Alienware AW2518HF 240Hz Gaming Monitor Review
The TN panel runs with the 240 hertz refresh rate, has a one millisecond greater gra response time and features AMD's free sync, making it perfect for gaming as it's got free. Sync you'll need an AMD graphics card to take advantage of this. Unfortunately, I've only got Nvidia card CS, so I wasn't able to test that out myself. However, the non F version is basically the same. That comes with G sync rather than free. Sync though it does cost a bit more, as is typical, with G sync monitors, as mentioned it's using a TN panel, so it's going to look best directly front on Dell list for viewing angles as 170 degrees horizontally and 160 degrees. Vertically looking side to side, I didn't notice much of a change even from above that was mostly fine. It was only really bad when looking from underneath but that's pretty standard with TN panels in terms of color gamut, I could only find these ones listed and unfortunately, my Spyder 5 Pro doesn't test. Most of these so I've performed my own testing, which resulted in 96 of srgb, 71 of NTSC and 75 of Adobe RGB, so it's, actually pretty decent for a monitor, that's primarily designed for gaming I'd, happily use it for content creation. The panel also has a peak brightness of 400 nits and, with my own measurements, found that it went up to 450 nits with the brightness of 100, so it gets fairly bright and has a 1000 to 1 contrast ratio.
I'Ve also performed my usual backlight bleed test, which involves having the screen completely black in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding. I then take a long exposure photo to display any bleed. So this is a worst case scenario test, as you can see, here was basically fine in regarde, although this will of course vary between monitors with the UFO test. I wasn't able to see Kersting myself, but I feel, like I'm, not very sensitive to it. I'Ve recorded this a 180 FPS which is as high as my camera goes, so not quite the full 240 of the display, but hopefully enough for you to see for yourself it's, not all about the panel, though, although 240 Hertz is pretty impressive. Taking a look at the rest of the monitor, the stand has solid black metal legs, while the rest of it has a silver matte plastic cover, featuring some subtle, Alienware branding and down the bottom of the stand, there's a hole for cable management. The stand feels really sturdy, and even if I bump my desk it only wobbles little, the bezels are fairly thin at around 6 millimeters or so based on my own measurements. The stand can also easily be removed. If you plan on using the 100 millimeter face amount. Instead, the on screen display was pretty easy to use, navigate through all of the buttons are found on the right hand, side underneath the panel. The io is on the back toward the bottom and faces down from left to right.
Thus, the power input HDMI 2.0 port audio line out 2nd HDMI 2.0 port DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.0 type B, input which you connect to your computer to make use of the following two USB 3.0 type: a ports once you're done with the io. You can optionally place this great plastic cover over the back to tidy it up a bit on the very bottom of the panel there's, a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack and two more USB 3.0 type, a ports as part of the USB hub to actually use the 240 Hertz refresh rate make sure your graphics card supports at least hdmi 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2, as these required to actually drive 1080p at 240 Hertz. As for the included cables, you get an HDMI cable, USB cable, to make use of the USB hub and, of course, power. Cable, no external power, brick needed here. The weight of the panel itself is three point: three eight kilos, while the weight of the stand by itself is almost as much at three point. Two two kilos, like I mentioned earlier, it's a very sturdy stand as for the dimensions: here's a well looking up for the panel itself and here's how that changes with the stander touched and fully extended for the adjustments there's five 25 degrees of tilt 20 degrees of Swivel in both directions and 90 degrees of pivot, in both directions, as well as up to 130 millimetres of height adjustment, and it will easily stay where you leave it.
So far the monitor looks pretty good, but how was it to actually use day to day, as expected, while playing games where I was actually able to get high enough frame rates? Everything looked really smooth, for example, playing overwatch on low settings with my Nvidia 1080 was getting around 250 FPS. Other games like csgo would be no problem, though, especially if you drop down to lower resolutions, so it really depends on the game setting level used and your PC hardware, but generally you'll want pretty decent hardware to be able to run even less demanding games at 240. Fps realistically in triple a games, you won't be getting anywhere near 240 FPS, even with the best graphics cards currently available. However, less demanding games and eSports titles like csgo and overwatch would actually be able to make use of it. As for the difference between this and 144 Hertz, I think I can just barely notice the difference, it's quite slight and nowhere near as obvious as going from say, 60 Hertz to 144 Hertzler. So a monitor like this is probably mainly for people playing competitively where the difference actually matters or if you want to do whatever you can to get the edge over your opponent, I've also used the monitor to edit some recent videos and that's shown before the color Gamut isn't too bad my eyes that definitely looked good enough to get the job done, so no problems there. You can definitely use it for more than just gaming.
As for the price it's going for around 700 Australian dollars here in Australia or around 350 US dollars, while on sale in the US, there are cheaper 240 Hertz panels available out there, but also more expensive options so depends on the features you're after. But this one has quite a few and is overall built really well. So what did you guys think about the aw 25 18 HF gaming monitor from Alienware? This is by far the highest refresh rate display I've ever tested, and it was quite impressive if you're looking at taking your gaming to the next level, then it's definitely worth considering. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments and leave a like to. Let me know if you found a review useful Thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.