The AOC C24G1 sets itself apart from the TN-based competition by offering a tightly-curved VA panel for substantial improvements in visuals. Staple features such as FreeSync and an elevated 144Hz refresh rate are included in the model for superb gaming performance. The AOC C24G1 belongs to the affordable range, but let’s check out if it can punch above its low cost.
AOC C24G1 Specifications
- Screen Size: 24 Inches
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 FHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment (VA)
- Refresh Rate:144Hz
- Response Time: 4ms(1ms MPRT)
- Contrast Ratio:3000:1
- Brightness: 450 cd/m²
- Speakers: No
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 2, VGA x 1, 3.5mm Jack x 1
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility – Yes(100 x 100)
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 21.14” x 15.1″ x 6”
- Weight: 9.7lbs
Design and Features
The AOC C24G1 sports a humble design that comprises a matte black finish with discrete dashes of gamer-centric red. The aesthetics in this model offers drastic improvements over the AOC G2460PF that looks more functional than decorative. This new variant is now bezel-free thanks to a dual stage design on the top and the sides.
The bottom bezel is slightly thicker with a red strip at the bottom, although we know this matters less to the end user. The appearance and the curvature of the AOC C24G1 make it a suitable candidate for multi-monitor setups. Three of this display will assemble a semi-circle of displays that will further enhance the immersive appeal.
The AOC C24G1’s chassis is quite thin because there is almost no bulge that usually holds the innards of the device. The side profile looks deeper than it actually is, but this is all due to the curvature of the monitor. The monitor is a bit deeper than the usual at 9.6 inches, but the rear placement of the upright makes it easy to push closer to a wall.
The AOC C24G1 now sports a penguin feet-shaped stand that adds incredible stability to the product. The mechanism also allows users to adjust height, tilt, and swivel the display. You can’t pivot this monitor since its curved, but you can remove the stock armature in favor of a VESA-compatible alternative.
The AOC C24G1 is a FreeSync variant, so it doesn’t have to deal with the limitations of G-Sync and its proprietary FPGA module. You can utilize DisplayPort 1.2, dual HDMI 1.4 slots, and a VGA input for video signals. There are no speakers or USB slots, but there is a 3.5mm jack for your headphones.
Display and Performance
The AOC C24G1 sports a 24-inch VA panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. The brand claims that the monitor is capable of MPRT which boosts the native 4ms response time to 1ms. The sRGB backlight peaks at 350cd/m2 improved vibrancy and adjustability.
The 1500r curvature of the AOC C24G1 feels tighter than the competitors, but the screen is too small for it to have a substantial effect. We recommend buying a larger display if you are after the engrossing effects of this form factor. On the plus side, you can position three C24G1s to create a triple-head setup that envelops your visual senses for unrivaled immersion.
The VA panel on the AOC C24G1 is able to produce 99% sRGB which is too low for a QD-treated VA panel. Accuracy is fantastic, scoring an average DeltaE of 2.3 which gives the screen a more natural glow. Most VA monitors give off darker or richer tones which gamers prefer for the extra color pop at the expense of lifelike quality.
We also like how limited the color filtering is from the matte AG coating AOC used in this model. Normally, VA panel monitors come with heavy layers which sometimes wash out or darken the output. Thankfully, for the AOC C24G1, this isn’t the case.
The biggest strength of the AOC C24G1 is its contrast ratio which can reach up to 3300:1 depending on your brightness settings. This makes dark images look more convincing and murky with improved visibility. However, the extra depth adds black crush in some instances, although they are seldom present and noticeable during regular use.
Panel uniformity for our test subject of the AOC C24G1 is also top-notch since there are no significant errors in color temps on each of the quadrants. The 350cd/m2 doesn’t go over 15% in deviations across the sections of the screen. The images presented by this monitor are excellent, but take note that results will vary between each unit.
Unfortunately, one of the limitations of VA panels known as blurring or ghosting manifests in the AOC C24G1. When its Overdrive function is turned off, there is a substantial amount of trailing and smudging in games such as Battlefield 1. Maxxing out the Overdrive somehow cleared the image, but in turn, it induced overshoot.
The Medium setting on the Overdrive cleared the trails and smudges, but there still is some discrepancies in image clarity. However, these flaws are apparent when objects on screen are observed with focus, so in practice, they should be less noticeable. We recommend users to choose between the Medium and Strong setting of the AOC C24G1’s Overdrive, depending on eye sensitivity to these flaws or personal preference.
The AOC C24G1 carries another blur reduction feature called MBR which is essentially another name for backlight strobing. You can tweak from levels 0 to 20, which in ways, has the same effect as the Overdrive feature. Setting it too low will not clear the blurring, but maxing it out to level 20 will induce overshoot.
We recommend users to stay at level 10 for the best balance, although you should play around with these options to get a palatable output. It’s also worth noting that using the MBR function will lock out FreeSync and its benefits.
The AOC C24G1 is FreeSync compliant, meaning it can work with an AMD GPU to match the refresh rate to the FPS. The feature starts at 48Hz all the way up to 144Hz. If your frames drop below this threshold, AMD’s LFC technology will come into play to reduce stutters and tears as much as it can.
Input lag on the AOC C24G1 is almost nonexistent since the measured latency sits at only 4ms. Games like PUBG and CS:GO are very enjoyable with this monitor since every click and swipe is on the dot. We recommend this model if you are into competitive titles which require spot-on accuracy and speed as an advantage in online combat.
Thoughts on the AOC C24G1
The AOC C24G1 comes highly recommended if you want an E-Sports monitor that is both vibrant and responsive. The VA panel in this model offers a substantially better image quality than TN variants, but it doesn’t come without a price. The display is unfortunately prone to blurring, so taking the time to play with the Overdrive and MBR features are crucial to your experience. The monitor’s FreeSync feature with LFC also comes in handy, although we like the G2460PF‘s 30Hz to 144Hz better.
But for what its worth, the AOC C24G1 is a fantastic monitor for casual and competitive gaming. All the essential features such as the refresh rate and low input lag are present to help achieve an improved gaming experience. The only aspect we’re skeptical about is its tighter curve which users may not be fond of since the display is too small.