The AOC AG274QZM went on sale in the summer of 2022. It is a 27″ monitor, QHD (2560 x 1440 resolution), with a 240Hz IPS panel and HDR1000 certified. The mechanical means of adjustment are excellent, especially a form turning the monitor upright The monitor needs a separate power supply, which is unfortunately quite large.
The black monitor has a sturdy leg, which is a little too big, and also needs extra space vertically. Fortunately it does not protrude more than a few centimeters in front, and even that on the sides. The leg is metallic and the vertical part has that typical AGON paint. The front of the monitor is black except for the AGON logo.
The monitor supports DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.1 with two different entry points. There are plenty of USB ports to choose from: four USB-A, one USB-B, and a 65W USB-C, which also works in DP Alt mode. This means you can connect directly to your PC via USB-C. The Premium add-on includes a KVM switch, allowing you to connect two computers to the same monitor and switch between keyboard and mouse signals to control both computers.
On the back of the monitor is a classic navigation joystick, and a long press acts as a power button. You’re still missing a separate power button, when you’re counting down the seconds before turning off the monitor. The navigation menu is clear and easy to use. You can also use a separate navigation controller, so you don’t have to reach for the back of the monitor. The navigation controller does not include a power button, so always go to the back of the monitor.
When playing games, the monitor shows what it’s capable of. 240Hz makes the monitor blazing fast, and although the colors need some calibrating, they look great after that. The MiniLEDs add a lot of brightness and contrast, and since you need at least 1000 NITS of brightness to achieve HDR1000 certification, that’s clearly more than enough. AOC claims it has a peak brightness of 12,000 Nits, for those who want to push the boundaries of color. MiniLEDs make black really black, and even if you place a white cursor on a black screen, the cursor will automatically darken to compensate. Unlike many IPS monitors, this one doesn’t produce the typical flare.
The AG274QZM is great for gaming, and poorly optimized things often have less to do with actual gaming. Of course, MiniLEDs increase the price and you have to be prepared to pay for them. 1,300 euros. That’s a lot of money for a monitor that’s only 27 inches. You can get three mid-range monitors for this price, but if you want the best, the AG274QZM is a great choice, as the colors, smoothness, and performance will wow you.