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Dell Alienware AW2721D 240Hz WQHD Nano IPS model

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With an increasing amount of GPU horsepower available the march of the high refresh rate and high resolution monitors continues. The Dell Alienware AW2721D offers the often attractive combination of 27″ screen size, 2560 x 1440 resolution and high refresh rate. The sci-fi aesthetic that the brand is known for is in full effect here, with gentle curves and slopes rather than a more sharp-lined gamery aesthetic. The ‘Lunar Light’ colour scheme is adopted here, with matte black front-facing elements and lighter coloured satin-finish plastic on the sides of the stand base and at the rear. Dual-stage bezels are used at all four sides, with a slender panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen plus a slim hard plastic outer component. The panel border is particularly slim at the top and sides, somewhat thicker at the bottom. The stand neck has a front-facing alien head logo which can be customised alongside the power LED colour in the OSD or using Alienware Command Centre software. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by buttons and a joystick at the rear of the monitor, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

A sci-fi design

A 27″ LG Display Nano IPS panel is used, with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution and support for a 240Hz refresh rate. Nvidia G-SYNC is supported via a G-SYNC module, offering VRR support to compatible GPUs from the manufacturer. Other aspects of note include a matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. 10-bit colour is supported via 8-bit + FRC, whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight with enhanced (‘Nano’) phosphors provides a 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut (131.3% sRGB) and 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. This boosts to at least 600 cd/m² for HDR10 content, with the monitor supporting VESA DisplayHDR 600. The monitor can put its 10-bit colour reproduction, generous DCI-P3 coverage and relatively powerful backlight to good use – alongside 32-zone local dimming to enhance contrast. Interestingly the monitor is classified as a ‘G-SYNC Ultimate’ model, which was originally reserved only for VESA DisplayHDR 1000 level displays with an FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) backlight solution. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified (take with a pinch of salt). The included stand offers full ergonomic flexibility with additional AlienFX RGB LED lighting features at the back. The included stand attaches using a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution. The ports face downwards beneath a removable plastic port cover and include; 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, 2 USB 3.2 ports (plus upstream) and a 3.5mm audio output. 2 further USB 3.2 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack are found at the bottom of the monitor, in the centre, for easy access from the front. An integrated ambient light sensor is included, allowing the monitor’s brightness to adjust according to room lighting levels.

The look continues

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for $800 USD.

Dell Alienware AW2721D