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AOC’s C27G1 gaming monitor
This curved screen monitor, which has a 16:9 aspect ratio, has a 1800R curvature so that the centre of the screen is set back about 25mm with respect to the edges. It is 61cm wide overall with its black bezel being about 8mm wide on three sides and about 20mm at the lower edge which is then enhanced by a red styling strip running across the bottom. This styling strip is repeated on the rear of the monitor. With two or three of these monitors placed close together in a continuous arc, the user would feel almost totally immersed in the game.
The stand consists of a vertical pillar and has two long feet extending forward at angle and it has similar red styling strips to those on the monitor. There are a number of movements to enable the screen to be set in the best position for comfortable viewing. The spring counterbalance allows the height of the screen to be readily adjusted over a height range of about 14cm while it can also be tilted a small amount forward and also backward by about 20 degrees as well as being slewed to the left or right by about 30 degrees.
When the stand is released from the rear of the monitor it exposes a standard 10cm VESA mount facility on the back of the monitor which can be used if it intended to wall mount it. In addition to the standard Euro power connector on the rear of the monitor there is a 3.5mm headphone out and VGA, DisplayPort and two HDMI signal connections. The input selector, power and on-screen controls push buttons are all conveniently placed under the lower edge of the screen, to the right of centre, just to the left of the tiny power LED.
The VA (vertical alignment) panel gives a good solid black and colours with photos which seem to maintain their brilliance even as one moves appreciably off centre. The 144Hz refresh rate that is twice that of the majority of monitors and the 1mS MPRT (moving picture response time) all contribute to obviating the blurred images with fast moving gaming subjects while the panel’s DC (direct current) backlight is not prone to flickering.
The C27G1 incorporates AMD’s FreeSync technology which, in conjunction with a compatible graphics card, is aimed at matching the frame rate output of the PC’s graphics processor to the monitor’s refresh rate and so eliminates input lag, screen tear and stuttering. In addition to the manual provided on a CD giving a list of compatible cards, information is also available on the AMD web site.
Having pressed the Menu button on the OSD it is easy to navigate through the various options -- many of which are the standard ones for luminescence and colour setup. There are, for example, a number of Eco mode presets: Standard/Test/Internet/Game/Movie /Sports which provide a quick and easy way of setting luminance. Similarly, one can set up Red, Green and Blue colours separately as well as there being Warm/Normal/Cool/sRGB/User colour temperature settings.
However, in particular, as this is a gaming monitor, under the Game Setup heading, one can choose from FPS (First Person Shooters), RTS (Real Time Strategy) or Racing which provides the fastest response times and high colour saturation. In addition, there is the ability set up (and then recall) preset preferences for up to three different users. Other gaming features include Overdrive which sets the response time through a number of steps from weak through to Boost which provides a 1mS motion picture response time and an adjustable motion blur reduction facility.
These various display options can all be accessed by means of the on screen display buttons or, alternatively, the “i-Menu” can be installed which some will find an easier and more convenient way of setting up the monitor.
Available on Amazon £248.40 the C27G1 is, overall, a good gaming monitor. Even after having used it for just a short while it seems to give a more natural viewing experience than a conventional flat screen and is a good example of this trend.
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