The monitor experts from AOC now want to mix up the entire gaming hardware sector. The already popular gaming monitors will soon be joined by mice and keyboards. The company classifies its upcoming products into different categories. In addition to beginners, professional gamers should also be picked up. Let’s take a look at the new products in detail.
Gaming monitors as a foundation
It is important to know that AOC by no means wants to replace its monitor division with new products. Quite the contrary. The company from the Far East wants to continue using the popular and universally praised gaming displays as their foundation. So says Stefan Sommer, Director Marketing & Business Management AOC International Europe:
“AOC has strived to always develop the best products since entering the gaming market. As the No. 1 brand in gaming monitors, we want to continue our success story. That’s why we’re excited to introduce highly customizable and powerful gaming accessories that perfectly match the rest of AOC’s products”
So fans of the monitors should be able to buy other products from AOC in the future. After all, you can only benefit from high refresh rates of the screen if you also call a correspondingly fast mouse and keyboard your own.
An essential part of any gaming setup is undoubtedly the keyboard. And AOC seems to really come up trumps here. The company gives the AGON AGK700 a whopping 115 keys, all of which can be individually programmed. AOC doesn’t make any compromises with the corresponding switches. The MX Blue/Red switches from the industry king Cherry are used here. These are not only supposed to offer a great haptic and acoustic feedback. On top of that, they feature the decisive advantages of n-key rollover and 100% anti-ghosting. The choice of materials is just as high-quality. Here, AOC relies on an aluminum case, which is not only supposed to be light, but also robust.
The macro keys that the company has installed here sound particularly practical. Not only can you select a certain gaming mode here. You can also make lighting settings for certain monitors, assuming compatibility. Of course, the in-house AOC AGON monitors are the focus here. The optical interaction is supposed to be a real eye-catcher thanks to synchronous RGB lighting of keyboard and monitor. Other highlights of the AGK700 are the removable wrist rest and the built-in USB pass-through. While the former is conducive to wearing comfort, the latter feature simplifies the connection of sources to the PC.
The AGK700 has to be clearly assigned to the premium class. In contrast, the GK500 is rather intended for the average consumer. Here you obviously get a similarly good keyboard, which is, however, a bit weaker equipped in all features. This already starts with the number of programmable keys. There are “only” 104 on board. You also have to do without the high-quality Cherry switches here. Instead, the mechanical Outemu Red/Blue switches are used. But these also offer n-key rollover and anti-ghosting. RGB compatibility with AOC’s monitors is also given here.
The AGON GK200, on the other hand, can clearly be called an entry-level keyboard. Here, you don’t get a genuine mechanical keyboard, but “only” special membrane switches. These are supposed to come very close to the feel of a mechanical keyboard. We find it particularly cool that the entry-level model should be able to offer reliable protection against splash water. So, if you have a mishap, you don’t have to look for a new input device right away. Incidentally, chic but somewhat trimmed-down RGB is also on board here.
Three gaming mice
The gradation that AOC is making in its upcoming keyboards can also be seen in the manufacturer’s gaming mice. These all come with sensors from Pixart. Accordingly, all three models offer a sampling rate of 1000 Hz and a polling rate of 1 ms. The two higher-end models (AGM700 and GM500) can also be synchronized in their RGB lighting with matching AGON monitors. A braided USB cable as well as gold-plated USB ports should also underline the premium character of the two mice.
The spearhead of AOC’s gaming mice is represented by the AGM700. At its heart is a Pixart 3389, which is supposed to enable up to 16,000 DPI. That the mouse is suitable for professional gamers becomes clear at the latest with a look at the scope of delivery. There are supposed to be additional weights with 5 grams each. Thanks to these, you can customize the mouse’s behavior. Left and right mouse buttons rely on switches from the renowned manufacturer Omron.
The AOC GM500 is to be launched as a mid-range mouse. Unlike the premium model, this one is not only suitable for right-handers. Lefties should also be able to use the nager. The Pixart 3325 sensor is on board the small mouse. This is supposed to enable up to 5,000 DPI. The switches are identical to those of the AGM700.
Meanwhile, the GM200 forms the entry-level class. The right-handed-exclusive mouse has a Pixart 3519 on board, which is supposed to manage up to 4,200 DPI.
Fitting mouse pad to come
To ensure that the new gaming mouse can also deliver a good performance, you need a suitable mouse pad. AOC knows this as well and is launching a particularly chic one with the AMM700.
Thanks to the fabric cover, which consists of a special microtexture, very precise control of the small rodent should be possible. Optical highlights should be created by the built-in RGB LEDs.
Price and availability
The new gaming peripherals from AOC certainly look promising. However, it is still uncertain when we will be able to enjoy the new keyboards and mice.