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Alienware AW2723DF Review

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The mid-range Alienware AW2723DF is a must-have for gaming, work, and movies, given its 600-nit peak brightness, broad color gamut, and high refresh rate.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

Launched in 2022, the Alienware AW2723DF is a mid-range gaming monitor found in various sizes, including 25, 27, 34, and 38-inch, and features an IPS panel. It has a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 280 Hz refresh rate with VRR compatibility (NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro).

Connectivity-wise, it includes two HDMI 2.0, a DisplayPort 1.4, USB A and B ports, a headphone jack, and an audio line-out. Like the best computer monitors, it also offers plenty of display position adjustments (tilt, swivel, rotation, and height). Similar to the best gaming monitor choices, it has an anti-glare coating and a three-year warranty covering a panel replacement.

Best For

  • 240Hz

  • 27-Inch

  • 27-Inch Gaming

  • CS:GO

  • Call Of Duty

  • Computer Monitor

  • Fortnite

  • Freesync

  • G Sync

  • Gaming

  • Graphic Design

  • Nintendo Switch

  • PS4

  • PS5

  • Vertical

  • Xbox One X

Consensus

our Verdict

The Alienware AW2723DF performs well in gaming, work, and content creation. It boasts a 600-nit peak brightness, wide color gamut, and accurate visuals. However, the contrast ratio is subpar, leading to grayish blacks in dark movie scenes. Its exceptionally low input lag (2.3 ms) boosts gaming control, but the 7.6 ms response time, which is fine for casual gaming, falls somewhat short for fast-paced games.

Vertical viewing is good, with color washout occurring below 37° and the 240 Hz native refresh rate and VRR support offer a seamless and tear-free gaming experience. Despite the absence of HDMI 2.1 for console gaming in 4K at 120 Hz, the Alienware AW2723DF’s compelling mid-range pricing and tremendous value make it an irresistible choice.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Superb image quality
    • The Alienware AW2723DF excels in gaming, work, and creating content, thanks to its impressive 600-nit peak brightness that effectively reduces glare. Not to mention, it’s among our brightest tested monitors. Its excellent color gamut (DCI P3 coverage of 93.9%) ensures minimal detail loss, delivering real-life visuals with pinpoint color accuracy.

  • Low input lag
    • The monitor is responsive during competitive, fast-paced gameplay with a low 2.3 ms input lag at 280 Hz, ranking among the best we’ve tested. But as the refresh rate decreases, so does the lag (8.6 ms at 60 Hz).

  • High native refresh rate
    • You can expect gameplay without interruptions and tearing, given its 240 Hz native refresh rate, 280 Hz max refresh rate, and VRR compatibility (FreeSync and G-SYNC). However, note that G-SYNC only works with the DisplayPort.

Reason to Avoid

  • Mediocre contrast ratio
    • This monitor isn’t best for nighttime movie watching, considering its low contrast ratio (1000:1), which makes blacks appear gray.

    • The edge-lit local dimming feature does nothing to reduce distracting blooming. For an OLED panel featuring an inf:1 contrast ratio, read our Asus ROG PF27AQDM review.

  • Adequate response time
    • Although not subpar, the response time (7.6 ms at 280 Hz, 8.4 ms at 120 Hz, and 8.3 ms at 60 Hz) is slightly high for high-speed competitive gaming. Nonetheless, it performs adequately for casual gaming and multimedia applications.

  • No HDMI 2.1
    • Console gamers may be slightly disappointed since the monitor can’t support 4K at 120 Hz due to the lack of HDMI 2.1. However, switching to Console Mode allows for downscaling 4K images.

Alienware AW2723DF Specs

Available InputsAvailable Inputs3.5mm, DisplayPort, HDMI, USB
Bluelight FilterBluelight FilterYes
Built-In SpeakersBuilt-In SpeakersNo
Built-In WebcamBuilt-In WebcamNo
Curved ScreenCurved ScreenNo
Display TypeIPS
Flicker FreeFlicker FreeYes
HDMI Inputs2
HDR FormatHDR10, HDR600
High Dynamic Range (HDR)Yes
Max Resolution2560 x 1440
Panel TypePanel TypeIPS
Refresh Rate240 Hz
Response TimeResponse Time1 ms
Rotating ScreenRotating ScreenYes
Screen size27"
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyAMD FreeSync Premium Pro, G-Sync

All Specs

Test Results

Brightness (nits)402.8
Contrast Ratio (as ratio, x:1)1,015
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 xy)92.95
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 uv)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB Coverage xy)89.5
Color Gamut % (sRGB Coverage xy)99.6
Color Gamut % (Rec. 2020 Coverage xy)68
Color Gamut % (Rec. 709 Coverage xy)0
Input Lag (ms)8.6
Response Time (ms)4.6
Reflections % (Total Reflections)7.6
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Left)37
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Right)38
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Above)39
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Below)37

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Market Context

Launched in 2022, the Alienware AW2723DF is a mid-range gaming monitor found in various sizes, including 25, 27, 34, and 38-inch, and features an IPS…

Launched in 2022, the Alienware AW2723DF is a mid-range gaming monitor found in various sizes, including 25, 27, 34, and 38-inch, and features an IPS panel. It has a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 280 Hz refresh rate with VRR compatibility (NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro).

Connectivity-wise, it includes two HDMI 2.0, a DisplayPort 1.4, USB A and B ports, a headphone jack, and an audio line-out. Like the best computer monitors, it also offers plenty of display position adjustments (tilt, swivel, rotation, and height). Similar to the best gaming monitor choices, it has an anti-glare coating and a three-year warranty covering a panel replacement.

The Alienware AW2723DF boasts a 280 Hz refresh rate, while the Alienware AW3821DW is limited to 144 Hz. It also has a lower 2.3 ms…

The Alienware AW2723DF boasts a 280 Hz refresh rate, while the Alienware AW3821DW is limited to 144 Hz. It also has a lower 2.3 ms input lag for smoother gameplay compared to the AW3821DW’s 4.1 ms input lag at 144 Hz. Moreover, the AW2723DF supports HDR in 4K for Xbox Series X gaming, whereas the AW3821DW cannot downscale 4K signals, and therefore lacks HDR support with the Xbox.

The Corsair XENEON 27QHD240 displays inky blacks with its inf:1 contrast ratio, which is far superior to the Alienware AW2723DF’s 1000:1 contrast ratio. Even its…

The Corsair XENEON 27QHD240 displays inky blacks with its inf:1 contrast ratio, which is far superior to the Alienware AW2723DF’s 1000:1 contrast ratio. Even its horizontal and vertical viewing angles are wider than the AW2723DF. However, the text clarity on the Alienware is slightly better than the Corsair monitor. For more information, read our Corsair XENEON 27QHD240 review.

The Gigabyte M27Q and the Alienware AW2723DF have fairly wide viewing angles, seamless Xbox and PS5 compatibility, excellent color accuracy, and a vast HDR color…

The Gigabyte M27Q and the Alienware AW2723DF have fairly wide viewing angles, seamless Xbox and PS5 compatibility, excellent color accuracy, and a vast HDR color gamut. The Alienware has a higher native refresh rate of 240 Hz than the Gigabyte’s 170 Hz. For an entry-level gaming monitor, read our Dell G2724D review.

The Alienware AW2723DF replaced the Dell Alienware AW2721D. The newer AW2723DF model has native FreeSync support, unlike the older version, which was only compatible with…

The Alienware AW2723DF replaced the Dell Alienware AW2721D. The newer AW2723DF model has native FreeSync support, unlike the older version, which was only compatible with FreeSync. Moreover, the AW2723DF has superior color accuracy and motion handling than its predecessor. It also boasts an overclockable 280 Hz refresh rate, while the AW2721D’s max refresh rate is 240 Hz.

Available Inputs

3.5mm, DisplayPort, HDMI, USB

3.5mm, DisplayPort, HDMI, USB

Bluelight Filter

Yes

Yes

Built-In Speakers

No

No

Built-In Webcam

No

No

Curved Screen

No

No

Display Type

IPS

LCD

OLED

LCD

WLED

Flicker Free

Yes

Yes

HDMI Inputs

2

2

2

2

2

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103.4

    Category Trust Rating

    86
    The Dell AW2723DF is a very good overall monitor. It’s excellent for gaming thanks to… Read More

    By:

    Jake Thauvette
  • Windows Central
    79.33

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    Alienware offers the ultimate choice for a 27″ 1440p IPS panel. Not big enough to… Read More

    By:

    Ben Wilson
  • Creative Bloq
    29.4

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    The Alienware AW2723DF is that most typical of Alienware kit; big, brash, flashy, packed with… Read More

    By:

    Erlingur Einarsson
  • Display Ninja
    10.93

    Category Trust Rating

    88
    The Dell Alienware AW2723DF offers excellent image quality, smooth performance, plenty of features and a… Read More

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    Rob Shafer

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