The Alienware AW2518HF is a gaming monitor with a crazy high 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and AMD’s FreeSync, so let’s check it out and find out if it’s a monitor you should consider.
The monitor has a 24.
inch display with a 16 by 9 aspect ratio and runs with a 1080p resolution, so 1920 by 1080, fairly standard.
Now here’s where it gets really interesting, the TN panel runs with a 240Hz refresh rate, has a 1ms grey-to-grey response time and features AMD’s FreeSync, making it perfect for gaming.
As it’s got FreeSync you’ll need an AMD graphics card to take advantage of this, unfortunately I’ve only got Nvidia cards here, so I wasn’t able to test that out myself, however the non F version is basically the same but comes with G-Sync rather than FreeSync, 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 the viewing angles as 170 degrees horizontally and 160 degrees vertically.
Looking side to side I didn’t notice too much of a change, even from above it was mostly fine, it was only really bad when looking from underneath, but that’s pretty standard with TN panels.
In terms of colour 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 AdobeRGB, 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 has a peak brightness of 400 nits, and with my own measurements found that it went up to 450 with the brightness at 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 it was basically fine in this regard, although this will of course vary between monitors.
n less demanding games at 240 FPS.
Realistically in AAA 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 CS:GO and Overwatch would actually be able to make use of it.
As for the difference between this and 144Hz, I think I can just barely notice the difference, it’s quite slight and nowhere near as obvious as going from say 60Hz to 144Hz though, 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 an edge over your opponent.
I’ve also used the monitor to edit some recent videos too, and as shown before the colour gamut isn’t too bad, to my eyes it 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 $699 AUD here in Australia, or around $349 USD while on sale in the US, there are cheaper 240Hz 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 AW2518HF 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.
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