Alienware has new gaming monitors with built-in headset support

Alienware is releasing a pair of new gaming monitors, including a 25-inch with a 360Hz variable refresh rate and a 27-inch Quad HD option that can overclock to 280Hz. Both monitors sport slimmer designs than the other recent offerings from the brand, with smaller bases and sliding headphone stands, giving users more desktop space for massive desk pads and full-size keyboards.

The smallest model (AW2523HF) doesn’t aesthetically scream gaming gear: it’s all matte black plastic with a glossy Alienware headstock logo and the number “25” on the back, which doesn’t light up like the 27-inch model (AW2723DF). . The 25-inch model features a Full HD 1080p IPS display with Vesa AdaptiveSync certification, HDR10 support, and 99% of the sRGB spectrum.

The 25-inch model now has a smaller base than other Alienware options, leaving more room for a large keyboard.
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With the 27-inch option, Alienware also adds DisplayHDR 600 certification and a Creator Mode option that gives you 95% of the DCI-P3 color spectrum, as well as a full sRGB color space, making it more accurate if you want edit videos or photos on it while Steam is closed. The IPS panel’s native refresh rate is 240Hz and also includes both Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro certification, unlike the smaller model which only sports the latter.

When it comes to connectivity, both models have similar layouts that include two HDMI 2.0 ports, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type B upstream with four USB-A ports downstream, line-out and headphone jacks, and a DisplayPort 1.4 port. There’s also joystick control that leverages Alienware’s revamped OSD settings screen, and thankfully the monitors don’t have external power bricks. Unfortunately, there’s no USB-C connectivity for those looking to use these as laptop docking stations for office work.

The 27-inch has Alien FX RGB, even for the power button. Both models have a joystick, headset and two USB ports at the bottom.
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These displays aren’t particularly standout compared to Dell/Alienware’s other offerings like the 34-inch curved Alienware QD-OLED, its monster gaming laptop with a 480Hz screen refresh, or the 4K VRR monitors with HDMI 2.1 which work well with Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 consoles. But what the new monitors deliver are the basic needs of PC gaming, perfect for esports gamers who aren’t looking for extracurricular frills.

Both monitors will come with Dell’s three-year warranty which includes advance exchange service if you experience any issues, including minor bright pixel defects. The 25-inch model will be available September 7 for $449.99, with the 27-inch available October 6 for $649.99.