AOC AGON AG241QX Review: For the Fast-Paced Gamer

The AOC AG241QX, from the AGON series, has an answer to all of the above. With a modest 24-inch screen and resolution of 2560 x 1440, I’m dying to find out if this is all smokes and mirrors, or a real steal.

High Refresh Rate, Better Reaction Time

Is screen size or image quality the most important thing to consider when buying a new monitor? Perhaps you get nervous like me in the process of selection and procrastination. In fact, there are many more factors to consider when buying a monitor. If you need help,  here is a list of factors to consider before purchasing a gaming monitor. 

Now let’s see – immersion, fun, colors, screen size, pixel density, budget-friendliness… 

The AOC AG241QX, from the AGON series, has an answer to all of the above. With a modest 24-inch screen and resolution of 2560 x 1440, I’m dying to find out if this is all smoke and mirrors, or a real steal. So, without any further ado, let me dive into this AOC Agon AG241QX review.

On Focus
AOC AGON Gaming Monitor 24
  • AOC Gaming Agon 24" (23.8" Viewable) Professional grade gaming monitor with 2560 x 1440 quad HD resolution
  • Blistering Fast 144Hz refresh rate, rapid 1ms response with premium TN panel
  • Nvidia G-SYNC compatible + Adaptive-Sync for smoothest competitive gameplay
  • Plenty of inputs: DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, hdmi-mhl, DVI-D, VGA inputs
  • Low input lag and shadow control allows you to see more and react faster
  • 4 x USB 3.0 hub w/ 1 fast-charging port
  • Agon re-spawned Warranty: 4-year zero dead Pixel guarantee + 4-year advance replacement + 1 Year (one-time) accidental damage Warranty
  • Ergo dial height adjustable stand with pivot, tilt, rotate for ultimate comfort
  • Built-in speakers, headphone hanger, and Handle for convenience
  • Quick switch game mode controller included for fast scene adjustments

Specifications

Screen size23.8 inch
Panel typeAU Optronics M238DTN01.0 TN (Twisted Nematic) LCD
Native resolution2560 x 1440
Typical maximum brightness350 cd/m²
Color support16.7 million (8-bits per subpixel without dithering)
Response time (G2G)1ms
Refresh rate144Hz (variable, with Adaptive-Sync)
Weight7.7kg
Contrast ratio1,000:1 (50m:1 Dynamic Contrast)
Viewing angle170º horizontal, 160º vertical
Built-in SpeakersYes (2 x 3 Watts)
StandAdjustable height, tilt, swivel, pivot
VESA CompatibilityYes, 100 x 100
Power consumption37W typical
BacklightWLED (White Light Emitting Diode)

Build and Design

The AOC AG241QX dons the distinct and refined aesthetics of the AGON series. I like the combination of the matte black frame, accentuated by red chevron on the back. 

It is stylish without being too flashy. Although this model isn’t bezel-free, the frame is not that big and will not hinder you in any way. 

Another thing I like about the AOC AG241QX is its robust build. The display remains firm even with frequent movements and tilting, which is possible due to the uniquely designed metal stand. 

There is also a bit of freedom in terms of adjustment. The mechanism on the base can tilt, swivel, pivot, and change height. I also like that there are position markers on some spots which help you remember your setup height. 

Display and Performance

The AOC AG241QX has a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time. Quite good for a low input lag monitor, especially if you are into competitive FPS gaming.

Trying out this panel, I noticed that pixels are more packed, given the size of this display. It eliminates graininess commonly associated with low-resolution screens. 

If you love playing fast-paced games, then the AOC AG241QX will not let you down. This panel has a fast response time and high refresh rate that make it almost blur-free. 

Playing CS: GO and The Division, I did not encounter any ghosting or retention. I do recommend the Medium overdrive setting as the most reliable. Why? Well, I noticed that the max level will induce overshoot on some picture details.

I’m also impressed by the motion handling. During my Overwatch session, I’ve managed to react faster and see the action better. This monitor can use FreeSync tech to display variable frame rates. You need to make sure that you are using a compatible AMD Radeon video card, though – RX Vega, 5700, or 500 series. The faster it is, the better.

Picture quality is not super clear and crisp as you would get from a high-end gaming monitor. This is not 4k level; however, it will still be sharp enough for you to enjoy gaming. Note that the main selling point of this monitor is its refresh rate and fast-paced game handling.

A lovable fact for long-session gamers is that the backlight of the AOC AG241QX 144Hz monitor is flicker-free. This means that there’s an integrated low-blue light filter that will prevent eye strain and fatigue common with gamers.

Controls and Added Features

The controls of this monitor are quite easy to use. The OSD (On Screen Display) controls can be found on the right of the bottom bezel. The buttons are facing downwards, but with the white button labels printed on the front, everything is comprehensible. Tweak at will.  

Alternatively, you can use the QuickSwitch device that is provided in the package. This mini remote will let you connect to the monitor’s mini-USB port. The device will allow you to navigate controls and quickly toggle between picture presets. You can put it anywhere – just bear in mind you will need a long cable.   

There are also additional gaming features that I found handy. The Shadow Control and Game Color is a feature that will increase the visibility of objects in dark video game areas. I found this useful when navigating through Resident Evil 2 (Remake).

There are pre-calibrated picture presets and three customizable gamer modes. Also, there are three gamma presets that are in place, along with four response time overdrive options.

Connectivity

Connectivity options are sufficient on this panel. It includes a DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0s, a VGA, and a DVI.

On the right side of the screen, you can find some useful ports: a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 3.5mm audio input, and 2 USB 3.0 ports. The yellow USB port is for fast charging.

Final Verdict

Overall, this display is a very good choice for gaming. The AGON AG241QX is exceptionally responsive thanks to its high native refresh rate and low input lag. The monitor also supports FreeSync, so adjusting the refresh rate to your liking is easy. This is great as it removes screen tearing.

Though the picture quality is not the best out there, the refresh rate of this panel and the price point make it a good buy.

On Focus
AOC AGON Gaming Monitor 24
  • AOC Gaming Agon 24" (23.8" Viewable) Professional grade gaming monitor with 2560 x 1440 quad HD resolution
  • Blistering Fast 144Hz refresh rate, rapid 1ms response with premium TN panel
  • Nvidia G-SYNC compatible + Adaptive-Sync for smoothest competitive gameplay
  • Plenty of inputs: DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, hdmi-mhl, DVI-D, VGA inputs
  • Low input lag and shadow control allows you to see more and react faster
  • 4 x USB 3.0 hub w/ 1 fast-charging port
  • Agon re-spawned Warranty: 4-year zero dead Pixel guarantee + 4-year advance replacement + 1 Year (one-time) accidental damage Warranty
  • Ergo dial height adjustable stand with pivot, tilt, rotate for ultimate comfort
  • Built-in speakers, headphone hanger, and Handle for convenience
  • Quick switch game mode controller included for fast scene adjustments
Ed has fond memories of the times when he played games on an 8-bit console. If you want to make him talk for hours on end, just ask him about Valla from Heroes of the Storm. Eddie despises hackers and gamers who do not take the game seriously. He sees RealGear as a place where he has the freedom to express his viewpoint regarding PC and console games and put his journalism skills into practice.

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