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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  • Guspaz - Saturday, February 22, 2020 - link

    Why a VA panel? It doesn't make any sense. The only advantages that VA panels have over IPS is in their contrast ratio and backlight uniformity. They tend to be around 3000:1 (as opposed to IPS at 1000:1), and don't suffer from "IPS glow".

    Except, as soon as you've got FALD, the contrast ratio is now primarily based on the local dimming performance, and IPS glow isn't an issue when you're controlling the backlight intensity.

    So if FALD is already taking care of IPS's shortcomings, why VA, where you're going to get worse viewing angles and pixel response times?
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  • Beaver M. - Sunday, February 23, 2020 - link

    IPS glow is always an issue on IPS monitors. No matter if FALD or not.

    The real reason they use VA is that VA panels are very cheap. Even cheaper than TN. I terms of pricing for the manufacturer... that means $50 to $100 cheaper. But we know how overpriced gaming monitors really are and that $100 are easily inflated to $500.
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  • R3MF - Saturday, February 22, 2020 - link

    lovely, now tell me about the freesync version of the 353...? Reply
  • Walkeer - Saturday, February 22, 2020 - link

    most if not all VA panels have severe ghosting and are not good for gaming, get TN for best response times and IPS 1ms for better colors ands blacks Reply
  • Ahnilated - Saturday, February 22, 2020 - link

    Curved monitor = instant fail. I don't like them, will never purchase one. Reply
  • Kvaern1 - Sunday, February 23, 2020 - link

    Good for you. Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Sunday, February 23, 2020 - link

    No point in downgrading from my 40". Reply
  • lilkwarrior - Monday, February 24, 2020 - link

    Should have added HDMI 2.1 ports; other than that decent specs. Hard to be excited about monitors at the moment when Displayport 2.0 + HDR1600 monitors are around the corner Reply

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