AOC Announces AGON PRO AG344UXM Ultrawide Gaming Display with 170 Hz Refresh Rate

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AOC has announced that the AGON PRO AG344UXM will be available in the EU starting in July for £1,429.99 (~$1,750.52). It features a 34-inch, 21:9 panel with Mini-LED backlight with 1,152 dimming zones, 3440 x 1400 resolution, 170 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms GtG response time, VESA HDR 1000 certification, and support for NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync. Other features include HDMI 2.1 and DP 1.4 ports, 99% DCI-P3 and 100% sRGB color coverage, a 4-port USB hub with integrated KVM switch, a USB-C input for display connectivity or 90 W of power delivery, and 2x 8 W DTS-enhanced speakers.

AGON by AOC – one of the world’s leading gaming monitor and IT accessories brands – presents the AGON PRO AG344UXM, a 34” (86.4 cm) ultrawide monitor with breath-taking credentials: a MiniLED backlight with 1152 dimming zones to achieve eye-catching high-level DisplayHDR 1000, 170 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms GtG response time for smooth motion and high UWQHD resolution of 3440×1440 for increased clarity and detail. While providing great immersion in simulation, racing, and first-person titles where extra peripheral vision benefits the user, the AG344UXM also covers home-office and streaming tasks gracefully thanks to the built-in HDMI 2.1, USB-C connectivity and an integrated KVM switch.

Immersion on multiple fronts

The AG344UXM expands the AGON PRO portfolio of high-end monitors for enthusiast gamers with an exceptional ultrawide model. With a MiniLED backlight, the AG344UXM features a superior amount of 1152 dimming zones that can individually light up or turn off to achieve localised areas in pitch black or sections illuminated at 1000 nits peak brightness within the same frame. Certified with VESA DisplayHDR 1000, this high dynamic range increases the perceived contrast immensely and creates a lifelike image, displaying scorching sunlight and deep, dark shadows simultaneously without washing out the total image. With the colour-accurate IPS panel, the AG344UXM offers wide viewing angles of 178°/178°, 10-bit colour depth and wide gamut coverage of 99% DCI-P3 and 100% sRGB, reproducing punchy and vivid hues, just as intended by the game artists.

Versatility at its best

The AG344UXM is a clear contender as the definitive single display for all tasks from entertainment/gaming to work and productivity. Featuring DisplayPort 1.4 and the future-proof HDMI 2.1 connectivity, the AG344UXM can be easily connected to the latest generation of GPUs or current-gen consoles. Additionally, the AG344UXM features USB-C input, which supports transferring the full display signal with 170 Hz refresh rate and 10-bit colour, while providing 90 W USB Power Delivery simultaneously. This means that a gaming/high-end laptop or a powerful miniPC can also be connected to the monitor to take advantage of the monitor’s high refresh rate using USB-C, while being powered and charged.

The USB-C connectivity is only a fraction of the total USB docking capabilities. The AG344UXM features a 4-port USB hub with a USB-B upstream port. In practice, a keyboard and mouse connected to the AG344UXM’s USB hub can be toggled with the KVM switch to control the device connected via the USB-C port (e.g. a laptop) or via the USB-B upstream port (e.g. a desktop PC), providing total control over multiple devices with a clean desk. To get the best out of the wide horizontal canvas, the AG344UXM also supports Picture-by-Picture mode.

Today’s high-end gamers are more than familiar with showing off their talents and capabilities on livestreams or epic montages, and there is an increasing number of gamers who are becoming content creators. For this kind of audience, the AG344UXM makes absolute sense. The ultrawide aspect ratio is not only immersive for games, but increases productivity in work-related tasks as well. The timeline in video editing software is much more visible at a single glance on an ultrawide monitor such as the AG344UXM. In day-to-day tasks, two applications fit side-by-side, improving multitasking. Alternatively, the additional screen real estate can fit a stream chat window or the streaming software alongside the actual game. The advantage of the AG344UXM’s 21:9 aspect ratio also shines when watching movies, accompanied by 2x 8 W DTS-enhanced speakers.

The striking design of the AG344UXM follows the design language of its AGON PRO siblings with 3-sides frameless front side and red accents on the back, bestowed upon with the “Red Dot Design Award. For increased customisation, the LightFX RGB lighting on the back side can be synchronised with other AOC peripherals using the G-Menu software. In terms of ergonomics, the sturdy metal stand of the AG344UXM offers tilt and swivel adjustment to cater to individual preferences.

The AG344UXM’s OSD settings can be adjusted using the wired remote (QuickSwitch), the 5-way joystick on the back, or the aforementioned G-Menu software. This enables users to select – among other options – one of the 6 dedicated game modes, toggle settings such as AOC Game Color (saturation), Dial Point (crosshair overlay), FPS counter, or the LowBlue mode.

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Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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