AOC 24G2 Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Jun 03, 2021 at 10:19 am
AOC 24G2 Picture
7.6
Mixed Usage
7.7
Office
8.5
Gaming
7.3
Multimedia
7.3
Media Creation
5.8
HDR Gaming
Size 24"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

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.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed Usage

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.

Pros
  • Great ergonomics.
  • Gets bright enough to fight glare in most settings.
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Decent text clarity.
Cons
  • Small screen size not ideal for multitasking.
  • Blacks look gray in the dark due to low contrast.
  • Image looks washed out from the side.
7.7 Office

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.

Pros
  • Great ergonomics.
  • Gets bright enough to fight glare in most settings.
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Decent text clarity.
Cons
  • Small screen size not ideal for multitasking.
  • Blacks look gray in the dark due to low contrast.
  • Image looks washed out from the side.
8.5 Gaming

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.

Pros
  • 144Hz refresh rate.
  • Exceptional response time.
  • VRR support.
  • Great ergonomics.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in the dark due to low contrast.
  • Image looks washed out from the side.
7.3 Multimedia

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.

Pros
  • Great ergonomics.
  • Gets bright enough to fight glare in most settings.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in the dark due to low contrast.
  • Image looks washed out from the side.
  • No HDR support.
7.3 Media Creation

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.

Pros
  • Great ergonomics.
  • Gets bright enough to fight glare in most settings.
  • Full sRGB coverage.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Small screen size not ideal for multitasking.
  • Blacks look gray in the dark due to low contrast.
  • Image looks washed out from the side.
  • No HDR support.
5.8 HDR Gaming
  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.7 Office
  • 8.5 Gaming
  • 7.3 Multimedia
  • 7.3 Media Creation
  • 5.8 HDR Gaming
  1. Updated Jun 03, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated May 28, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
6.4 lbs (2.9 kg)
Weight (with stand)
9.3 lbs (4.2 kg)

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.

Design
Stand
Width
17.2" (43.6 cm)
Depth
9.0" (22.9 cm)

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.

8.1
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Clockwise
Swivel Range -30° to 30°
Tilt Range -22.5° to 2.5°

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.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

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.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.2" (0.5 cm)

The AOC 24G2 has very thin borders, among the thinnest we've seen, making it a great choice for a multi-monitor setup.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
6.6" (16.7 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.0" (5.0 cm)
7.5
Design
Build Quality

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.

Picture Quality
6.7
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,554 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

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.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

There's no local dimming feature. The video above is for reference only.

8.0
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
354 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
373 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
374 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
375 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
375 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
375 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
373 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
374 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
374 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
374 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
374 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

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.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

6.9
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
26°
Color Washout From Right
25°
Color Shift From Left
58°
Color Shift From Right
58°
Brightness Loss From Left
29°
Brightness Loss From Right
28°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
28°
Gamma Shift From Right
28°

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.

6.7
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
27°
Color Washout From Above
28°
Color Shift From Below
37°
Color Shift From Above
40°
Brightness Loss From Below
28°
Brightness Loss From Above
29°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
31°
Gamma Shift From Above
32°

The vertical viewing angles are okay. The image looks dimmer and washed out when viewed from above or below.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.650%
50% DSE
0.101%
5% Std. Dev.
0.452%
5% DSE
0.067%

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.

5.3
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.479%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

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.

8.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard (sRGB)
Luminance
198 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
90
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
Default
Gamma Setting
Default
Color Temperature
6,878 K
White Balance dE
2.76
Color dE
1.76
Gamma
2.14

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.

9.7
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
103 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
18
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
50-47-43
Gamma Setting
Gamma 1
Color Temperature
6,482 K
White Balance dE
0.54
Color dE
0.38
Gamma
2.19

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.

9.1
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.0%
Adobe RGB xy
83.7%
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

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.

9.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.1%
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
87.2%
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

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.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

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.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00%

There's no image retention on this monitor; however, this may vary between individual units.

8.2
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The AOC 24G2 has great gradient handling. It only has banding in the grays and greens.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.002%
Pixel Column Error
0.001%

There's no color bleed on this monitor.

8.0
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.9%
Indirect Reflections
3.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.2%

Reflection handling is great. You shouldn't have any problems with reflections unless you're in a very bright, sunny room.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Text clarity is decent. Diagonal lines look better with Windows ClearType (top photo) enabled, but vertical lines look thinner.

Motion
9.4
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Strong
Rise / Fall Time
4.2 ms
Total Response Time
7.4 ms
Overshoot Error
1.1%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.4 ms
Dark Total Response Time
10.0 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
1.1%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
WeakChartTablePhoto
MediumChartTablePhoto
StrongChartTablePhoto

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.

9.0
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Weak
Rise / Fall Time
5.8 ms
Total Response Time
9.4 ms
Overshoot Error
0%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
6.7 ms
Dark Total Response Time
10.2 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
WeakChartTablePhoto
MediumChartTablePhoto
StrongChartTablePhoto

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.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

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.

8.4
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
144 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
75 Hz

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.

9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

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.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
3.9 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.7 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
9.3 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
5.0 ms

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.

7.1
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density
92 PPI
Screen Diagonal 24.0"
Screen Area 246 in²

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.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI No
VGA 1
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal

There are no USB ports; however, there's a 24G2U variant available in some regions that has a USB hub with four inputs.

Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers
No
HDR10 No
Multiple Input Display
No

Like most gaming monitors, the AOC 24G2 has a few additional features, like:

  • Dial Point: Adds a virtual crosshair on the screen.
  • Frame Counter: Overlay that displays the current frame rate.
  • LowBlue Mode: Blue light filter to reduce eye strain.
  • Shadow Control: Makes objects easier to see in dark areas.
  • Bright Frame: Lets you adjust the brightness and contrast of a selected area independently from the rest of the screen.
  • Low Input Lag: Toggles frame buffer. It's enabled by default. Turning it off may increase input lag.
There's no HDR support. The HDR Effect settings only simulate HDR.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

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.

Features
In The Box

  • User guide
  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Power cord

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
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.

Compared To Other Monitors

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.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 24-25 inch monitors, the best budget gaming monitors, and the best 1080p monitors.

HP X24ih

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.

Gigabyte M27Q

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.

ASUS TUF Gaming VG249Q1A

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.

Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx

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.

ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM

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.

MSI Optix G272

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.

Dell Alienware AW2521HF

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.

Samsung C27RG5

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.

ASUS VG246H

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.

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