AOC G2460PG gaming monitor review
Monitors are not the most exciting thing you’ll buy, generally speaking. For most users they are there to do quite a straightforward task. To show images of a reasonable quality to allow them to update socials, perform work tasks and watch cat videos.
It’s not until gamers, video and photo editors, designers, and other people come on to the scene where the specifications of that box of light starts to become important.
If you are a gamer or video editor, the response time and refresh rates will be of interest as you’re looking for the smallest amount of lag. Images will have to be as realistic as possible too with special consideration given to contrast ratio, brightness and available colours.
With this in mind, I am taking a look at the gaming orientated AOC G2460PG G-Sync enabled monitor.
As a quick over-view the AOC G2460PG appears to be one of the least expensive G-Sync monitors out there and is available for under £290. Granted, there will be cheaper monitors out there but you won’t be getting the benefit of G-Sync.
Looking down the spec sheet of this TN panel you also get a 1ms response time, 144Hz and a whacking great 80m:1 contrast ratio at 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution.
AOC G2460PG design
As seems to be the way with most gaming monitors, the front of the unit is pretty plain as to cut down on distractions.
The only noticeable flourishes are the AOC and Nvidia G-Sync logos, the monitor model number and the Nvidia green stripe that runs along the bottom of the monitor.
The bezel has a brushed metal effect finish which I’ve also seen on other monitors. I like this finish, it’s quite subdued but it is better than just flat plastic.
Looking from underneath (where the buttons actually are) we can see the button on the far left is the main power button. Then there’s the main menu button followed by the two menu up/down buttons followed by the Dialpoint button.
That Dialpoint is a rather strange feature that allows a Crosshair to be centred on the screen. There’s a variety of designs to choose from too. Thing is, I am still unsure what this feature is actually for to be honest.
Ports are just enough for most people I would imagine. You get USB 3.0 (upstream) and a pair of USB 3.0 (downstream), DisplayPort and then the power which comes way of a thin lead attached to a power brick. You may notice a distinct lack of HDMI in that list. AOC haven’t bothered with that as, I assume, you can’t use G-Sync through HDMI, only DisplayPort.
AOC G2460PG adjustments
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the stand for this LED monitor allows the screen to pivot, as well as offering height and viewing angle adjustments without much effort.
Entering the on-screen menu is by way of the familiar single button click. Navigation is of a liner style using the two labelled arrow buttons which are also used to change values of the settings. The menu button is used to enter the menu and the opposite button to exit.
The menus are fairly easy to navigate although I do find the BenQ ones easier and they also seemed to offer more advanced options. The G2460PG menu does, however, offer what most people will need.
This monitor features Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB), which reduces the blur on screen which can occur in some face paced games such as racing sims. In order to choose this option you will have to switch G-Sync off.
OK, so I’ve mentioned G-Sync a few times already but some of you might not know what this is.
So, what is G-Sync?
G-Sync synchronises the display refresh rates of the suitably equipped monitor with the render rate of the GPU (graphics processing unit) in a computer that is equipped with an Nvidia GeForce graphics card which supports the same technology.
The feature caps the FPS (frames per second) to the monitor refresh rate. However, when the FPS drops, G-Sync then lowers the refresh rate of the monitor to match the FPS. In most cases this happens instantly, but there are instances where you might experience a very small stutter.
My PC is running a Zotac GTX 780 AMP! edition GPU which will be powering my review. I have been asked about my PC set-up before and have never thought to mention it in any of my monitor reviews. So, just for those of you that are interested…
AOC G2460PG performance
Sharpness and clarity of the 1920×1080 TN panel to me seems spot on. I had a good check for dead/stuck pixels and all were to be found good.
The colours, for me, seemed a bit over the top but, after some mild tweaking, it was to my liking.
OK, so the AOC G2460PG isn’t touting a top-tier Adobe sRGB but, for gaming, I really liked what it was doing.
Having all the settings on Ultra on Project Cars, grass detail and the rest pushed up to max, everything whizzed past both quickly and smoothly, with extremely game-friendly refresh rates and a complete lack of tearing and stutter.
Those photos above are not screenshots, as most of you have already worked out, but photos taken whilst my virtual Ford Escort shows my attempts at racing. I though that this would be a better example of how good it looks to the best I can replicate the human eye.
I think I am sold on this G-Sync business. Up until now, even though I have a half-decent GPU, I still accept a little bit of tearing and stutter here and there. But with the G-Sync tech this is all done away with. Matched with a 144Hz refresh rate you get all of those frames synced with your monitor 144 times a second. It is a beautiful thing.
Now, add to the G-Sync and a 144Hz panel, there’s also that super speedy 1ms response time too. All of this combines for silky smooth images with no sign of ghosting or lag.
AOC G2460PG review conclusion
I am loving G-Sync. The AOC G2460PG has really sold this tech to me as this is the first monitor I have had the opportunity to test at home loaded with the Nvidia witchcraft.
If the BenQ monitor I had came with G-Sync and not the AMD Free-Sync things may have been different but, as it stands on sheer performance, the G2460PG has been my favourite gaming monitor to test thus far.
It might not be the most expensive or flashiest to look at. It may lack a few of the other bells and whistles that other 24-inch gaming monitors might boast about. The AOC G2460PG might even be a little chunky around the bezel, but for gaming, which is its purpose after all, I find it very hard to fault. Especially at this price.
This is a great G-Sync panel with a 144Hz Refresh Rate and its 1ms Response Time. Full HD (1920×1080) might not get your mates envious but I think they’d be hard pushed to find another monitor under £300 that would put it to shame.
AOC G2460PG specs at a glance
Panel Type: TN
Panel Size: 24" / 61 cm
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Brightness: 350 cd/m²
Contrast Ratio Dynamic: 80M:1
Pixel Pitch: (H) (V) 0.276
Display Area: (H x V) 531.36 x 298.89
Viewing Angle: (CR >= 10) 170/160
Response time: 1ms
Scanning Frequency: H=30~160KHz, V=50~146Hz
Pixel Frequency: 330MHz
Maximum Resolution: 1920x1080@144Hz
Colours: 16.7 Million