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AOC AGON AG273QX 27in 165Hz Gaming Monitor Review

The AOC AGON AG273QX is a worthy successor to the AG271QX, notably improving on its TN panel, but the more pressing question is whether it is a better option than the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ – a similarly recent monitor with broadly similar specs.

The ASUS is slightly ahead on ergonomic adjustment and gaming-specific OSD features. It’s also capable of slightly better colour accuracy when calibrated, although out of the box the AOC AG273QX is better.

With the same screen size, resolution, and 165Hz refresh, G-sync Compatible accreditation could be the factor that swings it in ASUS’s favour. But AOC could well add this too, and it might work anyway. So in the AG273QX’s favour you have the lower price, convenient QuickSwitch OSD control puck, and built-in USB 3 hub. The beefier audio adjustment abilities also make this screen a better bet in this respect.

You get an extra DisplayPort input too. Although both screens have configurable lighting, ASUS has the edge here. But when it comes to an overall comparison, in our view the cheaper price and USB 3.0 hub just nudge things in the AG273QX’s favour.

There’s not much in it, but this screen is better value, with slightly better features, and broadly similar performance with an AMD graphics card. NVIDIA users might err in the other direction, but this AOC screen is a very solid monitor for the price.

We can’t yet find the AOC AGON AG273QX for sale, but we have been told it will be available for £439.

Pros:

  • Excellent colour accuracy.
  • 165Hz refresh.
  • FreeSync 2 adaptive sync.
  • Presets covering a good range of gaming genres.
  • Some useful gaming configuration in OSD.
  • Plenty of ergonomic adjustment.
  • Decent value.
  • Built-in USB 3.0 hub.
  • DTS audio and sound equaliser.

Cons:

  • Brightness uniformity marred on lower third of panel.
  • No USB-C connection.
  • No G-sync Compatible accreditation (yet).

KitGuru says: The AOC AGON AG273QX provides comprehensive features and excellent 165Hz refresh performance for gaming, although it’s only certified for FreeSync at present.

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Rating: 8.5.

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