Alienware 55 OLED Monitor Palms-on Overview | CES 2019

Alienware 55 OLED monitor you can touch

"The Alienware 55 OLED is the most beautiful gaming monitor we have ever seen."

  • OLED looks incredible

  • Variable refresh rate up to 120Hz

  • Thin bezels and frames

  • Optimized game modes

  • No intelligent functions

  • Dolby Vision and G-Sync are still in the works

Gaming monitors have a moment. The latest technology has been in TVs for years, and the living room has an unshakable monopoly, so the monitors can only rule the desk. This is starting to change at CES 2019.

OLED has annoyed gamers for a long time and only became real with the Alienware 13m gaming laptop, where it was wonderful, but much smaller than most gamers had hoped for. But here at CES 2019, Alienware introduced the very first OLED gaming monitor. Yes, it looks just as incredible as you can imagine. Is that the holy grail of gaming monitors?

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Words can't do justice to a monitor like this, but you've seen a 55-inch OLED TV before. You know what to expect. Shadow scenes are deep, the contrast is sky-high, and the colors are so vivid that you'll swear you've seen them in black and white before. With a color gamut of up to 95 percent DCI-P3, you can record colors that are not possible on most current LCD monitors. This brings OLED to the Alienware 55 monitor.

Of course, the Alienware 55 is HDR capable as an OLED display. VESA recently announced its technical requirements for HDR OLED. According to Alienware, it is still being checked how the monitor fits into the different formats. What we can say is that the quality of the HDR here goes far beyond what you see in an HDR1000 LCD panel. That is the magic of OLED.

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Yes, it is a beautiful screen. But why not just buy an OLED television? It's a good question and it was the first one we asked. According to Alienware, the business card is the adaptive refresh rate of 120 Hz. This means that you can increase the performance of your gaming PC to over 100 FPS without the screen tearing or stuttering. This differs from a standard OLED television.

However, the function is not exclusive to Alienware. The latest OLED TVs from LG now offer the same refresh rates of 120 Hz, which means that this new wave of gaming monitors for living rooms represents serious competition.

Adaptive synchronization is another distinguishing feature for gaming displays. This is an important feature that gamers look for in gaming monitors, be it through Nvidia's G-Sync or AMD's FreeSync. Alienware says it is still working with these companies to find out where its monitor fits. The company hasn't made any official commitments either, but the current model is not currently a G-Sync monitor. With the new program "G-Sync Compatible" from Nvidia, however, it is possible that it will be supported by G-Sync if it passes the validation. Alienware officials said G-Sync will continue to be considered.

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However, the Alienware 55 has other game-specific tricks up its sleeve. There are different modes to support different game genres which, according to Alienware, should be optimized for these game types. Alienware wasn't sure what exactly these modes would do, and they weren't quite ready yet.

The new design from Alienware speaks our language

Aside from its excellent screen, the Alienware 55 is still impressive. The screen is surrounded by tiny bezels and the frame is tiny. It's not thick, but the top half of the closet immediately caught our attention.

Words cannot do such a good job.

The screen is on a more traditional basis than the Omen X Emperium and allows for pan, height and tilt settings. The back of the cabinet has a minimalist look and fits in with the company's new "Legend" design. We prefer the aesthetics of this alienware over the Omen X, which looks more general. Of course, the Alienware has a strip of light on the back that can sync with games and make your wall glow – just like it should.

There is a removable cover on the back, in which the connections are kept. These include DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.1, which means that your 4K games can be played at high refresh rates.

A number of unknowns

The Alienware 55 has competition. HP brought its Omen X Emperium, a 65-inch gaming monitor specially developed as part of Nvidia's BvGD (Big Format Gaming Display) rollout. However, it is not an OLED and the price is an incredible $ 5,000. The price is currently not announced. This will be an important consideration for Alienware, which not only has to compete with other gaming monitors, but also with OLED TVs.

We don't have a fixed release date for Alienware, but the company has assured us that this is not just a concept. It's a real product coming out later this year – and we can't wait to have more time with it.

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