Unboxing, Look and Feel, Connectivity
From the moment Chris Barnes from AOC dropped this beauty off with me I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. The retail Packaging screams Gaming. Who doesn’t like a bit of colourful print on a box to get the heart racing?
The mat finish with red accent lines and ultra-thin bezel is immediately noticeable, the penguin feet stand makes for a very sturdy monitor and the monitor boasts tilt, height adjustment, swivel left to right and it is Vesa 100×100 wall mountable. Another thing to mention is that the curve on the back of the monitor is very flat which gives it a very flush mount when being wall mounted.
The monitor has an OSD function that places a customizable crosshair on the centre of the screen, for those noob gamers that don’t know how to aim however, it is a nice function and means that if your aim isn’t that good you can take your prestik cursor off a
nd replace it with a built in one.
The monitor also has some extra features such as “Game Mode” with pre-calibrated settings for RTS, FPS and racing games for those that don’t like to fiddle too much.
TN panels are still faster and smoother but again TN panels have bad colour reproduction and viewing angles aren’t great so this comes down to preference.
Performance and Image Quality
The C24G1 monitors are based on a VA Panel not as fast as the TN panel, but AOC has cleverly added MPRT Technology with backlight strobes that reduces motion blur, not as much as a TN panel, but very playable and a much better colour output and viewing angle than its TN counterpart. The AOC C24G1 also has one of the lowest input lag compared to its competitors on the market today.
This version of the monitor is a Freesync edition and when paired with the correct AMD Radeon card it will give you the perfect refresh rate, I have however tested it on a Nvidia 1070, and have had the best experience on the Medium setting of the overdrive function, you can put it on full as well but have found the in-between settings to be pointless, the full setting was smoother but found myself overshooting on FPS games. The monitor felt very smooth and colours in game was rich when I played games like Battelfield 1, Ironsight, Call of Duty Black Ops 4 and Insurgency Sandstorm. A special note on Insurgency Sandstorm: paired with a decent headset you get a very lifelike experience as this monitor’s 3000:1 contrast ratio makes enemies hiding in dark corners very easy to see, something I struggled with heavily on the IPS screens I have tested before.
There is very little I don’t like about this screen and must say I would love to have a tripple monitor setup as the 1500R curvature would curve nicely next to each other with its ultra-thin bezel design which will make for one sleek and smooth looking setup.
With a RRP of just R4999 the 24” 144Hz gaming monitor is very well priced for price conscious gamers looking to get their hands on a good gaming monitor, the curved screen and VA panel makes AOC a contender in the South African market and best of all, it offers a 4 Year no nonsense warranty very rarely seen on any monitor.
AOC C24G1 Specifications
Screen Size 23.6-inch
Resolution 1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel Type VA
Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate 144Hz
Response Time 4ms (GtG)
Motion Blur Reduction 1ms (MPRT)
Adaptive Sync FreeSync (48Hz-144Hz)
Ports DisplayPort 1.2, 2xHDMI 1.4, VGA
Other Ports Headphone Jack
Brightness 250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio 3000:1 (static)
Colors 16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESA Yes (100x100mm)
Justin van Tonder is a 21 year IT industry veteran and avid gamer.