Alienware has long been seen as the brand for premium electronics for gamers. Attempting to bring technology so ahead of its time that it seems to be alien. Over time though many gamers have become wise to Alienware and instead make their rigs themselves because they find that while Alienware products usually deliver on their impressive specs, they are also usually significantly over priced. So if you are looking for something that breaks the mold and offers extraordinary value while still living up to Alienware quality then I’m sorry you will have to continue waiting.
The AW2518H is exactly what you would expect to find from a Alienware product and that remains both a good and a bad thing. With a price line around five thousands bucks or above you would expect to find a spectacular monitor that brings everything a gamer would need. Instead you have a great monitor that does have amazing points but might leave you feeling a bit disappointed when you look around at the similarly priced monitors. The futuristic Alienware design is present, along with the high end components, but at the end of the day what it doesn’t have are the real issues here.
Display and Features
The one thing to keep in mind throughout the review is while this monitor does bring some impressive abilities the price to production rate is a bit off depending on what is more important to the user. With that being said the first thing your will notice is the screen size does not match up with the price point. The difference between 27 and 25 inches is quite apparent and what you would probably expect. The display itself is great though with an LED lit IPS screen you get picture and color quality that are about as vibrant powerful as you will find at the top of the full HD spectrum.
On the other hand as nice as it looks once you get to this range you would expect to find at least 2560 x 1440 resolution on a high end model, but instead we still have the 1920 x 1080 resolution that you can find for less than half this monitors price quite easily. Those models probably won’t be LED lit but it would of been nice for Alienware to step up their game. With a nice brightness score and contrast ratio the colors still look great, just not quite what you would expect for the investment.
To perk you back up after the poor resolution they made sure that the gaming focus was quite strong. I guess the idea is that the Alienware name and gaming tuned abilities alone are enough to draw in the hardcore gamers who are too lazy to put the work in to find a great model without overpaying. If that is what they had in mind then this monitor succeeds here. The 240 hz refresh rate is insanely fast allowing this monitor to keep up with even the fastest of video cards. To back that up we also have a 1 ms response time so if you ever experience even a bit of slowdown you are probably using the wrong monitor again.
To wrap all of this up you have nVidia G-Sync functionality that allows your GPU to synchronize with your monitor to ensure you are always getting peak performance, or at least as always as technology allows. All of this focus on speed and gaming seems to bleed into the design features that give this monitor its signature Alienware look. Resembling a screen that was received from some futuristic bio mechanic airplane super soldier in exchange for better trade relations. So if having a monitor that looks just as good from the back as the front is something you are interested in look no further. This monitor is undoubtedly one of the coolest you will see, even if just like in grade school beneath the surface doesn’t quite match up.
Another thing that this monitor delivers is a ton of that smooth functionality that seasoned monitor owners are aware of. Many monitors fail at making their machine intuitive enough for the user to get the most out of the screen. This is not the case here as this screen is loaded with visual display modes so you can fine tune your display to your preferences without much of a headache. A on screen display as dynamic as this one is rare to see and it does help you reach up towards the best quality display you will likely find at this resolution.
To back up the high level functionality we have a high level of connectivity as well. This monitor is made to be your main screen and the four USB 3.0’s and a upstream really help with the utility that they provide. Along with a display port and HDMI 1.4 the connectivity is among the best in its class. Finally we have top grades for adjustability as well. From the height, to the pivot, to the swivel, to the tilt you can set this screen up at the perfect angle for however you like to game or watch media.
Alienware AW2518H Monitor Conclusion
This Alienware stands right at the top of the mountain for full HD monitors the issue is that at a price around five thousands bucks a bit you might expect it to bring a little more to really wow the user. Especially when you can find many higher resolution monitors for hundreds less.
That being said its gaming abilities are excellent with the type of speed that sets a high bar for your computer to match up with. That is nice to have as the worst thing for most gamers is to have hardware that turns your setup from a balanced zen to a seesaw. The design is really something to marvel at as well and a highly functional on screen display is the type of thing that has the potential to generate a lot more shine. With great connectivity to round it all out the total package is nothing to scoff at.