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AOC AG352UCG6 Review: 3440×1440 120Hz G-SYNC UltraWide Curved Gaming Monitor

By November 20, 2018 No Comments
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Introduction

The AOC AG352UCG6 is an updated model of the previous AOC AGON AG352UCG version.

It offers a boost in the maximum refresh rate to 120Hz, a higher static contrast ratio, and a more aggressive screen curvature.

Unlike the AG352UCG, the AOC AGON AG352UCG6 has an entirely black matte design and is, therefore, also referred to as the ‘Black Edition’.

Image Quality

Based on a VA (Vertical Alignment) panel, the monitor delivers a superior static contrast ratio of 2,500:1 which makes for more vivid black shades and an overall better relation between the darkest and the brightest tones.

It also supports true 8-bit color depth and covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut thus ensuring vibrant and stunning colors.

The display’s luminance maxes out at 300-nits which is plenty for a comfortable viewing experience even in well-lit rooms.

In comparison to IPS panel monitors, the AOC AG352UCG6 doesn’t suffer from IPS glow i.e. glowing around the corners of the screen due to excess light passing through the panel.

Not only do IPS panels have a lower contrast ratio which results in a lack of depth of black shades, but the IPS glow also makes blacks appear more grayish in dark rooms.

VA panel monitors, such as the AOC AG352UCG6, don’t suffer from this which allows you to enjoy true black colors even in dim-lit rooms – ideal for watching movies and playing darker games.

In addition the to flawless color reproduction, high screen resolution, and solid brightness, the AOC AG352UCG6 curved monitor delivers an overall amazing picture quality.

The 3440×1440 resolution on a 35″ screen display results in the perfect pixel per inch ratio of 106 PPI. There’s plenty of screen space while the details are sharp and clear without any scaling necessary.

Performance

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The AOC AG352UCG6 input lag (the time it takes for a monitor to react and display your commands) is excellent at only 6ms which is imperceptible to the naked eye.

However, the response time, which is the time pixels take to change from one color to another, is not as good.

Consequently, there’s visible ghosting and smearing of fast-moving objects, especially when there are mainly dark pixels in the image.

Nevertheless, the amount of trailing is tolerable as in return, you get such deep black colors.

In the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, you can set the Overdrive setting to Off, Weak, Light, Medium, and Strong.

This setting can improve the response time speed performance and we recommend putting it to ‘Medium’.

If you select ‘Strong’, inverse ghosting (overshoot) starts to appear which can be more annoying than the initial problem. But, this also varies between games, so choose accordingly.

Other than that, there are no issues regarding the monitor. There’s minimal backlight bleeding, no dead pixels, and the viewing angles of 178° ensure no drastic shifts in contrast and color when the screen is looked at skewed angles.

The screen is flicker-free and has a low blue light filter.

While many games support the 21:9 aspect ratio which offers a more immersive gameplay experience with a wider field of few, unsupported games will leave you with black borders at the sides or with a stretch out picture.

So, check whether your favorite games support the 21:9 format.

Features

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If you have an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card GTX 650 Ti or newer, you can enable G-SYNC on the AOC AG352UCG6 monitor.

This technology allows the monitor to change its refresh rate dynamically instead of running at a constant 100Hz/120Hz refresh rate.

As a result, all screen tearing and stuttering is eliminated with minimal (less than 1ms) input lag penalty.

In short, this makes gameplay feel smoother and seamless even at lower framerates.

Moving on, the AOC AG352UCG6 G-SYNC gaming monitor features pre-calibrated picture presets for RTS, FPS, and Racing genres as well as one fully customizable ‘Gamer’ profile.

In order to enable the 120Hz refresh rate, you will need to select ‘120Hz’ in the Overclock option in the OSD settings.

After that, make sure to also select ‘120Hz’ in your graphics card’s settings. The difference between 100Hz and 120Hz is subtle but definitely noticeable.

In the OSD menu, you will also find the RGB LED settings for the RGB strips at the back of the monitor and beneath its bottom bezel; you can make the LEDs shine in either red, green, or blue color and at different intensity levels, or you can turn it off.

Other features include Shadow Control for better visibility in dark areas of games, three gamma presets, and Game Color (color saturation).

Overall, the OSD menu is user-friendly and easily controlled via the joystick placed beneath the bottom bezel of the monitor.

Design & Connectivity

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The AOC AG352UCG6 35″ curved gaming monitor has a fully black design with reasonably thick bezels and matte finish.

Moreover, the stand is robust and versatile with up to 110mm height adjustment, -/+ 30° swivel, -5°/28° tilt, and 100 x 100mm VESA mount compatibility.

There’s also a headset hook and a handle for carrying. Turning to the connectivity, you will find an HDMI 1.4b (3440×1440 at 50Hz max) and a DisplayPort 1.2 for 3440×1440 at 120Hz and G-SYNC.

Other ports include a microphone jack, a headphones jack, a line-in for the 2x2W built-in speakers, and a dual USB 3.0 hub with one upstream and two downstream (one with fast-charging) ports.

Price & Similar Monitors

The AOC AG352UCG6 price is around $800 which is reasonable.

If you have an AMD graphics card, we recommend the BenQ EX3501R with AMD FreeSync and HDR support.

Alternatively, you may be interested in the Dell Alienware AW3418DW which is also a 3440×1440 120Hz ultrawide gaming monitor with G-SYNC but with an IPS panel which doesn’t have as high contrast, but it handles ghosting much better.

Conclusion

Overall, the AOC AG352UCG6 offers an outstanding image quality and a smooth performance.

Although there are some issues with ghosting, it’s tolerable considering it’s a VA panel display.

AOC AG352UCG6 Specifications

Screen Size35-inch
Screen Curvature1800R
Resolution3440×1440 (UWQHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio21:9 (UltraWide)
Refresh Rate100Hz (OC: 120Hz)
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncG-SYNC
Speakers2x2W
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4
Other Ports2x USB 3.0, Microphone Jack, Headphone Jack
Brightness300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio2500:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

What We Loved

  • G-SYNC ensures smooth performance
  • Low input lag and high refresh rate
  • Plenty of gaming features available
  • Fully ergonomic design and rich connectivity options
  • High contrast, vibrant colors, and vivid details

What We Didn’t Like

  • Visible ghosting, more so in darker scenes, but it’s tolerable
  • No NVIDIA ULMB technology

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Joseph is a tech writer and copy-editor that has written and ghostwritten hundreds of articles for different online magazines and blogs. He now writes and manages DisplayNinja to ensure it stays as the people’s favorite resource.

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