When I first noticed the AOC Agon Pro AG275QXL League of Legends Edition gaming monitor in its reveal trailer, I felt compelled to attempt it out. This is one thing totally different that would on the very least boost the market. I’ve spent the previous month or so with it, and it’s actually one of many extra distinctive panels that’s made its strategy to my gaming desk.
On the floor, it’s fairly standard stuff by way of specs: 1440p decision, 170Hz refresh price, IPS panel, 1ms GtG response time, G-Sync suitable. Where the AG275QXL differentiates itself from its brethren is its means to dynamically alter game-integrated RGB LEDs and reply to your in-game actions whereas enjoying League of Legends.
As somebody who’s performed League of Legends since 2012, this actually piqued my curiosity. Could this be the very best gaming monitor for followers of LoL, or wouldn’t it in the end really feel as gimmicky as a recreation of URF? The reply is a little more difficult.
Assembling the AG275QXL was simple, with the panel slotting and locking onto the stand by way of a number of sturdy metallic pegs. While I didn’t take a look at this myself, AOC says the monitor is suitable with a normal 100×100 VESA wall mount, do you have to need to use one. However, in doing so, you’d restrict the show’s means to reply to your in-game League of Legends inputs and thus take away plenty of its distinctive attraction. Still, it’s good to have in a pinch.
|AOC Agon Pro AG275QXL||LG 27GP850-B||Gigabyte M27Q-X||MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD|
|Panel||IPS (27″)||Nano IPS (27″)||IPS (27″)||IPS (27″)|
|HDR||VESA DisplayHDR 400||VESA DisplayHDR 400||VESA DisplayHDR 400||N/A|
Having swapped my previous monitor with the AG275QXL, it actually conjured the need to hit Summoner’s Rift and play a recreation or two of League of Legends. I discover the Hextech-inspired gold colored strains on the black chin of the panel to be a pleasant refined nod to the sport, and luxuriate in taking within the barely extra intricate designs on the rear chassis earlier than largely forgetting about them as they face the wall.
The base design, nevertheless, doesn’t win me over as a lot. While I believe the black and gold color scheme and Hextech line work properly evoke the MOBA’s aesthetics, the big ‘League of Legends’ emblem smack bang within the centre considerably spoil the impact. I perceive that AOC and Riot Games little doubt want to flaunt the model, however one thing just like the ‘L’ icon you’ll discover within the recreation’s shopper and on the monitor’s fast change keypad would’ve made a much less distracting, extra tasteful middleground.
Plugging in and routing cables is simple, and I can shortly swap out something I would like by rotating the panel as much as 90-degrees. Getting the AG275QXL into the proper place for my gaming PC setup is grip-free too, with loads of top and tilt adjustment. However, there’s sadly no swivel to talk of.
The AG275QXL boasts a well-rounded I/O, with 4 USB 3.2 ports in addition to 3.5mm stereo and microphone inputs, with video connectivity taken care of by two DisplayPort 1.4 and two HDMI 2.0 ports. It’s a disgrace that HDMI 2.1 is absent right here as this implies you’ll want to make use of DisplayPort if you wish to make full use of the monitor’s 170Hz refresh price, with HDMI 2.0 topping out at 144Hz.
Word to the sensible: do not arrange the AG275QXL late at night time
When powering it on, the AG275QXL involves life with a ‘League of Legends x AGON by AOC’ splash display and an unexpectedly loud LoL-themed boot up sound that took me without warning. Word to the sensible: don’t set it up late at night time. While this function might attraction to some, I opted to promptly flip it off by way of the monitor’s OSD, however not earlier than falling prey to an equally loud shutdown sound that ignores no matter quantity you’ve set the audio system to.
The LEDs in each the translucent base and on the again of the AG275QXL additionally erupt in a glow of orange-gold mild, however my consideration was sadly shortly diverted from my eyes to a grating high-pitched noise in my ears. I shortly remedied this by turning down the depth of the LEDs down from ‘Strong’ to ‘Low’, and later discovered that the depth of this drawback can range relying on the color the lights are set to.
I’m notably delicate to issues like coil whine, however this noise might not show as bothersome to others. With this in thoughts, whereas I discovered the noise to be notably irritating throughout basic use, I used to be capable of block it out whereas utilizing the monitor’s audio system or whereas sporting the very best gaming headset.
Having addressed that situation, I took a deep dive into the AG275QXL’s OSD which is made conveniently accessible by way of the nipple button on the rear-right of the chassis or the included fast change keypad. It’s right here that you just’ll discover varied audio and visible settings, with quite a lot of presets along with finer controls to tune the monitor extra exactly.
Should you decide up the AG275QXL, my recommendation is to depart most settings set to their default values save for the ‘Boot Sound’ that I discussed earlier. You can customise the show’s lighting results by way of this menu, however I’d sooner advocate doing this by way of the GMenu software program that you just’ll want to put in anyway to utilize its League of Legends integration.
The AG275QXL is a good out-of-the-box performer, with sturdy color accuracy and gamut
The motive that I like to recommend leaving these settings alone is as a result of the AG275QXL is a good out-of-the-box performer, with sturdy color accuracy and gamut. In my testing, I discovered that the monitor exhibited a mean Delta-E of 0.67, topping out at 1.03, each of that are imperceptible to the human eye. I used to be additionally impressed with how carefully it adhered to an correct Gamma 2.2 curve, with minimal deviation. And it boasts 128% protection of the sRGB color area, all of which quantities to an incredible viewing expertise for SDR content material.
However, the AG275QXL additionally helps HDR and comes with a DisplayHDR 400 certification. VESA describes DisplayHDR 400 because the “first real entry level for HDR” however I’d argue that this actually isn’t the case. All you’re getting whenever you purchase any show with this badge is one which’s able to pushing the next peak luminance than SDR panels, which is what allows specular spotlight particulars such because the solar, torches, or the sunshine from a gun barrel. You’re nonetheless restricted to the 16.7 million colors of an 8-bit panel versus greater than 1 billion discovered on a 10-bit panel, and the shortage of native dimming zones means the monitor merely can’t present localised factors of sturdy distinction.
While I actually loved enjoying most of my take a look at suite of video games resembling Doom Eternal and Elden Ring with HDR enabled, I can’t advocate anybody purchase the AG275QXL for its excessive dynamic vary capabilities whether or not for gaming or content material consumption. Its specs merely don’t provide a correct HDR expertise, and people in search of one will both want to extend their finances or look forward to higher implementations of the know-how to make their strategy to the lower-end of the market. That mentioned, I’d give the identical recommendation for principally each gaming monitor at this value level, and on condition that the AG275QXL’s SDR efficiency is so sturdy, this quantities to a small however essential blemish.
The lighting on the AG275QXL notably hypes you up whenever you get a number of kills
Now, let’s discuss the way it feels to play League of Legends on the AG275QXL. For probably the most half, it’s a fairly cool expertise however it’s not solely with out room for enchancment. You’ll must obtain AOC’s GMenu software program to ensure that the monitor to activate its responsive lighting options. Activating the mode is so simple as choosing LoL from the ‘Game’ tab, which will be executed previous to or throughout a match.
For the vast majority of the match as you’re farming creeps, putting wards, or muting (strikethrough) speaking together with your teammates, the AG275QXL’s LEDs will enter a ‘respiratory’ mode, shortly shifting from an off-state to a full brilliant orange-gold. However, as you decide up kills, push towers, and full targets, the monitor will reply to your in-game actions with varied colors and results.
I discovered the flash of white mild, with a black path encircling the bottom notably heightened my hype throughout staff fights the place I picked up a number of kills. This was additionally true each time my staff and I claimed a few targets in fast succession, with the LEDs briefly altering to the color of the staff whose tower had been pushed for instance. The show additionally acknowledges everytime you hit degree six, 11, or 18, which gamers will know are the moments by which you’d usually improve the ability of your strongest means.
Despite having fun with these dynamic interactions, I actually do want AOC provided some management over these results by way of its GMenu software program. For occasion, I’d love to alter the default respiratory mode to static or simply off altogether, as I discovered it might be very distracting at instances (notably in a darkish room). I’d additionally respect the power to alter colors based mostly on the champion I exploit, swapping out the gold-orange for a violet worthy of The Void, a Bilgewater blue, or a shade of sickly inexperienced evoking The Shadow Isles.
I actually do want AOC provided some management over these results by way of its GMenu software program
While I respect customisation of recreation integrations in competing software program like Razer Synapse or Corsair iCue isn’t actually a factor, the AG275QXL actually made me want it was. Furthermore, I used to be disenchanted to see that it wasn’t attainable to sync up AOC peripherals resembling a gaming keyboard or mouse with the monitor whereas it was in LoL mode. All in all, I assumed the function was good however I’m in the end left questioning why Riot Games and AOC haven’t applied this on a peripheral-level.
At $480 USD, the AOC Agon Pro AG275QXL League of Legends Edition gaming monitor comes at a small premium, and its attraction will in the end depend upon how a lot you play the titular MOBA and whether or not its lighting options attraction to you greater than increased specs. For me, I’d most likely pay one other $20 and go for one thing just like the LG 27GP850-B with its Nano IPS panel or the Gigabyte M27Q-X for a 240Hz refresh price. Alternatively, you may forgo HDR altogether and save $80 by choosing up the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD.
The dynamic lighting options create an undeniably distinctive promoting level for the AOC Agon Pro AG275QXL League of Legends Edition gaming monitor, however I don’t consider they’re sturdy sufficient to advocate the show over its opponents. To be clear, I believe anybody who picks it up can be pleased with their buy however it’s arduous to disregard the upper worth choices out there on this extremely aggressive portion of the gaming monitor market.