Alien­ware AW2518H

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Home of the iconic alien head, Alien­ware are no stick­lers for de­sign con­ven­tions or play­ing things safe. Although the AW2518H isn’t as out-of-this-world as some of their desk­tops, this 24.5-inch mon­i­tor will eas­ily leave a last­ing im­pres­sion with any­one who’s tried it.

It’s no sur­prise that Alien­ware went with a gun­metal grey aes­thetic, but the beau­ti­fully thin bezels pairs well with the light­ing strips and im­pos­ing stand to carve a de­cid­edly sci- look – more so when viewed in prole. RGB light­ing and mon­i­tors may leave some re­coil­ing, but it’s only three strips ar­ranged as a tri­an­gle crosshair on the rear. They’re fairly sub­dued and can be turned o , whereas those who’ve em­braced the bling will nd plenty of ways to cus­tom­ize it to their lik­ing.

The tri­pod stand is as heavy as it looks, so it’s not go­ing to be mov­ing once it’s been wres­tled onto the desk. It’s in­cred­i­bly sturdy, with the full com­ple­ment of height, tilt, swivel, and pivot ad­just­ments you’d ex­pect from today’s gam­ing mon­i­tors. In­ter­est­ingly, the but­tons are just as sturdy, with no play when brush­ing your ngers against them. The power but­ton is clearly sep­a­rated from the rest, too, which is a wel­come us­abil­ity change from the tight group­ing on the oth­ers.

The Alien­ware falls a lit­tle short with con­nec­tions, o er­ing only Dis­playPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4. It makes up for that by hav­ing a to­tal of four USB 3.0 ports, two of which are placed un­der the bot­tom bezel. They both ank a head­phone jack, and while all three are smack cen­ter and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, they can leave your desk look­ing messy with trail­ing ca­bles. Granted, it does look sci- cool in some ways. To fur­ther nit­pick, the an­gled power ca­ble jack and small ca­ble rout­ing slot all makes set­ting up a chore.

Is the panel worth those small griev­ances? Eas­ily. The col­ors on the AW2518H are pleas­ant and vivid right out the box on fac­tory set­tings, with im­pres­sive black lev­els to boot. The on-screen menu ad­just­ments are ba­sic, lack­ing a color tem­per­a­ture slider, choos­ing to o er more pre­sets in­stead. Just as im­pres­sive as the col­ors was the slick per­for­mance, smoothed across a wide range thanks to G-Sync. There’s a re­sponse time set­ting in the menu but, for best re­sults, leave it at nor­mal.

The Alien­ware AW2518H shaped up as a no­table en­try, hit­ting all the right notes for a com­pet­i­tive gam­ing mon­i­tor. Great low-la­tency per­for­mance with im­pres­sive col­ors Small de­sign in­con­ve­niences and steep price tag

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