Photos and Features
With the Agon PD27 out of the box, I could finally get a better look at the overall design and look. As the name implies, it is a 27-inch monitor which is the sweet spot for me. My desk has four 27 inch monitors and my wife also runs two as well, they are large, but if you like to run more than one monitor anything larger gets to the point where you can’t fit them on most desks. The AOC and Porsche Design collaboration is eye-catching though, more than all of my other gaming-focused monitors. Namely because of the chromed stand that peaks out at the bottom, but the monitor itself does also have a clean look. It comes with a small sticker in the bottom left corner that lists off the main features like you would see if there was a display in retail. The first listed is the 240 Hz refresh rate and the 1ms response time which interestingly enough isn’t the same as listed in the online specifications. Those have the refresh rate at half that at 0.5 ms. They have the 1000R curved screen and the light FX. Then quad HD which stands for 1440p because it is four 720p screens together and adaptive sync at the end.
The front of the Agon PD27 has the matte-finished screen itself but it is the bezels that make the overall look of the monitor. Down at the bottom, the main bezel has a grey finish with a brushed effect on it. This has the Porsche Design logo in the center which has a chrome finish. The bottom bezel is the thickest on the entire monitor and it is thicker than most newer monitors at a full inch thick. They make up for it on the top and side bezels which are only 2mm thick. At least the plastic portion is, if you look closely you can also see that the screen itself doesn’t start until the 8mm mark which is closer to normal. So the functional bezel isn’t smaller, but they do a great job of making it look smaller.
Now going back to the small feature sticker, the Agon PD27 doesn’t just list this as a curved monitor. They specifically mention 1000R and I’m sure a few of you might be curious what that is. 1000R was introduced at CES last year for monitors. The R stands for radius and the 1000 means the number of millimeters the circle would be if the curve continued into a full circle. 1000R is specifically picked because that is the radius that matches the human eye. Up until now, we would see curved monitors more in the 1800R range which has less of a curve, so even though the Agon PD27 isn’t an ultrawide monitor, it does have a significant curve to the display.
The Agon PD27 is packed full of tech features, but the feature that makes it stand out the most is still the stand design. This is where Porsche Design comes into play. They designed the stand using small chromed tubes to design it like a race car’s roll cage. The top and bottom of the main frame at the back have isosceles trapezoids at the top and bottom, with the top being smaller than the bottom. Then it has two long legs that stick out on the front, like a lot of normal monitor stands. All of the stand has been polished to a mirror-like finish as well. This is the type of stand/monitor that you expect to see in an office that has a crazy expensive airplane wing desk or a minimalistic desk. In other words, this is more than just a monitor, it is furniture. The stand itself is solid, but if you look closely you can see that the Agon PD27 has the height adjustment built into the back of the monitor. It has a height adjustment of 150mm and in the pictures below it is up at its highest setting. It can swivel left and right 15° each way for a total of 30°. Then for up and down tilt it can swing from 4° up to 21.5° for a total of 25.5°.
The bottom of the Agon PD27’s stand does have rubber feet integrated into it. At the back, the entire length has a light grey rubber foot and inside of the two holes at the end, they have also plugged the screw holes with rubber as well. Then at the end of both of the long lengths, there are smaller rubber nubs as well. Be careful moving the monitor around as I did pull one of these small nubs out when moving around once. Beyond that though, the light color of the rubber does help prevent scuff marks on your desk.
The back of the Agon PD27 has the AGON by AOC branding on the right and the Porsche Design logo on the left. Up at the top, the vents look fake but are functional which helps vent out heat. Then over on the left is the only control/button on the entire monitor. This has a center press for power then toggles up, down, left, and right. In the bottom right corner, they also slipped a small Kensington lock hole, this isn’t a cheap monitor. You can use this with a Kensington lock to lock it down to something more secure.
Down at the bottom of the Agon PD27, it had overhangs on both sides, like other monitors which have all of the I/O connections. The right side has two DisplayPort plugs on the right and two HDMI on the left. Both HDMI are 2.0 and both DisplayPort are 1.4, so no worries about plugging into the wrong connection. Please note that the 1440p display can run at 240 Hz on DisplayPort but “only” 144 Hz with the HDMI 2.0 connections. If you are running an Nvidia GPU, DisplayPort is also needed for the Adaptive Sync, AMD does however support it over HDMI. On the far right, there is also a microphone out plug. On the left side, there is a microphone input as well as a headphone plug. Next to that, there are four USB plugs. The three blue plugs are USB 3.2 and the fourth one in yellow is also 3.2 but is a fast charging plug. The larger USB input is the USB cable that needs to run to your PC for the USB hub to work. Then to the left of that is the DC input for the monitor power. Back on the right side, below the I/O is where the info sticker is. This has all of the model information as well as your serial number and all of the normal required certification logos as well.
I used this picture previously, but I’m showing it again because I do want to also talk about the built-in lighting. The Agon PD27 has three different forms of lighting. In the monitor arm, at the top of the picture below you can see that the arm has lighting to glow behind/around the monitor if you have it near a wall. Then down at the bottom edge, you can see the curved white diffuser which glows the entire area under the monitor. Both of these have different effects and colors available so you can set it to match the lighting of your desk if you want it at all. If you don’t it can be turned off. I would love it however if you could tie it in with motherboard or Corsair/Razer lighting software which most likely controls your peripherals and other hardware. Then the third lighting is in the center right above the bottom diffuser bar, this projects the Porsche Design logo which had the P and d integrated together. This projects in white which overrides whatever color you have glowing below the monitor, putting it on your desk. You can go into the menu and set the brightness of this from off, to low/medium/strong.