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Impressive Monitor, For a Fairly Niche Customer
Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2017
Im conflicted on this one, but after trying it out here are my opinions, in my typical Pro/Con format.
240hz - BZZZIIINGGGAAAA - 240 hz is the fastest refresh rate on the market. Are you a 30 fps console peasant? You dont need this. Are you a "cinematic" PC gamer at 60hz? You dont need this. Are you a E-SPORT PRO or Wannabe pro? YOU NEED THIS! There are other models hitting the ground out there, Asus, Acer, Benq, most having a freesync/gsync version. Also keep in mind, 240hz is very high and if you are going to reach 240fps on a game, you're going to need a powerful gpu. I wouldn't run this monitor on anything less than a GTX 1080. For the freesync variant, probably a Vega 64, but the jury is still out on AMD gpu's in my book. You can probably get by with a 1070 but you're going to have to reduce settings to reach high FPS. Remember, super high crazy FPS like this is primarily going to be suited for E-Sport, shooters, like overwatch/CSGO.
Alienware Design. Alienware gets a lot of hate out there for various reasons, but I dont think anyone can really dispute the fact that Alienware makes beautifully designed cases and other products. There is no exception here. It's a work of art, and the lighting on the monitor is Sweet! I love the design.
Gsync. Gysnc is the bomb and my normal disclaimer -> Gsync is only for people with NVIDIA GRAPHICS CARDS! If you have an AMD CARD you want the freesync version of this monitor. Unfortunately, gsync costs a bit more - but that's across the board on all monitors with the technology.
25 inch. For 550+$$ I honestly expect 27 inches. I suspect it has to be this size at this refresh rate but still. I see a Acer Predator 240hz 27inc for $550 right now online. (i think it's on sale) I also suspect some E-sport enthusiasts prefer this size of screen, so I put this in the neutral category.
1080p. I cant fault someone for technology or hardware that doesnt even exist yet. To my knowledge no monitor exists (consumer grade) at this refresh rate at higher than 1080p. I suspect that if it did, you would have to be running quad gtx titans in SLI or something to power it.
Conclusion: You buy this monitor for a few reasons, you want the highest frames per second (FPS) on the market and are willing to pay for it, you like Alienware design, and you are probably playing E-sport titles that really take advantage of high refresh rate monitors like this. Outside of that, I cant recommend it to "normal" users at this price range. If you are the designated audience, then I do recommend this monitor but keep in mind you are paying a bit more for the Alienware design, which in my opinion after being up close and personal with it, is worth it.