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AOC CQ27G2 Monitor Review

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Critics were impressed with the AOC CQ27G2’s 144Hz refresh rate, high contrast ratio, and easy adjustability. Unfortunately, the monitor’s poor viewing angles, low peak brightness, and lack of support for HDR content did little to sustain their enthusiasm.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The AOC CQ27G2 is an entry-level display that was announced to the market in mid-2020. It has a high native contrast ratio and a 144Hz refresh ratio that is good enough for tear-free gaming – attributes that are quite common with some of the best gaming monitors around. Its build quality is pretty good, and its ergonomics are superb for easy adjustments. It may not top our list of the best computer monitors, but it offers decent reflection handling, and its text clarity is pretty good. Color is also pretty accurate out of the box, and like the AOC CU34G2X, it has a 1440p screen resolution.

Consensus

our Verdict

Top testers hailed the AOC CQ27G2 as a great option, especially for users who want to set it up in a dark room because of its high contrast ratio. Reviewers from Rtings also liked how easy it was to adjust, courtesy of its impressive ergonomics. They were also satisfied with its reflection handling and felt it had good color accuracy before making any adjustments. Its 144Hz refresh rate had experts from Tom’s Hardware convinced that it was good enough for casual gaming, and although it was not as high as the 165Hz max refresh rate of the ASUS TUF VG27VQ, they were okay with it since they did not come across any instances of screen tearing during their tests.

However, the CQ27G2’s poor viewing angles, lackluster peak brightness, and lack of support for HDR content may drive away some buyers.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Great ergonomics
  • High contrast ratio
  • Decent reflection handling
  • Good color accuracy

Reason to Avoid

  • Poor viewing angles
  • No support for HDR
  • Low peak brightness

AOC CQ27G2 Monitor Specs

Display TypeVA
HDMI Inputs2
HDR FormatYes
Max Resolution2560 x 1440
Panel TypePanel TypeVA
Refresh Rate144 Hz
Response TimeResponse Time1 ms
Screen size27"
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyAMD FreeSync Premium

All Specs

Test Results

Brightness (nits)219.565
Contrast Ratio (as ratio x:1)3,749.15
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 xy)83
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 uv)0
Color Gamut % (sRGB Coverage xy)97.5
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB Coverage xy)81.4
Color Gamut % (Rec. 2020 Coverage xy)0
Color Gamut % (Rec. 709 Coverage xy)0
Input Lag (ms)14.85
Response Time (ms)6.1
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Left)25
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Right)25
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Above)27
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Below)26
Reflections % (Total Reflections)5.8

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AOC CQ27G2 Monitor Review

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Market Context

The AOC CQ27G2 is an entry-level display that was announced to the market in mid-2020. It has a high native contrast ratio and a 144Hz…

The AOC CQ27G2 is an entry-level display that was announced to the market in mid-2020. It has a high native contrast ratio and a 144Hz refresh ratio that is good enough for tear-free gaming – attributes that are quite common with some of the best gaming monitors around. Its build quality is pretty good, and its ergonomics are superb for easy adjustments. It may not top our list of the best computer monitors, but it offers decent reflection handling, and its text clarity is pretty good. Color is also pretty accurate out of the box, and like the AOC CU34G2X, it has a 1440p screen resolution.

It’s tough to differentiate between the AOC CQ27G2 and the AOC CQ27G1 as far as both looks and features are concerned. They both have a…

It’s tough to differentiate between the AOC CQ27G2 and the AOC CQ27G1 as far as both looks and features are concerned. They both have a 27-inch 1440p screen and a 144Hz refresh rate, but the CQ27G2 being the newer model, offers slightly higher text clarity and has a deeper curvature for a more immersive viewing experience.

The AOC CQ27G2 (This review) is also pretty close to the AOC C27G2 in terms of looks and features, but the latter comes with a…

The AOC CQ27G2 (This review) is also pretty close to the AOC C27G2 in terms of looks and features, but the latter comes with a lower 1080p resolution and a more concave curvature.

The AOC CQ27G2 is slightly outmatched by the Gigabyte G27Q because of its 165Hz refresh rate as well as its support for HDR content. The…

The AOC CQ27G2 is slightly outmatched by the Gigabyte G27Q because of its 165Hz refresh rate as well as its support for HDR content. The two are both VA panels with a 1500R curve radius, though the CQ27G2 offers better ergonomics and is, therefore, easier to adjust.

The AOC CQ27G2 doesn’t have much to compete against the Dell S2721DGF, apart from its better contrast. The Dell monitor offers better ergonomics, wide viewing…

The AOC CQ27G2 doesn’t have much to compete against the Dell S2721DGF, apart from its better contrast. The Dell monitor offers better ergonomics, wide viewing angles, higher peak brightness, and smoother motion handling.

Display Type

VA

VA

LCD

LCD

HDMI Inputs

2

2

2

2

HDR Format

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max Resolution

2560 x 1440

2560 x 1440

2560 x 1440

2560 x 1440

Panel Type

VA

VA

IPS

IPS

Refresh Rate

144 Hz

144 Hz

144 Hz

165 Hz

Response Time

1 ms

8 ms

1 ms

1 ms

Screen size

27"

27"

27"

27"

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Score Card

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Expert Score

82

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Customer Score

93

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True Score

84

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103.4

    Category Trust Rating

    64
    The AOC CQ27G2 is a decent monitor for most uses. The low input lag and… Read More

    By:

    Rob Shafer
  • Tom’s Hardware
    92.08

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    If you’re looking for reliable speed in a value-priced gaming monitor, the AOC CQ27G2 is… Read More

    By:

    Christian Eberle
  • Display Ninja
    10.93

    Category Trust Rating

    82
    The AOC CQ27G2 is an affordable 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor yet it offers a high… Read More

    By:

    Samuel Breton

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