I always speak about the importance of a monitor when it comes to the ultimate PC gaming experience, and even for console gaming as well. However, there's been a rising popularity in curved monitors lately, and I must be honest, I never understood why. They're pretty, they're cool, but a traditional flat screen always seemed to be just fine. The AOC C24G1 Gaming Monitor reminded me of why "just fine" isn't enough.
The AOC C24G1 Gaming Monitor features a 1920 x 1080p 23.6" Curved VA panel, with a curve of 1500R to closer represent the natural curvature of your eyes, which reduces strain, as well as create a deeper sense of immersion. The monitor also comes equipped with a 144Hz refresh rate 1ms response time, as well as AMD FreeSync to prevent screen tearing.
The AOC C24G1 offers a 178-degree vertical and horizontal viewing angle, with a colour gamut of sRGB 96%, with 16.7 million colours, 80 million:1 DCR contrast ratio, and a brightness of 250 cd/m2. The monitor also offers a -5 - 23-degree tilt, -35 - 35-degrees swivel, and a 130mm height adjustment, but you are able to wall mount it as well, should you wish. Finally, the monitor offers four display connections - 2 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, and 1 x VGA; the HDMI and DisplayPort connections provide a 1080p resolution at 144Hz, and the VGA provides a 1080p resolution at 60Hz.
As I said before, curved monitors have always been something of an "out-there" concept for me, considering a flat-screen gave me more than enough immersion. However, using the AOC C24G1 Curved monitor, I realised just how much better a curved monitor really is, and it wasn't just for the immersion, but the reduced eye-strain as well.
See, curved monitors require less effort from your eyes because they do not have varying distances to look at, as they would a flat-screen monitor. For reference, I sit less than a metre away from my monitor on a daily basis, and so, the distance my eyes need to see is vastly different from the centre of the screen to either side. Not only does the AOC C24G1 have a curved panel, but the curve sits at 1500R, which is far closer to the natural curve of our eye than most curved monitors out there. This resulted in an incredibly reduced eye-strain, and that's not even including the flicker-free and eye-saver mode that reduces blue-light from the panel. All three of these elements equate to an incredible gaming experience, all without causing catastrophic damage my eyes.
I have stated before that a 144Hz monitor will not make you a pro, but I was able to secure an extra kill or two, on average, in each game.
By having my PS4 Pro, Nintendo Switch, and my PC connected at the same time, all I needed to do was switch between inputs, rather than have to plug cables in and out...
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