AOC Agon Pro AG276QZD Review: Speedy and Responsive With Infinite Contrast

27-inch 240 Hz QHD OLED gaming monitor with Adaptive-Sync, HDR, wide gamut color and infinite contrast.

AOC Agon Pro AG276QZD
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The AG276QZD includes a factory calibration with an enclosed data sheet for each monitor. My tests confirmed the accuracy of the sample I received. It does not require calibration, but a slight improvement is possible with a few tweaks.

Grayscale and Gamma Tracking

Our grayscale and gamma tests use Calman calibration software from Portrait Displays. We describe our grayscale and gamma tests in detail here.

In the default Standard mode, the AG276QZD has minor red errors in the 90 and 100% steps. This will be very hard to spot in actual content. The gamma trace shows a spike (too dark) at 90%, meaning some bright highlights will be a little muted. That is something I would like to fix.

Both issues have been resolved by adjusting the RGB sliders and lowering contrast. Grayscale tracking is now even better with all errors below 2dE. And the gamma spike has been eliminated, which makes brighter content pop more. Though it seems counterintuitive, I increased contrast by lowering the contrast slider. Crazy, I know, but it worked. The charts don’t lie.

All other image controls are grayed out if you choose the sRGB gamut option. It’s relatively accurate, but there are a few anomalies in the gamma trace. Grayscale is visually free of errors except for 90 and 100%, which are a tad warm. The AG276QZD’s sRGB is perfectly usable for color-critical work.


OLED panels, as a category, have more consistently accurate color in my experience. Though the AG276QZD comes last in the out-of-box comparison, a 2.60dE score is nothing to complain about. It can be enjoyed without adjustment.

Of course, lower numbers are always better, at least for the ego, so I’m pleased to see the improvement to 0.96dE.

The gamma run is as close to perfect as I’ve seen from any monitor, gaming or professional. A 0.05 range of values is super tight and means that every detail in the original content will be rendered by the AG276QZD at every brightness level. The average value of 2.22 is just 0.91% off the mark, also visually perfect.

Color Gamut Accuracy

Our color gamut and volume testing use Portrait Displays’ Calman software. For details on our color gamut testing and volume calculations, click here.

When you look at the first two gamut charts, you’ll notice that my calibration increased the average color error from 1.10dE to 1.29dE. This change is invisible to the naked eye, and it’s well worth the gain in grayscale and gamma accuracy. The main change is in the magenta hue which moved a bit towards the blue primary. Again, this is not visible in actual content. Saturation is on-point for all six colors and the green primary is completely covered. Most DCI-P3 monitors come up short in green but the AG276QZD does not.

The sRGB chart shows a little red under-saturation but is otherwise on target. The AG276QZD isn’t intended as a professional screen but it could function as part of a video post-production suite. Kudos to AOC for including selectable gamuts. That is rare in the gaming monitor category.


This is a very accurate group of monitors as evidenced by their lack of visible color errors. The AG276QZD comes in fourth with a 1.29dE result. Visually, there is no difference between any of the screens.

The 27-inch OLEDs are close in gamut volume with the Corsair edging out the Asus and AOC. The Philips and Samsung monitors are the right choice if you want the largest possible color gamut with over 108% coverage of DCI-P3. The AG276QZD’s 92.7% sRGB score shows it is a little short of blue and red. But most users will be using the full native gamut for all content. This is a very colorful monitor, and it is qualified for critical applications.

Test Takeaway: When compared to all wide gamut displays, the AG276QZD is well above average in volume. It is also very accurate, both out of the box and after calibration. With excellent gamma accuracy, it shows an extremely clear and detailed image. OLEDs in general are more consistently accurate than LCDs and the AG276QZD continues that trend.

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Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • helper800
    I love my LG CX OLED mounted about my two monitors for pretty much everything. Not even the faintest bit of burn in on it after 2+ years of use either. I set my desktop background to black with a taskbar that hides, and no shortcuts or folders displayed on it seems to do the trick. If i were ever to replace my 27 inch gaming monitor below my CX it would be with something like this.