AOC targets budget conscious high refresh-rate gamers

Going head-to-head with competing products.

AOC Agon 27in gaming monitor
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Agon by AOC has announced the G4X Series of gaming monitors, offering high refresh rates at affordable prices. Available in two sizes, the lineup delivers a good starting point for those tipping their toes into refreshes above 144Hz.

The G4X Series includes the 23.8in 24G4X and 27in 27G4X flat monitors based around Fast IPS panels. Each sports a pretty lofty 180Hz alongside the usual 1ms GtG response time. It’s fairly refreshing to see high refresh rates without encroaching into more expensive 240Hz territory. The resolution is a modest 1920×1080, but this is at least easier to drive. You should be able to max out the screen even with mid-range GPUs like the RTX 4070.

In addition to the fast panel, we also get Nvidia G-Sync compatibility and HDR10 support. However, the latter is seemingly a basic implementation without dimming zones, which is normal at this price point.

This series uses a brand-new design featuring a smaller, flat, hexagonal stand-base. It takes less space than the older V-shaped feet and is music to my ears. Moreover, you can adjust the height, tilt, swivel, and pivot on both G4X models. Many products in this price bracket overlook such aspects. Meanwhile, those who prefer the freedom of monitor arms can easily connect one using the integrated VESA mount. Lastly, the back has an interesting geometric pattern rather than your usual plain, flat chassis. You’ll never really see it, but it’s nice to be different.

Both the 24G4X and 27G4X come equipped with two HDMI plus one DisplayPort video connection alongside a 3.5mm audio jack. And, thanks to AOC’s G-Menu software, you can customise your experience using features like the smart crosshair without navigating the display’s OSD.

The AOC 24G4X and 27G4X gaming monitors will be available from late January at an MSRP of £149.99 and £169.99, respectively, backed by a three-year warranty.