AOC has unveiled its new G series of gaming monitors in 24″ and 27″ variants. The AOC 24G4 and 27G4 feature a Fast IPS Full-HD panel, 1ms GTG response time, 180Hz refresh rate, HDR10 support, and Adaptive FreeSync technology.
The monitor also comes equipped with the AOC Low Input Lag mode, which “rewires the monitor” to favour raw response time over “graphical frills”.
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Key Features of the AOC G Series Monitors
- 1080p Fast IPS panel
- 180Hz refresh rate
- HDR 10
- Adaptive FreeSync
- AOC Low Input Lag mode
What is the Price of the AOC G Series gaming monitors in UAE
The AOC G Series gaming monitors will retail at AED 649 (US$ 175) for the AOC 24G4 and AED 749 (US$ 200) for the AOC 27G4 and will be available at all Sharaf DG outlets.
In Saudi Arabia, the AOC 24G4 will retail at SAR 749, and the AOC 27G4 will cost SAR 899 and will be available with Ibdaa Al Mohammadiya International Trading Company.
Should You Buy the AOC G Series Gaming Monitors?
While AOC might be a smaller name compared to the likes of LG, Samsung, and Dell, they are still a reputable brand that is known to make high-quality, budget-friendly gaming displays.
The AOC G series gaming monitors are entirely focused on competitive gaming, and for that purpose, its 1080p Fast IPS display should do well. Its 1ms GTG response time, coupled with its 180Hz refresh rate capability and Adaptive FreeSync support, should ensure a relatively smooth, lag-free and tear-free gaming experience across the board.
The only drawback of the monitor is its lower resolution panel, which at 1080p falls short of the 2K or 4K resolution available in competing devices. However, since the monitor is entirely focused on esports and competitive gaming, the 1080p should be more than sufficient.
The monitor is also efficient for single-player games, and its support for HDR10 means that it should be able to produce rich and natural colours for games that support it. However, its 300 cd/m2 peak brightness doesn’t warrant much confidence that it can really make use of the HDR technology.
It also doesn’t support HDMI 2.1, rendering it less than ideal for using it with next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. This is exacerbated further by the paltry sum of input ports – 1x HDMI 2.0 and 1x DisplayPort 1.4 – which limits its flexibility in using it with many devices. However, for its price point, this is to be expected.
AOC G Series Gaming Monitor Specs
|Panel Size and Type
|23.8″ (Fast IPS)
|27″ (Fast IPS)
|Delta E <2
|Delta E <2
|1x HDMI 2.0; 1x DisplayPort 1.4
|1x HDMI 2.0; 1x DisplayPort 1.4
The promise of Lag-Free Gaming
Built with competitive and esports players in mind, the AOC G series gaming monitors claims to provide all the right tools for the job. With a 1080p Fast IPS panel, it ensures that even the most low-powered gaming PCs should be able to run online multiplayer games like Valorant, Fortnite, PUBG, Overwatch 2, and The Finals at high frame rates, and thanks to the reasonably good Delta E <2 colour accuracy, users will not exactly have to compromise on visual fidelity either.
With high-frame rates in tow, users will also be able to benefit from the monitor’s 1ms GtG response time – which is as fast as an IPS panel can get – as well as the higher-than-average 180Hz refresh rate to ensure a smooth, ghosting-free gaming experience. The AOC G Series also supports Adaptive FreeSync, an automatic variable refresh rate technology supported by most graphics cards that should eliminate choppy frame rates and screen-tearing for buttery smooth gameplay.
Catering further to the competitive gaming crowd, AOC also includes a Low Input Lag mode. We are not sure what exactly this means, but the company says the following: “Forget graphical frills: this mode rewires the monitor in favour of raw response time, giving you the ultimate edge in a hair-trigger standoff.” The Low Input Lag mode could mean that the monitor will turn off any post-processing effects for the image quality and render the image as is – however, monitors usually do not have any on-device image processing most of the time as televisions do, so how this will affect the image quality remains to be seen.
AOC also pitches the 24G4 and 27G4 as capable monitors for single-player games thanks to its HD10 support. AOC claims the HDR10 on the monitor will deliver “a rich palette of colours, brightness, and contrast that far exceeds the capabilities of ordinary monitors”, however, with a peak brightness of 300 cd/m2, we have our doubts that this will amount to anything. A panel requires at least 800-100- nits of peak brightness to really take advantage of HDR, and the display does not seem like it can go that high (especially with an IPS panel). So, while HDR10 support is nice to have, we wouldn’t count it as its marquee feature.
More Gaming-Centric Features
The AOC G series monitors sports and has a number of gaming-centric features that could aid you in your online endeavours. One such feature is the built-in crosshair support. The Dial Point feature provides selectable custom crosshair options, which might help gamers aim more accurately in first-person shooters (especially in games were the crosshair is small or blends into the game’s environment).
The display also has six image quality modes, namely FPS, Racing, RTS, Gamer1, Gamer2, Game3 and Off, each of which is enhanced for colour and sharpness for different game styles.
For those who like to burn the midnight oil with their long gaming marathons, the AOC G series gaming monitors also support flicker-free technology that reduces flicker to give you a more comfortable gaming experience. Normal LED-backlit monitors adjust the brightness using the Pulse Width Modulation system, which might cause flickering issues and eye discomfort over long periods of time. The AOC monitors use a Direct Current system that reduces such effects and promises a healthier viewing experience.
AOC G Series Gaming Monitor Alternatives
The ASUS TUF VG249Q1R is a popular choice for those looking for a 1080p 24″ monitor. It also features an IPS panel, 1ms response time, Extreme Low Motion Blur, Adaptative FreeSync Premium, and 144Hz refresh rate, which can be overclocked to 165Hz. While it costs a bit more than the 24G4 at AED 899, you should be able to find it at a discounted price on Amazon.
The MSI G2412 gaming monitor matches the AOC 24G4 feature set almost exactly with a 1080p IPS panel, 1ms response time, Adaptive FreeSync Premium, and 170Hz refresh rate. It is also priced slightly cheaper at AED 615 but can be found at a discounted rate on Amazon. It does, however, lack any HDR support.
The ASUS TUF VG279Q1A is a solid choice for those looking for a 27″ 1080p display. Like the AOC 27G4, it has a 1080p IPS panel, 1ms response time, Adaptive FreeSync Premium support, Extreme Low Motion Blur, and an overclockable 165hz refresh rate. It is also competitively priced at AED 799 at a discounted price on Amazon. However, like most budget monitors within this price range, it doesn’t support HDR support that the AOC monitor does.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.