Are AOC Onto a Winner?
The AOC AGON AG493UCX is a serious contender in the high-end monitor market!
Over the last few years super wide screens have been released from a few different brands. The Samsung Odyssey G9 being one of the most striking in this area. It has been touted as the best 49” super wide Samsung monitor on the market. How does this offering from AOC compare?
The Samsung styling is, in my opinion, very cool and unique. However the styling does stand out and may not be “quiet” enough for some people. The AOC on the other hand stays to a more traditional monitor type styling, but this is not bad at all in fact the plain styling is rather appealing. It will suit any environment whether it be for Gaming, the office or even both. Both monitor stylings give their models a quality design feel.
In this area we are dealing with 2 levels of curve. The Samsung has a 1000R curve and the AOC has an 1800R curve. To those that are unsure the easiest way to remember is the lower the number the bigger the curve. So Samsung’s curve is almost 2x that of the AOC monitor in this instance. I believe this does play against the Samsung. As someone that uses a curved monitor daily, I am all for curved monitors and how much of a curve you like is up to you, but I just can’t stop thinking a 1000R curve is just way too much. I use an 1800R curve and have experience with 1500R and both size curves feel natural. On this one I will give the point to the AOC.
There isn’t much difference between the two models when it comes to the display. Both panels are VA panels. Both are 49”. Both have a resolution of 5120 x 1440. This is effectively 2 x 27” 2560x 1440p monitors joined together. Both are HDR certified. The only difference being the Samsung panel goes to a refresh rate of 240Hz whereas the AOC is 120Hz. To get full use out of 240Hz refresh rate you will need to be able to drive the monitor at 240fps or higher. It is more realistic to be able to get 120fps at this resolution
Samsung has Gsync which means the functionality is limited to Nvidia graphics cards only. AOC is using Freesync Premium which works with Nvidia and AMD graphics cards.
There are a lot of other features on both monitors but one that really stands out for me is the KVM hub built into the AOC monitor. This means if you plug your mouse and keyboard into the monitor, you can easily swap the input to another device plugged into the monitor. For example, swapping between your gaming PC and your work laptop using the supplied remote control. Yes, that’s right, you get a remote control with this monitor as well. This makes life very easy as these super wide screens can be a bit difficult to reach the edges where the menu buttons are normally kept.
You can pick these up in the UK from £899 when compared to the price of some of the competition is actually a very reasonable ask