It is truly a great time for bargain hunters who are seeking a high-performance gaming monitor. 27-inch QHD displays with HDR, wide gamut color, Adaptive-Sync and 165 Hz are becoming common and that means great deals are out there.
In AOC’s case, it offers two such monitors, the 240 Hz CQ27G3Z at $400 and the 165 Hz CQ27G3S at $250. Both offer similar image quality with high contrast VA panels and wide gamut color. But that extra $150 will only buy you smoother motion resolution. That makes the AOC CQ27G3S an astounding value with one of the highest price/performance ratios I’ve seen.
Contrast is over 4,200:1 which puts the CQ27G3S ahead of most LCD monitors of any type. Only a Mini LED or OLED will be better. The color gamut covers an average 87% of DCI-P3 so if you’re seeking the most colorful monitor, there are a few better examples available at a higher cost. HDR quality is the most impressive aspect of the image in my observation. Though the CQ27G3S does not do dynamic contrast or zone dimming, that honest 4,200:1 means deep blacks, bright highlights and saturated color.
Gaming performance is better than the price suggests. Though the CQ27G3S’s overdrive is a bit weak with undershoot artifacts, it works well in practice thanks to very low input lag. It is one of the more responsive 165 Hz monitors I’ve played on. Adaptive-Sync support is without issue and the MBR backlight strobe is one of the better implementations of that technology with minimal artifacts and solid light output.
There is little that the AOC CQ27G3S does not do well. For $250, you’ll have a hard time finding a better 27-inch gaming monitor. Budget conscious shoppers should definitely check it out.
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