AOC 27″ Gaming Monitor
The AOC 27″ Gaming Monitor is a decent 27 inch, 1440p monitor with a VA panel. It has a simple design, with a wide stand that supports the monitor well and okay ergonomics. Like most VA monitors, it has a high native contrast ratio, which delivers deep blacks, but this comes at the expense of viewing angles, which are disappointing. It delivers a great overall gaming experience, with low input lag and a fast response time, but like many VA monitors we’ve tested, there’s noticeable motion smearing in dark scenes, which may be distracting. Room choice is important with this monitor, as it can’t get very bright, so glare might be an issue in a bright room. Although it has a high contrast ratio, it has bad black uniformity, so it’s also not a great choice for a pitch-black room.
The AOC 27″ Gaming Monitor is a curved monitor though you’d barely notice when looking at it. The radius is very gentle at 1500mm with a 16:9 aspect ratio. In practice, the curve neither enhances nor detracts from the image. Gamers might find it useful though.
Of course, video processing is a priority too and that is amply covered by a reliable 144 Hz refresh rate, achieved without overclock, and Adaptive-Sync. FreeSync is the native tech and we verified G-Sync compatibility in our tests. The monitor has not been certified by Nvidia.
Gaming features include a three-level overdrive and motion blur reduction courtesy of a backlight strobe. Like most gaming monitors, you must pick between the strobe and Adaptive-Sync; you can’t use them together. There are 20 levels of blur reduction controlled by a slider; less blur means less light output. You also get a frame rate counter and an aiming point.
- High native contrast results in deep blacks.
- Low input lag.
- Excellent SDR color gamut.
- Image degrades at an angle.
- Mediocre peak brightness.
- Bad black uniformity.
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