The 24-inch TN category represents the best possible value in adaptive-refresh gaming monitors. AOC’s G2460PF is currently at the pinnacle, which means it’s the least-expensive solution from a major manufacturer. While some may not be willing to include TN in their tech basket, this monitor looks great when playing even the most demanding gaming titles with motion quality that matches many more-expensive displays. For those on a budget, it merits a serious look.
35-144Hz FreeSync range
Needs a few adjustments for optimal image quality, Middling contrast
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There is little doubt that gamers thirst most for performance. The popularity of technologies like G-Sync, FreeSync and fast refresh rates show that in the land of enthusiast computing, motion quality is king. It’s coveted more than resolution, image clarity, and even color accuracy. Fortunately that last one is a far less concerning issue, because newer screens stick pretty close to standards right out of the box.
Notice that value is not in my list. I am certainly aware of the many reader comments talking about how many gaming monitors are too expensive and that buyers will be waiting for lower prices. That is the focus of today’s review.
The 24-inch TN category, once dominated by relatively expensive, fast-refresh screens like the Asus VG248QE, has welcomed a new addition: TN-based Freesync displays. These monitors sport 144Hz and adaptive-sync, which is a nearly unbeatable combination. You’d think there would be a great proliferation of such products, but it seems manufacturers are concentrating their efforts more at the high end.
Today, however, we have the opportunity to evaluate a low priced screen that offers a good quality FHD-resolution TN panel with 144Hz and FreeSync, and has a street price of just over $200. It’s AOC’s G2460PF.
AOC hasn’t really cut any corners here unless you consider the use of a TN panel a cost reduction measure. Despite the AU Optronics part’s old-school tech, it offers quick response times and in our experience looks better off-axis than some other similar displays we’ve reviewed.
The biggest news here is a generously wide FreeSync operating range. Early versions of the G2460PF and its larger brother, the G2770PF, were saddled with a 48Hz lower limit, but new firmware has taken that down to 35Hz and added support for Low Framerate Compensation (LFC). This effectively doubles frames when the action gets slow, which prevents tearing, just like with G-Sync. In practice, an FHD monitor is less likely to drop below 35fps.
Other features? Aside from some game-specific picture modes, there isn’t anything else to speak of, and that’s a good thing. Gamers looking for a budget solution to finish off their rigs may have just found the ideal display. The price is attractive as are the specs. Now it’s time to see if the image quality is worthy of AOC’s performance claims. Let’s take a look.
Packaging, Physical Layout & Accessories
The G2460PF is fairly compact and lightweight and has an efficient carton to match. It’s made from thick double corrugate, so it should stand up to the rigors of shipping. The base is the only part that must be attached (using a captive bolt). The upright is already assembled, although it can be removed via four screws to reveal a 100mm VESA mount.
Cables are included for IEC power, USB, DisplayPort, and HDMI. The user manual must be downloaded from AOC’s website along with support software if desired. None of these are needed for plug-and-play operation however. AOC also includes a cable clip to keep your connections tidy.
The monitor is simply styled with a mixture of satin and brushed textures molded into high-impact plastic. Its gaming intent is signaled by a single strip of red trim across the bottom of the bezel and a red cable clip on the upright. The FreeSync feature is announced at the panel’s top left corner. At the bottom left are molded-in icons indicating the locations of the down-facing control buttons. Four keys navigate the OSD while a fifth toggles power. It’s not the joystick we’ve come to know and love from BenQ and Asus screens, but at this price point, buttons aren’t surprising.
The anti-glare layer is aggressive and rejects all but the brightest sunlight. Your room’s overhead fixtures will not be a problem for the G2460PF. We couldn’t see any grain or softness in the image. The round base moves with the monitor when turned. A hidden plastic piece with rubber pads remains stationary on your desktop surface. Additional adjustments include 5" of height, a portrait mode, 25° tilt and an owl-like 300° of swivel.
The side profile is slim with most internals housed in a central bulge that extends from side to side. On the right are two USB ports of the 2.0 variety. The red one remains active when the monitor is powered down to facilitate charging mobile devices.
Around back you can see two small speaker grills that fire their sound into whatever is behind the monitor. Keeping it a few inches out from the wall provides the best fidelity. They aren’t terribly loud but audio is reasonably clear if lacking in bass or transparency. If you want better results, we suggest the headphone jack on the bottom.
The input panel contains one each of DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, and VGA. You can enjoy FreeSync over HDMI at up to 120Hz and DisplayPort up to 144Hz. Both have a lower limit of 35Hz. You can also feed in an analog audio source and plug in your headphones here.
Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.
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Good budget monitor - good review. Not my cup of tea as 1440 at 27" is my bare minimum these days (getting a 4K soon to match my 1080). I would shoot myself in my eyeballs if I had to go back to this, but for many 24" 1080 with FS makes good financial sense.Reply
Wow! The same price as my AOC 1080 144 G2460PQU but with wide range Freesync. Amazing. I just bought my three less than a year ago - time to sell?Reply
FYI I noticed that under Specifications you list the panel type as IPS but everywhere else you list it as TNReply
This is really compelling option. I just put a sample build together with a full system (i3 and RX 470) including OS and this display for just over $850. Even with inflated prices on 470s at the moment, that would offer a solid gaming experience at an amazing price (considering display and OS included).Reply
"Functionally, there is no difference between the two technologies until you start talking about low framerates."Reply
So basically what you are saying is that if you have a fast PC and a fast graphics card and aiming to go into the 144Hz+ territory then you don't need GSync. This is a 144Hz monitor after all and most people are expected to have awesome gear to drive screens at those Hz. I have a 144Hz 1440p 1ms Freesync monitor driven by a GTX 1080 and never seen tearing on it yet.
time to sell my benq...Reply
Ok, I just ordered one.Reply
The price and great Freesync range well worth it taking everything into account. Out of all the "high tier" gaming monitors, this one seems to be the one to beat in terms of value.
Thanks for the review and confirmation on my suspicions on this monitor.
One thing though, does it come with the DP cable?
Yes, there is a DP cable included.Reply
18632987 said:Yes, there is a DP cable included.
Thanks for the information.
why is the AOC G2460PQU more expensive without freesync? am i missing something here?Reply