Dell has announced its Alienware 27 gaming display that is based on a 'Fast IPS' panel that brings together a 240 Hz refresh rate, rich colors, and wide viewing angles. Aimed at hardcore and esports gamers, the model AW2720HF also supports AMD’s FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.

Displays with a 240 Hz maximum refresh rate have been around for years, yet all of them were based on TN panels with all their peculiarities like 170°/160° viewing angles and mediocre reproduction of colors. By comparison, IPS panels have offered 178°/178° viewing angles and superior colors, yet could not hit truly high refresh rates. This year AU Optronics introduced its ‘Fast IPS’ panels featuring a 240 Hz refresh rate as well as a Full-HD resolution, bringing qualities of IPS displays to hardcore and professional gamers.

The Alienware 27 (AW2720HF) monitor relies on one of such Fast IPS panels offering a 1920x1080 resolution, 350 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles, a 1 ms GtG response time (with overdrive in extreme mode), and a variable refresh rate of up to 240 Hz. The 27-inch LCD can display 16.78 million of colors and can reproduce 99% of the sRGB color space. In order to ensure consistent performance even when ambient lighting is too bright, the monitor has an antiglare coating with 3H hardness.

For connectivity, the Alienware 27 has one DisplayPort 1.2a connector, two HDMI 2.0 inputs, one quad-port USB 3.1 Gen 1 hub, one headpone jack, and one line-out jack. The stand of the display can adjust height, tilt, swivel, and pivot. Speaking of the stand, it is noteworthy that the AW2720HF, according to Alienware, features its latest Legend futuristic design style that makes the monitor look like an indispensable part of an intergalactic spaceship. Of course, the monitor has customizable RGB LEDs for personalization.

As we are talking about a gaming display, it is not surprising that the Alienware 27 naturally supports on-screen features like an FPS counter, timer, customizable frame modes, user customization, and other things that one comes to expect from a product of this pedigree.

The Alienaware 27 IPS Display with 240 Hz Refresh Rate
  AW2720HF
Panel 27-inch class IPS
Native Resolution 1920 × 1080
Maximum Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Dynamic Refresh Technology AMD FreeSync
Range ?
Brightness 350 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Response Time 1 ms GtG
with overdrive in extreme mode
Pixel Pitch ~0.27675 mm²
Pixel Density ~82 PPI
Color Gamut Support 99% sRGB
Inputs 1×DP 1.2
2×HDMI 2.0
Audio audio input
audio output
Stand Height:+/- 130 mm,
Tilt: 5° to 21°
Swivel: 20° to 20°
Pivot: 90° to 90°

Built in cable management
Warranty 3 years
MSRP $599.99

Dell’s furiously fast 240 Hz Alienware 27 gaming monitor will be on sale for $599.99 starting from September 17.

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Source: Dell

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  • SwordDancer - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    This monitor should have either been 1440P at 27" or 1080P at 24". Reply
  • Asidewaysbanana - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    You do realize that it's not possible to have 240hz at 1440p?

    240hz is limited to 1080p, and was limited to TN panels but this is the first IPS 240hz released.
    Reply
  • sparkuss - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    Is VESA mounting not a common feature of all these new faster models?

    I picked up 2 Dell 27" 75hz Free-sync for last Christmas for kids but before I forgot to check for VESA mount and now all the new monitors I might be interested in myself have fancy stands but no VESA mounts.
    Reply
  • yetanotherhuman - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - link

    One of the very few dells that lacks a VESA mount... you can tell whether it has one or not, the stand attaches to the centre of the back in a square. If it attaches to the bottom of the screen, bad times Reply
  • FullmetalTitan - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    Who cares? Seriously?
    2019 and we should care that AlienWare wants to sell us a 1080p monitor for $600?
    This would have been news in like 2013 maybe, but you can get this whole package at $400 if you do some research around less "prestige" branded products.
    Reply
  • Asidewaysbanana - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    Do you mind linking me some 240hz IPS monitors? As far as I'm aware this is the first one release in the market. I know other OEMs are developing their own ones and close to release, but as far as I'm aware they haven't released yet. Reply
  • Guspaz - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    What’s the actual response time with overdrive on a real-world setting? Nobody uses overdrive on max because it causes extreme visual artifacting, the setting only exists to artificially decrease response times for marketing. Reply
  • Samus - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    Seems fine for $250, wouldn't pay much more than that for a 1080p monitor though. My current VA-based 1080p 144Hz monitor was under $200 and realistically 240hz is totally unneccessary unless you plan to do 3D glasses (which would be effectively 120Hz) Reply
  • xeal - Thursday, August 29, 2019 - link

    I stopped reading at "offering a 1920x1080 resolution". Reply
  • koaschten - Thursday, August 29, 2019 - link

    I stopped at 350 nits brightness. Reply

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