If you follow me on any form of social media, I am an avid gamer and have been ever since I was a young boy. As much as the games themselves tell their own story and hook you into the experience it presents, a decent monitor also adds to that experience further to get you immersed like you never have before. AOC has been in the monitor business for a very long time. They have been at the pinnacle of gaming monitors from the moment they made their name on the scene, and it’s easy to see why.
With next-gen consoles making their waves globally now, you need a gaming monitor to support all your needs from the next-gen systems. Be it 120FPS Support, 4K, HDR, and Adaptive Refresh Rates. The AOC AG324UX does all of this and then some, but how does it fare in real-world testing? Let’s find out.
- Exceptional Screen Quality
- Ergonomic Design
- Luscious Red Outlines
- Ease of Use
- Can be Quite Cumbersome to Maneuver
- Very Large
Standing at 31.5″, the AOC AG32 demands to be noticed from the moment you receive it. The box itself poses in such a domineering way, with vibrant high-quality imagery and a bold letter outlining every single feature this monitor comes with. To be honest, you need a separate box for the laundry list of features this monitor has.
The whole unboxing process is very straightforward much like many monitors out there nowadays, the stand is separate inside the box, with the display itself just alongside it. One thing I remember about AOC monitors is the ease of the setup process. There are instructions in the box if you do struggle, but I have never had such an easier experience with it. Just align the stand into the holes around the back of the display, twist and tighten it up.
The stand heightens and tilts in any direction you require, creating the ultimate ergonomic experience.
You do also get an extra box full of cabling, from a pre-historic VGA cable, to an HDMI cable so you won’t need to order extra cables here to get yourself up and running.
The display itself is gargantuan, with lovely red accents flowing beautifully across the back of the monitor and presents a slight sheen when manoeuvring it. Much like Realme in the mobile world, AOC always stamps their unique designs into every monitor they produce, and it just adds to the overall experience for me. It’s hard to make a display look unique because it’s just a screen, but when you look at this monitor you certainly know it’s made by AOC.
- Screen Size: 31.5 Inches
- Panel Treatment: Antiglare
- Panel Resolution: 3840 x 2160
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Type: IPS
- Brightness in NITS: 350
- Backlight Type: WLED
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time: 1MS
- Static Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
- Sync Technology: Adaptive Sync
- HDMI 2.1 x 2
- USB-C 3.2 x 1
- USB Ports: 4
- Warranty: 3 Years
Performance & Use
I did all of my tests on a PS5, that’s not a humble brag by any means, but just for the review, I wanted to set the context as to what I was testing on at the time.
To begin with, the amount of preset options you get for the screen calibration is overwhelming at points. This is by no means a negative by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s just fantastic to see.
You have modes for any type of game you are playing at the time, from MMOs to FPS games and everything in-between.
The screen quality and colour reproduction of this display are astounding. Especially with HDR Enabled on my PS5, colours are vibrant but not too overpowering and have elements of a natural twist to them, whites explode off the screen and add even more immersion to your next-gen experience. I mainly stuck to the default preset of screen calibration as it added an even edge to each colour of the spectrum.
The way you change settings on this monitor is the same as all AOC monitors have been in the past, there is a toggle behind the display that moves in 4 directions: up, down, left, and right. You can also click the toggle in.
Pressing on the toggle brings up the main setting menu where you can change all the settings and probably more settings that you can shake a stick at. From the main display settings, to how the light bar below the display works.
Adding a Sparkle of Light
Speaking of the light bar, this feature was quite possibly my favourite added feature to the overall experience I had with this monitor. The light bar is a standard RBG layout, but upon digging deeper into the settings, you can change how they flow during your gameplay. My favourite setting above all of them is the ‘Sync Audio’ setting. With this, whatever audio comes out of the speaker will be synchronised with the lights. It’s a very simple thing to do, but a well-executed way to add as much cinematic experience to the gaming world.
But, among all things I loved about this monitor. It’s not the display, although that is among the best I have used. It’s not the audio output; which is also very well done. No, it’s the way the logo appears on the display. Below the display, there is a little projection hole which projects the AOC logo onto your desk. I mean, if that doesn’t exhume gloriousness I don’t know what will.
Overall, the gaming experience I had with the AOC monitor has been nothing short of exceptional. I played old PS4 games like Mad Max which only supported 30FPS, but the AOC and its beautiful adaptive refresh rate and lacking refresh rate makes it look like a PS5 Game supporting 60FPS. It can turn any game, old or new, give it a fresh coat of paint. If you are looking for a true next-gen experience, the AOC will elevate that and then some.
In terms of speakers, the AOC creates a pseudo surround sound experience and if you add in the Light Bar sync as well, just creates the most believable and cinematic experience that any gamer should be clamouring for. The sound is premium, and there’s no mistaking that.
I am no stranger to AOC gaming monitors, as I have reviewed many in the past. To say this monitor is the best around right now is an understatement. Whether you are a PC gamer, last-generation gamer or even next-generation gamer. The AOC AG324UX will breathe a new lease of life into your gaming experience.
You need to see it to believe it. I will be sad to part ways with this beauty, but I certainly will be buying one for myself to keep my gaming fresh for many more years to come.