The Dell AW2524H is an overall excellent gaming monitor, but it’s held back by its pixel response time speed – it’s fast, but not fast enough. We recommend checking out some of the alternatives we mentioned or waiting for faster 500Hz panels.
The Dell Alienware AW2524H is the first 500Hz gaming monitor available, but should you buy it? Let’s see!
Based on an IPS panel, the Dell AW2524H provides accurate, consistent and vibrant colors thanks to its 178° wide viewing angles, Delta E ≤ 1.5 factory calibration and full sRGB color gamut coverage. Its gamut even extends beyond the sRGB color space with a ~115% relative size for a bit of added saturation (mainly in reds).
Further, it has a strong peak brightness of 400-nits, meaning that it can get more than bright enough even in well-lit rooms.
As expected from an IPS display, there’s some manageable IPS glow, while the static contrast ratio amounts to 1,000:1, so blacks won’t be particularly deep.
Its 24.5″ viewable screen uses a Full HD resolution, which makes sense considering how demanding reaching ~500FPS in games is on the CPU and GPU. Luckily, you get a decent pixel density of roughly 90 PPI (pixels per inch), resulting in decent text and detail clarity.
The Dell AW2524H monitor also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range), but since it lacks proper display capabilities for a noteworthy HDR image quality, HDR should be disabled/ignored.
Thanks to its dedicated G-SYNC module, the Dell Alienware AW2524H offers flawless VRR (variable refresh rate) performance all the way up to 500FPS for tear-free gameplay. You can also use VRR with AMD Radeon graphics cards on this monitor.
However, given that screen tearing is basically unnoticeable at 500Hz, we feel that most gamers will play with uncapped frame rates for the lowest input lag, which is imperceptible at ~1.2ms of delay.
You will need to enable the ‘Overclock’ option in the OSD menu to increase the refresh rate to 500Hz from the native 480Hz.
The Dell AW2524H also supports backlight strobing via NVIDIA ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) for reduced perceived motion blur at a cost of picture brightness. Sadly, it’s limited to 360Hz, 240Hz or 120Hz.
There’s also the ULMB Pulse Width option that allows you to adjust the ratio between image clarity and brightness (the lower brightness, the clearer image when using backlight strobing).
Keep in mind that backlight strobing introduces screen flickering that’s invisible to the human eye, but can cause headaches after prolonged use to users sensitive to flicker. The backlight is otherwise flicker-free (unless ULMB is enabled) and there’s a low-blue light filter (hardware solution).
Moving on, there are three response time overdrive modes: Fast, Super Fast and Extreme. We recommend using the Super Fast mode and avoiding the Extreme mode as it adds too much pixel overshoot.
While Dell specifies a pixel response time speed of 0.5ms – 1ms GtG, this refers to the fastest possible pixel transition – not an average, which is closer to ~1.8ms.
This means that even though the Dell AW2524H has a higher refresh rate, fast-moving objects will appear clearer on the BenQ XL2566K and ASUS PG27AQN.
However, due to its higher refresh rate, the AW2524H has a slightly lower input lag (by 0.78ms) and smoother panning/tracking of fast-moving objects – given that you can maintain around 500FPS.
Beneath the bottom bezel of the screen, there’s a directional joystick for quick and easy navigation through the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, while the power button is placed on the right side of the display.
Useful features include Dark Stabilizer (improves visibility in darker scenes), a refresh rate tracker, an integrated ambient light sensor (automatically changes brightness according to ambient lighting) and NVIDIA’s Reflex Latency Analyzer (measures input lag if you have a compatible mouse).
Using AlienFX RGB lighting, you can adjust the LEDs on the monitor separated into three zones (the number 25, the Alienware logo and the power button).
Design & Connectivity
The stand of the monitor is quite sturdy yet it doesn’t take up a lot of your desk space, allowing you to position your keyboard close to the screen.
You also get full ergonomic support with up to 110mm height adjustment, +/- 20° swivel, +/- 90° pivot, -5°/21° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.
The screen has a light (25% low-haze) matte anti-glare coating that prevents reflections without making the image too grainy. There’s also a detachable headset hanger.
Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC (Display Stream Compression), two HDMI 2.0 ports (limited to 240Hz), a headphone jack, an audio line-out port and a quad-USB 3.0 hub.
Note that in order to get 500Hz, you’ll need a GPU that supports DP 1.4 DSC (NVIDIA 16-series, 20-series or newer, and AMD 5000-series or newer); otherwise, you’ll be limited to 360Hz.
Price & Similar Monitors
The Dell Alienware AW2524H price amounts to ~$800, which is a bit steep. The FreeSync version, the Dell Alienware AW2524HF with Alienvision (crosshair overlays and similar features) can be found for as low as $650.
Keep in mind that the first 1080p 360Hz G-SYNC IPS monitors were initially released for ~$700, but dropped to as low as $350 a year later.
Either way, if you really want to take advantage of ~500FPS, we recommend waiting for the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP or the Acer XV242F with 540Hz TN panels. It should have a much faster pixel response time speed.
Otherwise, we recommend saving ~$200 by going with the BenQ XL2566K if you want CRT-like motion clarity or investing in the ASUS PG27AQN or the Acer XB273UF with a 1440p 360Hz panel and a wider color gamut.
The LG 27GR95QE is a solid choice for competitive gaming if you also want proper HDR support but don’t mind OLED’s drawbacks (lower brightness, risk of burn-in and uncommon subpixel layout).
Finally, for those with a more limited budget, you can find a decent 1080p 360Hz IPS gaming monitor for as low as $300, such as the Acer Aopen 25XV2QF.
The Dell Alienware AW2524H is an overall excellent gaming monitor, but it’s hampered by its insufficiently fast pixel response time speed. Therefore, we recommend either waiting for faster 500Hz panels or going with one of the alternatives mentioned above.
|Resolution||1920×1080 (Full HD)|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Refresh Rate||480Hz (500Hz OC)|
|Response Time||1ms (GtG)|
|Motion Blur Reduction||NVIDIA ULMB|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack, Audio Line-out,|
4x USB 3.0
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)|
|HDR||VESA DisplayHDR 400|
- Accurate and consistent colors
- Plenty of features, including VRR up to 500Hz and ULMB up to 360Hz
- Low input lag, decent response time
- Fully ergonomic stand, USB hub
- Pixels not fast enough to entirely keep up with the refresh rate
- ULMB limited to 240Hz
- IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)