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The top, left and right edges are ef­fec­tively bor­der­less

If you’re an avid com­pet­i­tive PC gamer, a fast 144Hz gam­ing mon­i­tor pro­vides a huge leap in re­spon­sive­ness over a reg­u­lar 60Hz screen, as­sum­ing your graph­ics card can keep up with the re­quired frame rate. The smoother frame rate will help you to see en­e­mies faster and re­act a mil­lisec­ond sooner. Plus, it just looks bet­ter than a reg­u­lar dis­play. What’s more, you don’t have to spend a for­tune ei­ther, as proved by the AOC G2590PX, which costs just £277 inc VAT.

This 24.5in 1080p gam­ing mon­i­tor also fea­tures AMD FreeSync, to elim­i­nate tear­ing arte­facts if you’re us­ing an AMD GPU. It has a stylish de­sign with a min­i­mal bezel on three sides, along with a de­cent ar­ray of con­nec­tions and a fully ad­justable stand.

At the time of writ­ing, the AOC G2590PX re­tails for £247 inc VAT from

www.gin­ At this price, it isn’t short of com­peti­tors; there’s the Acer XF240H at around £190 inc VAT, AOC’s own G2460PF (see Is­sue 167, p53) at around £210 inc VAT and the BenQ ZOWIE XL2411 (see Is­sue 167, p56) for around £230 inc VAT. Th­ese mon­i­tors ad­mit­tedly don’t have the same at­trac­tive, min­i­mal­ist styling as the G2590PX, but they all have 144Hz 1080p TN pan­els. The class leader in this price bracket, how­ever, is the Sam­sung C24FG70 (see Is­sue 176, p34), which costs around £230 inc VAT. It uses a VA panel and delivers su­pe­rior colour ac­cu­racy and a higher con­trast ra­tio than any other mon­i­tor we’ve tested at this price.

As we men­tioned ear­lier, the G2590PX’s best fea­ture is its el­e­gant, min­i­mal­ist de­sign. The top, left and right edges are ef­fec­tively bor­der­less, and only the bot­tom edge has a chunky bezel. The red and black colour scheme looks good too – it makes the mon­i­tor stand out from the usual black de­signs, but with­out go­ing over the top.

The G2590PX’s de­sign is also still prac­ti­cal. The stand can pivot into por­trait ori­en­ta­tion, tilt back and forth from -3.5 to 19.5 de­grees and you can ad­just the height by 130mm as well. If you want an even more flex­i­ble setup, or you pre­fer to wall-mount your mon­i­tor, there’s a 100 x 100mm VESA mount at the back as well.

Mean­while, the con­nec­tion op­tions are pretty stan­dard. Video in­puts are cov­ered by a pair of HDMI 1.4 ports, a sin­gle Dis­playPort 1.2 socket and one 15-pin VGA port. There are four Type-A USB 3 ports at the back of the mon­i­tor as well, one of which of­fers fast-charg­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and you also get a 2W speaker built into the unit. You won’t want to lis­ten to mu­sic on the speaker, though, as the sound is far too tinny and lacks bass.

The on-screen con­trols for the mon­i­tor are com­pre­hen­sive too, and in­clude a full set of pic­ture con­trols. The op­tions in­clude ad­just­ments for colour tem­per­a­ture, con­trast and over­drive, with an in­put lag mode thrown in for good mea­sure.

Fi­nally, as we men­tioned ear­lier, this mon­i­tor also sup­ports AMD’s FreeSync tech­nol­ogy in the 30Hz to 144Hz range. If you own a com­pat­i­ble graph­ics card with an AMD GPU, you’ll be able to en­joy tear-free gam­ing. Of course, there’s also stan­dard v-sync sup­port for own­ers of Nvidia graph­ics cards, but it adds a fair amount of in­put lag.

Im­age qual­ity It all looks good for the AOC G2590PX on the sur­face, but the im­age qual­ity from its 24.5in 1080p TN panel is its un­do­ing. Our in-house X-Rite i1 Dis­play Pro colour cal­i­bra­tor re­vealed poor colour ac­cu­racy, among a num­ber of other weak­nesses. The av­er­age delta E was 2.91 with a max­i­mum of 6.26, and to be fair, this is on a par with other mon­i­tors in its cat­e­gory. How­ever, it was the low 373:1 con­trast ra­tio that dis­ap­pointed, re­sult­ing in grey-look­ing dark scenes, while colours lack vi­brancy.

To make mat­ters worse, we mea­sured the mon­i­tor’s sRGB gamut cov­er­age (in sRGB mode) at a com­par­a­tively low 89 per cent. The Sam­sung C24FG70 is far more im­pres­sive, achiev­ing 99.6 per cent sRGB gamut cov­er­age.

At least the AOC G2590PX’s peak bright­ness is pretty good. The mon­i­tor reached a bright­ness level of 405cd/m² in User mode, and 349cd/m² in sRGB mode, promis­ing good read­abil­ity in bright am­bi­ent light. Its bright­ness uni­for­mity isn’t bad for a gam­ing mon­i­tor ei­ther, with a max­i­mum vari­ance of 16.5 per cent in the top left-hand cor­ner of the screen. Gam­ing per­for­mance Colour ac­cu­racy and con­trast ra­tio aside, the most im­por­tant as­pect of this mon­i­tor is its gam­ing per­for­mance. The G2590PX works well with Over­drive set to Medium. How­ever, with Over­drive set to Strong there’s plenty of in­verse ghost­ing, or pur­ple haze. In this mode, we found the panel a tad slug­gish com­pared with its ri­vals as well. Its in­put lag could be lower and its re­sponse time is a touch high. While its per­for­mance will be fine for most peo­ple, it won’t sat­isfy more de­mand­ing gamers look­ing for the fastest, most re­spon­sive screen. Con­clu­sion The G2590PX is a stylish 144Hz mon­i­tor with some prac­ti­cal fea­tures, but it isn’t as re­spon­sive as some of its ri­vals and its colour ac­cu­racy and con­trast ra­tio are dis­ap­point­ing too. If you’re a com­pet­i­tive gamer on a tight bud­get, the Sam­sung C24FG70 is a bet­ter buy, com­bin­ing great de­sign with de­cent gam­ing per­for­mance, along with ster­ling im­age qual­ity.

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