AOC’s CQ27G2S is a curved gaming monitor targeting an affordable QHD 165Hz sweet spot

High refresh rate on a budget.

AOC CQ27G2S QHD 165Hz gaming monitor

AOC’s latest gaming monitor has arrived rocking a 165Hz refresh rate and 2560×1440 resolution.

The Agon CQ27G2S/BK is a 27in (68.6cm) display featuring a fast 1500R curved VA panel capable of reaching 165Hz refresh rate with 4ms GtG response time. As expected from this type of panel, this monitor delivers deeper blacks thanks to a 4000:1 contrast ratio.

These specs are complemented by a 99 per cent sRGB gamut coverage alongside HDR10 support. That said, due to the CQ27G2S’s relatively low 250-nit brightness plus lack of localised dimming, we wouldn’t choose this one for its HDR performance.

What it lacks in HDR it gains in other aspects such as support for both AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync VRR technologies, or gaming-related features like Shadow Control – allowing shadow-level adjustments for enhanced visibility in dimly lit scenes. Not to forget flicker-free technology and a low blue light mode aimed at reducing eye strain during extended usage.

AOC also advertises a dedicated ‘Low Input Lag’ mode that eliminates image processing technologies within the monitor such as interpolation and noise reduction in an effort to ensure mouse clicks respond with minimal or no delay. The monitor’s settings can be adjusted via the brand’s G-Menu software which is also used to manage AOC’s mice, keyboards, headsets, and even mouse pads, a neat central control hub.

The Agon CQ27G2S/BK caries two HDMI 2.0, one DisplayPort 1.4, plus a 3.5mm audio jack, while the supplied stand supports height, tilt, and swivel adjustments in addition to a 100×100 VESA mount for maximum customisability and comfort. Note that this monitor comes bundled with two 1.8m video cables (one of each type).

On a side note, I daily drive AOC’s predecessor, the CQ27G2U/BK, which is also a QHD VA monitor – but running at a slower 144Hz refresh rate, and it’s a fairly capable display, so I have high hopes for this updated release. While VA panels are infamous for their slow pixel refresh, chances are, you won’t see that much difference unless you play competitive games. At the same time, if you are into story-driven titles or movies, the contrast advantage should deliver better dark scene representations than competing IPS monitors.

The AOC Agon CQ27G2S/BK will be available to purchase from the end of September 2023 at £219.99 MSRP. A quick checking of pricing on competing products shows that AOC’s offering is well positioned even against discounted models. Nice!