In a recent product launch, AOC introduces the Gaming CQ27G2S/BK monitor, strategically targeting the gaming niche for 2023. This 27-inch display boasts a 1500R curved VA panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution (QHD), an impressive maximum refresh rate of 165 Hz, and a quick 4ms GtG response time. Notably, the monitor comes with an MSRP of approximately $229 USD.
As a dedicated gaming monitor, the AOC Gaming CQ27G2S features AOC's G-Menu settings, providing users with a versatile range of modes including RTS, FPS, Racing, Gamer 1, Gamer 2, and Off. These profiles cater to various gaming genres, encompassing Shooters, MMORPG, Action, eSports, RTS, Beat 'em up, and Racing. The AOC Gaming CQ27G2S incorporates several technologies to enhance the gaming experience, including Low input lag, Game color, Shadow control, Motion blur reduction, crosshairs, and frame counters.
Additional features include support for Adaptive Sync, covering a range between 48 and 165 Hz. The monitor also boasts a respectable 90% DCI-P3 color gamut, though its maximum brightness is modest at 250 nits. For visual comfort, the display includes standard ergonomic features such as low blue light and flicker-free modes, as well as an anti-glare coating.
Ergonomically, the monitor's stand offers various adjustments, including tilt ranging from -4° to 21.5°, height adjustment of 130mm, and swivel from -30° to 30°.
While the monitor lacks integrated speakers, it provides audio output, and it is equipped with two HDMI 2.0 and one DP 1.4 connectors. AOC has maintained affordability by omitting a USB hub, though it does include both HDMI and DP cables in the package.
Comparing the AOC Gaming CQ27G2S to its predecessor, the AOC CQ27G2 reviewed in December 2020, there are notable improvements. These include a faster maximum refresh rate (increased from 144 Hz to 165 Hz), enhanced contrast, an extended color gamut (from 83% to 90% DCI-P3), and HDR10 compatibility. Notably, the launch price is significantly lower than that of its 2020 predecessor.