Hopefully you’re already aware of the “Big Format Gaming Displays” (BFGD) that NVIDIA have been promoting over the last year or so, including at this year’s CES event in Las Vegas. Those are very large format 65″ LCD displays aimed at gaming, offering 4K resolutions, 144Hz refresh rate, NVIDIA G-sync and a 384-zone FALD backlight for HDR. The first of those 65″ BFGD’s to be available is expected to be the HP Omen X Emperium 65 which we talked about earlier this week. This week, Dell have announced their own large format gaming display in the form of the Alienware 55. Unlike the BFGD’s though, this is an OLED screen!
This seems to be in the early design stage at the moment, with a lot of specs and features still to be determined. Dell have stated that it will indeed be released later this year.
The Alienware 55 features an OLED panel with a 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution, and offers premium performance that can be found in the TV market quite widely already, but that has not been available in the desktop display market in any meaningful way yet. Whether you could really call this screen a “monitor” is very questionable, it’s more of a TV without the built-in tuners and SmartTV features. We focus really on desktop monitors here at TFT Central, but thought this was an interesting screen to mention nevertheless.
One of the key things which separates this display from most OLED TV’s (but not all, given some more recent options) is the support for a 120Hz refresh rate, and adaptive sync variable refresh rates. This means the screen is ideal for gaming from systems and devices which support high refresh rates and VRR technologies. Dell are reportedly still working with AMD and NVIDIA to figure out how the screen will support different VRR technologies. It is not an NVIDIA G-sync screen like the BFGD’s are, but given the recent announcements by NVIDIA it could still end up being a “G-sync Compatible” screen.
The OLED panel offers superior deep blacks, amazing contrast ratio, high end HDR experience and amazing colours. The screen supports HDR of course and Dell are apparently still figuring out where it will fit in to the newly announced VESA DisplayHDR True Black certification system, as well as which formats it will support. A 95% DCI-P3 colour gamut is supported.
The design of the screen is very striking, with ultra-thin bezels and a sleek design. The stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments. The back of the screen has a minimalist look, matching the company’s new “Legend” design. There is a light strip on the back allowing syncing with games for different colours. DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.1 ports are provided on the back for 4K @ 120Hz gaming needs.
There’s no word on a firm release date or expected pricing yet. More information as we get it.
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