Alienware - 25" LED FHD FreeSync Monitor
- Model: AW2518HF
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Delivers crystal clear picture with stunning detail.
Allows pixels to change colors quickly to avoid streaking, blurring and ghosting in fast-moving scenes and video games.
You'll experience amazingly-fluid gaming visuals, giving you the upper hand in first-person shooters, racing, real-time strategy and sports titles. There will be no break in the action!
Provides a large viewing area and clear images.
AMD FreeSync synchronizes the refresh rate between the GPU and display to eliminate image tears and choppiness.
Allow you to set up DVD players and other AV sources for a clear, high quality audio and video signal.
Ensure a clear view of the monitor from multiple vantage points.
With tilt, pivot, swivel and height adjustment so you can always find that ideal viewing position whether you're on the couch or sitting on your bed.
Comes with a 100mm x 100mm VESA-compliant mounting.
Provides a high number of shades between black and white. This range enables accurate color reproduction when displaying images with extreme differences between light and dark for excellent picture quality.
Offers an enhanced view, even in low lighting.
Timer, FPS, Counter and Display Alignment game modes get you optimized game visuals without having to manually adjust screen settings every time you play your game.
Designed to use less energy and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.
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Must Have If You're Serious About GamingAugust 30, 2017
I was very excited to get my hands on the Alienware AW2518HF FreeSync monitor. It arrives packaged nicely with the monitor nested very securely inside. Assembly is literally a snap with the monitor simply snapping onto the high quality metal base. Included is an hdmi cable and a USB 3.0 upstream cable. Connect both and install the monitor drivers and you're up and running. The AW2518HF has 2 hdmi ports, 1 display port, 1 headphone jack, and 4 USB ports. I really like having these additional USB ports and love the convenience of their location. The monitor stand is well constructed and surprisingly all metal. The monitor is highly adjustable on this base. You can easily adjust the height as well as tilt or swivel the monitor to your liking. The monitor is super sleek looking with nearly no bezel except for on the bottom edge. I am disappointed that the FreeSync version of this monitor lacks the LED lighting effects on the back panel which are available on the Nvidia G-Sync version. The AW2518HF has a multitude of settings which can be configured to your desires. The onscreen display is accessible by the control panel controls along the lower right bottom of the display. Here you can easily change the standard settings for color, saturation, brightness, contrast, etc. There are also presets that can be selected by game type of fps, rts, or rpg. You can additionally create your own preset based on your own image preferences. I found the on screen display and controls much easier to use than other monitors I've owned. Much less confusing. I do like the setting for fps which shows an overlay display over your game of your current game fps. Very cool feature. Lets talk performance. This monitor is intended for use with an AMD video card in order to support FreeSync. With FreeSync enabled this monitor can dynamically adjust its refresh rate to match the frame rate rendered by your video card. The fact is this is a gaming monitor. One that massively improves your gaming performance through its ultrafast 1ms response time and it's incredible 240hz refresh rate. These two specs in combination with FreeSync totally eliminated the horrible effects of blurring, ghosting, and texture tearing which I experienced using other monitors. I was in the midst of replaying Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare when I switched monitors to this Alienware AW2518HF. What an immediate and amazing transformation. Gone are the all the artifacts that detract from your gameplay. What good is it to have a top notch video card if you can't clearly see the images it produces? With the AW2518HF now you see crisp clear fluid imagery but this isn't all about pretty images it's about effectively kicking butt at games. All these amazing specs let you see your opponent clearer and faster than before and likely sooner than your opponent sees you. Resulting ultimately in better gaming and more frags! The Alienware AW2518HF is yet another weapon in your gaming hardware arsenal. Well worth the price if you're serious about your gaming.
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Excellent and Fluid Gaming MonitorAugust 30, 2017
The Alienware AW251HF is actually the first monitor specifically designed for gaming that I have personally used so I was quite eager to compare it with my current monitor (HP 2511x). At 240 Hz and a 1 millisecond response time, this monitor is sure to grab the attention of most gamers looking for high specifications. With the addition of Free Sync, the monitor should be free from any ghosting or tearing that would otherwise distract during gaming sessions. From a design perspective, I was actually quite surprised at how heavy and sturdy the stand was. The style of the stand was actually quite innovative, with two legs branching out and seemed secure and sturdy. On the back, the silver had a nice brushed finished and, while plastic, it did not feel cheap. In addition, there was a stylish alien logo in the back. Once the stand is installed, the monitor can be rotated to the left or right, as well as up or down depending on how high you want it. Lastly, the monitor can pivot around in 90-degree increments to fit your needs. At eye level, the monitor looked amazing and was actually more comfortable than the current viewing angle on my monitor. In the back of the monitor, you will note two HDMI 2.0 ports and a Display port connection; only an HDMI cable is included along with a bracket to cover up the cables once they are rerouted through the hole in the stand. There are two USB 3.0 ports and a audio jack directly underneath the Alienware logo. A USB 3.0 cable is included as well. On the monitor, there are several modes that are worth mentioning. First, there are several presets based on which type of game you are playing such as FPS, RPG, and RTS. Additionally, there are 3 different game settings for your own personal customization. Standard is default and implies both 75% brightness and contrast. On max contrast, the colors are actually quite vibrant especially for an anti-glare monitor. Additionally, max brightness was actually fairly bright especially at its rated 400 nits. Another feature that is worth noting is the dark mode, which improves viewing on dark images. However, I noticed it almost sharpens the image too much if your game is not extremely dark or your game's brightness is too high. In addition to those presets above, you will also find warm, cool, comfort view and custom presets. Custom allows you to adjust the standard red, blue, and green colors with an additional yellow, magenta, and cyan setting. As for image quality, overall I think most will be pleased with the image, provided that you know what to expect from an anti-glare monitor. For me personally, as my last 3 monitors have all had a glossy screen finish, the color reproduction can be somewhat of an adjustment. Thus, I was actually surprised that on standard preset, the color is crisp and was not as dull as I was expecting. Whites were a bit muddy at first but after adjusting the settings, it improved. In addition, with a screen size of 25'', it was perfect for viewing 1080p content. At this resolution, I typically avoid anything higher than 25'' as it tends to look washed out to me. Additionally, the pixel pitch is listed at 0.2832mm by 0.2802mm. Usually, pixel pitch is listed with one number but I would assume the first number would be for the horizontal portion of the display (1920) though I could be wrong. In addition, I viewed and set several different wallpapers as backgrounds to view the color. The blacks were actually handled fairly decent, though understand they aren't the deepest or as rich as some of the IPS panels. Greens looked fairly deep as well. I also looked at some backgrounds with more orange and red and the color seemed fairly accurate. Dell also lists this as 90 pixels per inch. With these specs, text and color seemed perfectly adequate and everything was sharp and concise. As for game performance, all of the games played fluid and smooth and obviously, there was no evidence of ghosting. One feature I would like to mention is that the monitor has a built in frame rate display so while playing games I had that enabled as well as fraps. When you have the monitor's frame rate overlay enabled, it would seem that it only works while Free Sync is enabled. There was one instance while playing Rise of the Tomb Raider where when I would set the graphic settings high enough, the monitor's frame rate counter was higher than what fraps showed. Thus, I assume that the monitor's frame rate counter was only showing the monitor's Free sync rate instead of the game's FPS once it gets low enough. Once the settings were lowered, both the fraps and monitor counter matched. Conversely, when you have the Free Sync disabled, it would just display the monitor's 240 Hz refresh rate and never moved. Overall, every time I played normally though, the monitor and the game play remained fluid and smooth. As for Free Sync itself, I tested several games to see if I could feel a difference or see any when I had it enabled versus with it turned off. For the most part, I could not detect a noticeable difference even when it was disabled. However, when Free Sync was enabled, game play on this monitor, even in the 40-55 FPS range, was smooth just like it was when it was off. The feature, nonetheless, is great to have as it does seem to work while it was on, as evident by the monitor's frame rate overlay. In conclusion, I would recommend this monitor for those who are looking for a high performance gaming monitor that are not afraid of the price tag. Personally, while I have had always preferred monitors with glossy screens, this monitor surprised me more than I thought it would. Its image isn't as washed out as some others tend to be and the brightness is actually better than my current monitor. With that said, you will need adjust the image to your liking and I caution those especially who are coming from either gloss finish monitors or even IPS ones that it may take some time to get used to it. Perhaps the best feature for me was that ability to adjust and pivot the monitor to my needs. Playing at eye level is actually comfortable rather than having to look down at a monitor. At 240 Hz and a 1 millisecond response time, it offers everything that those who play games would require of such a monitor. Games were smooth and pictures looked as they should. As such, I think it would fulfill the needs of gamers at a price that most are willing to pay. Recommended.
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Sharp monitor - not your average boring monitor!September 2, 2017
The design of this Alienware monitor is very unique. From the V-shaped metal pedestal, to the way the LCD is mounted to the pedestal, it’s got a nice high tech look to it. The ultra thin bezel design makes this great if you plan on having multiple monitors. There are many adjustments to get the monitor in the exact position you want, you can move it higher/lower, tilt up /down, pivot left and right and swivel 90 degrees in either direction. The monitor has many connections, more than I’ve seen on normal office monitors: (2x) HDMI port Line-out and headphone jack USB downstream port with Power Charging (3) USB 3.0 ports DisplayPort There are no built in speakers, initially I thought the line-out port was line-in. The specs of this monitor are quite impressive, it features a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080, a refresh rate of 240hz and a response time is 1ms. Refresh rate is the number of times per second a display refreshes its image, so in this case, the Alienware refreshes 240 times per second. A higher refresh rate is great for games where the action is fast moving. This would reduce the blurs. It’s brightness is rated at 400 nits. Most importantly, it supports ”AMD Freesync”, a technology that synchronizes the GPU and monitor to display images when both are ready. Without this technology, the images are prone to “tearing”, in issue when you’re playing games where the graphics card is refreshing faster than the rate of the monitor. When this occurs, the new frame updates in the middle of the last frame resulting in a horizontal “break” in the image. The performance of this monitor is excellent, I tested it for hours with Battlefield and Overwatch. The graphics were smooth, image quality and colors were excellent overall, there was no ghosting, tearing or artifacts. I’m using this with a Radeon RX580 graphics card. Overall, I would highly recommend this monitor if you’re looking for a gaming monitor. It’s a solid monitor with great specs and features. At $499, it seems a bit pricy but it is comparable with other brands with similar specs. The unique design is an added bonus!
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2nd Best 1080p Monitor I Have Ever Used!August 28, 2017
And it should be for this price, as its an enthusiast level monitor. The best is the Nvidia G-synch version of this same monitor, which I also tried out. Its a pretty close matchup, but you do pay extra for the G-synch tech in the other version of this monitor. Don't confuse this monitor for the G-synch, as this one does NOT have RGB LED lighting on the back at all. If you have a AMD Freesynch capable video card, this monitor can handle synching with your video card for 240Hz. NATIVE, not overclocked. And 1ms gray to gray. Yes, it is silky smooth frame rate. I personally can't tell any difference once I get above 144Hz, but more is better I guess. It has a USB 3.0 hub built in to connect to USB 3.0 on your PC, and one of the two USB 3.0 ports right at the front bottom of monitor is marked for charging. There is also a headphone jack on the back of the unit to plug a line out from your PC to, so you can plug headphones into the front bottom of the monitor, right between the two USB 3.0 ports. When I do this I have to switch "Playback Devices" in Windows 10 to "Dell AW2518 High Definition Audio Device" to hear the headphones. The Color on this monitor is very very good. Has built in On screen overlay of timer or frame rate. If you buy this, it will probably be your LAST 1080p monitor. By the time your are done with this monitor in 4 to 7 years, I'd wager no one will be producing any enthusiast 1080p monitors anymore.
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Great monitorOctober 6, 2017
An absolutely superb monitor. Was everything expected and then some. Highly recommend it.
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Gorgeous, but pricey monitorSeptember 12, 2017
The images on this monitor are stunning. It is a full HD 1920x1080 display, that has fantastic viewing angles; from almost any angle I could not see any color blurring or shifting. In the dark I could not see any light leakage, and the brightness (and it is bright) was very consistent. But this monitor is designed for gaming, with a 1ms response time at 240hz it is 4-8 times faster than your typical display. And it has several built in display modes based on the types of game you are playing (FPS, RPG and RTS) and multiple game settings to store you personal calibration levels (very helpfuls as some games are very dark and others are normally bright, saving your play modes is quite useful and save a lot of time when moving from game to game.. The monitor has a anti glare (matte) finish, this is one of the first anti glare monitors I've used that has the crispness as a glossy monitor. when using with fast frame rate game like Doom, the images were crisp, and smooth; I tested this monitor with a Dell AMD 7+ RX580; the Free Sync mode of this monitor is designed work best with Freesync video adapters like the Rx580. With Doom I was seeing over 150 FPS with no artifacts, I've literally never seen a display that was this fast with this resolution. I also tested with Flight Simulator X and was again blown away with the quality, no matter how quick a move was the display kept up, without any tearing or ghosting (as I've often seen on my "gaming Laptop". This was a whole new experience. The monitor and it's stand are quite heavy (well built), the stand allows the monitor to be used in either portrait or landscape mode easily turning it without fear of it falling down. It comes with a HDMI, and USB 3.0 cable, the USB cable brings 3 additional ports (w/power charging) to the monitor (a real convenience on the desktop). The monitor can also be connected via display port (it has 2 HDMI in ports, I guess one for DVD/BR input) I believe the HDMI input must be used with Freesync I really can't see anyone out growing this monitor, it's as fast as they get with a gorgeous image used with a AMD video card supporting Free sync you won't find a better pair.
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Wow!September 8, 2017
First, I want to say that this monitor works best with an AMD Radeon graphics card. This will allow you to get the most out of it, including the FreeSync feature. It doesn't get much better than this gaming monitor by Dell. Built into this 25-inch 1080p monitor is plenty of versatility and vividity. The monitor comes in a large box, most of which contains a structured firm cushioning foam that protects the monitor on all sides. I was rather impressed when I saw this, as I've never seen a sensitive product with such magnificent packaging--not even my much more expensive TV. The AW2518HF is beautiful. It's super stylish, and the slim bezels allow the monitor to showcase almost nothing but gorgeous gameplay. It's packaged with an HDMI cable, and includes two HDMI ports--one for your PC and one for any other device you might want to connect. There is a DisplayPort, but if you use only one display, stick to HDMI. Because the ports are on the underside of the monitor, it's better if you aren't frequently connecting different devices, as it can be a tedious and frustrating task. Along with the HDMI ports, you get one USB upstream and three USB downstream ports, two of which are 3.0, and another that features power charging, perfect for your phone. When connected to your PC, the upstream port powers the other ports, which can all be utilized by any other devices you might have, such as a keyboard and mouse This gives you everything you need right in front of you without any more background wiring mess between the monitor and the PC. Be sure to save the ports for anything but a headset (unless it's USB-only), because the monitor is equipped with its own 3.5mm headphone jack. This also frees up the mess of connections to the PC itself. And if you use speakers, there's a line-out port for you, too. Next up, the adjustability. I was impressed with this monitor's range of movements. It can pivot up to 90 degrees, and tilt and swivel up to 20 degrees left or right, 25 degrees up, and 5 degrees down. The height is also adjustable by nearly six inches, so you don't have to do so much tilting. Whatever your viewing angle and preference, this monitor will achieve it. Now onto refresh rate and response time. The AW2518HF packs an incredible 240Hz refresh rate. It's a bit overkill, and isn't necessary for your average gamer, but if you can utilize it, then do it. However, it could also mean that this monitor could last you for a long time as newer games demand more and more power. While on the subject of refresh rate, this monitor is equipped with FreeSync. I had never used an adaptive refresh rate display before, but I was totally wowed with its performance playing any game. You don't get any screen-tearing with this feature, and this may possibly be the best thing about this already powerful monitor—it just makes it more powerful. With the high refresh rate mentioned earlier comes a really fast response time of 1 ms, which is especially significant in twitch shooters. Again: perhaps it's not important for your average gamer, but it should be common knowledge that Alienware products aren't tailored to them. It's quite possible that this monitor is a bit overdone, and with that comes a higher cost, higher than your average monitor. But these are features that are going to be around for a while, making the monitor last a long time. The 1080p resolution is solid, and for a 25-inch display, it's hard to argue any reason for there to be 4K. As other components of PC gaming become stronger and better, the 240Hz refresh rate will last. The response time is as good as it gets. Its DisplayPort gives you access to daisy-chaining if you use multiple displays or later upgrade to more than one monitor. In short, the technology packed into this monitor is far from obsolete, and if you're serious about gaming, this is one of the best monitors you can get currently get your hands on.
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Best 25 inch gaming monitor on the marketSeptember 6, 2017
If you're dead set on purchasing the best 25 inch gaming monitor on the market, look no further. This monitor can handle the speeds of any first person shooter or role playing game. The price is a little on the high end, so it's mainly targeted towards the professional gamer or someone who is looking for the extra edge in game play. NOTE: This model is best paired with a system running an AMD Radeon graphics card. It features AMD's FreeSync technology, which syncs both the display and graphics card for the fastest and smoothest refresh rate possible. If you have an N-Vidia Graphics card, you'll want to look at the AW2518H model by Alienware. It supports N-Vidia's G-Sync technology for producing native refresh rates. Unlike the N-Vidia version, this model does not have the built-in LED lighting on the back panel of the monitor. You don't really lose anything from not having the lighting; it's mainly for aesthetics. Being a Twisted Nematic (TN) panel, the refresh rate and pixel response times are exceptional. You lose a little in wide-angle viewing, but since a gamer is usually sitting right in front of their monitor, this won't be a major issue. Even though a Vertical Alignment (VA) monitor offers the best colors, and an In-Plain Switching (IPS) monitor offers better viewing angels, TN panels are best for gaming. I tested this monitor while it was paired with an AMD Radeon Video Card that supports FreeSync technology. The performance was flawless. I didn't notice any blurred images, flicker, tearing, and other motion artifacts. Again, this is helped out by its super-high refresh rate (240Hz) and 1 millisecond response rate. The monitor is loaded with external ports for various audio, video, and USB connections. And the stand is very stylish. Also, the bezel is incredibly thin, meaning this monitor would make an excellent dual screen or triple screen setup. Overall, this is a gamer's monitor. If performance is more important than price, than you really can't find a better gaming monitor on the market right now.
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