AOC AGON AG322FCX is unique curved gaming monitor because most curved monitor opt for 21:9 ratio whereas this has 16:9 ratio, great as most gaming title is uses 16:9 yet to adopt 21:9 ratio even they did gaming visual would likely be strech outwards. This Agon monitor is a 31.5 inch Full HD display with FreeSync support up to 144Hz.
It uses VA panel which is a balance between TN and IPS panels, a 178 degree viewing angle and curved radius of 1800R. Stacking 3 monitor would give you a true immersive viewing experience tho you need to get a high end graphics card for 3 monitors, say GTX 1060 or RX470 onwards.
Physically is sexy with the tripod stand, ample room for cable management. More than 15cm space behind the monitor which helps with the LED glow. 1.5cm thick on the sides. Front left, top, right 1.2 cm thin while bottom is 2cm thin. A fancy feature I appreciate is the LEDs on this monitor. There is 2 part for this feature, the front bit and back bit. The front bit has this sexy line at the bottom that helps to glow the table surface well, good for me as I prefer to play in the dark and finding stuff on my table without ample light can be tough.
On the back, you have few LED line which work best when the monitor is place towards the wall creating a nice subtle glow onto the wall and around the monitor. I wish it offered the full RGB spectrum 16.8millions colors because for now is only comes in Red, Blue and Green. I do hop the high end models comes with full spectrum which will be interest to many.
The screen is matte finish which helps with glare. It has 85% NTSC, 89% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB. So basic video and photo editing is great on this monitor but the PPI is 69. So photo editing may not attract many, as the images will be seen soft or not sharp for pixel peepers due to low ppi but for basic correction is good like exposure and color correction. While photo editing may not impress you, for video editors, you would appreciate this monitor more. We love our monitor/preview to be big and be able to see all the other adjustment menu and tabs. Despite being only 1080p resolution but video editing on big screen is always a good thing to have. Had good time on both Adobe Premier and Sony Vegas. I wished the PPI Was around 150 and above. Again for the affordable price of this monitor I don’t mind the lower PPI.
There is a small toggle at the bottom to access the monitor menu, is rather lose and I wish is was firm and had better analog feedback. Pulling the toggle towards you tweaks shadow control, 50-60% good sweet spot. Pushing toggle backwards enable which port to receive video signal from. To the right adjust the LED intensity and the color of choice. To the left to choose color profile modes. Pushing upward on the center show the basic menu settings.
Looking at I/Os it has 1 DisplayPort 1.2, 1 HDMI 1.4 , 1 DVI-Dual Link, 1 VGA Port and Audio Out. Ergonomic wise it has a 23.5 degrees back tilt and 5.5 degrees front tilt. No height or swivel adjustment. It has a max power consumption of 45 watts. A total of 9Kg weight. Yes, its VESA mount supported as well. Also a flip stand to hang your headphones instead of leaving on table top, a good plus point for AOC here which is wish other gaming monitor follow.
Other features includes low input lag for optimal gaming responds important for fps gamers. Low blue light and flicker free to prevent long session discomfort, shadow control to brighten the screen to see more details in the blacks. There is game mode and function to tweak color preset on the fly.
I was using a RX460 card to test the freesync with this monitor, a good card for 1080p games. I load up the Overwatch and compared Freesync enable and disable. Without Freesynce enable there is lots of tearing and is not a good news for FPS games especially snipers and DPS class who depends heavily on quick accurate aims, tearing in game is bad because is distracting and you are unable to follow your target well with artifacts.
Gaming on big monitor has another advantage the distance between you and and the monitor. Typical 23-27 inch monitors you can play 50-60cm distance and anything further feels awkward. Whereas on the 31.5inch you can play 60cm distance like me due to my short table distance or much more comfortable at 1 meter away and in my opinion feels like playing on console like PS4 and Xbox. So this monitor can work well with console and pc gaming. Watching movies full screen at 2 meters away is amazing especially being a 16:9 ratio, whereas on 21:9 ratio it creates weird black box on the side for the video you cant get full screen experience.