Usually when a company updates a monitor with new features they retain the best parts of the outgoing model. In the case of AOC’s AG352UCG6, that isn’t completely true. You still get a VA panel with solid contrast, and there’s a tighter 1,800R curve versus the previous 2,000R, plus rich color and G-Sync. Further, the 120Hz AG352UCG6 improves on the AG352UCG’s 100Hz refresh rate. However, AOC failed to improve a few areas, and some aspects of performance were weaker.
Our AG352UCG6 was reasonably color-accurate but required calibration to reach full potential. Out of the box, its primary colors were a little off the mark when compared to other monitors at the same price point. Grayscale and gamma tracking were the culprits here. Fortunately, we were able to solve most of the issues with careful adjustment. Our recommended settings should take care of any problems you might encounter.
But improving color required some compromise. To see the best color, we had to sacrifice some contrast. Without adjustment, the AG352UCG6 delivered similar contrast to most other VA monitors. But when striving for accurate color, that dynamic range dropped by about 30%. It’s still better than any IPS panel but not by as much as it should be.
The good part is you get completely reliable G-Sync performance up to 120Hz. And with a tighter curve than the AG352UCG, the AG352UCG6 draws gamers in just a little more. Improvements in screen draw time and input lag meant a gaming experience free from artifacts or other factors that would reduce competitiveness.
If you already have last year’s AG352UCG, an upgrade is only necessary if you want a higher refresh rate; you might be able to pick up the old one for around $820. But if you opt for the new model, you’ll get decent gaming performance and good picture once you dial it in. Though this new Agon didn’t significantly improve upon its predecessor, it’s still a good gaming monitor and a decent value in its class.
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