Do you want to sit seven feet back from your gaming display? Alienware thinks you might, but you’d better have a lot of cash to burn, because the company’s upcoming AW5520QF display is going to set you back $3,999 when it hits shelves on September 30.
That’s a lot to pay, but then the Alienware AW5520QF is different from most other displays calling themselves gaming hardware on the market. While most displays are usually IPS, TN, or VA, the AQ5520QF is an OLED panel, which already cranks the price up to obscene levels all on its own. But this is an OLED panel with PC monitor specs. When we talk about OLED displays, they’re usually much smaller in part because they are so expensive.
Let’s check those specs
This 3840×2160 panel on the AW5520QF boasts a 0.5-ms response time and a 120Hz refresh rate, and features AMD’s FreeSync tech. It can display a solid 98.5% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, meaning that it should handle content creation deftly, too. Alienware says the monitor offers a native contrast of 130,000:1, a result of this being an OLED panel with the ability to simply turn pixels off completely when it’s time to display black. OLED displays are often given specs like “infinite contrast,” so take that number with a grain of salt.
On the back and bottom of the panel, you’ll find a single DisplayPort 1.2 port, three HDMI 2.0 ports, four USB ports, an S/PDIF port, and headphone jacks, and a pair of 14-watt speakers. And of course, because it’s 2019, there’s RGB lighting on the back in the form of a light bar and an Alienware logo. Popping the back panel off reveals a surprisingly detailed cable-management system that ensures everything comes out the bottom of the display in one clean group, as well as a VESA mount.
What’s the Alienware AW5520QF missing, though?
Despite this being an impressive monitor in some ways, it’s lacking in others when taking the price into consideration. If I’m going to spend $4,000 on a monitor right now (I’m not), I would expect things like HDR compatibility, FreeSync 2 and DisplayPort 1.4. It also tops out at only 400 nits brightness. I could see the same monitor hitting next year with HDMI 2.1 and all the other bells and whistles this one seems to be missing; HDR-10, DolbyVision, and maybe even G-Sync. At this price, it’s hard not to zero in on those stats.
But if you need an absolutely massive screen for your gaming rig, Alienware has an answer for you in the AW5520QF. You might just need pockets deep enough to fit your whole arm to be able to afford it.