The FreeSync-equipped AOC G2460PF and G-sync-touting AOC G2460PG perfectly exemplify the difference between FreeSync and G-Sync monitors. They’re all but identical, yet one costs £230 while the other costs £390. The G2460PG does also include Nvidia’s Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) technology and 3D Vision, but they’re very similar in terms of panel hardware.
In fact, even when compared with the other non-G-Sync monitors on test this month, the AOC looks like good value for money. It’s among the cheapest panels in the Labs, yet it has a comprehensive set of features. Joining the 1080p TN panel is an ample selection of connections. For video output, there’s DisplayPort, DVI and HDMI, while for audio, you get built-in 2W speakers, an analogue audio input and a headphone jack. What’s more, there’s also a four-port USB hub, with two ports on the back and two more ports on the right-hand side. It’s a shame it’s only a USB 2 hub, but it’s better than nothing.
The stand is also full-featured, with height, tilt, rotation and pivot adjustment all on offer and, unlike some of the stands on test, all the movements can just about be achieved onehanded, making it easier to twist the monitor around to your satisfaction while your other hand is plugging cables in and out.
However, this screen can’t claim to be the most stylish monitor on test. It isn’t badlooking, but the brushed plastic (designed to look like brushed aluminium) of the bezel, along with the red stripe, doesn’t look particularly classy, and the bezels aren’t slim or low-profile either.
Thankfully, AOC pulls back with a decent on-screen display (OSD) control system. It uses a set of fairly conventional buttons on the underside of the bezel, but combines them with an intuitively laid out and responsive set of menus, so you can set up and tweak your panel without getting annoyed.
Elsewhere, the panel’s specs list claims many of the features that have become standard almost everywhere now, but still seem to make it prominently onto the spec lists of new monitors. For example, you get a flicker-free backlight and a low blue setting, plus a Kensington lock slot to make this monitor difficult to steal. You also get several gaming settings, including an overdrive mode for reducing pixel response time, and a shadow control for boosting the visibility of dark areas of games.
When it comes to image quality, though, this monitor doesn’t impress straight away. Its default setting is woeful, resulting in contrast of just 647:1 and a gamma setting of 1.75, which is way below the ideal measurement of 2.2. It also took quite a lot of experimenting to find the best settings.
In the end, switching to the user colour mode, boosting the contrast from 50 to 80, switching gamma to gamma3 and tweaking the colour balance to 47x46x50 resulted in decent, if still unspectacular, results. What’s more, the brightness had to be dropped all the way to 10/100. After these tweaks, we measured a decent colour temperature figure, near-ideal gamma and an improved contrast of 846:1, but the 92.6 per cent sRGB coverage isn’t the best, and the maximum delta E of 7.61 is also disappointing, showing this display struggles to pick out the finest differences in colour. Thankfully, gaming performance is entirely satisfactory, with the 144Hz panel and FreeSync combining to great effect on AMD GPUs.
The stand offers height, tilt, rotation and pivot adjustment
The AOC G2460PF gets plenty right, with a good set of features for its price and great gaming performance. However, its image quality struggles against the competition, particularly at its default settings. It’s still worth considering if you’re on a tight budget and gaming performance is your only consideration, but other displays provide a better balance for more general use.