Best Alienware Monitor (2023 Guide)

Best Alienware Gaming Monitors

Dell’s Alienware monitors are designed with performance and gamer aesthetics front and center, explaining why Alienware has some of the best gaming monitors on the market. From best-in-class picture quality to blistering gaming performance, Alienware has at least one pick to suit your needs.

But what are the best Alienware monitors, and which suits your needs? Well, we can help you confidently answer those questions. Below, check out our buying guide for the top Alienware monitors.

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Best Alienware monitors

Pro tip

We reviewed 720 data points across 60 specs categories for 12 Alienware monitors to understand how each model compares and to narrow down our shortlist picks. We then reviewed select picks on our list in person, paying particular attention to gameplay smoothness in fast-paced titles, blur reduction, image quality, build quality, and ergonomics.

Top pick
Alienware AW3423DW
Pros:
  • Impressive and immersive experience
  • Stunning QD-OLED display
  • High refresh rate
Cons:
  • Curved monitors aren't for everyone
  • Limited console compatibility
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At a glance

  • Size: 34 inch
  • Resolution: 1440p
  • Refresh rate: 175Hz
  • Response time: 0.10 milliseconds
  • Panel type: QD-OLED
  • Variable refresh rate: G-Sync, Freesync

The Alienware AW3423DW is the best Alienware monitor we’ve come across. Few gaming monitors in Alienware’s lineup and with other manufacturers can match the picture quality and gaming performance in one display. Take this Alienware QD-OLED monitor for a spin, and you’ll quickly understand why it’s a top pick. Let’s explore why.

Firstly, you’ll get smooth gameplay with the high 175Hz refresh rate. True, this refresh rate can be beaten by moving up the refresh rate spectrum. But 175Hz is high enough for most gamers, and there’s a diminishing return to any competitive advantage moving to the next most common tier, 240Hz.

One area where the AW3423DW trounces the competition is its 0.10 millisecond response time. The result is practically non-existent blurring in fast-moving gaming titles. Combine the outstanding blur reduction capabilities with the high refresh rate, and you’ve got buttery-smooth gameplay that is both a competitive advantage and eye candy.

But what explains why this Alienware gaming monitor is unarguably S-tier is the stunning color performance of the 1440p QD-OLED panel. In short, QD-OLEDs are the best OLED gaming monitors because they produce perfect inky blacks and vivid colors unrivaled by other display technologies.

Of course, no pick is without its downsides. The AW3423DW isn’t cheap, and the 1800R curved screen isn’t every gamer’s cup of tea.

However, if you’ve got deep enough pockets and are open to upgrading from a flat display, chances are you’ll be impressed with the AW3423DW’s gaming performance and image quality.

Popular pro pick
Alienware AW2723DF
Pros:
  • High refresh rate and excellent response times
  • High-resolution
  • Exceptional color performance for an IPS panel
  • Great ergonomic design and build quality
Cons:
  • No HDMI 2.1 or USB-C ports
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At a glance

  • Size: 27 inch
  • Resolution: 1440p
  • Refresh rate: 240Hz
  • Response time: 1.0 milliseconds
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Variable refresh rate: G-Sync, Freesync

If you’ve read our gaming monitor reviews before, you know we’re fans of the Alienware AW2723DF. We’re not alone. The AW2723DF is the most popular gaming monitor used by FPS pros we track on Setup.gg. There are several reasons why.

The first reason is that the AW2723DW sits squarely in the market’s sweet spot where gaming performance and price are well balanced.

The max 280Hz smooths out the fastest gaming scenes, such as first-person shooters and racing sims. The 1.0 millisecond pixel response time is swift and reduces blurring and ghosting.

Then layer one of the more vibrant and bright 1440p displays on top, and you’ll also get outstanding picture quality.

True, no IPS panel can compete with the picture quality of an OLED or QD-OLED panel. But the AW2723DF performs exceptionally well when you view it firsthand against other IPS panels that can’t match this display’s color coverage and brightness.

You’d think this kind of combined gaming and picture performance would cost an arm and a leg. The AW2723DF isn’t a budget gaming monitor, but it is competitively priced against other 1440p, 27-inch displays and arguably has much better build quality and design. For these reasons, the AW2723DW is the best 27-inch Alienware monitor for most gamers.

Big screen pick
Alienware AW3821DW
Pros:
  • Bright and punchy picture quality
  • Tons of screen real estate for immersive gaming and productivity
  • Lots of USB-A ports
Cons:
  • Comparatively high response time
  • Not suitable for small desks
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At a glance

  • Size: 38 inch
  • Resolution: 3840×1600
  • Refresh rate: 144Hz
  • Response time: 2.0 milliseconds
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Variable refresh rate: G-Sync, Freesync

Viewing the Alienware AW3821DW firsthand is an experience, to say the least, primarily due to the massive 38-inch 2300R curved display. But the appeal is more than just giving you a bunch of screen real estate for immersive gaming and productivity.

The AW3821DW has surprisingly outstanding picture quality and colors for an IPS panel, which typically isn’t the panel type used in curved gaming monitors. VA panels are more commonly used, and they can produce richer colors with a higher contrast ratio ceiling.

But the AW3821DW produces rich colors and better blacks, which had us double-checking the specs to see if this Alienware monitor was an IPS display.

One reason the AW3821DW looks so stunning for an IPS display is the high brightness and wide DCI-P3 and sRGB color coverage. The picture quality viewed up close is in between the AW3423DW and the AW2723DF, not as inky black and with vibrant colors as the former and better in both areas compared to the AW2723DF.

Of course, this Alienware gaming monitor wouldn’t make the cut on this shortlist if it didn’t also excel at gaming. The 144Hz refresh rate and 2.0 millisecond response time create a smooth gaming experience with little motion blur. Neither are S-tier specs. Instead, they are among the best specs in the lower middle of the pack.

25-inch pick
Alienware AW2523HF
Pros:
  • Fast and smooth gameplay experience
  • Lots of USB-A ports
  • Great stand ergonomics
Cons:
  • 1080p resolution may be too low for some users
  • Small screen size
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At a glance

  • Size: 25 inch
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Refresh rate: 360Hz
  • Response time: 1.0 milliseconds
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Variable refresh rate: G-Sync, Freesync

The Alienware AW2523HF is another go-to pick for pro Fortnite, Warzone, Valorant, and Apex Legends players. It’s easy to understand why when the difference between racking up kills or being sent back to the lobby can sometimes come down to who has the fastest gaming monitor and best aim.

Blistering, smooth gaming performance is where the AW2523HF shines. Notably, this Alienware gaming monitor has an insane 360Hz refresh rate. A 360Hz refresh rate is still rare in 2023, and we think many gamers focused wholly on performance are missing out if choosing a lower refresh rate.

Like many competing 25-inch gaming monitors, the AW2523HF prioritizes performance over eye candy. So, don’t expect the most impressive picture quality and text clarity with a 1080p resolution display.

Budget ultrawide pick
Dell S3422DWG
Pros:
  • Great picture quality
  • Size and curve are good for immersion
  • Lots of USB-A ports
Cons:
  • Comparatively high response time
  • VA panels have limited viewing angles
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At a glance

  • Size: 34 inch
  • Resolution: 1440p
  • Refresh rate: 144Hz
  • Response time: 2.0 milliseconds
  • Panel type: VA
  • Variable refresh rate: G-Sync, Freesync

I know this is the list of the best Alienware monitors. Why is a Dell pick listed? Alienware is Dell’s gaming-focused brand, but Dell also offers gaming monitors. Jumping out of the Alienware lineup can save money while retaining an exceptional gaming experience under the same corporate umbrella.

The Dell S3422DWG is the best Dell gaming monitor if the Alienware AW3423DW is out of your price range. You won’t get the inky blacks and vibrant colors of a QD-OLED panel, but you’ll get the next best thing, a VA panel.

VA panels have richer colors than IPS panels, the most common gaming monitors, including the panel type for many of the best Alienware gaming monitors on this list. The vastly improved color performance is only possible with VA panel technology with a higher contrast ratio, such as 3000:1 with the Dell S3422DWG.

Best yet, the S3422DWG is an absolute steal and is frequently priced below $500, which explains one reason why this is such a popular Dell gaming monitor.

Budget pick
Dell S2522HG
Pros:
  • High refresh rate for smooth gameplay experience
  • Lots of USB-A ports
Cons:
  • 1080p resolution may be too low for some users
  • Small screen size
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At a glance

  • Size: 25 inch
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Refresh rate: 240Hz
  • Response time: 1.0 milliseconds
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Variable refresh rate: G-Sync, Freesync

The Dell S2522HG is the best Dell gaming monitor if you’re on a budget. As with any budget model, it’s essential to understand the tradeoffs in performance for a lower price. Thankfully with the S2522HG, you won’t be giving up much.

The primary downside is this is a 25-inch gaming monitor, which offers a less immersive gaming experience than bigger displays. The small display helps keep the price down, as does the 1080p resolution.

Otherwise, you’ll still get excellent build quality, a 240Hz refresh rate, and a 1.0 millisecond response time. G-Sync compatibility and FreeSync Premium Pro are included, helping to reduce screen tearing whether you use an NVIDIA or AMD GPU. These combined features will cost you hundreds more in a higher resolution, bigger display.

Comparing the best Alienware monitors

We include below more details covering our top Alienware monitor picks so you can easily compare models side-by-side to find the best pick for your needs.

Gaming performance

Model Refresh Rate Response Time G-Sync FreeSync
AW3423DW 175Hz 0.10 ms G-Sync Ultimate FreeSync Premium Pro
AW2723DF 240Hz (280Hz overclock) 1.0 ms G-Sync Compatible FreeSync Premium Pro
AW3821DW 144Hz 2.0 ms G-Sync Ultimate FreeSync Compatible
AW2523HF 360Hz 1.0 ms G-Sync Compatible FreeSync Premium
Dell S3422DWG 144Hz 2.0 ms G-Sync Compatible FreeSync Premium Pro
Dell 2522HG 240Hz 1.0 ms G-Sync Compatible FreeSync Premium

Our Alienware and Dell gaming monitor picks offer exceptional gaming performance. All picks pass a critical hurdle for gaming performance, offering at least 144Hz refresh rates. We don’t recommend dipping below this level, especially in fast-paced titles.

The Alienware AW2523HF offers the highest refresh rate among our picks, making it a fantastic choice for competitive gaming. The Alienware AW2723DF hits a better sweet spot for performance and picture quality with its higher resolution and 240Hz refresh rate, plus it’s a bigger display. Stick to one of these two gaming monitors if you play primarily fast-paced games and seek the competitive edge that a high refresh rate can offer.

Tallying a 1.0 millisecond pixel response time puts you among the top models on the market. The Alienware AW3423DW is on a different level with an insane 0.10 millisecond response time, among the lowest we’ve seen firsthand. Such a low pixel response time practically wipes out blurring and ghosting.

While the 2.0 millisecond response time of the Alienware AW3821DW and Dell S3422DWG isn’t the lowest, context is essential. 2.0 milliseconds is still incredibly snappy and is an upgrade for gamers from non-gaming displays with far higher response times that produce more blurring.

NVIDIAs G-Sync Ultimate and AMDs FreeSync Premium Pro are the highest tiers of screen-tearing technology that both GPU manufacturers offer. Only the flagship Alienware AW3423DW includes both.

Otherwise, our top Alienware monitor picks include varying screen-tear reduction technologies from NVIDIA and AMD.

Pro tip

Most gamers won’t notice the screen-tearing difference between a gaming monitor with NVIDIA’s native G-Sync Ultimate feature versus including G-Sync compatibility. We think it’s best to check that G-Sync and FreeSync are included in any form, not which version of NVIDIA or AMDs technology is included.

Picture quality

Model Resolution Contrast Ratio DisplayHDR Certification
AW3423DW 1440p 1000000:1 HDR True Black 400
AW2723DF 1440p 1000:1 HDR 600
AW3821DW 3840×1600 1000:1 HDR 600
AW2523HF 1080p 1000:1 None
Dell S3422DWG 1440p 3000:1 HDR 400
Dell 2522HG 1080p 1000:1 None

There is a wow factor to seeing the Alienware AW3423DW up close and personal. You’ve likely not seen anything like it, mainly since fast QD-OLED gaming monitors are new and on the bleeding edge. We tested the gaming experience of the AW3423DW by playing several games with vivid colors, including Apex Legends and Valorant. The high contrast ratio and wide color coverage are on full display in this game.

The Dell S3422DWG has the next best picture quality among our picks. This curved gaming monitor has a VA panel, which performs in between IPS and QD-OLED panels regarding colors.

The Alienware AW2723DF has the best picture quality of any IPS panel we’ve viewed firsthand, though the colors aren’t as vivid, and blacks aren’t as dark as the Alienware AW3423DW and Dell S3422DWG. While all IPS displays max out at a 1000:1 contrast ratio, this gaming monitor has far better brightness and color performance than most IPS panels we’ve seen.

Ports and console compatibility

Model HDMI DisplayPort USB PS5 Compatibility Xbox Series X Compatibility
AW3423DW HDMI 2.0 (2) DisplayPort 1.4 (1) USB-A (4) 1440p (120 FPS) 1440p (120 FPS)
AW2723DF HDMI 2.0 (2) DisplayPort 1.4 (1) USB-A (4) 1440p (120 FPS) 1440p (120 FPS)
AW3821DW HDMI 2.0 (2) DisplayPort 1.4 (1) USB-A (4) 1440p (120 FPS) 1440p (120 FPS)
AW2523HF HDMI 2.0 (2) DisplayPort 1.4 (1) USB-A (4) 1080p (120 FPS) 1080p (120 FPS)
Dell S3422DWG HDMI 2.0 (2) DisplayPort 1.4 (1) USB-A (4) 1440p (120 FPS) 1440p (120 FPS)
Dell 2522HG HDMI 2.0 (2) DisplayPort 1.2 (1) USB-A (4) 1080p (120 FPS) 1080p (120 FPS)

Alienware beats the competition with its port options on most of its gaming monitors. All of our Alienware monitor picks include a USB hub with four USB-A ports. This way, you can plug your peripherals directly into your monitor without needing a separate dock or USB hub.

None of our picks are ideal for console gamers that want to game at 4K, 120 FPS. HDMI 2.1 is required to achieve 120 FPS at the max 4K resolution on a PS5 or Xbox Series X.

However, the 1440p models on our shortlist have a punchy picture quality and smooth gameplay when downscaled from 4K and running at 120 FPS.

Honorable mentions

The Alienware AW3423DWF is nearly the same as the Alienware AW3423DW. The main difference is AW3423DWF has a lower refresh rate, one less HDMI 2.0 port, and one more DisplayPort 1.4 port.

The Alienware AW2521H is a good 360Hz refresh rate monitor. But our Alienware AW2523HF pick has the same refresh rate, has better variable refresh rate support, and is slightly cheaper.

The standout feature of the Alienware AW2524H is its insane 500Hz refresh rate. Impressive as the technology is, there is little practical benefit going above 360Hz if you’ve never been on a competitive esports roster (read, 99.99% of gamers). Most competitive gamers should stick with the Alienware AW2523HF to save a few hundred dollars.

The Dell S2722DGM is a popular 165Hz refresh rate gaming monitor with a 27-inch display and a subtle 1500R curve. Consider it if you’re looking for a curved gaming monitor that isn’t ultrawide.

The Dell S3222DGM is very similar to the S2722DGM but is 32 inches. A 32-inch display retains a 16:9 aspect ratio and provides more vertical screen real estate than a 34-inch display, such as our top pick, the Alienware AW3423DW, which has a 21:9 aspect ratio.

Alienware product names explained

Alienware product names explained
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Gaming monitor product names can be confusing when reading jumbled letters and numbers that appear to have no rhyme or reason. While Alienware is no different with its product names seemingly pulled out of thin air, the company uses a standardized naming convention for its gaming monitors.

Once understanding, you can quickly glean several important features by reading the product name. Let’s review how Alienware and Dell come up with their product names.

Alienware

  • First two characters: Represents that it is an Alienware monitor, typically AW
  • Characters three and four: Represents the screen size
  • Characters five and six: Represents the release year

The ending characters represent a mix of features, as follows.

  • H=1080p resolution
  • D=1440p resolution
  • Q=4K resolution
  • W=Ultrawide
  • G=NVIDIA G-Sync support
  • F=AMD FreeSync support

Using the AW3423DW as an example, you can immediately know this is an Alienware-branded monitor with a 34-inch display, a 2023 release date, a 1440p resolution, and an ultrawide design.

Dell

Dell-branded monitors use the same naming convention for most characters, but the product name begins with a single letter representing the target market.

  • S=Dell’s hybrid gaming, productivity, and office monitors
  • U=Dell’s Ultrasharp lineup of monitors
  • P=Dell’s professional lineup of monitors

FAQ

  • Are Alienware gaming monitors good?

    Alienware has some of the best-performing gaming monitors on the market. Some monitors in Alienware’s lineup are priced at a premium, but the cost is justifiable for gamers that appreciate the sturdy build quality, exceptional performance, and bright and punchy displays.

  • What’s the best Alienware monitor?

    The Alienware AW3423DW is an outstanding gaming monitor. Its QD-OLED display renders perfect inky blacks and vibrant colors. Plus, you’ll get an ultra-fast response time to reduce blurring and a high refresh rate for buttery-smooth gameplay.

  • Should I buy a Dell or Alienware gaming monitor?

    Alienware is Dell’s brand of gaming-focused monitors, though Dell’s S-series of monitors are highly capable for gaming. If you want a gamer aesthetic and the best gaming performance, go with an Alienware monitor. Dell’s S-series monitors are solid, albeit there are fewer options, and they are biased toward the mid-range and lower of the performance spectrum.

Methodology

We picked the best Alienware gaming monitors by first reviewing the market of Alienware and Dell models, which consists of 12 gaming monitors we consider viable options. We then compiled a comprehensive database for each OLED gaming monitor, spanning 720 data points across 60 specs categories.

This database provided a deep understanding of how each panel compares regarding gaming performance, image quality, motion handling, ergonomics, design, build quality, I/O connectivity, power consumption, and price. We also layered in an analysis of online user reviews and results from firsthand testing to determine which models made our shortlist. Picks were selected as of Spring 2023.

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