Alienware launches trio of speedy gaming monitors with NVIDIA G-Sync. Who makes alienware monitors

Be aware of the next two 38-inch G-SYNC models, the Acer X38P and the LG 38GL950G. They cost ~ 150,700 – 150,900, have an sRGB mode, and have a 175Hz refresh rate overclocked at the factory, but have a weaker DisplayHDR 400 certification.

Alienware launches trio of speedy gaming monitors with NVIDIA G-Sync

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source: Dell

  • Alienware today launched three new gaming monitors.
  • Models are available in 25, 27 and 38 inch sizes with fast refresh rates and NVIDIA G-Syncch technology.
  • All three are expected to be released to the US market in November, starting at $ 900.

In addition to the two new computers, Dell has today launched three new Alienware monitors that cover both esports and ultra-wide immersion. While they also cover a wide range of sizes, the unifying theme is that they are all fast and all support NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate technology.

First up is the Alienware 25 gaming monitor (AW2521H), which the company says is aimed directly at esports professionals. This is mainly due to the incredibly fast 360Hz refresh rate that is becoming more and more popular on esports displays these days. In addition to the refresh rate, the IPS 1080p display can also work with the NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer to provide latency measurement for both the monitor and compatible mice.

Alienware Aw2521h 25 on the side

source: Dell Alienware AW2521H.

A slightly larger size is the Alienware 27 gaming monitor (AW2721D), which increases the resolution to QHD with a refresh rate of 240 Hz. This one is NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate certified and includes VESA DisplayHDR 600 for vivid contrast in HDR-enabled games. Alienware also boasts of its IPS Nano Color display which can reach 131 percent sRGB and 98 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

Finally, the Alienware 38 Curved gaming monitor (AW3821DW), a 38-inch 144Hz ultra-wide beast designed to get you hooked. With a resolution of 3440 x 1440, this monitor also has an IPS Nano Color display which can reach 95 percent of the DCI-P3 range and is VESA DisplayHDR 600 certified. There is also NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate support for booting.

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source: Dell Left: Alienware AW2721D Right: Alienware AW3821DW.

All three monitors are based on Alienware’s “Legend” design language, offering customizable lighting that you can set yourself or react to in-game events. The ambient light sensor in the monitors also automatically adjusts the screen brightness depending on the room around you.

Category Alienware 38 Curved Alienware 27 Alienware 25
Display size 37.5 inches 27 inches 24.5 inches
Panel technology Fast IPS Nano color Fast IPS Nano color Fast IPS
Redolution 3840 x 1600 at 144 Hz (DP)
3840 x 1600 at 85 Hz (HDMI)
2560 x 1440 at 240 Hz (DP)
2560 x 1440 at 144 Hz (HDMI)
1920 x 1080 at 360 Hz (DP)
1920 x 1080 at 240 Hz (HDMI)
Brightness 450 rivets 450 rivets 400 rivets
Colour range 130.6% sRGB, 95% DCI-P3 131.3% sRGB, 98% DCI-P3 99% sRGB
Color depth 1.07 billion colors 1.07 billion colors 16.78 million colors
HDR support VESAHDR 600 display VESAHDR 600 display HDR10
Response time 1 ms gray to gray 1 ms gray to gray 1 ms gray to gray
AlienFX Lighting 4 zones 4 zones 3 zones
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes
Adaptive synchronization NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate NVIDIA G-Sync
communication 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 5x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1x audio line out, 1x headphone out 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 5x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1x audio line out, 1x headphone out 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 5x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (one with NVIDIA Reflex analyzer), 1x audio line out, 1x headphone out

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Alienware AW2721D Gaming Monitor

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Alienware AW3821DW

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Alienware AW2720HF Gaming Monitor

Alienware Monitor: First Look

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Alienware AW2721D Gaming Monitor

With an IPS panel, 1ms response time, 240Hz refresh rate, and 1440p resolution, this Alienware monitor is one of the best we’ve tested.

This monitor comes to the table with advanced features and everything you need, whether you want to play competitive esports titles or in single player mode using G-Sync.

DELL Alienware AW3821DW review

Alienware AW3821DW

Ultra-wide beast with a diagonal of 37.5 inches. The Alienware AW3821DW is packed with the best features to keep you fully immersed in the game.

This widescreen has a 2K resolution and is very responsive, with a 1ms response time and a 144Hz refresh rate, making it one of the best ultrawide monitors on the market.

AW2720HF monitor

Alienware AW2720HF Gaming Monitor

Here’s an Alienware monitor specially designed for those who love competitive gaming. It may be 1080p, but that doesn’t mean it’s not another fantastic monitor.

With a refresh rate of 240 Hz and a response time of 1 ms, it is a very responsive monitor and is perfect for those looking to gain a competitive advantage. In addition to being great for gaming, the color accuracy is excellent, but can you justify its high price at 1080p?

34 '' Alienware AW3420DW WQHD gaming monitor

Alienware AW3420DW 34″ Ultrawide Gaming Monitor

With a refresh rate of 120Hz and a 2ms response time, it’s not the most responsive, but its 1440p panel is the best.

Thanks to the Nano IPS color technology used, this monitor not only provides a stunning gaming experience but also provides crystal clear colors thanks to 145% sRGB gamut volume

This widescreen has a 2K resolution and is very responsive, with a 1ms response time and a 144Hz refresh rate, making it one of the best ultrawide monitors on the market.

Designed for dominance

A fully adjustable stand with height markers provides greater comfort, greater versatility and easier adjustment for longer gaming sessions. Tilt, rotate, adjust and play.

AlienFX allows custom lighting and lighting response in the game. OSD Gaming offers several player-focused options to help improve performance and give you the best gaming edge.

Flicker-free screen with ComfortView reduces harmful blue light emissions, so you can enjoy marathon games without eye strain.

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Design & Connectivity

The design of the Dell Alienware AW3821DW monitor

The Dell Alienware AW3821DW features excellent build quality and a versatile stand that is height adjustable up to 130mm, tilt -5 ° / 21 °, swivel +/- 20 °, and is compatible with 100 x 100mm VESA mounting.

Moreover, the screen has a matte anti-glare coating to prevent reflections, and the subtle curvature of the 2300R adds immersion.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports, a headphone jack, an audio out port for external speakers, and a quad-USB 3.0 hub.

Note that HDMI 2.0 is limited to 85Hz at 3840 × 1600.

To get 10-bit color depth at 3840 × 1600 over DisplayPort 1.4, you must use chroma sub-sampling at 144 Hz or lower the refresh rate to 120 Hz.

Unlike other 38-inch ultra-wide gaming monitors based on the same panel with G-SYNC technology, the Dell Alienware AW3821DW doesn’t offer a factory overclocked refresh rate, although you can try overclocking it manually.

The G-SYNC module also has a cooling fan which, depending on the device and personal sensitivity, may be a bit noisy.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Dell Alienware AW3821DW costs 400,900, but is often available for 400,425.

Be aware of the next two 38-inch G-SYNC models, the Acer X38P and the LG 38GL950G. They cost ~ 400,700-400,900, have sRGB mode, and have a 175Hz refresh rate overclocked at the factory, but have a weaker DisplayHDR 400 certification.

There is also the LG 38GN950 with AMD FreeSync and DisplayHDR 600, which costs ~ 400,500 (though it’s sometimes overpriced / overpriced at ~ 400,900), as well as the Thunderbolt 3 variant, the LG 38WN95C, which costs ~ 400,600. These two models, however, have fewer dimming zones (12).

At the discounted price, the Dell AW3821DW definitely offers the best value for money if you can get past the lack of sRGB mode.

Even then, for half the price difference, you can get a decent colorimeter like the Datacolor SpyderX or the X-Rite i1Display Pro and calibrate / profile your AW3821DW.

As the prices of all these ultrawide displays change frequently and vary by region, feel free to leave us a comment below if you need help choosing the best one for you.

Of course, as with any monitor valued at over $ 1,500, LG’s 48-inch OLED TV is worth looking out for as an alternative. This 4K 120Hz TV provides an equally responsive gaming experience, but much better HDR picture quality thanks to its infinite contrast ratio and zero backlight blur.

You can also create a custom 3840 × 1620 ultra-wide resolution on your TV and enjoy a wider field of view with G-SYNC, 120Hz and HDR. The main downside is that you have to be careful about burnout.

Visit our comprehensive and always up-to-date buyer’s guide for the best gaming monitors for more information and monitors in this price range, such as the Samsung Odyssey G9 and ASUS PG27UQ.

You can also keep an eye on all upcoming monitors.

The Dell AW2721D has good horizontal viewing angles. The image remains mostly accurate when viewed from the side, so it should be fine for sharing content or playing co-op.

Dynamic on-screen display

Stay in the game mood with a unique new game-oriented menu with an easy-to-use dashboard as well as customizable preset game modes, an FPS counter, and lines to multi-screen setup.

Ports and slots

Connectivity Options

Ports and Slots:
1. Power cable connector | 2. USB data transfer | 3. USB 3.0 Gen 1 (x2) | 4. VESA mount | 5. USB 3.0 Gen 1 with charging function | 6. Headphone jack | 7. USB 3.0 Gen 1 | 8. HDMI (x2) | 9. DisplayPort | 10. Audio line out

Cable included:
1. Power cable | 2. HDMI cable | 3. DisplayPort cable | 4. USB 3.0 cable for data transfer

Dimensions and weight

Noteworthy features include various image presets such as Standard, FPS, MOBA / RTS, RPG, Sport, three customizable game profiles, and ComfortView (uses a low blue light filter).

Design and Features

The Alienware AW2521HFL is almost perfectly identical to the Alienware AW2521HF, except for the case color which looks better with RGB lighting. This model has a matte white aesthetic called Lunar Light, which we think is more attractive than its siblings’ Dark Side of the Moon shade. The display is borderless on three sides, but the edges of the panel will still be visible when the screen is in use.

It’s only 25 inches, but the Alienware AW2521HFL is one of the largest in its class for its unique design. The stand has a wide reach and requires nearly ten inches deep on your desk, so it can interfere with some peripherals such as streaming platforms and deep keyboards. It weighs little at 15.81 pounds, but screens of similar size usually weigh around 10 pounds.

The build quality of the Alienware AW2521HFL is fantastic, as is its darker counterpart. The plastics used seem thick and durable, and the base and its mechanism do not wobble. It’s a well-rounded product, with no uneven seams, gaps and sharp edges on each corner of the device.

We like the Alienware AW2521HFL OSD control, which includes a responsive joystick among the keyboard shortcuts. The monitor has a ton of settings that you’ll end up tinkering with, so having a tool to easily access them will become handy. We imagine it would be very useful for gamers who frequently change lighting themes as the RGB system can also be manipulated in the OSD.

The Alienware AW2521HFL has a distinctive look that reflects its branding, but is further enhanced by AlienFX RGB lighting. There is an LED ring throughout the span of the stand post, which illuminates in any color or preset selected in the OSD menu or in the AlienFX app. It’s bright enough to cast a glow if the monitor is close to the wall, but what we didn’t like can’t get in sync with other RGB ecosystems.

The stand also offers full adjustment with tilt, swivel, swivel and height adjustments so that a good viewing angle is always possible. It is easy to adjust but strong to hold the selected position but a little too big for some setups in tight spaces. You can opt to mount a VESA, but that adds to the cost by depriving you of RGB LEDs on the ridge.

The Alienware AW2521HFL does not have the limitations of G-Sync monitors, so it has a fully featured connection layout. The rear panel contains DisplayPort 1.2 and two HDMI 2.0 ports that can accommodate a gaming PC and up to two game consoles. You will also find 4 USB 3.0 slots for peripherals, as well as a 3.5mm jack for audio output.

The latter and two USB ports are located on the hub in the center of the bottom bezel for easy access. It’s great that you don’t have to flip your monitor over or blindly reach into the slots on the back panel if you want to switch between peripherals.

However, the Alienware AW2521HFL lacks speakers which are handy if you want to sit back and relax or use the monitor to work with your home applications. We always think gaming monitors can bypass this feature as most intended users will prefer headsets anyway.

Display and Performance

The Alienware AW2521HFL has a 25-inch high-speed IPS panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a maximum refresh rate of 240 Hz, and a response time of 1 ms. The backlight is up to 400 cd / m2, while the contrast ratio is typically 1000: 1, like most IPS panels. This model is labeled a FreeSync Premium monitor but is not advertised as an HDR display even if it meets DisplayHDR 400 standards.

Full HD resolution is a great fit for a 25-inch screen as it doesn’t break down pixels too much. You may see a bit of pixelation if you sit close enough, but most of the time it won’t be a problem. It’s also easy to achieve very high frame rates at 1080p, plus it doesn’t make small objects like text microscopic.

The Alienware AW2521HFL offers 99% sRGB and approximately 82% DCI-P3 coverage, keeping the screen pleasantly vivid with a balanced saturation level. Its measured accuracy has an average delta of 1.56 which is excellent for a gaming monitor and much better than the AW2521HF result. Keep in mind that color accuracy results always vary from unit to unit due to manufacturing tolerances, which explains the huge difference between two identical models.

Calibrating the monitor will give a very low average deltaE of only 0.54, which is very close to the result obtained with the Alienware AW2521HF. However, not everyone has access to a colorimeter, so we recommend that you use a custom color setting and customize your screen to your liking. The extra cost of the gadget will make the total cost of the upgrade even higher, so it’s not worth it.

Alienware AW2521HFL’s backlight can be incredibly bright at 100% efficiency, reaching as much as 448 cd / m2. The screen contrast reaches a good 1167: 1 with 30% to 40% backlight power, which improves the grayscale and blackout results of the screen. It may look gray at times, but this is a well-known limitation of IPS technology.

Panel uniformity for the Alienware AW2521HFL sample is decent as the backlight variation between quadrants is within reasonable limits. The resulting variations in color temperature and accuracy on each are negligible and only a colorimeter can detect them. Again, this can affect the manufacturing tolerances, so there are inferior and better units available on the market.

The best thing about the Alienware AW2521HFL is its high performance in handling traffic. The monitor offers excellent blur and ghosting control, making it perfect for fast-paced, competitive titles. This model also has three overdrive settings to further tidy up the output image, but we recommend staying at Fast.

The Alienware AW2521HFL is a FreeSync Premium gaming monitor, but it is also compatible with the Nvidia G-Sync compatible mode. Its certification is currently delayed, but it is almost guaranteed as the Alienware AW2521HF is already on Nvidia’s list. Input lag is 3ms, so you don’t have to worry about lags or desynchronized instances.

If you’re looking for a more cost-effective gaming monitor, Alienware probably isn’t the best place to start. Alienware monitors are reserved for those looking to create a fully immersive high-end gaming experience or play esports at high refresh rates.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Dell Alienware AW2721D which is only available in the 27 inch size. Similar monitors are branded Dell Alienware and the differences can be seen below.

Model Size Plate Resolution Refresh rate Curved
AW2521H 25″ IPS 1080p 360 Hz No
AW2521HF 25″ IPS 1080p 240Hz No
AW2521HFL 25″ IPS 1080p 240Hz No
AW2721D 27″ IPS 1440 pence 240Hz No
AW3821DW 38″ IPS 3840 x 1600 144 Hz Yes

If someone comes across a different type of panel or its Dell Alienware AW2721D does not match our review, let us know in the discussion and we will update the review. Note that some tests, such as gray uniformity, may differ from unit to unit.

Our device was manufactured in September 2020. You can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Dell Alienware AW2721D is an impressive and versatile gaming monitor that is great for a variety of applications. It has one of the widest color gamuts and one of the highest brightness in HDR among the gaming monitors we’ve tested, and stands out for its build quality. For more options check out our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 1440p gaming monitors, and the best monitors.

The Dell Alienware AW2721D and Dell S2721DGF are great gaming monitors with similar performance. That said, the AW2721D has a higher maximum refresh rate and slightly better overall image quality. They have similar response times, although the S2721DGF experiences less overshoot. The S2721DGF has much better reflection handling and better ergonomics, but the AW2721D feels better built, is much brighter in SDR and HDR, and has much better accuracy out of the box, although this can vary by unit. S2721DGF may be of better value for some people.

The Dell Alienware AW2721D and Gigabyte M27Q perform generally similar. Both are great 27-inch 1440p gaming monitors, but Dell feels noticeably better built and offers more adjustment options. Dell also has a higher refresh rate, is brighter in HDR, and has a faster response time, although there are fewer overshoots with Gigabyte. That said, Gigabyte might represent better value for some people.

The Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T and Dell Alienware AW2721D are great monitors that use different types of panels, each with advantages and disadvantages. Samsung uses a VA panel which, thanks to its high contrast ratio, can produce deep blacks. Dell uses an IPS panel which has great viewing angles at the expense of contrast ratio. Both have low input lag and exceptional response times, although Samsung includes a black frame insertion feature. Dell gets much brighter in HDR but is limited by a low contrast ratio. The biggest difference is that Samsung is a curved monitor while Dell is not.

The Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx and Dell Alienware AW2721D are great monitors, but Acer is doing a little better, especially when it comes to gaming. Acer has a higher refresh rate that can be overclocked as well as faster response times at both the maximum refresh rate and 60Hz. It also has a wider color gamut and better reflection support, as well as a USB-C port with power and DisplayPort Alt mode.

The Dell Alienware AW2721D and Samsung Odyssey G5 S27AG50 are different types of gaming monitors. Dell is designed for high frame rate gaming as it has a refresh rate of 240Hz with a resolution of 1440p and has native G-SYNC VRR support. Dell has faster response times, but there is also more overshoot, and the traffic handling is fantastic in between. Samsung is designed for high definition gaming as it has a 4k resolution with FreeSync support and HDMI 2.1 inputs, making it a good choice for console gaming. Dell gets brighter, but Samsung is better at dealing with reflections. Also, while they each have local dimming functions, both work terrible.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q and Dell Alienware AW2721D are 27-inch 1440p gaming monitors with native G-SYNC support. While Dell has a higher refresh rate and lower input lag, occasional gamers may not notice the difference. Dell supports HDR while ASUS does not, and it also has more USB ports.

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