Displays & Monitors

AOC CQ27G2S 165Hz Gaming Monitor Review

Getting a great gaming monitor is relatively easy, so long as you’re not concerned about things like budget! Throw enough money at the problem, and you’re sure to find something pretty awesome. The cost of a monitor goes up as you increase certain aspects, such as the panel size, resolution, and refresh rate. However, with all that in mind, AOC has managed to deliver a 27″ panel, which is a good size for gaming, with a 2560×1440 resolution, which is perfect for this screen size and a nice upgrade from FullHD, and a fast refresh rate of 165Hz, which is going to make fast-moving action look super-smooth. However, what’s exciting is that they’ve done all this for around £200.


The monitor uses one of their common designs combined with a QHD VA panel featuring a 4ms response time, however, that can be lowered to 1ms using the MPRT mode at the cost of peak brightness. While that’s not up to the flagship standards wanted by eSports pros, for those wanting to be more competitive while not spending a small fortune, it seems like a comfortable middle ground for at-home PC and console gamers.


  • 27″ Panel
  • 2560×1440 Resolution
  • 165Hz Refresh Rate
  • 1500R Curved Display
  • 4ms Response Time
  • 1ms MPRT Response Time
  • AOC G-Menu
  • VA Panel
  • HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2

For further specifications, please visit the official AOC CQ27G2S 165Hz Gaming Monitor product page here.

What AOC Had to Say

The AOC GAMING CQ27G2S/BK is a curved 27” QHD VA display that wraps around you to jump into action. This superior picture quality and sharp imagery combines with fast 165Hz refresh rate, Low Input Lag and HDR10 for fast-paced and realistic battles, where you can enjoy even the finest details. With G-Menu you can tailor your display to the game with a click of a button, and you can easily adjust your monitor to suit your height and seating preferences for hours of comfort.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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