Get ready to get your mind blown. Alienware has pulled back the curtains on the AW2524H, a unique piece of technology that it claims is the first actual 500Hz gaming monitor. Revealed at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the release promises a new frontier for gaming, complete with a seriously impressive spec sheet.
Needless to say, ultra-high refresh rate monitors have been around for a while now and we have seen numerous gaming monitors clocking upwards of 240Hz, but nothing comes close to Alienware’s newly revealed 24.5-inch behemoth. The AW2524H comes with a Full HD display and an anti-glare coated IPS panel that natively outputs a refresh rate of 480Hz, which can be overclocked to 500Hz only over DisplayPort. When connected via HDMI, the monitor won’t clock over 240Hz, which sounds quite middling. Refresh rates aren’t everything, however, and this new 500 Hz Alienware gaming monitor has plenty of things that make it worthy of its name.
The monitor’s IPS panel ensures more suitable viewing angles, better colour, and higher brightness while NVIDIA G-Sync compatibility helps further richen your experience. It even features 99 per cent sRGB colour coverage and is DisplayHDR 400 certified, thus enabling true-to-life colours and dynamic visuals at wider viewing angles. There’s even a TUV-certified ComfortView Plus feature and Nvidia’s Reflex Latency Analyzer to help you gauge your system latency and PC performance.
To deliver a superb gaming experience, the Alienware AW2524H has a GtG response time of 0.5ms. This will reduce motion blur and ghosting, thus ensuring you get the sharpest picture at all times. For most casual gamers out there, 0.5ms is simply overkill and won’t be necessitated for everyday/casual gaming. However, if you are a pro player who needs to land headshots every time, you can’t go wrong with this one.
The gaming monitor rests on a sleek hexagonal base that’s even VESA-mountable, allowing you to position the monitor according to your liking. A USB-C to DP cable is also in place if you ever want to connect a laptop. In terms of connections and ports, the monitor features two HDMI ports, four 5Gbps USB-A ports, one DisplayPort, and a pair of 3.5mm audio jacks.
It wouldn’t be a gaming monitor if there weren’t any RGB lighting. This new 500 Hz Alienware monitor packs in a fully customisable AlienFX backlighting that can be adjusted according to one’s mood. Another subtle yet neat little feature is the built-in collapsible headset hanger on the side. Not only does it round out the whole setup but it’s also a practical addition for hardcore gamers. No details surrounding the monitor’s price have been shared but we don’t expect it to be anywhere near cheap. Dell plans to make these 500 Hz Alienware gaming monitors available starting March 21st in North America, while China gets an early February release.