We love Alienware’s gaming kit – the company does some very enticing gaming laptops and peripherals – but its latest monitor, a 55-inch OLED behemoth, is quite possibly its most ambitious creation.
The Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor features a 120Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support, making it capable of silky smooth gameplay at ultra high resolutions – as long as you have the hardware for it.
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It features a DisplayPort 1.2 port, three HDMI 2.0 ports, four USB ports, a headphone jack, and SPDIF audio – but note the lack of HDMI 2.1. This means you can’t use HDMI to display 4K video at 120Hz, so you’ll have to rely on the DisplayPort.
It also comes with a response time of 0.5 milliseconds (gray-to-gray) and a remote control, hinting that this is a monitor better suited to front rooms than on a desk in a home office.
However, while there’s a lot to lust over here, there’s some noticeable drawbacks as well. For a start, it doesn’t support HDR (High Dynamic Range), which for an expensive modern TV is pretty unforgivable.
Also the price will instantly put people off – as it’ll go on sale for $4,000 (around £3,200, AU$6,000) when it launches on September 30.
Alienware isn’t the first monitor company to make a super-large screen that blurs the line between monitor and TV. The likes of HP, Acer and Asus have released their Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD) screens, which dwarf the Alienware 55 OLED when it comes to size (they are 65-inches) and specs (they support both HDR and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology).
However, one area that the Alienware 55 OLED does beat them is it’s OLED display – none of the other large monitors boast this. It can lead to much deeper blacks and better color reproduction, and goes a little way to making up for the lack of HDR.
However, if you’re looking for a TV that includes HDR, 4K and OLED, then you can get some much more sensibly priced TVs out there. But, if you’re one of a handful of PC gamers that wants to play in 4K at 120Hz from your couch, then you’d better get saving.