AOC C32G2ZE 240 Hz Monitor Review: Excellent Contrast, Low Resolution

A quality, 1080p, 32-inch gaming monitor with a flaw

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We’ve long held the axiom that a monitor’s resolution is less important than its contrast, color saturation and color accuracy. It’s also true that 1080p monitors running at high framerates render moving images just as clearly as higher-res models. A 240 Hz 1080p display has equal or superior motion resolution to a 144 Hz 1440p panel. But there is a point where pixel density becomes a factor. 27 inches is the practical limit for 1080p. Beyond that, you'll see the pixels when sitting 3-4 feet away from the screen. Televisions can get away with this because you typically sit at least 8-10 feet back. Then, 68ppi doesn’t call attention to itself.

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The AOC C32G2ZE presents a conundrum. On the upside, it delivers class-leading contrast, richly saturated color and accuracy with calibration. It also hits 240 Hz, supports Adaptive-Sync and has solid video processing. The image moves as smoothly as it possibly can. But since the pixel structure is visible, it isn’t quite as sharp as a 25 or 27-inch 1080p monitor. 

We also wish the C32G2ZE supported HDR. Its high-contrast VA panel is the perfect candidate. Even without it, the image has tremendous depth and pop with true blacks and super-bright highlights.

The question of image quality is answered positively in every metric except resolution. Some will be able to enjoy its great color and contrast; others will be distracted by its slightly soft image. It will depend on how far away you sit and how sharp your vision is.

The AOC C32G2ZE is certainly unique. As the only 32-inch, FHD monitor we’ve ever reviewed, it does a lot of things right. But if possible, we suggest viewing one in person before deciding. It's not for everyone. 

Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.