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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  • raywin - Friday, February 21, 2020 - link

    vesa mount? weight?
  • quiksilvr - Saturday, February 22, 2020 - link

    According to the source article VESA is 100x100 and weight without stand is 10.98 kg. Every display that is DisplayHDR certified MUST have VESA mounting in the back.
  • EliteRetard - Friday, February 21, 2020 - link

    Yikes on the price.

    Ever since OLED TV's came out it has felt like the ceiling for top of the line monitors has been $1,500. Especially now that LG is releasing a 48" CX option (which could be $1,500-2,000). If we're lucky, maybe next year will be a 3x" option nearer to $1k.
  • Alistair - Friday, February 21, 2020 - link

    I get eye fatigue and OLED does wonders to fix it. I'm buying that 48" TV on launch day.
  • djallel84 - Friday, February 21, 2020 - link

    you deserve an oscar for this coment
  • Sttm - Friday, February 21, 2020 - link

    I expect it to be less than $1500. 55 inch C series is now going for about that. MSRP at launch may match the current 55 inch but by X-Mas I wouldn't be too surprised if the 48inch is around $1000.
  • lilkwarrior - Sunday, February 23, 2020 - link

    No high-end monitor with these specs is going to be priced at $1500 or less in this confusing monitor market. Suppliers are adding a lot of bill-of-materials tax to monitors being made instead of using the material for TVs & smartphones instead.

    Monitors that use the *same* panel but less features like the Alienware OLED monitor (no HDR, no HDR adaptive-sync, & no HDMI 2.1) are more than double the superior TV version (the LG C9 HDMI 2.1 Dolby Vision HDR OLED TV)
  • looper - Monday, June 8, 2020 - link

    Superior? Not for gaming...
  • imaheadcase - Saturday, February 22, 2020 - link

    Comparing a TV to a monitor is not even remotely a good thing to compare. You can't even compare the exact same tech between the two because of how they operate different.
  • lipscomb88 - Saturday, February 22, 2020 - link

    I used to not care about this, but the more and more displays I've purchased for pc use the more it has mattered to me. Tvs don't really make good pc monitors in most cases. Gaming is sometimes an outlier but if you are sitting as close as you are to a pc monitor, you won't enjoy using a TV for that purpose. And the features aren't made for that viewing distance either.

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