Dell's new Alienware-branded gaming monitor is an expensive OLED display without support for HDR and HDMI 2.1. Who is it for, exactly?
Too little, too late?
You can buy a 65-inch LG C9 OLED TV for $2500 - possibly less - and get HDR support and HDMI 2.1 ports capable of 4K120 and VRR. Or you can buy a smaller 55-inch Alienware OLED monitor without any support for HDR or HDMI 2.1 for a cool $4000.
That looks like a hard sell despite the monitor being capable of accepting 4K120 (SDR) input and FreeSync via DisplayPort 1.4. The monitor is based on the same LG Display OLED panel as all of the OLED TVs out there but it lacks key capabilities.
- "AW5520QF brings the world a true gaming spectacle, a vision-filling screen with stunning image quality for which OLED is known. Featuring the Alienware's new Legend industrial design, the Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor offers a 120Hz variable refresh rate, response time of 0.5ms (gray-to-gray), and low input latency so images get to the screen much faster allowing a gamer's reactions to be quicker, more accurate and ahead of the competition," Dell said.
How low input lag? Dell has yet to release that specification but it is worth noting that OLED TVs are hitting input lag of 13 ms nowadays, and in many ways the worlds of TV gaming and monitor gaming are converging. Nvidia and partners must have come to the same realization after having launched overpriced $5000 4K gaming LCD TVs .
We commend Dell for trying to bring better display technology to gaming monitors that are still largely stuck in IPS LCD territory, with HDR being mostly a fatamorgana in the PC ecosystem. However, it is a little mind-boggling that Dell finally brings display technology that does excellent HDR to the monitor arena and then leaves out HDR support.
Dell's Alienware 55 (AW5520QF) will start shipping in the US in late September for $3999.99 and in Europe in late October. Specifications are included below.