For some games a compact monitor is desirable, for others you want a high resolution instead. All in a single glance and yet a lot of detail, that is what the G-sync AOC Agon AG241QG and FreeSync AG241QX promise. We tested both.
While we regularly emphasize that a bigger monitor can offer a more immersive gaming experience, we cannot deny that many gamers prefer a monitor that is not too big for their favorite genre. In order to respond quickly in a fast-paced shooter, you do not want to have to move your head from one side to the other, but instead you want to be able to spot every changing pixel with a single glance. Because of this a 24-inch diagonal is usually the maximum for this target audience. Those gamers also prefer a high refresh rate, once again because they do not want to miss anything.
If you want to play multiple game genres, you might face an interesting dilemma: a bigger monitor with a higher resolution or a smaller monitor with a lower resolution (and therefore higher framerate)? Now that high-end graphics cards are fast enough to achieve playable framerates at 4K-resolutions (8 megapixels) and can therefore achieve 120 fps or more in wqhd-resolution (3.7 megapixels), we see an increase in the offer of 27-inch 144Hz wqhd-monitors. However, these are pretty big for the mentioned fps games. The amount of 24-inch full hd-monitors is decreasing rather than increasing, and are pretty expensive relatively speaking. The exception are the new 240Hz-models, but the added value of that speed compared with 144Hz is smaller than 144Hz compared with 60Hz. Furthermore their prices of about 463 pounds / 500 euros are about the same as those of 144Hz wqhd-models at 27-inch. If you choose one of the former models you have to be a very enthusiastic shooter fan.
Most gamers looking for a more luxurious, new monitor end up looking at a 27-inch wqhd, with 144Hz. If you can afford it you also pay the premium for G-sync, and if you have an unlimited budget you can even purchase a monitor with ips-technique as basis. By then you are shopping at about 833 pounds / 900 euros which is not something most of us can afford.
For some time now AOC has had two monitors that offer the best of both worlds: a lot of pixels in a smaller diagonal. Aside of a single Dell monitor they do not have any competition in the market, but in our opinion the Agon AG241QG and AG241QX are extremely interesting if you are looking for a new gaming monitor. They both offer what their bigger brothers offer in the 27-inch segment, but clearly have a lower price tag.
The G-sync equipped AG241QG has an average price of less than 509 pounds / 550 euros in our Price Comparison and has a minimum price of 452 pounds / 489 euros. The bigger brother AG271QG has an average price of 736 pounds / 795 euros, with a minimum price of 645 pounds / 697 euros. This might be an ips-monitor, but the cheapest 27-inch 144Hz wqhd tn-monitor with G-sync in our Price Comparison still has a minimum price of 544 pounds / 588 euros at the time of writing. The Freesync AG241QX is slightly cheaper, with a minimum price of 338 pounds / 365 euros and an average price of 369 pounds / 399 euros. For comparison, the AG271QX (also with a tn-panel) has a minimum price of 452 pounds / 489 euros, with an average price of about 453 pounds / 500 euros. The difference is a bit smaller compared with the G-sync monitor (thanks to the Nvidia 'tax') but it can be said that both models clearly cost less than a 27-inch model.
Nevertheless they offer everything that you can expect from a modern gaming monitor: a nice, solid design - with the base and back made of metal, a height adjustable, ergonomic base, a handle for easy transport, a retractable headphone stand, a wired remote control that allows you to quickly change between different presets, enough connectivity and a usb hub. Furthermore they have a fast tn-panel and a pleasantly high resolution. The pixels are slightly smaller due to the smaller diagonal, but an advantage of this is that scaling to full hd is not as bothersome, despite the fact that there is no 1-to-1 pixel mapping. In short: there are enough reasons to take a closer look at these monitors. On these pages we put them next to their 27-inch competitors.