AOC has formally unveiled its long-awaited Agon AG353UCG curved gaming display. The high-end display offers a 200 Hz maximum refresh rate with VESA Adaptive-Sync VRR technology, a 1000 nits peak brightness, as well as a Quantum Dot-enhanced full areal local dimming (FALD) backlighting. The display will be the company’s new flagship curved offering, offering a plethora of features with a hefty price tag to match.

AOC says that when it designed its Agon AG353UCG monitor (and other forthcoming members of the 3rd Generation Agon family), it wanted to build a product that would offer the most immersion possible today with an LCD. To do so, the company took a 35-inch 10-bit VA panel featuring a 1800R curvature, a 3440x1440 resolution, a 2 ms GtG response time, a 200 Hz maximum refresh rate, and equipped it with an advanced FALD backlighting. All told, the AG353UCG's backlighting system contains 512 local dimming zones, which have been further enhanced with Quantum Dots for a wider color gamut, offering a very bright and high-contrast HDR experience. As a result, AG353UCG can claim DisplayHDR 1000 compliance – indicating, among other things, a peak brightness of 1000 nits in HDR mode – while being able to display 1.07 billion colors across 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

Like many other flagship HDR gaming displays, the Agon AG353UCG is a G-Sync Ultimate monitor. This means it meets NVIDIA's specifications for response times, color spaces, and backlighting. And it also means that the monitor is almost certainly using NVIDIA's G-Sync HDR scaler as well.

On the connectivity side of matters, the monitor has a DisplayPort 1.4 input, an HDMI 2.0b port, and a Mini DisplayPort input. In addition, the unit has audio connectors (line out, microphone upstream, microphone downstream), and a quad-port USB 3.0 hub with a Type-B upstream port.

For gamers who find ergonomics and looks to be as important as performance, the monitor comes with an aggressive-looking stand that can adjust height and tilt, as well as sporting an RGB LED ring on the back. Meanwhile the sizable display offers a carrying handle and supports cable management, making it a bit easier to move and setup the monitor.

The AOC Agon AG353UCG will be available in Europe this month. In the UK, its RRP will be £2,159, while in mainland Europe it will cost €2,509. So expect it to carry an MSRP of around $2,300 in the USA. At present, the only rival for the Agon AG353UCG is the Acer Predator X35, so the rather high price tag is nothing to be surprised about.

AOC's 35-Inch 3rd Gen Agon Gaming Display
  Agon AG353UCG
Panel 35-inch VA
Native Resolution 3440 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 200 Hz
Response Time 2 ms GtG
Brightness up to 1000 cd/m² in HDR mode
Contrast up to 2500:1
Backlighting FALD with 512 zones & Quantum Dots
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature 1800R
Aspect Ratio 21:9
Color Gamut sRGB: ?%
DCI-P3: 90%
Adobe RGB: 95%
Dynamic Refresh Rate Tech NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate
Pixel Pitch 0.2554 mm²
Pixel Density 99.45 PPI
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.4
1 × Mini DisplayPort 1.4
1 × HDMI 2.0b
Audio 3.5 mm microphone upstream
3.5 mm microphone downstream
3.5 mm headphone out
2 x 8 W speakers
USB Hub 4 × USB 3.0 Type-A connectors
Ethernet -
Webcam -
Stand Height: 120 mm
Swivel: 32° ~ 32°
Tilt: -5 ~ 21.5±1.5°
Launch Price RRP in the UK: £2,159
MSRP in EU: €2,509

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Source: AOC

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  • SSTANIC - Saturday, February 22, 2020 - link

    maybe you are well informed, but in case you aren't, find that 2020 LG 48 CX, or 2019 LG C9 models' description and how and why it is great as a top gaming monitor. and you will find out why so many people eagerly await its arrival, along with HDMI 2.1 equipped videocards this year. me included. that is why these 2500$ monitors are a bit dead on arrival, however great they may be. Reply
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    every single video card and TV spec standard over HDMI defaults to limited RGB range. You have to adjust the settings on both the video card and the monitor, IF allowed, to set it to the full 0-255 range. And sometimes it does't stick on reboot, or power cycle of the monitor. Then there's the default of input lag to the processing. Again, might be adjustable and how adjustable remains to be seen (i.e. game mode may turn it off, but also force overdrive), but that's not the default and it may or may not not stick on power cycle Reply
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  • Sivar - Friday, February 21, 2020 - link

    I don't know about that pricing for a monitor with a vanilla 1000 cd/m² brightness, an unspecified static contrast ratio, a lukewarm dynamic contrast ratio ("up to..."), and less than 4K resolution.

    Perhaps this isn't market to me, but I don't see the high refresh rate and full G-Sync support as a great enough value. Perhaps at half the price.
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  • Dug - Friday, February 21, 2020 - link

    Vanilla 1000 cd/m2? How many monitors have this?
    And no, it isn't in your market as this is a gaming monitor. There are no 4k ultrawides (which aren't really 4k), in a 34" size with the specs you mention. There's an LG but doesn't come close to 1000 cd/m2, or refresh rate over 60hz, or low response time, or high contrast ratio.
    Not to mention we don't have a video card capable of driving that resolution at high frame rates for games anyway.
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  • p1esk - Friday, February 21, 2020 - link

    But technically you can buy that LG 48 TV when it's released, and use it in ultrawide mode (with black bars) - I bet the visual quality will be much higher. The only thing this one has going for it is 200Hz frame rate, which is probably not very relevant for gaming anyway, and even when you can output at this rate it will probably not enough of an improvement over 120Hz to justify the price. Reply
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    High refreshrate is totally relevant for gaming, and not much else. Reply
  • p1esk - Saturday, February 22, 2020 - link

    Are you personally suffering when you're unable to play latest games at 200Hz? 120Hz is just not doing it for you, right? That insanely OC'ed quad 2080Ti rig you have is not getting its money worth... Yeah, I feel you. Reply

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