24.5″ AOC G-2590fx: Review
The AOC G2590FX is a well-placed gaming monitor with all the features you should want from a cheap, high-performance 1080p game monitor. It has a refresh rate of 144 Hz, a response time of 1 ms, support for AMD FreeSync, and a TN screen that has even the most skeptical nematic skeptics blown away. You may have some ideas about how good twisted nematic (TN) screens are, but this type of LCD panel is still one of the cheapest to make, and it’s great for cheap gamers who want fast response times.
24.5″ AOC G-2590fx Specs
|Maximum Refresh Rate||144Hz|
|Maximum Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Maximum Brightness||400 cd/m^2|
|Static Contrast Ratio||1000:1|
- Short latency between input and output
- Broad 30-144 Hz free-sync support
- Lots of Extra Content for the Games
- Quality pictures, considering it’s a TN panel screen
- Limited peripheral vision
- Poorer picture quality compared to IPS and VA displays.
- Stand that simply tilts
The AOC G2590FX 144Hz game monitor uses a newer AU Optronics 24.5-inch TN panel instead of the older 23.6-inch to 24-inch TN models. You also get a screen that is a little bit bigger and has a peak brightness of 400 nits. The viewing angles and colour performance are also a little bit better. Now, the colours are still not as good as they are on IPS or VA panel screens, but they are much better than they were on the older TN panels.
The AOC G2590FX TN monitor offers 8-bit colour depth through dithering (6-bit plus FRC) and covers 96% of the sRGB colour space. Even with the 170° and 160° viewing angles, the picture still changes in colour, contrast, and brightness when you look at it from an odd angle, but this isn’t a big deal for gamers. With Full HD quality, you get a good number of pixels, clear details and text, and a decent amount of screen space. Also, it makes getting 144 FPS (frames per second) on your PC much easier than with WQHD.
When it comes to speed, the AOC G2590FX has a very low input lag of only 4 ms, which is very good. So, not even the best gamers will be able to tell if there are any delays. Hardcore gamers will also like that the response time is only 1 ms. In games like first-person shooters and racing games, where things move quickly, there isn’t much motion blur or ghosting behind things that move quickly. When you add all of that to the 144 Hz refresh rate of the monitor, you have everything you need for a quick and fun game experience. Lastly, the AOC G2590FX 1080p display doesn’t use PWM (pulse-width modulation) to control brightness, so it doesn’t flash. There’s nothing to worry about if screen flicker bothers you.
You can quickly move through the OSD (on-screen display) menu and settings with the joystick on the back of the monitor. If you are not in the menu and press the joystick up, you can switch input methods.
Other gaming features include AOC Shadow Control and Game Colour, which let you change the gamma and colour saturation of certain game items to make them stand out or look more vivid. You will also find ‘Low Input Lag,’ which reduces input lag even more by skipping some picture processing. Last, you can set the speed of the overdrive response time to Off, Weak, Medium, or Strong. If you have an AMD or NVIDIA graphics card that works with Adaptive-Sync (GTX 10-series, RTX 20-series, or a later model), you can turn on the variable refresh rate to let the AOC G2590FX change its refresh rate on the fly.
Design and linking
With its red accents that aren’t too aggressive, the AOC G2590FX monitor is definitely made with gamers in mind. Unfortunately, the stand can only tilt (-3.5°/21.5°), but the 100x100mm VESA pattern lets you put the screen on a stand from a third party. Also, the design has matte-black bezels that are very thin and a wire management bracket.DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 1.4 ports, VGA, and a headphone jack are all ways to connect. FreeSync works up to 144 Hz with both DP and HDMI, while G-SYNC only works with DP.
Price and similar monitors
The price of the AOC G2590FX is around $200. You can also buy the AOC G2590PX model, which is the same monitor but has a fully adjustable stand, built-in speakers, and a quad-USB 3.0 hub, for $30 more. Depending on where you live, you might also want to look at the Acer KG251QF and the HP Omen 25, which both use the same screen as the G2590FX/PX. But for the same price, we think you should get the LG 24GN650 instead. It’s just as fast, but the IPS screen has better colours and a wider viewing angle range. Visit our complete and always up-to-date best gaming monitor buyer’s guide to learn more about monitors and ensure you get the best model that fits your needs.
Even though the AOC G2590FX is a great monitor for competitive gaming, you can get much better ones for the same price.