AOC unveils a 34-inch ultrawide flat mini LED gaming monitor

AOC is releasing a new gaming monitor, the Agon Pro AG344UXM. It has a 34-inch IPS panel with mini-LED backlight. Its brightness level is rated at 1,000 nits, meaning it’s capable of true HDR. Add to that a 170Hz refresh rate, 1ms (gray to gray) response time, and UWQHD 3440×1440 resolution and this is a monitor many gamers are sure to have their eyes on.

Interestingly, it’s a flat panel. Most ultra-wide screens these days are curved, so it’s a different design choice than AOC. It includes DP 1.4 and HDMI 2.1 ports, along with a 4-port USB hub, 90W power support, and KVM functionality.

Other key features and specifications include 10-bit color depth with 99% DCI-P3 coverage and 100% sRGB. This means it is useful for users who also demand high color accuracy. It comes with support for FreeSync (though there’s no mention of G-Sync Ultimate), a pair of built-in 8W speakers, and of course RGB lighting if that’s the sort of thing you really should have in a monitor.

The real selling point of this monitor is the Mini-LED support. Compared to regular LCD backlighting, the Mini-LED backlight with its local dimming zones offers better contrast ratios and deeper blacks, although not on the same level as OLEDs. Mini-LEDs tend to offer better brightness and HDR performance and don’t suffer from screen burn-in or degradation like OLEDs can over time. OLED displays are still lacking, although new displays, including the excellent Alienware 34 AW3423DW QD-OLED (opens in new tab) is one of a new generation of beautiful screens that are primarily designed to be PC screens, not TVs.

Sounds good right? Well, I’m not convinced it’s a flat screen, but that alone will appeal to a lot of users, and who am I to argue.

The problem that the Agon Pro AG344UXM faces is its price. So far only UK prices have been announced and they are eye-watering at £1,429.99. On paper I like it, but not at this price. It’s still much cheaper than the Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX (opens in new tab) Nonetheless! It should go on sale in July. We can expect releases in other markets to be announced in the coming weeks.

Since the Alienware 34 AW3423DW retails for £1,099 before discount (opens in new tab)and perhaps the best gaming monitor ever, the AOC Agon has a tough fight on its hands.

I’m looking forward to seeing what types of displays are coming in the coming months. It will be great to have a variety of Mini-LED and OLED displays to choose from after years of waiting for them to deliver on their potential.

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