Whilst people are starting to buying 4K and ultra-wides and just running a single monitor. There are still people who are using 2 1080P monitors in a dual setup. With them normally being on a tight budget. Whilst there are quite a few options, they seem to lack something. That’s where the AOC G2260VWQ6 comes in. Packing just about everything you need.
AOC did NOT provide a monitor for review, rather I purchased one with my own a money and the other one was purchased by a family member as Christmas present.
So despite this being my first monitor and I’ll follow my usual format and get the specs out-of-the-way.
- 21.5 inch screen
- 1920×1080 resolution
- HDMI (60Hz)
- DisplayPort (75Hz)
- 3.5mm headphone out
- 3.5mm input
- AMD FreeSync
- 1 ms response time
The box is pretty simple really, showing you the monitor itself as well as calling out some of the important information. Cutting the tape and opening the top reveals the monitor with cables and user manual tucked to both sides and the middle of the Styrofoam. Pull everything out and you end up with the monitor, base, power cable (standard kettle pin) HDMI cable, VGA cable, DisplayPort cable, 3.5mm aux cable and the user manual CD. Every cable you may possibly need. Which is really neat. Why they felt a putting the user manual on CD was a good idea I will never know. Surely a A5 piece of paper telling you how to put the monitor on a base and how to hook it up to your pc with each cable and a url to manual on their website. But hey ho that’s what did.
Tour Of Device
So when it comes looking at the device, it is pretty simple. At the front you’ll find the display itself, with the buttons on tucked under the bottom of the device. There isn’t anything on the sides. Getting to the ports, you’ll find all the good stuff. From left to right:
- 3.5mm audio in
- 3.5mm audio out
Set up is not an issue. Plug in the power and your cable of choice (depending what I/O your GPU has) turn the monitor and your PC on and it will take it automatically to the input that has a signal through it. I did notice is that out of the box is that the monitor is set to 100% brightness and dam its bright. However after a few minutes of tinkering in the menus I changed the brightness and set the colours to how I like them. To navigate the menus is just like any other monitor. So even a half brained monkey can do it.
I currently use the included stand which does have tilt functionality but it does have a vesa mount points, so you can use any vesa mount. Perfect for mounting it to a wall as well as desk clamp or even just replacing it with a new stand. I have found that the included stand does wobble. Whilst it is annoying, it is more than usable.
I have been using the monitor for everything from gaming to video editing, image editing, watching videos to writing and it handles them fine. Obviously any old monitor with any input would be fine for writing, this one gives me enough screen real estate for 2 word documents side by side both at 100% zoom fine. Video editing; (software I use is VSDC Video Editor (free version)) I have a large enough view for the preview and plenty of working space on the timeline with the option panel to the side.
Gaming is another area where it shines, though it is a gaming monitor. I mainly play ETS 2, GTA and Rainbow Six Siege along with a couple of racing games. I don’t see any screen tearing what so ever, even when you’re rushing the enemy team in Siege with flash bangs and smoke going off simultaneously. This is without FreeSync being on. I have used FreeSync and can see why it would be great in competitive games for the average joe sat at home; they can get away with it being switched off. But if you want it is still there if you wish to use it.
So to round it all up, yes the G2260VWQ6 is a monitor that I would recommend for all round use. With every connection that you may need (with every cable you may need too) you really can’t go wrong. Sure the 21.5 inch display may be a bit small for some. Add AMD FreeSync for those serious competitive players. As I’ve already mentioned the monitor has been great for everything that I have thrown at it. The fact I have 2 of these on my desk should clearly say that I love monitor.
When it comes to price it is up and down. Originally in September (20176) it cost me £94.98. Skipping forward to November (2016) it was £95.98. Today (27 February 2017) it is currently sitting at £104.13. So whilst it is going up in price, the RRP is £108.00. So taking it from the most expensive price, yes I would still recommend it. It is a bullet proof monitor which could be a base point for gaming monitors.
If you decide to pick one up then please do let me know you thoughts on it. As usual any questions, ask them to me on Twitter (@chriswallace959) or just leave a comment below.