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AOC G2460PF Review: Budget 1080p 144Hz 1ms FreeSync Gaming Monitor

Introduction

The AOC G2460PF is one of the most popular 24″ 1080p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitors.

The reason behind it isn’t only the low price, but also the features it offers at such cost; the monitor has a fully ergonomic design, rich connectivity options, and a wide variable refresh rate (VRR) range of 35Hz-144Hz out of the box.

Most of the more expensive similar models don’t offer all this which is why the AOC G2460PF monitor has managed to maintain its relevance to this day, but how does it compare to all the new models we have at our disposal nowadays?

Image Quality

The AOC G2460PF is based on the same TN panel by AU Optronics that’s still used in the new 24″ 1080p 144Hz 1ms TN gaming monitors.

You get the standard TN-like specifications including a 350-nit peak luminance, a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, narrow 160°/170° viewing angles, and 8-bit color depth via dithering (6-bit + 2-bit FRC).

While the newer models have a bit more fine-tuned specs which mainly include a 400-nit peak brightness, the AOC G2460PF 144Hz gaming monitor is more than bright enough and you will almost certainly need to reduce the brightness down from the maximum setting.

Additionally, the AOC G2460PF has a rather bad image quality out of the box, so fiddling with calibration is definitely necessary for the optimal viewing experience.

This is the case with most gaming monitors at this price range, though the newer models do come with a somewhat better pre-calibrated picture.

Obviously, even after calibration, the image of the AOC G2460PF won’t be as good as that of IPS and VA counterparts which have more vibrant colors, higher contrast ratio, and wider viewing angles.

So, if you want both a good image quality and a high refresh rate at a low price, check out the Sceptre C248B-144RN and the AOC C24G1 with VA panels, but keep in mind that VA panels have a slower response time.

IPS models offer a good balance between response time and image quality but are only available in more expensive monitors such as the Acer VG271.

Performance

When it comes to performance, the AOC G2460PF is just as good as the modern 144Hz displays. It offers a very low input lag of only ~4ms of delay which is virtually imperceptible.

Further, its 1ms (GtG – gray to gray pixel transition) response time speed ensures that there’s no visible trailing of fast-moving objects providing you with a buttery smooth performance in competitive FPS games.

The overdrive option in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu provides you with five different settings (Weak, Light, Medium, Strong, and Off) for the response time speed which you can choose depending on your frame rate, but we found the medium setting to work best most of the time.

Moving on, 1080p resolution results in a decent pixel density on the 24″ screen of the AOC G2460PF display meaning that you get plenty of screen space and sharp details. At the same time, 1080p won’t be too taxing on your CPU/GPU, so you will be able to maintain higher frame rates more easily in the eSports titles.

The monitor supports AMD FreeSync with a wide 35-144Hz VRR range over DisplayPort and 35Hz-120Hz over HDMI. Note that in order to get 120Hz over HDMI on this monitor, you will need to create a custom resolution.

This technology can synchronize the monitor’s refresh rate with a compatible GPU’s frame rate and in turn, get rid of screen tearing and stuttering for good without notably affecting input lag as VSYNC does.

Although the AOC G2460PF is not certified by NVIDIA as G-SYNC Compatible, FreeSync works without issues when using it with compatible NVIDIA GPUs.

Features

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There are plenty of additional gaming features available besides FreeSync.

First of all, there are several pre-calibrated picture presets for everyday use (Standard, Text, Internet, Game, Movie, Sports) as well as for different gaming genres (FPS, RTS, Racing, and two Gamer customizable profiles).

Unlike most modern monitors, there’s no Low Blue Light mode, so you will have to create it manually by lowering the brightness and the emission of the blue color in the OSD menu if you have trouble sleeping at night prior to using the monitor.

The backlight is flicker-free though, so you don’t have to worry if you are sensitive to flickering. You will find the standard adjustments such as color temperature, brightness/contrast, gamma (three presets), etc as well.

There’s also the Shadow Control feature which brightens up the dark areas of the picture in order to increase the visibility of details in shadows.

You also get three applications including i-Menu (to adjust OSD settings in a desktop app), Screen+ (to partition the desktop into different layouts for easier multitasking), and e-Saver (to adjust monitor sleep, shut down, and screen saver timers, etc).

Design & Connectivity

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The AOC G2460PF has a bit bulky design that may not appeal to everyone, but more importantly, it has a wide range of ergonomics and it won’t wobble. You can elevate the screen by up to 130mm, swivel it to the left or right by +/- 165°, tilt by -5°/20°, pivot by 90°, and mount it using the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options are quite extensive as well and include VGA (60Hz), HDMI 1.4 (max 120Hz via CRU on this monitor!), DisplayPort 1.2 (144Hz), Dual-Link DVI-D (144Hz), a headphones jack, two 2W integrated speakers, and a quad-USB 2.0 hub (one upstream port, two downstream ports at the back, and two downstream ports at the side – one of which supports fast-charging).

Price & Similar Monitors

The AOC G2460PF price amounts to $200 which is excellent considering the performance and features you get.

You may also want to check out the Acer XFA240 which is equally priced but offers a slightly better picture quality out of the box and a more modern design (no USB ports though) as well as the LG 24GL600F with Motion Blur Reduction.

We recommend investing a bit more for the AOC G2590FX or another newer 25″ model which offer a better image quality for a slightly higher price. Note that the LG 24GL600F and the AOC G2590FX also support 144Hz over HDMI whereas the Acer XFA240 supports up to 120Hz.

Conclusion

In case you don’t care about the monitor’s appearance and you’re on a limited budget and want to make the most of it, the AOC G2460PF is still an excellent gaming display for the price. However, we suggest saving up for one of the 25″ 1080p 144Hz 1ms models as they are sometimes on sale and go for $200 as well.

If you’re not a hardcore FPS gamer and are willing to sacrifice a bit of performance for picture quality, check out the 1080p 144Hz VA models such as the MSI Optix MAG241C.

AOC G2460PF Specifications

Screen Size24-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeTN
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time1ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (35Hz-144Hz)
Speakers2x2W
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, DL-DVI-D, HDMI 1.4, VGA
Other Ports4x USB 2.0, Headphone Jack
Brightness350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

What We Loved

  • Fully ergonomic design
  • Extensive connectivity options
  • Quick response time and low input lag
  • AMD FreeSync with a wide VRR range and stable performance with compatible NVIDIA cards

What We Didn’t Like

  • Unattractive design
  • Fiddling with the drivers and third-party software is required to get 120Hz over HDMI
  • Calibration is necessary out of the box
AOC G2460PF Review
  • 9.9/10
    Design - 9.9/10
  • 7.6/10
    Display - 7.6/10
  • 9.6/10
    Performance - 9.6/10
  • 8/10
    Price/Value - 8/10
8.8/10

Summary

The AOC G2460PF is an all-around solid 144Hz gaming monitor for the price. However, we recommend investing in a newer 25″ 1080p 144Hz 1ms model with better image quality nad performance or in a VA-panel variant if you aren’t too competitive.

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