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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  • FreckledTrout - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    Make that 2k at 144 Hz then I would agree. Having a 4k 27 inch monitor is almost pointless unless you can seit really really close to it. Reply
  • Great_Scott - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    It's terrible, I know. The worst part of a "1K"/1080P screen in 2019 is that I got away with a RTX 2600 and saved a ton of money.

    Wait, I saved a ton of money getting a 1920x1080 high-refresh monitor too.

    Out of curiosity, how would you drive a 4K screen to 240Hz in any game that wasn't Minesweeper?
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  • qlum - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    There are plenty of lighter games to run. I would see running osu! at 4k 1k fps being perfectly feasible. 240hz is mostly for competitive shooters though. Reply
  • saratoga4 - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    >The worst part of a "1K"/1080P

    The "K" is the width, not height (4k is ~4000x2000) so 1920x1080 is 2K. 1K would be the 540p you sometimes see on slow twitch streams.
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  • qlum - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    These monitors are made for a very specific niche of users. Namely people who play competitive shooters at a high level or aim to do so. While 144hz may work for them 240hz is noticably better. The same niche generally doesn't want to get a lower framerate by playing on 1440p so that's why these monitors are a thing.

    They are probably not for most users though but niches have a right to exist and an ips panel does make it clearly better.
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  • DigitalFreak - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    If some fool wants to pay $600 for a 1080p monitor so he can be more L33T in Counter-Strike, more power to him. It funds development of more useful monitors for the rest of us. Reply
  • koaschten - Thursday, August 29, 2019 - link

    This is especially stupid considering the max brightness of 350 nits *laughs* Reply
  • limitedaccess - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    At the same time it's 27in which is turn off for the really competitive/pro players as they find it too big. Reply
  • Moizy - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    Sorry, I said the same thing in my comment, didn't see yours. Agreed Reply
  • Moizy - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    Can't have your cake and eat it too. For those serious about the current esports shooter games (Fortnite, CS:GO, PUBG, Apex, etc.), 240Hz is more important than resolution. Resolution is nice, but refresh rate trumps. Problem is there aren't any 240Hz displays with greater than 1080p at the moment, and furthermore it's really tough to find a GPU that can run these games at 240Hz consistently while also at the higher resolutions. Even Fortnite, which is derided as being "an easy game for a GPU", can't run at 4K, shadows off, and at 240 fps. So the serious players choose the 240 frames over the resolution. Reply

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