AOC G2460PG; An In-Depth Review

Many brands have equipped their products with G-Sync technology, but only few have delivered. Manufacturers such as Acer, Asus, and BenQ were all in the G-sync race, and now AOC just jumped into the competition with its AOC G2460PG – a 24-inch TN (Twisted Nematic) based panel that runs at 144Hz refresh rate and comes with a built-in motion blur reduction feature. Sounds good on paper right? But does it really deliver its promise of great gaming experience? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide and learn more.

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Who is if for?

You have a lot of choices when you look for a gaming display with impressive build quality, video performance and good value. But if you want a G-Sync technology to pair with your gaming rig and further improve your gaming experience, then you can narrow your choices to a few. The AOC G2460PG is one of the most promising choices out there.

 

Benefits

Using a 24-inch Twisted Nematic (TN) panel, and equipped with a fast 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, alongside with Nvidia's G-Sync display technology, the AOC G2460PG is undoubtedly a display built for hardcore gaming. It’s fully equipped to deliver smooth and stutter-free gameplay, and it has some nice features such as fully adjustable ergonomic stand and built-in USB hubs to complete your gaming comfort and convenience.

 

G-Sync Enabled for Ultimate Gaming Performance

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AOC G2460PG promises its users the competitive edge with its excellent gaming performance. The G-Sync technology embedded in this display effectively eliminates screen-tearing, minimizes input lag and display stutter. This allows users to enjoy and fully immerse themselves to their games with the clearest on-screen action, and get that competitive visual edge over other players in their arena.

The G-sync performance of AOC G2460PG is quite similar with other G-sync monitors, which is not surprising.  It doesn’t have any noticeable lags while playing big titles such as Crysis 3, and responds to keyboard commands quickly, without hints of hesitation.

 

144Hz Refresh Rate and 1ms Response Time, Again for Optimal Gaming

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The G-Sync technology is paired nicely with excellent refresh rate and response time. This AOC gaming monitor runs at 144Hz and at 1ms response time, giving users the highest refresh rate without the lag. That refresh rate is 2.4x faster than a standard display, great for First Person Shooter (FPS) games. Low frame rate make enemies appear to jump from one spot to another on your screen, making them difficult to catch and hit. The 144Hz on the other hand, renders each and every movement of your enemy in ultra-smooth motion, allowing you to easily see and hit them.

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The 1ms on the other hand, renders fast-moving action scenes smoothly. This means you don’t have to worry about ghosting or smearing on your screen while playing fast-paced games, such as racing games.

This means even the biggest and most demanding games will run smoothly on this monitor, with the fastest gaming experience yet, minus screen tear, display stutter, and input lag issues.

 

Dialpoint and ULMB Features, Again for Improved Gaming Experience

The Dialpoint feature is quite a neat option that puts a crosshair on your screen and helps you take aim at your target, and includes six crosshair styles – great for FPS games. The ULMB feature on the other hand, helps reduce the motion artifacts from the screen. However, this feature only works when the display is running at lower refresh rates (85Hz, 100Hz, or 120Hz refresh rate).

 

Excellent Color and Grayscale Performance

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In terms of grayscale performance, this gaming monitor has no problem showing all shades of gray based on DisplayMate 64-Step grayscale test.

In terms of color accuracy, this AOC monitor has delivered colors red and blue quite accurately. Green on the other hand, is slightly off, which is just the case of most TN-based panels in the market today. The skewed green however, doesn’t cause oversaturation of colors. Also, based on chromaticity test, colors red and blue remained close to their ideal coordinates.

 

But with Narrow Viewing Angle

Like most TN-based panels, the viewing angle performance is not the best aspect about AOC G2460PGViewing the screen from the bottom at 40⁰ angle from the center of the screen will make images appear washed out, same goes at 60⁰ angle from the top, while viewing from the bottom angle will make the screen look dark. Side viewing angle is slightly better no, as minor color shifting starts at around 65⁰, which is still not good enough for anyone looking to make this monitor an entertainment display.


Energy Consumption

The AOC G2460PG is also not a good power saver, as it doesn’t come with Eco power-saving mode. It runs at 32 watts at Standard mode, which is a little higher than other products in its competition. AOC E2460SD-TAA consumes 18 watts, while NEC MultiSync EA244WMi consumes 26 watts. It can be compared to BenQ XL2420G, which runs at 30 watts. However, BenQ’s product has Eco mode that can bring the power consumption down to 14 watts.

 

VESA Mounting Holes to Improve Ergonomics

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The back side of the cabinet features the VESA-standard mounting holes. This means if you want to further improve your gaming comfort, then you can mount the display to a more flexible monitor stand or LCD arm, or even mount it on your wall using a wall mount. It also makes dual monitor or even triple monitor setup a lot easier.

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Options

Mid-sized displays such as 24-inch monitors, is the most commonly used size for gaming; it’s a perfect size for the eyes to scan and cover and mouse to hover around. Also, it’s very convenient for dual monitor and even triple monitor setup, as many after-market ergonomic solutions such are designed to accommodate multiple mid-sized displays.

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If you’re looking for an affordable dual monitor setup solution for Philips 242G5DJEB, then you should check out the MonMount LCD-194 Dual LCD Monitor Stand. This dual monitor stand can hold two monitors of up to 26 inches big, and can easily clamp on your desk, with stable and secured support. It comes with very few assembly pieces, making it really easy to put together and set up to your workstation.

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If you want a stand that can is completely adjustable, with fully articulated arm, then you can opt for Ergotron LX Dual Stacking Arm. It can fully lift two mid-sized displays side-by-side or in stacking position to dual monitor setup.


Design and Features

The 24-inch TN-based panel of AOC G2460PG is housed in a matte-black cabinet that is 2-inch thick. It sports half-inch thin bezels. The bottom bezel features a green trim strip which adds distinct access to its aesthetics, setting the product apart from other models from other brands. The bezels are nicely finished to look like a brushed metal. But it’s actually a hard plastic. They proudly put the G-Sync logo in the upper-left, while its round base provides quite a stable and efficient support for the cabinet.

The screen is coated with a medium anti-glare layer, which doesn’t cause any graininess to the image displayed. The screen is able to handle glares and reflections quite well. But like most AOC monitors, this display looks best with little to no ambient light in the room.


Buttons and Controls

There are four function buttons in this monitor that allows you to navigate the on-screen menus and set your picture settings. They are marked with tiny molded-in icons, making them pretty visible. The buttons are also pretty intuitive. Two of the buttons are hot keys to activating and choosing the Dialpoint crosshair feature, while the other two are hot keys for activating the monitor’s ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) feature, and launching the Menu system respectively.

Picture settings are limited though, users will only get to set the Brightness, Contrast, and Gamma of G2460PG, along with five color-temperature levels, namely Normal, Warm, Cool, User and sRGB. There are no game-optimized picture presets and Black level settings though, much like the BenQ XL2420G.

 

Fully Adjustable Stand for Full Game Ergonomics

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The cabinet of AOC G2460PG is supported by a fully adjustable, which provides flexible adjustments for gaming comfort and convenient. The stand allows tilt, swivel, and height adjustments. It can also pivot 90⁰ to let you switch orientation from landscape to portrait mode, and vice versa.

Plus, the stand comes with a clip-on cable management bracket, a simple, yet effective way to keep your workspace neat and clean from cable clutter.

 

I/O Ports

Like its other G-sync competitors, namely Acer XB280HK, Philips Brilliance 272G5DYEB, and the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q, this AOC monitor only has DisplayPort 1.2 input as its video port, which is important for using the G-sync technology. As of this moment, only BenQ XL2420G offers multiple video ports ((DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort). But much like the other G-sync monitors, DisplayPort is still the only port that supports G-sync technology.

Aside from the video input, the rear side of the cabinet also houses the USB 3.0 ports (1 upstream and 2 downstream). The right side of the cabinet holds another two USB 2.0 ports for your convenience, and one of which is provides rapid-charge port to quickly charge your USB gadgets, such as smartphones and tablets.

 

Tech Specs

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Bottom Line

The AOC G2460PG makes gaming more enjoyable than ever before, as it’s certainly one of the best gaming monitors (for its price) range today and it is Nvidia 3D Vision ready. The smooth gaming experience accompanied with zero motion blur and screen tearing, makes the fast 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms pixel response even better. Thanks to G-sync technology.

Also, this AOC gaming monitor is fully capable of delivering accurate colors and solid grayscale performance. It comes with a handful of features, such as rapid-charging USB port and fully adjustable stand, to make your workstation, or should I say, gaming setup, more convenient.

Like most products of its price tag, it also has its own share of shortcomings as well. One of the most obvious is the narrow viewing angle. Though it’s a common issue among TN-based panels, and AOC designed this display for gaming, which means sitting directly straight to the display. Also, it has a poor contrast ratio compared to its competition. The G2460PG only has one video input, while its closest rival BenQ XL2420G surpasses it in this aspect, as it comes with multiple video inputs, with lots of gaming-centric features and settings. 

All in all, the AOC G2460PG is an excellent gaming monitor. Though it may be restricted by its poor contrast ratio and restricted on its gamma performance, it still has excellent qualities that make it a competitive gaming display, such as 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and above all, the amazing benefits of G-Sync technology. It has excellent value for your money!

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!



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