AOC 2434PW review

A tidy price and a quality chassis make this a good choice for those wanting a 24" monitor

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Our Verdict

Clearly the pick of the bunch if you want to have the biggest possible screen


  • Sheer size
  • Good black levels
  • Upmarket syling


  • It's still a TN panel

There's a creeping cancer that is gnawing its way through the monitor market of late. A debilitating and highly infectious disease that's now approaching epidemic proportions. We speak, of course, of the inflationary process that has taken hold of quoted contrast performance. AOC's latest 24-inch monitor, the 2434PW, is a case in point.

Proudly plastered on its bezel is a sticker proclaiming an eye-catching ratio of 60,000 to one. Stunning stuff indeed, if it were true in practice.

The problem is, it refers to what the 2434PW is capable of thanks to dynamic contrast. That's a technology which adjusts the strength of the backlighting according to the brightness of the image data being fed to the screen. The darker the scene, the more the backlight intensity is reduced.

Superficially, this appears to make sense. But in reality it's a pretty clumsy kludge. What it can't do is achieve darkness or brightness at the same time. It's one or the other.

Hence, there's no substitute for what we would call good static contrast performance. In other words, the ability of an LCD panel to occlude the backlight when individual pixels are set to black.

Contrast is a lie?

Our advice, therefore, is to ignore any quoted contrast claims by manufacturers that are significantly higher than 1,000 to one. This can be rather tricky when manufacturers, including AOC, are coy about a monitor's static contrast abilities.

Luckily, PCFormat has a light meter handy and can reveal the truth. In the case of this particular 24-inch 1080p panel, that truth is 793 to one. Ironically, that's actually a pretty good showing for a monitor with a TN-type LCD panel.

In fact, anything in the region of 800 to one or better will get the job done very nicely, particularly when it comes to watching movies in a dark room.

We're happy to report that the 2434PW does indeed achieve pretty good black levels and in turn we would encourage AOC to be much more up front about this monitor's static contrast. This monitor has nothing to be ashamed of.

Indeed, there's plenty more to recommend it. It's a very rapid monitor with 2ms pixel response times making it highly suitable for a gaming rig. What's more, the full 1,920 x 1,080 screen resolution provides plenty of desktop elbow room, along with the ability to do full justice to full high definition 1080p video content.

There's encrypted content support, too, courtesy of an HDCP compliant HDMI port.

The stand and chassis also have an upmarket consumer electronics vibe and not a little practicality to boot, thanks to a well executed cable-tidying solution at the rear.

Overall, it looks like a lot more than £190's worth of panel. Do not, however, get too excited. In most regards, this monitor is little better than your average TN-powered budget panel.

Overall, it's a lot less rich and vibrant than a PVA panel and a chunk less accurate than an IPS screen.

Moreover, the difference between its default colour balance and the colour space after calibration is pretty immense. That's fine if you have a calibration tool to hand, but a bit of a pain if you don't.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
HDCP SupportedYes
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityTCO '06, EPEAT Silver, RoHS
Brightness300 cd/m², 300 cd/m²
Screen ModeFull HD
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NameAOC
Contrast Ratio60,000:1
Mount TypeWall Mountable
Screen Size59.9 cm (23.6")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time2 ms
Height with Stand405.30 mm
Width with Stand557 mm
Depth with Stand214 mm
Product Model2434Pw
Product Name2434Pw Widescreen LCD Monitor
Manufacturer Part Number2434PW
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The new Angelo 2434Pw Widescreen LCD Monitor from AOC International (Europe) GmbH captivates customers with an ideal combination of design and technology. Features that also impressed the jurors of the Red Dot Awards, who made the AOC 2434Pw a winner in the 2008 Product Design category success that comes by virtue of its ergonomically shaped oval base with ultra-smooth height adjustment.

Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)6.25 kg