AOC AGON AG241QG

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The big news is the use of a 2,560 x 1,440 res­o­lu­tion rather than 1,920 x 1,080

Like the Dell S2417DG, the big news with the AOC AG241QG is its use of a 2,560 x 1,440 res­o­lu­tion rather than 1,920 x 1,080. Along with it hav­ing a pre­mium stand and a few extra features, this res­o­lu­tion goes a long way to jus­ti­fy­ing its £60 pre­mium over its cheaper sib­ling in this test. The AG241QG can’t, how­ever, quite reach the de­signer heights of the Dell or Asus dis­plays. The all-metal stand looks the busi­ness, while the panel, with its red writ­ing on the front and red plastic panel on the back, is sub­tle enough not to feel gar­ish.

You miss out on a low-pro­file bezel, though, so it just doesn’t have that same sleek feel as the Asus and Dell dis­plays. You want for noth­ing when it comes to features though. A fully ar­tic­u­lated stand is present and cor­rect, as is the abil­ity to use a VESA mount, even if it comes via a slightly clunky mount-con­ver­sion plate. The stand also has a carry han­dle in the top and a height in­di­ca­tor dial down the side, so you can quickly reset the dis­play to your pre­ferred height.

There’s more too. On the right edge is a flip­down head­phone stand, with a cou­ple of USB 3 ports and a head­phone jack be­low it. One of the USB ports even of­fers standby power – so for in­stance, you can charge your phone from it while the dis­play is pow­ered off. An­other cou­ple of USB ports sit on the un­der­side of the rear, along­side the video con­nec­tions (Dis­playPort and HDMI) and you get a pair of speak­ers too. They’re ba­sic, but handy for peo­ple who don’t have space (or the bud­get) for a pair of desk­top speak­ers.

How­ever, one area where this dis­play is de­cid­edly less im­pres­sive is its OSD. The se­lec­tion of op­tions is fine, but con­trol­ling them cer­tainly is a pain. The four but­tons and the way they in­ter­act with what’s on screen never seems in­tu­itive, mak­ing it feel like a con­stant bat­tle to get any set­tings changed. Thank­fully, there isn’t too much you’ll need to change, as im­age qual­ity is de­cent straight out the box. The AOC can’t quite match the Dell for colour tem­per­a­ture ac­cu­racy, but it’s close enough that you could get away with­out mak­ing any ad­just­ments. What’s more, the max­i­mum bright­ness is plen­ti­ful and the high contrast looks good too. Also, as with the Dell, the higher res­o­lu­tion works sur­pris­ingly well. Set to na­tive res­o­lu­tion, pix­els are hardly vis­i­ble from a usual view­ing dis­tance, while Win­dows scal­ing (which de­faults to 125 per cent) does a good job of bump­ing up the user in­ter­face bit for any­one who strug­gles to read text with the 120ppi pixel den­sity at the usual Win­dows set­tings. It’s great to have the op­tion of play­ing games at the higher res­o­lu­tion too, mak­ing for a sharper, cleaner-look­ing im­age than with a 1080p 24in mon­i­tor.

The com­bi­na­tion of a 1ms re­sponse time, 144Hz re­fresh rate and G-Sync sup­port also works as well as the other dis­plays on test, mak­ing games run smoothly and re­spon­sively. AOC also of­fers a com­pre­hen­sive set of over­drive op­tions, en­abling you to find your pre­ferred bal­ance of re­duced blur while min­imis­ing the corona ef­fect and any over­shoot. AOC also of­fers a 165Hz over­clock­ing op­tion, but im­age qual­ity drops a lit­tle when it’s en­abled, and the dif­fer­ence in re­spon­sive­ness is so small that it’s hardly by worth the bother.

Con­clu­sion

The AOC AG241QG’s high res­o­lu­tion, pre­mium de­sign and de­cent over­all im­age qual­ity makes it a great top-end 24in G-Sync dis­play. It’s a close-run com­pe­ti­tion be­tween this dis­play and the Dell S2417DG, but the AOC edges into the lead, thanks to its higher contrast and much lower price.

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