Last fall AOC introduced its curved G1-series displays aimed at gamers, offering high refresh rates along with AMD’s FreeSync. This month the company has started selling its flagship G1 model, which has a QHD resolution, runs at 144 Hz, supports FreeSync, and has a 31.5 inch size. The CQ32G1 is now available both in Europe and the US at an MSRP below €400/$400.
The AOC CQ32G1 relies on a 31.5-inch curved VA panel of 2560×1440 resolution, 300-nits peak brightness, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 1 ms MPRT response times, and a 144 Hz refresh rate. The manufacturer says that the panel can display 16.7 million colors and cover 124% of the sRGB color gamut, but does not say whether it can process any other gamuts.
Being primarily a gaming monitor, the CQ32G1 has three key selling points, including 1 ms ultra-low motion picture response time, AMD’s FreeSync dynamic refresh rate technology, as well as a 144 Hz maximum refresh rate. AOC has not disclosed the FreeSync ranges of the display and whether they are wide enough to support AMD’s Low Frame Rate (LFC) features. Entry-level 144 Hz monitors typically feature very decent FreeSync ranges from 30 to 144 Hz and do support the LFC capability.
As for connectivity, like other AOC’s G1 displays, the CQ32G1 keeps the number of ports to a minimum. The monitor has a DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI inputs (1.4 and 2.0), as well as a 3.5-mm headphone jack. To keep BOM costs in check, the manufacturer decided not to equip its G1 monitors with speakers or a USB hub since neither will be truly appreciated by the target audience. For the same reason, AOC outfitted its CQ32G1 LCD has a rather simplistic stand that can only regulate its tilt (-4° ~ +21.5°)
|Specifications of AOC’s G1 Series Gaming Displays|
|Panel||24″ VA||27″ VA||31.5″ VA|
|Native Resolution||1920 × 1080||2560 × 1440|
|Maximum Refresh Rate||144 Hz|
|Dynamic Refresh||Tech||AMD FreeSync (LFC is not confirmed)|
|Range||30 – 144 Hz (?)|
|Brightness||250 cd/m²||300 cd/m²|
|Viewing Angles||178°/178° horizontal/vertical|
|Response Time||1 ms MPRT|
|Pixel Pitch||0.27156 mm²||0.3114 mm²||0.3637 mm²||0.2724 mm²|
|Pixel Density||90 PPI||81 PPI||70 PPI||93 PPI|
|Color Gamut Support||sRGB|
|Inputs||1 × DisplayPort 1.2
2 × HDMI 1.4
1 × D-Sub
|1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 1.4
1 × HDMI 2.0
|Audio||3.5 mm Headphone Output?|
|Proprietary Enhancements||AOC Flicker Free|
|Power Consumption||Idle||0.5 W?|
|Operating||20 W||23 W||50 W||37 W|
|Stand Adjustments||Tilt||-4 ~ +21.5°||-5 ~ +21.5°||-4° ~ +21.5°|
|Swivel||-34 ~ +34°||–||–|
|VESA Mounts||100 × 100 mm|
|Launch Timeframe||Q4 2018||September 2018||Q4 2018||Q1 2019|
The AOC CQ32G1 gaming monitor is now available from leading retailers like Amazon. In the US, the product is available for $395. In mainland Europe the device will cost €399, whereas in the UK it will be priced at £359.