AOC G2460PF

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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

Con­clu­sion

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.

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