The AOC G2590VXQ aims to make the already affordable G90 series more accessible to the masses with its entry-level specs and proven quality. This variant is best for budget builds which are designed for slower-paced titles like MOBAs or story-driven titles, but a responsive performance is still desired. The AOC G2590VXQ hails from a brand that is synonymous with value and quality, but what kind of performance numbers can it show?
AOC G2590VXQ Specifications
- Screen Size: 25Inches
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 FHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Twisted Nematic (TN)
- Refresh Rate: 75Hz
- Response Time:1ms
- Contrast Ratio:1000:1
- Brightness: 250cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: Yes (2 x 2 Watts)
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – No
- Stand: Swivel – No
- Stand: Pivot– No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 2, VGA x 1, 3.5mm Jack
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 21.89x 16” x 7.72”
- Weight: 26lbs
Design and Features
The AOC G2590VXQ is aesthetically identical to the G2590PX we previously reviewed, but there are a few missing features since its a toned down version. The weight and proportions are almost the same so it would be easy to get confused between the two models. What’s great about it is this model is also borderless with a minimalist design which makes it perfect for clean or subdued builds.
We love that the AOC G2590VXQ retained the OSD joystick despite its downgrades in a few other aspects. The gadget’s bottom corner location makes it easy to access, plus its functionality makes OSD manipulation as easy as peas. Frankly, all modern monitor models should offer this instead of clunky buttons which can be confusing and tiresome, especially in the dark.
Build quality for the AOC G2590VXQ is just as good as its upmarket cousins so you can expect excellent durability and reliability from the device. Manufacturing quality control did an excellent job since the panels and seams are free from defects. There is also no creaking sound from the device, even when you try to adjust the screen.
One of the cut corners you have to deal with when getting the AOC G2590VXQ is its tilt-only stand which has a fixed height. This part provides superb stability, but we recommend replacing it with a VESA mount with a 100 x 100 pattern. But keep in mind that doing so will add to the cost considerably, so you might as well get the 144Hz variant instead.
The AOC G2590VXQ’s budget-oriented nature also slashed off the USB slots from its connectivity selection. The good news is you still have a DisplayPort 1.2 and dual HDMI 1.4 slots, plus a VGA connector for older devices. Frankly, that’s all you will ever need for day to day use, but it’s always nice to have USB receptacles for charging or connecting your peripherals.
There are also a pair of 2-Watt speakers on the AOC G2590VXQ’s slim chassis which adds to the value but does nothing in eliminating the need for better equipment. The pair sounds weak especially in the lows, plus turning it up too high will distort the output. As such, we still recommend a gaming headset since even the budget models will sound better.
Display and Performance
The AOC G2590VXQ sports a 25-inch TN panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 75Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time. A typical 1000:1 contrast ratio is common in the G90 range, with this model’s main difference being it’s limited 250 cd/m2 backlight. These specs are considered limited for competitive gaming, but the product is an excellent option for slower-paced genres like RTS or MOBAs.
What makes the AOC G2590VXQ perfect for budget builds other than its low price is its affinity for low-spec machines. 1080p at 75Hz is rather easy to run even for APUs, so thrifty PC builders will most likely go for this variant. It’s great that you don’t need to spend a small fortune on a PC that can run this device, allowing the masses to get access to lag-free and responsive gaming.
The AOC G2590VXQ produces 98% of the sRGB gamut volume, exceeding our expectations for a budget display. However, its default accuracy failed to impress due to deviations reaching an average DeltaE of 3.5. Calibration will help to lower it to reasonable levels, but buying a colorimeter isn’t practical if you are using it for a budget monitor.
The color temperature, on the other hand, is decently balanced without any extra warmth or bluish tints. The monitor looks like it sits perfectly at the ideal 6500K, so the inaccuracies in some shades are at least forgivable for this category. Gamma sits at 2.0, so some adjustments in brightness are necessary to help correct the output of the screen.
The contrast ratio for the AOC G2590VXQ reaches 950:1 at 50% or lower brightness. This model isn’t as blinding as its 400 cd/m2 siblings, but it can reach 260 cd/m2 at full power. That output is still too high for extended use, so we recommend lowering it considerably to reach a much more ideal and safe 120 cd/m2.
Panel uniformity isn’t an issue with the AOC G2590VXQ since most of its quadrants stay within 10% brightness deviations. Color uniformity is also within acceptable limits since DeltaE from the D65 standard does not stray too far. This could change from unit to unit, but the low overall color accuracy of the screen is the bigger issue here.
Motion handling isn’t as strong as the AOC G2590PX, but that’s a given since this model is limited to 75Hz. Selecting the strongest overdrive option for the screen helps to reduce the blurring, but there is some slight overshoot in high-contrast objects. Some models like the Iiyama GB2540HSU are better in this regard, but it’s pretty easy to make advanced ghosting appear with the wrong settings on that model.
The AOC G2590VXQ is a FreeSync gaming monitor making it a great pair for the refreshed Polaris cards which are topping the budget-level charts. This model isn’t certified by Nvidia so we cannot guarantee that G-Sync will work for everyone. Input lag is limited to 10ms, so there is virtually no delay between the screen and your inputs.
Thoughts on the AOC G2590VXQ
High quality and affordability often do not come together in electronics, but the AOC G2590VXQ manages to edge right in the middle. The monitor sports fantastic build quality and responsiveness, but the screen’s accuracy could use some improvements. We dig this generation’s current design due to its removable of the bezels along with the slimmer frames.
Buying the AOC G2590VXQ is an excellent way to complete your starting build, but there are some limitations to its capabilities. Color fidelity and gamma require some improvement, while the pixel response times could be a bit faster for a TN panel. There are better options in that regard, but most aren’t as focused on gaming like this model.