Curved monitors for immersive gaming

13th June 2018
Alex Lynn

A series of curved monitors has been announced by AOC, with three new curved models C24G1, C27G1 and C32G1 ranging from 23.6” to 27” and 31.5” screen sizes. The red-accented design and aggressive curvatures (1500-1800R) aim to give an immersive gaming experience. The new series is equipped with VA panels and supports Full HD (1920x1080px) resolution.

Aimed at competitive gamers, these monitors aim to deliver high contrast images with deep blacks and vivid colours with 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms MPRT (Moving Picture Response Time) response time, and wide viewing angles of 178°/178°. For a smooth gaming experience, these monitors have AMD FreeSync support for stutter and tear-free gaming, low input lag for fast visual feedback, AOC game colour for on-the-fly adjustment of saturation and picture detail as well as the brand new 'Dial Point' for a crosshair overlay, helping gamers to aim accurately in FPS games.

The G1 Series comes in an entirely new design language. All models have an elegant 3-sided borderless design, which enables multi-monitor set-ups for immersive battlestations. Two monitors of the new series (C24G1 and C27G1) also come equipped with an ergonomic stand with 130mm height adjustment and -35°/+35° swivel range, so that gamers can keep their optimum viewing position. Thanks to the curvature with a very small radius of 1500R (for C24G1) or 1800R (C27G1 and C32G1), users are going to feel captured and fully immersed in the virtual worlds.

All three models are equipped with AMD’s FreeSync technology, which synchronises the GPU and the monitor so that frames are displayed when ready. The 144Hz refresh rate and fast response time of 1ms (1ms MPRT if desired; it can be adjusted to 4ms GtG) to reduce perceived motion blur. The G1 Series has low input lag, meaning that the actions of the users given by input devices translate into visual feedback without a noticeable latency caused by the monitor’s internal processing.

AOC Game Color, users can change colour saturation for better grey level and picture detail. While users can fully customise colour, pixel overdrive and various other little settings and save them into three different Gamer presets, the G1’s Game Mode Settings also include pre-defined FPS, Racing, RTS modes for convenient features aimed at different genres.

Veteran gamers will remember the days when they painted the screen with a marker pen or with a sticker to mark the centre point. Now, this feature is built-in to the monitor, AOC’s 'Dial Point' places a crosshair overlay to help FPS gamers aim better and easier. 

The G1 Series’ VA panels combine the best characteristics of TN and IPS panels and improve upon them. The viewing angles of the G1 Series are on par with conventional IPS panels (178/178), and the fast 144Hz, 1ms panels match current TN panels, with much better colour accuracy and viewing angles. What’s more, the VA panels boast 2-3 times higher contrast than both of them.

The AOC G1 Series allows for long hours of playing games; AOC’s Low Blue Mode reduces harmful blue wavelength, while AOC’s flicker-free technology adjusts the backlight with DC (Direct Current) instead of PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) for a more comfortable use. The AOC G1 Series also includes 2xHDMI, DisplayPort and VGA for legacy display sources and headhones output.

The 23.6” curved C24G1 and the 27” curved C27G1 are going to be available in July 2018 with an MSRP of £179 and £219, respectively. The larger curved 32” C32G1 is expected to be available in August 2018 with an MSRP of £259.

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