AOC's AGON AG251FZ Panel Blows Past Gaming Monitor Competition At 240Hz With Zero Motion Blur

AOC has a new monitor that would impress even Goose and Maverick from Top Gun fame, a pair of Naval aviators with an insatiable need for speed. It's the Agon AG251FZ, a 25-inch Twisted Nematic (TN) display with a blazing fast 240Hz rate, 1920x1080 resolution, 1ms response time, and Adaptive Sync (AMD FreeSync) support for smooth gameplay without any motion blur.

The TN panel might turn some people off, but AOC is going after raw speed here and not pinpoint color accuracy. Competitive gamers and the esports community are the ones who will take interest here, as opposed to graphics professionals and anyone else needing the high level of color accuracy that In Plane Switching (IPS) and some other types of panels can potentially offer.

AOC Agon AG251FZ

"The AG251FZ was built to meet gamers’ high expectations of a high-end monitor that delivers the most engaging experience possible. This 25-inch display is full of unique gaming features such as the Low Input Lag mode which makes sure that all commands are executed immediately and Shadow Control that lights up dark areas without affecting the rest of the screen," AOC explains. "In addition, the QuickSwitch keypad allows players to quickly switch between presets tailored to the demands of FPS, racing or RTS games."

Focusing on gaming amenities didn't come at the expense of ergonomics. The AG251FZ is height adjustable and can be tilted, swiveled, or pivoted from landscape to portrait mode. There aren't many games where pivoting a single-monitor setup into pivot mode would come in handy, though when productivity calls, it's a nice feature for reading long webpages and documents.

AOC Agon AG251FZ

The stand also comes with a handle so that gamers can lug this thing to and from LAN parties, essentially bringing their home court advantage with them.

Other features include a 400 cd/m2 brightness rating, 50,000,000:1 contrast ratio (1000:1 typical), and 170/160 degrees viewing angles. As for connectivity, there isn't a built-in USB hub, though users will find D-Sub, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort inputs.

AOC says the AG251FZ will launch in Europe this January for £449. No word yet on when it will arrive in the U.S. or for how much.