HDR on PC (or high dynamic range) is all well and good when it actually works, but let’s face it, no one wants to shell out north of £2000 / $2000 on one of Nvidia’s fancy G-Sync HDR monitors like the Acer Predator X27 or Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ when it’s still so damn fiddly to get right. Admittedly, things aren’t any simpler over on the AMD side of the HDR pool either, with the GPU giant’s FreeSync 2 tech offering an even woollier approach to nailing down a decent HDR experience.
The advantage of going down the AMD route, however, is that you’ve not only a wider pick of monitors to choose from, but they’re also a heck of a lot cheaper, with the AOC Agon AG322QC4 on test today costing literally a quarter of what you’d be forking out for one of Nvidia’s screens. Is AOC’s curvy, 31.5in, 144Hz, 2560×1440 monitor made of sterner best gaming monitor stuff than its flat, 27in, 4K, 144Hz competition? Let’s find out.