Having a good monitor like the AOC AG493UCX is essential to any gaming setup, over the last few years I have covered a few and have been pleased with every single one. I always love the idea of having dual screens as something about two monitors makes life easier whether that’s doing coursework and watching videos at the same time, streaming and having chat up or any other combination you can think of. Then I stumbled across a monitor that was 49inches and was shocked to see that monitors went this big. Granted you can get massive TV but monitors? It just seemed wild to me. So, we got in touch with a few people and the next thing you know I have a 49inch Gaming Monitor at my doorstep to test out and see if size really does matter.
When it was all sorted out and the delivery was arranged, I was like a kid waiting for Christmas morning as I was so excited to get my hands on this monitor. The day it arrived I was at work and it was delivered safely to the next-door neighbour. I got home from work, literally ran to the neighbour’s house and knocked on the door. When the neighbour opened the door, I said to her that I believe a package has arrived for me. She stepped to the side and in her hallway was this giant box that took me by surprise. I had to get help moving it from her house to mine as I didn’t expect the size of the box to be this big. Once I got it in the house, I had to call my brother round to not only help me take it upstairs to my room but to help me but the mighty thing together. After me and my brother re-enacted the scene from Friends where they are taking the sofa upstairs, we managed to get the box onto my bed and proceed to open it up. With great care, me and my brother managed to get it out of the box, assemble the monitor and somehow find enough space for it to sit on my Genesis Holm 300 desk. My whole desk is now engulfed with this beautiful 49inch curved monitor. It is also something to note that this is the first monitor I have ever used that comes with its own remote control, not only this but it comes with built-in speakers which in my opinion is a fantastic little addition. I hooked it all up to my computer and with the press of the power button, I got to see what this monitor truly had to offer a gamer like myself.
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I had to make some changes to my display properties on my computer but in the end, I managed to get it all sorted and ready to go. I picked out a new background as you do and was thinking of what game to play first. Eventually, I decided on Fortnite as it was coming to the end of the old season and it is a nice easy game to load up and jump into. The picture was fantastic and I loved how the game looked on the screen. I felt like I could see more of the map but it was just a hell of a lot clearer than that of my old monitor. After a few games, I jumped onto League of Legends and this was where I came across my first bugbear, the quality was okay but it felt stretched out, like the game wasn’t meant to run on a monitor this big. It took me a while to get used to it but I managed to just deal with it in the end.
I do feel as though I need the monitor to be further back from myself when sitting at the desk as a time it doesn’t feel too close and not only that but when you have been using it for a while it does give off a lot of heat. Like my room gets super hot if I don’t put a fan on while using the monitor but it could be the combined heat of the PC too. 49inches is a lot of monitor, its ultra-wide display provides double more screen space than that of my old monitor which I’m loving but it is taking some getting used to. Normally when I have had a display this big it has been split over two screens, not just one. Its Dual QHD display ensures that you get crisp picture quality with 5120 pixels horizontally and 1440 pixels vertically. It’s the same as having two 27inch QHD monitors packed into one. This helps elevate the quality of your games and gives you an unforgettable experience when using this curved monitor.
As mentioned above, it’s the only monitor I have come across that has a remote control with it, it can be used to adjust the brightness, volume and turning it on and off. The curved is a nice added touch which I find that most monitors nowadays go for. Where this Monitor blows me away is with its Picture-by-Picture feature and KVM, the PbP allows this monitor to utilities two different sources (i.e a Laptop and Desktop) at the same time, essential you’re dual screening but using a laptop and desktop which is amazing. This comes in handy when writing reviews, doing course work and streaming. Not only this but combined with KVM you get to use the same mouse and keyboard for both computers, how cool is that! Though it’s not all sunshine and rainbows as the asking price for one of these is a whooping £949.99 from Amazon or £849.96 from Laptopsdirect. You start to wonder whether it might just be easier to buy two monitors individually for cheaper and just rock the dual-screen the normal way. I do love this monitor but the asking price can deter even the most hardcore gamers when you think about the amount of desk space this eats up and the fact that it’s only one screen and not multiple. You can turn it into a dual-screen set-up in a sense but it requires a laptop or another desktop, which takes up even more space on the desk. It is probably easier to just rock multiple screens rather than one huge one.
My time using this monitor has been great and I have enjoyed it so much, from playing PC games to plugging in the PlayStation 5 and having a go with that it’s been awesome. The PbP is cool as I have recently got a new laptop so I was using this feature quite a lot for my Photoshop stuff and other bits, I love the feel of having multiple monitors and displays so it was an added feature that got used a lot. Though I do miss having two monitors that I can set up and position how I want. So, if I wanted to have one monitor landscape and the other horizontal I could but with this mammoth of a screen, it pretty much is stuck solid in one space and can’t be moved around as my desk doesn’t accommodate the sheer size, who knows if it was a different desk and I had a bigger room it might have been easier to get bigger desk which in turn is more space.
Please find below a full list of specifications relating to this gaming monitor:
- Monitor colour: Black
- Screen size (inch): 49inch
- Resolution: 5120×1440
- Refresh rate: 120Hz
- Response Time (GtG): 4ms
- Response Time (MPRT): 1ms
- HDR: Vesa Certified DisplayHDR 400
- Panel Type: VA
- Sync Range: 48 – 144
- Sync Technology: FreeSync Premium Pro
- Backlight: WLED
- sRGB Coverage (%) (CIE 1931): 121
- Flicker-free: Yes
- Aspect ratio: 32:9
- Brightness (typical): 550
- Contrast (dynamic) 80M:1
- Pixels per Inch: 108
- Contrast (static): 3000:1
- Pixel Pitch: 0.2331
- Active Screen Area (HxW): 119.472(H) x 335.664(V) mm mm
- Viewing angle (CR10): 178/178
- Display Colours: 16.7 Million
- Bezel Type: Frameless
- Scanning Frequency: DP1.4 : 5120×1440@60Hz (FRC) HDMI2.0/USB-C : 3840×1080@60Hz (FRC) 2560×1440@60Hz (FRC)
- Adobe RGB Coverage (%) (CIE 1931): 90
- OSD languages: EN, FR, ES, PT, DE, IT, NL, SE, FI, PL, CZ, RU, KR, CN, (T), CN (S), JP
- Hard Glass: Antiglare + 3H
- Signal Input: HDMI 2.0 x 2, DisplayPort 1.4 x 2, USB-C (DP Alt Mode)
- USB Hub: Yes
- USB input: USB 3.2(Gen1) x 3
- Audio Output: Headphone out (3.5mm)
- Built-in Speakers: 5 W x 2
- Flat / Curved: Curved
- Whats in the box
- HDMI cable: 1.8mm
- Displayport Cable: 1.8mm
- USB cable: USB-C to USB-C 1m
- Power Cable C5: 1.8mm
- HF: Yes
- Mercury Free: Yes
- Recyclable packing material: 100%
- Swivel: 15.5 + 1.5 – 15.5 + 1.5
- Tilt: 3.5 + 1.5 – 13.5 + 1.5
- Height Adjust Amount: 100mm
- Removable Stand: Yes
- Vesa Wallmount: 100×100
- Powersupply: External
- Powersource: 100 – 240V 50/60Hz
- EnergyClass: G
- Power Consumption ON (Energystar test method): 60 watt
- Power Consumption Off: 0.3 watt
- Power Consumption Standby: 0.5 watt
- Product dimensions excl base: 1194,4X369.4X153.24 MM
- Packaging Dimensions (L x W x H): 1308W*553D*420H mm
- Net Weight (excluding package) 14.4Kg
- Gross Weight (including package): 20.8Kg
- Warranty Period: 3 Years
- EAN: 4038986119634
- MTBF: 50.000 hours
For any more information regarding the AOC AG493UCX monitor please follow this link provided: https://eu.aoc.com/en/gaming-monitors/ag493ucx
I think when it comes to monitors size doesn’t matter. 49inchs is amazing but I feel a little intimidated by it. I could get the same experience in a way with dual monitors and for about £300 less. It is nice having two 27inch monitors because I can utilities them easier for space, though I do love the AOC AG49. Its image quality is probably the best that I have seen on any monitor I have used and it comes with some incredible features that I haven’t seen on other monitors that I have used or seen in the past. I love the black finish and how sturdy it is, it doesn’t feel unstable on its stands and I love the angles that you can tilt the screen at. If you have enough space in your gaming rooms or offices then this monitor would fit right in, that is of course if you have the extra pennies lying around to cover the bill. I imaging if you only use one monitor usually then you’ll love this as an upgrade but like mentioned you could get two or maybe three monitors for the price of one of these bad boys. Though it does make for an amazing centrepiece on my desk and suit all my gaming visual needs, the picture is spectacular and it’s like having my own private cinema at home. For these reason state in this review, I’m giving the AOC AG493UCX 49inch Gaming Curved Monitor a score of 8 out of 10.
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