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AW5520QF Review: Ultrawide 55-Inch, OLED Panel, 120 Hz Refresh Rate Monitor

5/5

If you’re serious about upgrading to a new display this year, then you’ll have to check out the Alienware AW5520QF review.

The Alienware monitor AW5520QF is one of the best OLED 4K displays out there in the current market and one of the best value gaming monitors in the market. With impressive color accuracy and vibrancy, users will be fully immersed in their multimedia moments.

Also, the AW5520QF does act as a TV due to its incredible size, which also makes the display great for console gaming and TV surfing alike. Additionally, the entire display feels durable and solid thanks to its high-quality material.

However, before investing in the Alienware AW5520QF display, let’s check out some of the display design, performance, and the monitors’ features.

Specifications

  • Display: 55-Inch
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 4K
  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz
  • Response Time: 5ms
  • Panel Type: OLED
  • Screen Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Contrast Ratio: 130000:1 Static
  • Brightness: 400cd/m^2
  • VESA Mount Compatible: Yes 200×200
  • Built-In Speakers: Yes, 2x 14-watts
  • I/O Connectivity: 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 3x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, 1x 3.5mm Jack, 1x Optical Out
  • Weight: 91-lbs

Display Design

The AW5520QF display is beautifully designed, with an aesthetically pleasing view to the entire overall build, that you can admire while entering the room.

The display has a beautiful white matte color and mix with high-quality silver design as well.

Additionally, the display, which uses OLED technology, measures at an incredible 55-inches, with a nice feel to the overall frame, and you’ll be able to see the Alienware logo onto the silver plate located in the back of the panel.

As you can see from its size, the AW5520QF acts like a 55 inch OLED TV but it’s still considered a monitor by default.

As you can notice, there is LED RGB in the rear of the display and can be fully adjusted through the OSD menu, which makes adjusting the LED’s easily convenient.

The silver cover located in the back of the display is magnetically built, so this means you can attach and detach the cover with ease, thanks to its magnetic design.

Once you prop open the cover, you’ll be able to find the connectivity, which consists of one DisplayPort 1.4, three HDMI 2.0, two USB 3.0, one 3.5mm Jack, and one Optical Out port. You can also invest in an HDMI switch as well and connect more connections if you need, however three HDMI ports should suffice.

You can also connect your console systems such as an Xbox or even a SNES Classic as well.

Additionally, you’ll find two cool cable management features as well, which allows you to have a clutter-free cable environment and to keep your workstation clean from the wire mess.

Also, the AW5520QF surprisingly comes equipped with a 10-foot Display Port cable, which is pretty weird because the AW5520QF is a monitor and not a TV.

The AW5520QF also comes with a remote as well and is reasonably easy to use and navigate with if you’re ever across from your room and are in a comfortable position of not having to get up.

You can also access the OSD on-screen, or you can always use a remote as well. The OSD menus will let you calibrate the display as you wish and should be

The display also has two 14-watt integrated speakers, which sound pretty great. But you’re always better off with a set of independent speakers.

As far as immersion goes, users won’t have any trouble getting immersed in their multimedia environments, thanks to its large screen structure. The immersion experience was on point.

Overall, Dell did a fantastic job with the aesthetics for the AW5520QF, which is also quite heavy (91-lbs) as well. With plenty of connectivity and ports to connect to, the AW5520QF display makes it great to use as a charging station and a mixed-use for different coverages.

Performance and Features

The Alienware monitor measures at 55-inches with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 4K, with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a response time of 5ms, which is quite fast for a 55-inch display.

With a refresh rate of 120Hz, you may be thinking of overclocking the monitor. However, there were no options for overclocking to higher refresh rates.

The color is pretty accurate with an 8-bit and a 98% coverage of the DCPI colors, which is excellent for a high refresh rate display. Making the AW5520QF the best monitor for console gaming.

Even though the brightness levels measured at 400cd/m^2, it’s also not HDR certified.

When playing the latest games on the AW5520QF, there were no input lag and pixel response times remained consistent throughout gameplay sessions.

There are no options for pixel overdrive because the AW5520QF has an already fast enough pixel response. When moving something fast within the screen or viewing something quick, there was no ghosting nor smearing involved.

The Alienware AW5520QF is also FreeSync enabled, and for Nvidia users with an Nvidia graphics card, the AW5520QF is also G-Sync certified and works with the latest Nvidia cards.

And when FreeSync was on, there was no presence of screen tearing nor ghosting involved, which was super awesome as well.

Additionally, the display may be overwhelmingly big for pro gamers to use on a 55-inch screen, which may cause motion sickness.

But other than that, the gameplay experience was still spectacular. However, we advise sticking with a 24-inch monitor if you’re serious about competitive gaming.

Also due to its size, its OLED screen and awesome color accuracy, the monitor is also one of the best monitor for photographers as well. And to fully utilize the display at its best, you can also download the Alienware drivers on Dell’s website to fully use its full potential.

Pros

  • Fast 120Hz refresh rate, with a quick 5ms response time
  • Big-screen results in better immersion
  • Aesthetically pleasing

Cons

  • This beautifully built Alienware monitor is very expensive
  • No HDR

Conclusion

The desktop experience is excellent, but gaming on the AW5520QF may be an issue due to its 55-inch screen size. You may have to use a gaming controller or an extender to play from a distance if you’re prone to motion sickness.

The monitor can act easily as one of the best TV for console gaming, however it’s not a TV but the size of the AW makes it built like one.

And since there was no HDR, certain games didn’t look as fantastically great due to its lack of HDR capability.

However, the AW5520QF is an overall excellent multimedia and gaming display in general. Dell has created a work of art with the AW5520QF.

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