The AOC’s 1080p TN panel also supports AMD FreeSync and, as with the Acer and Iiyama screens, it functions at a peak refresh rate of 75Hz. That means the AOC can synchronise its refresh rate with the frame rate outputted from an AMD GPU at up to 75fps. That’s the same figure as the Acer and Iiyama panels. It’s not particularly high, but it’s fine for modest PCs and graphics cards. It works well, too – the AOC’s gaming performance was smooth and consistent on our test rig.
Elsewhere, the screen is an eight-bit panel that can display 16.7m colours and has a quoted 1ms response time. There are also two 2W speakers, along with DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA inputs, although there’s USB support. The on-screen display (OSD) is a low point though. It spreads across the bottom of the panel, with awkward horizontal menus – it’s a slow and confusing system.
In terms of performance, the AOC delivered mixed benchmarks. Its contrast ratio of 706:1 is middling, and its black level of 0.37cd/m² is higher than a couple of other screens on test. Neither result is ruinous, but the Acer and BenQ will both have deeper dark areas and more vivacity elsewhere.
The AOC’s Delta E level of 3.1 is middling, and its colour temperature of 6,881K is another average result. None of these results is horrendous, but they’re not class-leading either. The AOC’s performance figures only improved after calibration. Its Delta E and colour temperature results then moved closer to our ideal figures, but the contrast ratio and black level were still average.
We weren’t enamoured with the different screen modes either. TheEco options just alter the brightness, and the FPS, RTS and Racing options ramp up the colour temperature to beyond 9,000K. Your best bet is to use the AOC’s sRGB colour mode. With this option selected, the colour temperature and Delta E sat at 6,766K and 2.7 respectively, with contrast improved to 769:1 and gamma at 2.14.
All those results are an improvement on the AOC’s factory performance, even if none of them is stellar. The panel displayed 96.8% of the sRGB gamut too, which is a solid result. Uniformity was only average throughout our tests too. The screen lost 14% of its backlight power in its bottom-left and top-right corners, and its 3.2% means contrast deviation lags behind the BenQ and Iiyama panels.
The AOC G2460VQ6’s performance isn’t spectacular, but you can’t expect miracles from a monitor that costs just £136 inc VAT. It doesn’t do anything wrong, and its sRGB option can be used to deliver broadly better results than the out-of-the-box settings. We’re pleased to see AMD FreeSync support for tear-free gaming as well, alongside a solid selection of inputs and good build quality.
BenQ’s GL2580HM is a little better when it comes to pure image quality, but the AOC G2460VQ6 offers the best balance of screen size, performance and features, including AMD FreeSync support, and both DisplayPort and HDMI connections. It’s not perfect, but it’s a solid gaming bargain in the sub-£150 monitor league.