AOC Takes a Lesson From Philips

MMD has introduced two new gaming monitors under the AOC brand, which use the ‘SoftBlue’ technology that Philips premiered last year (Display Monitor Vol 21 No 36).

SoftBlue is a low-blue-light technology. Rather than applying a filter to the monitor’s screen, which can result in colour shifts, the 450nm blue light is instead shifted to a longer wavelength (460nm), which is said to be less harmful to the eyes (blue light suppresses melatonin production in the brain, responsible for causing drowsiness). Thus the harmful light waves are reduced by ‘more than 90%’, but colour fidelity and visual depth are claimed to be unaffected. The display is also flicker-free.

The 21.5″ G2250VWQ6 and 24″ G2460VQ6 feature AMD’s Freesync technology, which eliminates screen tearing and stutter. They also have a 1ms response time and 60Hz refresh rate, so blur is not an issue.

Aside from their size, the two monitors are largely identical. Both use a TN panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 170°/160° viewing angles. They have 250 cd/m² of brightness and feature DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA inputs. The G2460VQ6 also has built-in speakers. Both monitors are capable of -5 – 20° tilt.

AOC’s new monitors will go on sale in September, for £110 ($170) (G2460VQ6) and £85 ($130) (G2250VWQ6), ex VAT.

AOC blue light chart