AOC CU34G2X Monitor Review | WePC


With specifications out the way, let’s take a closer look at the build quality, design, and mechanical features the AOC CU34G2X comes equipped with.

Design

The AOC CU34G2X looks identical to the other ‘C’ series curved gaming monitors AOC produces. It features a fairly understated design that is characterized by its sweeping 1500R curved panel and thin (borderless) bezels on the top and sides. The V-shape stand is fairly slender for a monitor of this size but works nicely with the curved design of the screen. The bottom bezel is the largest of the four, showcasing the AOC branding in the center with a printed light grey finish. A small LED indicator light and some button labels can be found on the right-hand side of the display as well.

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Moving to the rear of the monitor and there aren’t a great deal of features to discuss. The stand is fairly simplistic in design but does feature a slight ‘gamey’ vibe thanks to its angular shape. The rear of the panel itself is plastic by design and finished in matte. Two large red arrows can be found on the rear of the panel, with a cooling grill underneath a larger AOC logo.

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A simple cable management solution has been designed into the stand itself, offering easy access for tidying away input cables.

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Overall, the AOC CU34G2X walks the line between subtle gamer vibes and a bog stand office panel – resulting in a nice balance that should suit almost any desk scenario.

Build Quality

Like many of the AOC monitors we’ve tested, the CU34G2X doesn’t offer breathtaking build quality. Most of the panel is designed and constructed using plastic which, if truth be told, doesn’t feel overly robust when tested. That said, the stand does feature a metal infrastructure but the exterior is almost entirely plastic.

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The face of the monitor does feature a matte coating with 3H hardness so that is a positive for this panel. We tested the robustness of the rear of the panel and it held up to our tests – showcasing very little in the ways of flex or bend. The stand, however, didn’t provide too much stability and it often displays large amounts of wobble (when forced).

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Despite most fittings feeling well-finished, the buttons on the underside of the bottom bezel didn’t feel overly premium.

Panel Coating

Like most modern gaming monitors, the AOC CU34G2X features an anti-glare matte coating with a 3H hardness. While this is great for mitigating most natural and manmade light sources, the curved design of the panel does result in some annoying daytime reflections.

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Additionally, this coating does tend to pick up fingerprints and oils fairly quickly – meaning regular cleaning is a feature.

Bezels

The bezels for the CU34G2X are fairly slender when considering the size of the panel. Top and side bezels measure in at around 9mm while the bottom bezel features a larger 25mm profile. The bottom bezel does feature the AOC branding and some indicator lights, so it doesn’t take too much away from the visual experience you receive.

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Stand

Looking at the stand’s functionality, you’d have to say this monitor delivers everything you could want from an ultrawide gaming display. Users can expect height, tilt, and swivel functionality. Of course, being ultrawide, there is no real need for pivot functionality here.

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With viewing angles not being the best (something we’ll touch upon in more detail shortly), it’s nice to know that the CU34G2X does offer a good amount of functionality to allow better viewing when changing position.

Below are the full adjustments available with this particular panel:

  • Forward Tilt – 3.5 degrees
  • Backward Tilt – 21.5 degrees
  • Left Swivel – 30 degrees
  • Right Swivel – 30 degrees
  • Height – 130mm

Like most AOC monitors, this panel does allow for simple VESA mounting – via a 100 x 100mm bracket.

Inputs

Like the CU34G2, the G2X delivers well on the input front. It offers up 4 x USB 3.0 (downstream), 1 x USB 3.0 (upstream), 2 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x DisplayPort 1.4, and 1 x 3.5 mm audio out (for headphones). This gives you plenty of versatility and allows you to hook numerous peripherals and other devices to the panel.

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See specifications for a full list of this monitor’s inputs

OSD

The OSD, or on-screen display, is yet again, an annoying four-button combination that takes real skill to master – no joke. Once you figure out what button does what, however, the menus are fairly easy to navigate.

The CU34G2X features plenty of options for fine-tuning the visual experience to your exact needs, including; luminance, color, picture, and game mode presets. Users also have hot buttons for quickly changing between the various inputs available and selecting their preferred game mode preset.

This panel also features PIP/PBP modes for utilizing two devices at the same time. Additionally, for gamers wanting to tweak the response of this monitor, overdrive and MBR settings are available in the ‘Game’ menu.


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