AOC Gaming 25G3ZM/BK review: gaming thrills without the frills

The AOC Gaming 25G3ZM/BK is a highly affordable gaming and creative option with nice features, if not world-beating graphics.

A black AOC Gaming 25G3ZM/BK monitor with red detail sitting on a desk
(Image: © Future/Ian Evenden)

Our Verdict

A 24.5in 1080p screen with a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz and a contrasty VA panel, this offering from AOC (the company, not the US politician) is aimed at gamers playing the sort of quick-reaction esports titles where every tiny fraction of a second counts. For anyone else, it’s a perfectly good monitor that’s reasonably priced, but if you’re not going to take advantage of that refresh rate, you might want to find something even cheaper elsewhere.

For

  • Fast
  • Nice looking
  • Many gaming features

Against

  • Basic
  • No HDR
  • Average colour response

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AOC Gaming 25G3ZM/BK specs

Screen size: 24.5in
Type: VA
Resolution: 1080p
Brightness: 300 nits
Contrast: 3000:1
Response time: 1ms
Colours: 16.7 million
Inputs: HDMI 2.0 x2, DisplayPort 1.2 x1, 3.5mm audio
Adjustment: -5/23° tilt, 130mm height, -30/30° swivel
Weight: 4.24kg including stand
Dimensions: 503mm x 557.3mm x 258.8mm inc stand

When a monitor like the AOC Gaming 25G3ZM/BK has ‘Gaming’ in the title, you kind of know what to expect. High refresh rates, bright IPS panel, moderate size and resolution, and an approach to colour accuracy only slightly better than your mum’s TV. 

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

AOC Gaming 25G3ZM/BK

A 24.5in 1080p screen with a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz and a contrasty VA panel, this offering from AOC (the company, not the US politician) is aimed at gamers playing the sort of quick-reaction esports titles where every tiny fraction of a second counts. For anyone else, it’s a perfectly good monitor that’s reasonably priced, but if you’re not going to take advantage of that refresh rate, you might want to find something even cheaper elsewhere.

Ian Evenden

Ian Evenden has been a journalist for over 20 years, starting in the days of QuarkXpress 4 and Photoshop 5. He now mainly works in Creative Cloud and Google Docs, but can always find a use for a powerful laptop or two. When not sweating over page layout or photo editing, you can find him peering at the stars or growing vegetables.