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Dell Alienware AW2521HF / AW2521HFL 25" Gaming Monitor

MSRP 550 USDNeoscore 72%NEX score 41%

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Product Overview

Dell Alienware AW2521HF is a premium 25-inch FHD gaming monitor with 240Hz refresh rate supported by 1ms response time and G-SYNC as well as FreeSync support.
Like other premium devices launched in 2020 by Alienware, the AW2521HF shares the Legend design language debuted at CES 2019. This futuristic design complements the rich feature set and bleeding-edge technologies inside.
Designed to produce an immersive gaming experience, the AW2521HF prioritizes speed: It delivers industry-leading 240Hz refresh rate. G-SYNC and FreeSync supports combined with 1ms response time and 240Hz refresh rate eliminate visible artifacts, producing a smoothing gameplay experience.
Last but not least, the AW2521HF also works as a USB hub, thanks to its four USB 3.2 downstream ports and headphone connectivity.
The AW2521HFL is a light-colored version of the AW2521HF. Both share all features with the 320Hz AW2521H except for the refresh rate.
Other Alienware gaming monitors in the 2021 Model Year include the 144Hz 2300R-curved AW3821DW in 38-inch, the 240Hz AW2721D in 27-inch, and the 320Hz AW2521H in 25-inch.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 72% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Stand with tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustments
  • Fast 1 ms response time
  • High 1000:1 contrast ratio
  • Support for NVIDIA G-SYNC
  • High 90.11 % screen-to-body ratio
Cons
  • No publicized HDR support
  • 8-bit display panel

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 41% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent response time and 240Hz refresh rate
  • Great reflection handling
  • Outstanding response tim
  • Wide viewing angles
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio
  • No HDR support
  • Sub-par black uniformity
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
Dark Side of the Moon
Lunar Light

Connectivity

Ports
1x USB 3.0 (Type-B; upstream), 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x 3.5 mm Audio Out (headphones), 1x 3.5 mm Audio Out (line-out), 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 3x USB 3.0 (Type-A; downstream), 1x USB 3.0 (Type-A; downstream; BC 1.2 2A)

Construction

Adjustment | Height
130 mm / 5.1181 in
Adjustment | Pivot
-90° ~ 90°
Adjustment | Swivel
-20° ~ 20°
Adjustment | Tilt
-5° ~ 21°
Camera
No
Lunar LightColors
Lunar Light
Dark Side of the MoonColors
Dark Side of the Moon
VESA Mount
100 x 100 mm

Dimensions

Bezels
90.11% screen-to-body ratio
Size | Depth
2.87 in / 72.95 mm w/o stand, 9.92 in / 251.92 mm w/ stand
Size | Height
12.92 in / 328.24 mm w/o stand, 16.58 in / 421.21 mm w/ stand
Size | Width
21.9 in / 556.29 mm
Weight
3.55 kg / 8 lbs w/o stand , 7.17 kg / 16 lbs w/ stand

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Brightness
400 nits
Contrast Ratio
1000:1 (static)
Display Backlight
W-LED
Display Color Depth
8 bits, 16777216 colors
Display Diagonal
25" (24.5 in / 622.3 mm)
Display Type
IPS, Anti-glare/Matte (3H)
Gamut
99% sRGB
Pixel Density
89 ppi
Pixel Pitch
0.283 mm
Refresh Rate
48 Hz ~ 360 Hz
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)
Response Time
1 ms (min)
Viewing Angle
178° H / 178° V

Function

Operating Humidity
10 % ~ 80 %
Operating Temperature
0 °C ~ 40 °C , 32 °F ~ 104 °F
Variable Framerate
NVIDIA G-SYNC, AMD FreeSync Premium
Video
Low Blue Light, Flicker-free technology

Performance

Power Consumption
24 W (average) / 72 W (max) / 12.8 W (eco) / 0.3 W (sleep) / 0.3 W (off)

Production

Accessory
DisplayPort cable, HDMI cable, USB 3.0 Type-B to Type-A cable
Debut
2020

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

rtings[1]

Sentiment Score 41%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Alienware AW2521HF is a good monitor for most uses. The 1080p resolution is decent for its 25 inch screen, but the smaller screen size makes it less ideal for multitaskers. Response time and input lag are outstanding, and color accuracy is good, although its coverage of the Adobe RGB color space may not be wide enough for content creators.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent response time and 240Hz refresh rate
  • Wide viewing angles
  • Great reflection handling
  • Outstanding response tim
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio
  • Sub-par black uniformity
  • No HDR support

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Dell Alienware AW2521HF Monitor Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/dell/alienware-aw2521hf. 2020-05-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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