As of right now, gamers don’t really have a top notch OLED monitor to choose from. Their options are primarily restricted to a VA display, an IPS display or a TN display. That could be changing by the end of this month.
Alienware first demonstrated the AW5520QF during Computex in Taipei earlier this year. On August 19, the monitor was officially launched by Dell, Alienware’s parent company. And now, they have announced a date for its release. The impressive 55-inch gaming monitor from Alienware will hit the shelves on September 30.
The price is set at a staggering $3999,99. But is it worth it?
This 55-inch display is truly one of a kind, and will appeal to anyone who is serious about gaming. This 4K OLED monster features a staggering 3840×2160 resolution, a contrast ratio of 130,000:1, and a gray to gray response time of just 0.5ms, And get a load of this! It can support a refresh rate of an astounding 120 Hz. With an abundance of OLED UHDTVs in the market, what sets the AW5520QF (‘Alienware 55’, in short) apart is its supports of AMD’s FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.
Among other features of this monitor, it can reproduce upto 98.5% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. This is comparable to the top LCD displays out there. The peak brightness of the Alienware 55 is 400 nits, so you can expect to see every bit of the detail on the screen. And it has a 2H anti-reflective coating which makes it perfect for bright days as well.
And like all Alienware displays, the Alienware 55 also comes with a remote control with which you can adjust the brightness, audio etc.
No HDR support
Of the very few shortcomings of this impressive display from Alienware is the lack of an HDR support. That would have been perfect for this display to double as the main TV in the house.
This is the first time an OLED gaming monitor of this size has hit the market. There have been bigger displays in the market from competitors such as Acer and Asus, some as big as 65-inch displays. But there have been no OLED monitors. OLED is considered to be one of the best display choices for color reproduction and true black.
We can expect the prices to drop in the coming years, as we begin to see more big OLED displays with a 120Hz refresh rate or more. We can expect the trend given that both Microsoft and Sony are working on their next generation consoles. Both the next generation Xbox and PlayStation are expected to support ray tracing and 8K gaming. And they are also working specially hard to improve the raw frame rates. All of these features are in development in order to make the most of the next generation of gaming displays and TVs. But for now Alienware clearly gets the crown.