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AOC C24G1 Review: 1080p 144Hz 1ms FreeSync Curved Gaming Monitor

Introduction

The AOC G1 Series curved gaming monitors offer a 144Hz refresh rate, a 1080p resolution, AMD FreeSync, and the 1ms MPRT (Moving Picture Response Time) backlight strobing technology.

The series consists of the 24-inch AOC C24G1, the 27-inch AOC C27G1, and the 32-inch AOC C32G1. All three monitors feature the same specs, though the AOC C24G1 has a bit more aggressive screen curvature than the other models.

Image Quality

The AOC C24G1 and the rest of the G1 series monitors are based on VA panels with true 8-bit color depth, an exceptional 3,000:1 static contrast ratio, a 250-nit peak brightness, a 1080p resolution, and 178-degree wide viewing angles.

The Full HD resolution, 1920×1080, will allow you to reach high frame rates in competitive games without breaking the bank for a high-end graphics card.

However, the resolution is simply too low for the 32-inch model as it results in a poor pixel density. Even on a 27-inch monitor, 1080p is too low for most users but it is tolerable if you plan on using the monitor for gaming only.

Although the smallest in size, the AOC C24G1 144Hz gaming monitor has the best picture quality which is why we recommend it over the other models.

Overall, the image quality is very good. In comparison to the standard 24″ 144Hz models with TN panels, the AOC C24G1 offers considerably better colors and deeper blacks thanks to its high contrast ratio.

Performance

The AOC C24G1 input lag is superb and amounts to only 4ms thus making the monitor viable for hardcore competitive gaming.

One of the main drawbacks of VA panels is the slow response time speed which causes smearing and ghosting of fast moving objects on-screen.

That is why the AOC G1 series is equipped with the 1ms MPRT technology which via backlight strobing reduces motion blur.

Note that once enabled, this technology also causes the screen’s brightness to be lower, so use it only when you need it.

While 1ms MPRT does significantly reduce ghosting and trialing in fast-paced games, a TN panel monitor with a native 1ms response time speed will still have less ghosting – but a considerably worse image quality and viewing angles as well.

All in all, some minor ghosting is visible which gets more prominent with darker scenes but it’s tolerable since you get a great image quality in return.

In the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, you will also find the MBR setting with 0-20 values. This adjusts the intensity of the backlight strobes; increasing the frequency further reduces the motion blur but also reduces the maximum brightness.

Features

Moving on, the AOC C24G1 also features AMD FreeSync which allows you to synchronize the monitor’s refresh rate with the GPU’s frame rate of a compatible AMD graphics card or an Xbox One console.

This will allow your monitor’s refresh rates to change dynamically and in sync with the GPU which eliminates issues with screen tearing and stuttering.

Keep in mind that FreeSync can’t work at the same time as the motion blur reduction technology.

Update: FreeSync also works without any issues when using a compatible NVIDIA G-SYNC graphics card.

There are additional features available which are mainly useful for gaming.

Entering the OSD menu and enabling ‘Dial Point’ will place a customizable crosshair on the screen if you wish to increase your accuracy in FPS games.

Other features include the ‘Game Mode’ pre-calibrated picture presets for FPS, RTS, and Racing genres, ‘AOC Game Color’ for quick color and gamma tweaking, and ‘AOC Low Input Lag’ for responsive gameplay with minimal input lag.

Design & Connectivity

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The monitor features a stylish design with ultra-thin bezels at the top and at the sides of the display for a cinematic viewing experience and ideal multi-monitor gaming setup.

The AOC C24G1 features an aggressive 1500R curve while the AOC C32G1 and the AOC C27G1 have a 1800R curvature.

Moving on to the ergonomics, the monitor offers up to 130mm height adjustment, -35/+35 degree swivel to the left and right, tilt, and 100×100 VESA mount compatibility.

On the back of the monitor, you’ll find two HDMI ports, DisplayPort, VGA, and a headphones jack.

Price & Similar Monitors

The AOC C24G1 price amounts to around $230 which is a reasonable price for a 24″ 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor.

Add to that its curved screen, high-contrast VA panel, and exclusive gaming features, and you get a pretty sweet deal.

Be sure to also check out the MSI Optix MAG241C as well. It doesn’t the advanced MBR settings nor an ergonomic design, but it has additional features such as a USB-hub and a smartphone application for its OSD menu.

It also has slightly more saturated colors (115% sRGB), but no standard sRGB color profile which may be a problem for those prefer more accurate colors.

In case you’re looking for cheaper 24″ 1080p 144Hz curved VA gaming monitors, check out the Acer ED242QR and the Sceptre C248B-144RN. These are available under $200, but don’t have motion blur reduction.

Conclusion

Overall, the AOC C24G1 is a great and affordable 144Hz monitor for immersive and responsive gaming.

However, if you prefer performance over image quality for the best results in competitive gameplay, you should get a 1080p 144Hz model with a TN panel, such as the LG 24GL600F or the AOC G2590FX.

In case being #1 on the charts isn’t your main concern and you’d rather enjoy better visuals and immersion, the AOC C24G1 is for you.

AOC C24G1 Specifications

Screen Size23.6-inch
Screen Curvature1500R
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Motion Blur Reduction1ms (MPRT)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (48Hz-144Hz)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, 2xHDMI 1.4, VGA
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio3000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

What We Loved

  • Great value for the price
  • 1ms MBR handles ghosting well
  • Low input lag
  • High static contrast
  • Plenty of gaming features including AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Moderate ghosting in fast-paced games, particularly where dark pixels are involved
AOC C24G1 Review
  • 9.6/10
    Design - 9.6/10
  • 8.8/10
    Display - 8.8/10
  • 8.7/10
    Performance - 8.7/10
  • 10/10
    Price/Value - 10/10
9.3/10

Summary

The AOC C24G1 is an excellent 24″ 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor with an aggressive screen curvature, a motion blur reduction technology, AMD FreeSync, and more nifty gaming features. It’s got a great design, diverse connectivity options, and an appealing price tag.

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