In a bid to take the top of the mountain, Dell is launching a 55-inch OLED display that could just topple the rest of the competition. The new screen has a 120Hz refresh rate and supports AMD’s FreeSync, which reduces visual artifacts. It also has a grey to grey response time of just 0.5 milliseconds.
The screen’s 55 inches seem even larger with the ultra-thin bezels. The rear mount for the screen is VESA compatible and can be used with either the included leg supports or it can be mounted on a wall.
One complaint that might be raised concerning the screen is a lack of an HDMI2.1 port, but the screen does offer three HDMI 2.0 ports, four USB ports, a DisplayPort 1.4 port, a headphone jack, and a SPDIF audio line-out. It also comes with a remote if you want to use the screen as a TV.
Where this screen really shines is in its colour. It can reproduce 98.5 per cent of the DCI-P3 colour gamut, which means it can produce around 1.07 billion colours. That capacity puts it right up there with professional-level LCD screens.
An anti-reflective coating helps improve clarity when the screen is in bright light. OLED screens are best known for their colours, but they haven’t made much of an appearance in bigger sizes, being focused mostly on smaller screens like smartphones. The big screens that you do see for gaming and other purposes are mostly LCDs.
A large format OLED screen is a rarity, making Dell’s Alienware a desirable option. Dell has also equipped this screen with a built-in FPS counter. It can also be customized for different gaming modes. It could improve on its brightness, which maxes out at 400 nits, but even at that level it still qualifies for VESA’s HDR certification, even if only just barely.
The Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor will be available in September and sells for USD$4,000.