Dell Alienware AW2721D (IPS)

Dell Alienware AW2721D (IPS)

Dell Alienware AW2721D (IPS)

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BEST RATING
Competitive Gaming:
4.4
CASUAL GAMING: Fair6.5/10
COMPETITIVE GAMING: Very Good8.0/10
PRODUCTIVITY: Fair6.5/10
MEDIA CONSUMPTION: Fair6.2/10
RESOLUTION: Good7.0/10
BRIGHTNESS: Good7.2/10
CONTRAST: Fair6.0/10
COLOR VOLUME: Poor5.6/10
REFRESH RATE: Very Good8.0/10
RESPONSE TIME: Good7.9/10
TEXT QUALITY: Good7.0/10

The Dell Alienware AW2721D (IPS) is a premium-priced 27-inch monitor with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, which strikes a good balance between image clarity and performance. Its IPS panel is known for good color accuracy and wide viewing angles, making it suitable for digital photo editing. With a high refresh rate, it excels in very good competitive gaming, keeping the action smooth, and has features like an adjustable stand for ergonomic comfort. While it supports HDR content, its HDR gaming and media consumption are just fair, as it doesn't quite reach the brightness levels and contrast ratios that the best HDR displays offer. This monitor displays colors well across various color gamuts, but the color volume is poor, meaning it may not reproduce very saturated colors as well. With good text quality and a semi-gloss coating, it's also a viable option for productivity tasks. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Adjustable stand increases comfort
  • Good refresh rate for smooth gaming
  • Wide color gamut for nice visuals
  • Good resolution for image clarity
Cons
  • Static contrast ratio could be better
  • SDR brightness is not exceptional
  • Not well-suited for HDR gaming
  • Limited USB port functionality

Ratings by Category

Competitive Gaming:
4.4
The competitive gaming score is based on a variety of factors including refresh rate, total response time, variable refresh rate, strobing and brightness.
Casual Gaming:
3.6
The casual gaming score is based on a variety of factors including refresh rate, resolution, contrast, brightness, color gamut and screen coating.
Productivity:
3.5
The productivity score is based on a variety of factors like resolution, screen size, pixels per inch, ergonomics and screen coating.
Media Consumption:
3.2
The media comparison score is based on a variety of factors like resolution, contrast, brightness and screen coating

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$902
Screen Size
27"
Resolution
2560 x 1440
Screen Type
LED
Screen Sub-type
IPS
Local Dimming Zones
32

COLOR, CONTRAST & BRIGHTNESS

Native Contrast
1088:1
SDR Peak Brightness
474 nits
HDR Peak Brightness
788 nits
Suitable for HDR Gaming and Media Consumption
No
sRGB Color Gamut
136.9 %

MOTION CHARACTERISTICS

Total Response Time
7.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
20 - 240 Hz
Strobing / BFI
No
Persistence Blur Score
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8/10
Ghosting Score
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7.9/10

TEXT & IMAGE CLARITY

Pixels Per Inch
109 PPI
Coating
Semi-Gloss
Text Clarity Score
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7/10
Image Clarity Score
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7/10

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

HDMI 1.4 Ports
0
HDMI 2.0 Ports
2
HDMI 2.1 Ports
0
Micro HDMI Ports
0
DisplayPort 1.2 Ports
0

Dell Alienware AW2721D (IPS)

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PC Mag

Chris Stobing | July 2021
"If cost isn't an issue and you want a gaming monitor that will give your content all-new life for years to come, the Alienware 27 Gaming Monitor defines the upper echelon of what gaming monitors do best today. This display does everything the HP Omen X 27 tried to do, but does it a whole lot better for just a slight bump in price. If you're choosing between the two, the Alienware is the clear winner, and that story repeats itself again and again no matter which 1440p contender we put the Alienware 27 up against."

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