The Q24G2A gaming monitor from AOC has been an unexpected success. The relatively small 23.8in IPS panel with its increasingly common 25601440 QHD resolution has proven immensely popular among Asian professional gamers since its initial introduction as a China-only product.
The monitor is on its way to stores in the United Kingdom and Europe with a price tag of €249, making it one of the most affordable options in its category.
The IPS panel features adaptive sync at up to 165Hz, a grey-to-grey response time of 4ms (1ms MPRT), and a brightness rating of 350 nits, making it ideal for gamers desiring close-up, fluid gameplay.
In the general scheme of things, the specifications are modest, as are the integrated 2W stereo speakers and VESA-compliant stand with height, tilt, and swivel adjustments.
Better resolution at the same little size.
The monitor’s significance lies in the fact that it represents a broader transition in gaming consumption. Manufacturers have spent years attempting to persuade professional gamers to transition from ubiquitous 1080p displays, and for the target audience, premium emerging panel technologies such as OLED and Mini LED hold little appeal.
As evidenced by the early success of the Q24G2A, AOC predicts that mass migration will be centered on inexpensive, high-speed 1440p solutions.
Given the power of modern graphics cards and AI technologies that enhance performance, maintaining over 100 frames per second at a QHD resolution is no longer difficult, and shipments are reflecting this. With official QHD support on Xbox Series S|X and PlayStation 5 consoles, 1440p monitor market share has increased from 23 percent in 2020 to over 30 percent today.
On PC, Steam’s latest hardware survey reveals that 25601440 is the only resolution to see a significant increase in users, reaching over 20 percent for the first time. Expect fierce competition in the low-cost 1440p market later this year, as QHD becomes the preferred resolution for an increasing number of enthusiasts. The Q24G2A from AOC is a sturdy marker.