Last fall AOC introduced its curved G1-series displays aimed at gamers, offering high refresh rates along with AMD’s FreeSync. This month the company has started selling its flagship G1 model, which has a QHD resolution, runs at 144 Hz, supports FreeSync, and has a 31.5 inch size. The CQ32G1 is now available both in Europe and the US at an MSRP below €400/$400.

The AOC CQ32G1 relies on a 31.5-inch curved VA panel of 2560×1440 resolution, 300-nits peak brightness, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 1 ms MPRT response times, and a 144 Hz refresh rate. The manufacturer says that the panel can display 16.7 million colors and cover 124% of the sRGB color gamut, but does not say whether it can process any other gamuts.

Being primarily a gaming monitor, the CQ32G1 has three key selling points, including 1 ms ultra-low motion picture response time, AMD’s FreeSync dynamic refresh rate technology, as well as a 144 Hz maximum refresh rate. AOC has not disclosed the FreeSync ranges of the display and whether they are wide enough to support AMD’s Low Frame Rate (LFC) features. Entry-level 144 Hz monitors typically feature very decent FreeSync ranges from 30 to 144 Hz and do support the LFC capability.

As for connectivity, like other AOC's G1 displays, the CQ32G1 keeps the number of ports to a minimum. The monitor has a DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI inputs (1.4 and 2.0), as well as a 3.5-mm headphone jack. To keep BOM costs in check, the manufacturer decided not to equip its G1 monitors with speakers or a USB hub since neither will be truly appreciated by the target audience. For the same reason, AOC outfitted its CQ32G1 LCD has a rather simplistic stand that can only regulate its tilt (-4° ~ +21.5°)

Specifications of AOC's G1 Series Gaming Displays
  C24G1 C27G1 C32G1 CQ32G1
Panel 24" VA 27" VA 31.5" VA
Native Resolution 1920 × 1080 2560 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 144 Hz
Dynamic Refresh Tech AMD FreeSync (LFC is not confirmed)
Range 30 - 144 Hz (?)
Brightness 250 cd/m² 300 cd/m²
Contrast 3000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Response Time 1 ms MPRT
Pixel Pitch 0.27156 mm² 0.3114 mm² 0.3637 mm² 0.2724 mm²
Pixel Density 90 PPI 81 PPI 70 PPI 93 PPI
Curvature 1500R 1800R
Color Gamut Support sRGB
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
2 × HDMI 1.4
1 × D-Sub
1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 1.4
1 × HDMI 2.0
USB Hub - - - -
Audio 3.5 mm Headphone Output?
Proprietary Enhancements AOC Flicker Free
Power Consumption Idle 0.5 W?
Operating 20 W 23 W 50 W 37 W
Stand Adjustments Tilt -4 ~ +21.5° -5 ~ +21.5° -4° ~ +21.5°
Swivel -34 ~ +34° - -
Height 130 mm - - -
Pivot - - -
VESA Mounts 100 × 100 mm
Launch Timeframe Q4 2018 September 2018 Q4 2018 Q1 2019
Additional Information Link Link Link -
MSRP $230 $280 $300 >$400

The AOC CQ32G1 gaming monitor is now available from leading retailers like Amazon. In the US, the product is available for $395. In mainland Europe the device will cost €399, whereas in the UK it will be priced at £359.

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Source: AOC

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  • Valantar - Friday, February 8, 2019 - link

    That's what I get for skimming the article, I suppose :p

    Still, weird for that to not reach the spec table. Also, 124% sRGB ought to bring it to a decent Adobe RGB coverage, so it's rather odd for them to not mention that, even if it's only calibrated for sRGB.
  • Nagorak - Friday, February 8, 2019 - link

    The curve isn't really very noticeable. I used to feel like you about the curve, but after using one for 1.5 years I now consider the curve to be a small positive.
  • Valantar - Friday, February 8, 2019 - link

    I don't mind curved panels at all, but I don't see the point unless they're wide enough to fill a substantial amount of your field of view - which 16:9 monitors don't really do, at least not until you pass 30 inches. Below that, there's zero reason to add the cost of making a curved panel. Unless you enjoy sitting within a foot or so of your monitor, of course.
  • nerd1 - Thursday, February 7, 2019 - link

    I don't believe their spec until I test myself. ALL 144hz VA panel monitors I have tried (I have more than a dozen in my lab) have horrible image blur/retention issues that was very nauseating.
  • urbanman2004 - Thursday, February 7, 2019 - link

    I think I just read a/b this monitor here:
    I just upgraded my monitor to the LG-27UD58-B during a BF/CM sale so I'm not I'm not in the market for one of these unfortunately.
  • Nagorak - Friday, February 8, 2019 - link

    For the record the C24G1 does have a large enough range to allow LFC and the same should be true of the C27G1 and C32G1.

    I would be very surprised if the CQ32F1 doesn't have a range that supports it. In 2019 a good freesync range should almost be a given
  • Nagorak - Friday, February 8, 2019 - link

    Oh and the C24G1 works perfectly in freesync with Nvidia cards too.
  • Icehawk - Saturday, February 9, 2019 - link

    Looks like a pretty decent monitor for the price, 2k is a good compromise for gaming/desktop IME.
  • Dug - Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - link

    I would pay more just to have this as a flat panel.
  • Scry5 - Sunday, April 21, 2019 - link

    Okay so to fill in the blanks this article has left
    1700r curvature not 1800r, 48-144hz refresh via dp and hdmi 2.0 75hz on the 1.4 port i believe has NTSC 103% colour gamut and 124%srgb and LFC is confirmed Colour accuracy is almost flawless

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