To see how the AOC CQ27G3S’s performance stacks up, I’ve rounded up a group of 165/170 Hz QHD screens that offer similar features. We have Cooler Master’s GP27Q, Galax’s VI-01, Gigabyte’s M27QP, HP’s HyperX Armada 27 and the NZXT Canvas 32Q.
Pixel Response and Input Lag
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Most 165 Hz screens draw a full white frame in 6ms but a few take 7ms to complete the task. The visual difference is small but the CQ27G3S is a tad less smooth than the top four monitors. This isn’t helped much by its weak overdrive which exhibits undershoot. That means you’ll see slight black trails behind moving objects.
It makes up some ground with very low input lag. 27ms isn’t quite at the professional esports level but it is fairly quick for the category. Casual gamers will have no complaints about precision. It should be noted that the CQ27G3S is the least expensive screen of the bunch.
Test Takeaway: The CQ27G3S could use a better overdrive to mitigate black trail artifacts but among other value-oriented 165 Hz screens, it holds its own. You can use the MBR blur reduction feature as a viable alternative to Adaptive-Sync as it offers slightly better motion resolution. With low input lag, it provides a solid gaming feel and experience.
When compared to other VA panels, the CQ27G3S has average off-axis image quality. At 45 degrees to the sides, light output drops by 30% and there is a visible shift to green. Gamma stays true though, so you won’t have trouble seeing fine highlight and shadow detail.
From the top, the picture is much darker and washed out. Detail will be much harder to resolve when looking down. At 27 inches, the CQ27G3S isn’t a great candidate for sharing.
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My CQ27G3S sample showed generally good uniformity when displaying a full black pattern but I could see faint hotspots in the upper corners of the screen. They aren’t a factor in content unless you are viewing very dark material. The center, sides and bottom were fine in my observation, so I don’t consider this result a deal-breaker.
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