AOC 24V2Q slim-line monitor
Although not noticeable at first glance, the screen tapers from being about 15mm thick at the bottom to about 7.5mm at the top. The glass of the frameless monitor extends right to the edge while the narrow black bezel is only about 5mm wide on three sides and 20mm on the lower edge. The narrow bezel makes for almost seamless viewing when having two monitors side by side – this is despite the surprising, and overcautious, note in the manual that 10cm clearance should be allowed each side of the screen. The fact that the monitor is only 21inch wide make it a good choice for those wanting their work or games spread across the width of two screens.
As the monitor is so very slim, the designers have had to show a degree of ingenuity. This has meant that the power (there is an external “brick”), HDMI, DisplayPort and headphone connections have been moved away from the body of the monitor and placed on what is, effectively, part of the stand. This portion of the stand is permanently fixed (but hinged) to the rear of the panel. The square baseplate, which is secured by a single screw, is the only part of the stand which is removable.
One of the limitations of this design, which I suspect will not be of importance to many users, is that there is no VESA mount. On the other hand, the design make connecting cables somewhat easier as one does not have to scrabble in an unsighted manner under the screen.
The screen can be tilted a small amount forward and also backward by about 23 degrees.to obtain a comfortable viewing angle. The power button and the four on-screen display (OSD) hot keys are under the lower right hand edge of the screen while the power LED is visible near the right hand end of the lower bezel.
The 24V2Q has a 75Hz refresh rate and 5ms response time on an IPS panel which gives good colour rendition and a very wide angle of view without brilliance or colour appearing to suffer. The OSD provided access to a wide range of adjustments. However, as usual, if one does not refer to the manual one can easily find that one goes around in circles in navigating the menus and sub-menus before finding any particular adjustment that one might want.
In addition to the adjustments for both brightness and contrast, there are also a number of Eco mode presets: Standard/Test/Internet/Game/Movie /Sports which provide a quick and easy way of setting luminance. Similarly, one can set up Red, Green and Blue colours separately as well as there being Warm/Normal/Cool/sRGB/User colour temperature settings.
There are also a number of other settings accessed via the OCD. However, I could not really see the point of “Picture Boost” which enables one to adjust the brightness, contrast and position of the Bright Frame area on the screen for better viewing experience.
One of the additional features claimed for the 24V2Q, but which I cannot verify, is that it will deliver smooth gameplay with AMD’s FreeSync technology which matches the framerate output of the PC’s graphics processor to the monitor’s refresh rate and so eliminating input lag, screen tear and stuttering.
Available from Amazon for £126, this is a reasonably priced and attractive looking slim-line monitor which should be suitable for both work and play even though, because the manual is a little sparse, it will probably take a little time to understand its full potential and get it set up accordingly.
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