A Lot of Value for Gamers
At $420, the AOC AG322QCX provides a lot of value for gamers. Those with a powerful GPU like a GeForce GTX 1070 or Radeon RX Vega 56 will be able to take full advantage of the display specs on offer here, but those with weaker hardware shouldn’t shy away as this monitor provides plenty of room to grow.
After changing the display into its sRGB mode, color performance is fantastic, with average dE2000 values less than 2.0 in every test. It’s rare to see a monitor that provides good performance without fiddling around with manual settings, but the AG322QCX provides that here. Don’t use the monitor in its default configuration though, or you’ll be stuck with a noticeable red tint.
I only have two real criticisms to note. The design isn’t particularly amazing, and in general looks a bit cheap despite strong connectivity and a wide range of stand movement.
Screen uniformity isn’t amazing either, and while this isn’t unusual for a curved display, it’s something you should be aware of and prevents this monitor from being perfect for professionals.
For those in Europe, this monitor is already available at an attractive price point, and you should be able to get it in Australia shortly. I’m not 100% sure when it’s expected to hit the United States at $430. North America isn’t a key market for AOC, though the monitor is slated for launch there – but when it does arrive, it should be the cheapest monitor on the market to offer these specifications.
When a company produces a decent set of hardware for a low price point, it’s easy to look over any minor issues. The AOC AG322QCX is one such product, and while the design didn’t capture my attention, it’s strong spec sheet and relatively affordable price point make it a great buy for gamers that want a large, high refresh rate display.
Pros: Large panel with 1440p resolution and high 144 Hz refresh rate. Excellent color performance is readily available through a single setting change. Low price point for what you get.
Cons: Design looks a bit cheap, with unnecessary LED lighting. Curved display presents uniformity issues.