AOC 24G2U is an impressive budget gaming monitor that’s suitable for all amateur and professional gamers. It delivers quick and smooth response time during even the fastest gameplay. The image quality of the Full HD model produces high contrast and good brightness while also displaying impressive natural color. However, what really makes this 24-inch screen stand out is its very attractive sticker price of less than $230—which is practically a steal for a monitor with these features.
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The AOC 24G2U is a gaming monitor with 1080p resolution and FreeSync technology with a refresh rate of up to 144 hertz. All of this for just under $230, making it well worth the price. With its high refresh rate and relatively low price, the AOC 24G2U is just teetering on the edge of the budget gaming monitor category. However, it’s more than capable of handling even the most demanding and fast-paced games, such as racing simulations or shooters. The 24-inch model has an IPS panel with 1920×1080 resolution and a response time of just 1 millisecond.
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The Freesync Premium technology ensures synchronization between the graphics card and the gaming monitor, guaranteeing an error-free and smooth gaming experience even at high frame rates. The frameless design also makes the AOC 24G2U ideal for gaming on multiple screens.
AOC 24G2U: Image quality
The AOC 24G2U’s image quality is at a high level overall. The IPS panel has high color fidelity, good brightness, and a strong contrast ratio. In addition, the viewing angle dependency is quite low. This quality had a positive result when we tested it for gaming, as the neutral color and high contrast make the display appear realistic and three-dimensional.
The test also confirmed that the 24-inch display had no problems, working flawlessly with fast games. Due to the maximum frame rate of 144Hz and, above all, the quick response time, the AOC 24G2U performs well and showed no noticeable input lag.
AOC 24G2U: Ports
Two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, and even an old VGA input are available as video inputs. However, the FreeSync option with 144Hz can only be used via DisplayPort. In addition, four USB outputs and two stereo speakers are integrated into the display’s case, but the latter only deliver a mediocre sound.
AOC 24G2U: Features and menu
In addition to a height adjustment of about 5 inches, the gaming monitor can be rotated, tilted, and pivoted lengthwise if needed. It can therefore be optimally adapted to just about any desktop or setup location.
The on-screen menu is controlled using four buttons on the bottom right of the housing. However, operating them is not particularly easy due to the buttons being so tiny. Also, the icons on the front of the case are not in a contrasting color, making them a bit difficult to find at first. The on-screen menu is well-structured and offers some gaming settings, such as presets (race, FPS, PTS, and three user-configurable modes), frame counter, and blue light reduction.
AOC 24G2U: Power consumption
At maximum brightness, the 24-inch monitor consumes less than 20 watts, which is notably low. In standby mode, consumption is reduced to 0.6 watts.
The AOC 24G2U delivers decent quality if you’re a gamer looking to save a few bucks while still getting solid performance features. It might not break any records, but at this price point, the display makes for an appealing option for those looking to game on a budget. The slim-bezel design also makes it an attractive option for those looking for a second monitor.
Overall, the AOC 24G2U is well designed, comes with a decent feature set, good ergonomic adjustment options, and a plethora of ports to suit your needs. You also won’t have to worry about racking up a high electricity bill due to its low power consumption. All of these things together make this display a very competitive budget gaming option.
This review originally appeared on PC-Welt, PCWorld’s German sister site.