The AOC 24G2 is an excellent budget gaming monitor. It delivers incredibly smooth and responsive gameplay due to its low input lag, 144Hz refresh rate, and exceptional response times. Its small screen size and 1080p resolution are a bit limiting for productivity, and its viewing angles are somewhat narrow, resulting in a washed-out image when viewed from the side. It handles reflections well, though, and it gets bright enough to combat glare. Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR, and while its contrast is quite good for an IPS panel, blacks still look grayish in the dark.
The AOC 24G2 is good for most uses. It's a compact monitor with excellent gaming performance due to its low input lag, high refresh rate, and quick response times. It's good for general office use as long as you don't do any heavy multitasking because it's limited in screen real estate. Its 1080p resolution might not be good enough for some when it comes to content creation and consumption, and it doesn't support HDR at all.
The AOC 24G2 is good for office use. Its 24" 1080p screen is big enough if you only work with a few windows open, but it isn't ideal for heavy multitaskers. The ergonomics are great so that you can get a comfortable viewing position, and it gets bright enough to combat glare in well-lit settings. The viewing angles are just okay and should be fine for sharing text documents or spreadsheets, but not for work that requires image accuracy.
The AOC 24G2 is excellent for gaming. It has a low input lag, a high refresh rate, and an exceptional response time to deliver a smooth gaming experience. The 1080p screen isn't very immersive, but it makes it easier to see the whole screen at once, and the lower resolution puts a lighter load on the graphics card, achieving higher frame rates. While its contrast is quite good for an IPS panel, blacks still look gray in the dark.
The AOC 24G2 is decent for media consumption. Its 24" 1080p screen doesn't feel particularly immersive, and it has narrow viewing angles that make the image look washed out from the side, which isn't ideal for sharing content with others. The contrast ratio is quite good for an IPS panel, but blacks still look grayish in the dark. Sadly, it doesn't support HDR.
The AOC 24G2 is decent for media creation. Its 24" screen might feel a bit cramped if you work with multiple windows simultaneously, and its 1080p resolution is limiting. It has full sRGB and great Adobe RGB coverage, but the latter might still not be good enough for professional photo editors. Unfortunately, the image looks washed out from the side, so it's not the best for showing your work to clients and colleagues.
The AOC 24G2 doesn't support HDR.
The AOC 24G2 has a fairly simple design with a black and red color scheme and silver-color feet, almost identical to the AOC CQ27G2.
The stand doesn't take up much space because the feet are quite thin. It supports the monitor very well. There's almost no wobble at all.
The AOC 24G2 has great ergonomics. It allows for all manner of adjustments so that you can place the screen in a comfortable viewing position.
The back is plain except for the red accents and vents. The cutout in the stand is for cable management, and there's a quick-release feature to remove the stand for VESA-mounting.
The AOC 24G2 has very thin borders, among the thinnest we've seen, making it a great choice for a multi-monitor setup.
The AOC 24G2's build quality is good. It's all plastic and fairly lightweight, but it feels sturdy and not too cheap. Ergonomic adjustments feel stable, and the screen has almost no wobble.
The AOC 24G2 has an okay contrast ratio, better than the typical 1000:1 contrast of most IPS panels. However, blacks still look grayish when viewed in the dark. Note that the contrast ratio can vary between individual units. If you're looking for a budget gaming monitor with better contrast, check out the Samsung C27RG5.
There's no local dimming feature. The video above is for reference only.
The AOC 24G2 has great SDR peak brightness, exceeding the advertised 250 cd/m². It's bright enough to overcome glare in most lighting conditions, but it might struggle a bit in very well-lit, sunny settings. There's no brightness variation when displaying different content.
We measured the SDR peak brightness in the 'Standard' Eco Mode with Game Mode off, Color temperature set to 'User', and Brightness set to '100' (max).
Using the 'sRGB' Color Temperature locks Contrast to '50', Brightness to '90', and Gamma to '1', resulting in a peak brightness of about 200 cd/m². This isn't bright enough to fight glare and might be too bright for some in dark environments.
This monitor doesn't support HDR.
The AOC 24G2 has okay horizontal viewing angles. It's not as good as most IPS panels and closer to the performance of a VA panel. Colors begin to fade fairly quickly when moving off-center. It should be fine for sharing content casually but not for work that requires image accuracy.
The vertical viewing angles are okay. The image looks dimmer and washed out when viewed from above or below.
Gray uniformity is excellent; however, this varies between units. The corners and sides are darker on our unit, but there's very little dirty screen effect in the middle. Uniformity is much better in dark scenes.
The AOC 24G2 has poor black uniformity. There's clouding throughout, and backlight bleed at the top right corner of the screen. That said, this is only visible when viewing dark scenes in a dark room. Note that black uniformity varies between units.
The AOC 24G2 has great accuracy out of the box. Most color inaccuracies are very minor are hard to spot, but white balance is visibly off. The color temperature is cooler than our 6500K target and gives the image a very slight blue tint. Gamma is quite good; however, most scenes appear a little brighter than they should. Note that accuracy can vary between units.
The sRGB Color Temperature locks the Contrast to '50', Brightness to '90', and Gamma to 'Gamma 1'. The image is over-saturated outside of the sRGB mode; you can see the pre-cal reading here.
Accuracy is superb after calibration. The remaining inaccuracies aren't visible to the naked eye. The color temperature is much closer to our 6500K target, and gamma is nearly perfect.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit due to manufacturing tolerances, even for the same model.
The AOC 24G2 has an outstanding SDR color gamut. It has full coverage of the sRGB color space used in most content. Its Adobe RGB coverage is great, but it might not be good enough for professional photo editors.
The color volume is outstanding. It doesn't display dark colors well due to its low contrast ratio, and it also has trouble with bright blues, which is typical for LCDs.
The AOC 24G2 is advertised to have wide gamut support; however, we only measure it if the monitor also supports HDR, which it doesn't.
This monitor doesn't support HDR.
There's no image retention on this monitor; however, this may vary between individual units.
The AOC 24G2 has great gradient handling. It only has banding in the grays and greens.
There's no color bleed on this monitor.
Reflection handling is great. You shouldn't have any problems with reflections unless you're in a very bright, sunny room.
Text clarity is decent. Diagonal lines look better with Windows ClearType (top photo) enabled, but vertical lines look thinner.
|Overdrive Setting||Response Time Chart||Response Time Tables||Motion Blur Photo|
The AOC 24G2 has an exceptional response time at its max refresh rate. Fast motion looks clear with almost no ghosting or other motion artifacts. The best Overdrive setting is 'Strong' because the other options are slower.
|Overdrive Setting||Response Time Chart||Response Time Tables||Motion Blur Photo|
The response time at 60Hz is outstanding; however, you need to change the Overdrive setting to 'Weak' for the best performance. The 'Strong' setting that we recommend at max refresh rate has the fastest gray-to-gray response time at 60Hz, but its total response time is slower, and there's significantly more overshoot causing inverse ghosting.
The AOC 24G2's backlight is entirely flicker-free. This eliminates motion duplication and helps reduce eye strain. Some users have reported seeing flickering at low brightness levels, but we didn't see any during our tests.
The AOC 24G2 has an optional Black Frame Insertion to improve motion clarity. There are two BFI settings: the 'Boost' Overdrive setting and the MBR setting. Neither can be used simultaneously with VRR and enabling it may cause some image duplication due to strobe crosstalk. The MBR slider controls the length of the black frame. Setting it higher increases clarity but reduces screen brightness significantly.
Note that the BFI score is based on the minimum and maximum frequency at which it can operate, not the BFI's performance.
The AOC 24G2 has a high refresh rate to provide a smooth and responsive gaming experience. The advertised VRR range is 48Hz-144Hz, but we didn't see any tearing below 48Hz because it has low frame compensation. G-SYNC only works over a DisplayPort connection.
The AOC 24G2 has an exceptionally low input lag. You shouldn't feel any delay while on the desktop or when gaming. We measured the BFI input lag at 144Hz.
The 24" screen is on the smaller side. It should be big enough for most gamers because it makes it easier to see the whole screen at once, but it feels cramped for work, especially if you like having multiple windows open side-by-side. The 1080p resolution is typical for a display this size. Again, it's fine for gaming and general productivity, but it's not ideal for work like photo and video editing.
There are no USB ports; however, there's a 24G2U variant available in some regions that has a USB hub with four inputs.
Like most gaming monitors, the AOC 24G2 has a few additional features, like:
You can find the controls at the bottom right side of the screen. There are four buttons to navigate the on-screen menu and a power button.
We tested the 23.8" AOC 24G2 monitor, and it's the only size available. There's a 24G2U variant available in some regions that should perform similarly, but it includes a USB hub and built-in speakers. Due to panel shortage, AOC had switched from using a Panda panel to a BOE panel briefly in 2020, but they seem to have resumed using the Panda panel, which is what our unit has. The easiest way to tell the versions apart is by looking at the serial number. The Panda version has a serial number that starts with 'ATN', while the BOE version starts with 'AWB'. Other reviewers have noted some differences in performance; however, we didn't test the BOE version, so we can't confirm their findings.
|24G2||23.8"||1920 x 1080||144Hz|
|24G2U||23.8"||1920 x 1080||144Hz||4x USB 3.0, built-in speakers|
If you come across a different type of panel or your AOC 24G2 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.
Our unit was manufactured in March 2021; you can see the label here.
The AOC 24G2 is one of the best budget gaming monitors we've tested. Its performance is similar to the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx, but the Acer has a slightly higher refresh rate, better response times, and much wider viewing angles.
The AOC 24G2 and the HP X24ih are very similar budget gaming monitors. They both have a 24" screen with a 1080p resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. The HP has slightly better response times; however, the difference is very small and likely not noticeable to most people. The AOC scores higher because it has a Black Frame Insertion feature, but you can't use it simultaneously with VRR. Likewise, the HP has wider viewing angles, but its ergonomics are worse because it doesn't swivel at all.
The AOC 24G2 and the Gigabyte M27Q are both excellent gaming monitors but with different specs. The AOC has a 24" screen with a 1080p resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate, while the Gigabyte has a 27" screen with a 1440p resolution and 170Hz refresh rate. The Gigabyte is a more versatile monitor because its larger screen and higher pixel density are better suited for productivity and media consumption. It also has wider viewing angles so that you can share content easily, and it gets brighter to combat glare. The Gigabyte supports HDR and can deliver a relatively decent experience, whereas the AOC doesn't support HDR at all.
The AOC 24G2 and the ASUS TUF Gaming VG249Q1A are similar 24" 1080p gaming monitors. Despite the AOC scoring higher, the ASUS performs better gaming-wise because it has a slightly higher refresh rate of 165Hz and better response times. The ASUS' main drawback is its terrible ergonomics, making it hard to place the screen in a comfortable viewing position. The AOC's ergonomics are much better, and it also gets brighter to combat glare.
The AOC 24G2 and the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx are both 24" 1080p gaming monitors. The Acer provides a slightly smoother gaming experience because it has a higher refresh rate and better response times. It also has wider viewing angles, making it a better choice for playing co-op or sharing content. The Acer has HDR support, but it doesn't add much because it can't display a wide color gamut.
The AOC 24G2 and the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM are both 1080p IPS gaming monitors. For the most part, the ASUS performs better because it has a much higher refresh rate of 280Hz and faster response times at max refresh rate. However, it has slower response times and higher input lag at 60Hz than the AOC, making it less ideal for playing 60fps console games. The ASUS supports HDR, but it doesn't add much because it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough for true HDR.
The overall performance of the AOC 24G2 and the MSI Optix G272 is similar. The AOC has a slightly faster response time and a better Black Frame Insertion feature, and it's a bit brighter. The AOC also has a much better stand, with a full range of height, swivel, and tilt adjustments, and you can rotate it to portrait orientation. The MSI can only tilt, but it has a larger screen that might be better for some office users.
The AOC 24G2 and the Dell Alienware AW2521HF are both 1080p gaming monitors, although the Dell has a slightly bigger 25" screen versus the AOC's 24". The Dell delivers a better gaming experience because it has a much higher refresh rate of 240Hz and faster response times. It also has wider viewing angles for sharing content, a USB hub with four USB 3.0 inputs, and it gets brighter to fight glare.
The AOC 24G2 and the Samsung C27RG5 use different panel technologies, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Despite this difference, the AOC is still a much better monitor for almost everyone. The AOC has a much better response time, better ergonomics, and an optional black frame insertion feature. The Samsung has better contrast, so it has better blacks in a dark room, but other than that, the AOC is better.
The AOC 24G2 is much better than the ASUS VG246H for gaming and a bit better overall. The AOC has a much faster refresh rate, resulting in a much faster response time, with less blur behind fast-moving objects. The AOC also has slightly less input lag, and it's unofficially compatible with G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology. On the other hand, the ASUS has better ergonomics and slightly better viewing angles.