The Alienware 25 AW2518Hf is one of the fastest 1080p gaming monitors currently for sale, coming with a refresh rate of 240Hz. It is designed to be one of its kind and be a competitive monitor used in professional gaming.
Being manufactured by Dell – one of the most trustworthy brand names in the monitor industry – The Alienware 25 offers ultra-premium gamer-grade systems for the professional gamers and enthusiasts alike.
Aside from the refresh rate and, the most interesting part is that it comes with both G-Sync (the AW2518H) and FreeSync (the AW2518Hf) models, giving you the option to choose depending on what setup you run. This review is looking into the FreeSync model, since it’s cheaper and way more popular with consumers, but we will compare the specs to the G-Sync model for noticeable differences.
In addition to the already-mentioned features, we take a look at what separates this monitor from the crowd, and why it is so well received by both pro gamers and Amazon reviewers.
The Alienware AW2518Hf features a TN panel which is developed by AU Optronics, providing a 25” display.
Its viewing angles range from 170degrees vertically to 160degrees horizontally. Common for TN panels, the color tone will shift if viewed from the side above/below, but the image should still be viewable within the specified viewing angles.
It comes with 400-nit peak brightness giving a consistent and uniform quality image with a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 1ms response time and at the refresh rate of 240Hz. We noticed zero-lag even at 240Hz, meaning you will get an incredibly responsive and engaging speed adding more to your gaming experience.
This proves this monitor is ideal for the competitive gaming, and considering there are many pro gamers choosing this panel, we can say many people agree with that statement. Overall, it is designed to give you the premium image quality along with the gaming performance you want.
TN panels have been known to have the worse colors and black levels among the different monitor panel types. While it’s obvious Dell tried to minimize these effects, it is still not on the same level as a VA or IPS panel.
This 240Hz gaming monitor is a bit expensive but it will provide you with excellent gaming performance, making it worth the money to serious players.
The Alienware 25 has a quoted input lag time of only 1ms, giving near instant response to images on the screen. At 240Hz, a 1ms response time is less than 1 frame lag per second out of 240 total, so it will be almost impossible to notice even during fast gameplay.
It doesn’t matter if you are only a casual player, a gaming enthusiast, or amateur player, you will enjoy every second of this 240Hz monitor.
The Alienware 25’s TN panel provides you the standard 1920×1080 resolution and fastest response time speed for future-proofing any PC game.
While some may wish this monitor had come with a higher resolution, the 1080p resolution it comes with makes your PC able to reach higher frame rates more easily without needing a ridiculously expensive graphics card.
Features / Design
Following are some of the other notable features of Alienware 25 AW2518Hf, the perfect gaming monitor:
AMD Free Sync and G-sync:
One of the most notable feature is that it is shipped in both free sync and G-sync models, allowing you pick which one to enjoy whatever tech you want according to your mode of game. It’s worth noting the G-Sync model is quite a bit more expensive (thanks NVIDIA).
If you have an AMD Free Sync graphics card, the highest refresh rate of 240 Hz can be achieved. This removes the screen tearing and stuttering or blurring completely without increasing the input lag.
If you are a NVIDIA card user, the G-Sync option can also be utilized, however adding a little more to the price. As for a new update, the Free-Sync works with a compatible NVIDIA G-Sync graphics card without any issue.
Its OSD (On-Screen Display) comes with pre-calibrated picture presets (FPS, RRTS, RPG). Its OSD also allows three customizable gaming profiles. Moreover, the OSD menu is easily navigable via the six OSD buttons placed on the bottom of the screen.
However, when menu is not being used, the four keys can be used as hot keys and you can personalize them for any purpose as shortcuts.
It brightens up the screen to 3 levels in order to help you locate the enemies hiding in the dark areas.
Game Enhance Mode:
The Game Enhance Mode comes with three functions:
- An on-screen timer
- An FPS (frames per second) counter
- Display Alignment for multi-tasking.
Alienware 25 AW2518Hf features a matte and black scheme with sharp angles and sleek lines. Its robotic looking stand seems to have come from a space fantasy movie, enhancing your passion and involvement in the game. It allows to make height adjustments, and offers swivel tilt and pivot adjustments in order to get a comfortable view.
The adjustments include 130mm height adjustment, 90 degree pivot, 20 degree swivel to the left and right, -5/25 degree tilt, and 100-into-100 VESA mount capability. Furthermore, the screen is covered with an anti-glare matte (3H) screen coating.
However, the stand can be removed if you do not like the space movies to reveal the VESA mounting holes.
View / Ports
Its standard connectivity features of down firing I/O layout include:
- Display Port 1.2
- Two HDMI 2.0a
- Four USB 3.0 slots
- A headphone jack
- An added jack for audio pass-through
Alienware 25 AW2518HF gaming monitor has a robust build quality with premium specifications and materials. This is the one of the most highly sought-after monitors by gamers, especially competitive and professional gamers.
As Alienware is owned by Dell, there remains no doubt in its building materials and included enhanced features. It is regarded as one of the most outstanding eSports products.
Therefore, keeping in view the extra-ordinary specs and tech used for the Dell Alienware AW2518HF, you get the best performance and image quality possible for a TN panel. The option of AMD FreeSync and G-sync is the feature users have acknowledged as one of the most useful. It is one of the best 1080p 240Hz 1ms monitors you can buy, and you will not regret spending a little extra to get it.
|Panel Type, Refresh Rate||TN: 240Hz (Maximum)|
|Color Gamut||72% / 82% (CIE 1931/1976)|
|Color Depth (Number of Colors)||8-bit, 16.7 million colors.|
|Resolution||Full HD (1920 x 1080)|
|Adaptive Sync||AMD FreeSync|
|Display Surface Treatment||Anti-Glare|
|Viewing Angle||170° (H) / 160° (V)|
|Adjust Ability||HAS, Tilt, Pivot, Swivel|
|Product Dimensions w/ Stand (WxDxH)||21.9 x 10.6 x 20.6 inches|
|Limited Warranty||3 Year Limited|
- Beautiful design, great build quality.
- Great price for 240Hz.
- Excellent input lag.
- No HDR support.
- TN panel colors are poor.
- Why is G-Sync model double the price??
Alienware 25 – Final Ranking
Here at InputLag.com, we think the Alienware monitors are the best looking gaming screens you can buy. Futuristic and sleek, nothing beats them – and the same goes for the Alienware 25. Add in the 240Hz refresh rate, and 1ms input lag time and you have yourself a winning gaming monitor. The FreeSync model is quite affordable too.