThis is one of those designs that will appeal to some while disinteresting the others due to the colorful appearance and flashy features. The bottom bezel of the screen has built-in LED lights which can shine in a red, green, or blue hue; you can also disable it in the OSD if you find it distractive. The red hue nicely complements the red AGON logo and the overall appearance of the monitor; there are three intensity levels for each color available. Additionally, the plastic wings on the matte surface at the rear side also feature two LED stripes that shine along the bottom bezel ones.

The design consists of a glossy black plastic material with a light matte screen coating which eliminates the sunlight reflection while not adding grain to the screen. The bezel of the AOC AGON AG352UCG 1440p monitor is rather thick and amounts to 30mm at the bottom bezel and 18mm at the sides and top while the profile is 24mm thick. Keep in mind, however, that the huge 35-inch screen makes the bezel look smaller than they actually are.

The AOC ErgoBase provides a wide range of ergonomic functionalities including the ability to tilt the screen for -5.5, +29 degrees, swivel it to the left and right by 30 degrees, and height adjust it up to 120mm. The monitor is also VESA mount compatible and has the exclusive AGON series headset holder at the right side. The stand riser also features a handle which can be used for easier transportation.

Connectivity

The connector ports include an HDMI 1.4 port and a DisplayPort 1.2 for the Nvidia G-Sync feature. Besides these, it also features two USB3.0 ports for a convenient connecting of your keyboard, mouse, or controller devices as well as an audio line-out port and the microphone jack. One of the two USB ports also supports the fast charging ability for your mobile devices. Moreover, this gaming monitor features two 2W built-in speakers, although nothing extraordinary, they are good to have around just in case.

Price

At the moment (May 2017), the AOC AGON AG352UCG price is $900. That’s between $100 – $200 lower price than the currently most popular big-screen ultrawide gaming monitors from Acer and ASUS, yet you get the same smooth performance due to G-Sync, low input lag, and quick response time. The other choice lies in the panel type, whether you prefer more accurate colors of an IPS or the more expressive black tone depth of a VA.

In comparison to the HP Omen X 35 which is also a newly released 35-inch VA panel gaming monitor with G-Sync and 100Hz, the AOC AGON AG352UCG has the upper hand as it’s almost $250 cheaper at the moment. The HP Omen X 35 may have a prominent design with ultra-slim bezels and an overall stunning appearance, but the performance and image quality is nearly identical as they feature the same M350QVR01.0 panel developed by AU Optronics.

Conclusion

The AOC AGON AG352UCG will surely give the Acer X34, the ASUS PG348Q, and the Omen X 35 a run for their money as it offers almost the same features and flawless performance due to the 100Hz refresh rate, G-Sync, and 4ms response time. It may have a less appealing design due to the thick bezels, but the huge 35-inch screen size makes them look smaller while the LED lights add style to the monitor. More importantly, the image quality is enriched by a superior contrast ratio which is a bit over 2,000:1 in addition to the true 8-bit color depth and 100% sRGB color gamut. The 3440×1440 resolution is surprisingly crisp and sharp at 35 inches and amounts to roughly 106 pixels per inch allowing you to enjoy it all: a giant screen, an amazing image quality, and a smooth performance for an amazing price!

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