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 prole. 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