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Dell Alienware AW2720HF 240Hz Full HD IPS model

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For a fluid gaming experience, a high refresh rate is often desirable. Relatively recently monitor frame rates have been pushed as high as 240Hz. The initial 240Hz models all used TN panels, but there are now some notable alternatives coming onto the scene using other panel types. The Dell Alienware AW2720HF is one such product, offering a 240Hz IPS-type panel. The monitor uses the “Legend Industrial Design” featured on other recent Alienware models. This isn’t as aggressive and ‘gamery’ as some designs, combining satin silver and matte black plastics with rounded edges. The top and side bezels use a dual-stage design, comprising a slender panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen plus a slim hard outer plastic component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by pressable buttons and a joystick at the rear of the monitor, along the right side as viewed from the front.

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A 27″ IPS-type (In-Plane Switching or similar) panel is used, more specifically an AUO AHVA (Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle) panel. This offers a 240Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 static contrast ratio 178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles and a matte anti-glare screen surface. The monitor supports Adaptive-Sync, including AMD FreeSync on compatible GPUs and systems, with a likely variable refresh rate range of 48 – 240Hz (plus LFC). 8-bit colour is supported whilst a WLED backlight is employed offering 99% sRGB colour space coverage and a 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, marketed as “True 1ms”. This is to distinguish it from an MPRT response time achieved using a strobe backlight setting, which isn’t used on this model. But it should certainly be taken with salt and is achieved using an aggressive pixel overdrive setting.

The rear of the monitor is predominantly satin-finish silver plastic, with some central black elements. A large elongated oval RGB LED lighting feature can be found at the rear of the stand neck, as well as an illuminated RGB LED Alienware Alien logo towards the top right. These are customisable ‘AlienFX’ lighting features, which can be controlled alongside other compatible peripherals using software. The included stand offers tilt, swivel, height and pivot (90° clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation into portrait) adjustment. It can be removed using a quick-release button to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution, if preferred. The ports face downwards, beneath a removable port cover. They include; AC power input (internal power converter), DP 1.2a, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports (2 located at bottom of monitor for easy access), 3.5mm audio line-out and 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is available in the US and other regions for ~$450.

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Dell Alienware AW2720HF