Alienware AW2723DF review: bright, bulky HDR gaming monitor goes hard

Bright, fast and bulky, this 240Hz Alienware monitor will dominate your desk.

An Alienware AW2723DF monitor sitting on a wooden desk
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Our Verdict

The Alienware AW2723DF is that most typical of Alienware kit; big, brash, flashy, packed with features, very impressive and not entirely without its frustrations. The QHD resolution, Fast IPS screen makes great use of DisplayHDR tech and high refresh rate, for a brilliantly sharp and bright image that adapts seamlessly to different modes and can be linked to multiple devices at once. It looks striking too, and offers plenty of features for its midrange price. It's very heavy, though, and not the most adjustable.

For

  • Bright and sharp HDR image
  • Good colour coverage for creatives
  • Lots of good preset modes

Against

  • Bulky
  • Not very adjustable

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The Alienware AW2723DF comes from one of the most respected monitor makers out there, Dell. While the parent company's products are known for solid, trustworthy, no-nonsense products in decidedly understated packaging, Alienware is almost the polar opposite; every product I've ever used with that now-iconic alien skull logo emblazoned on it is almost gleefully maximalist, packed with exciting features, always ambitious specs-wise, and always frustrating or perplexing in at least one way, if not several.

So with that experience in mind, I got the Alienware AW2723DF gaming monitor in for testing and reviewing, to see whether it belongs among the best Dell monitors or the best gaming monitors available right now. And over the last few weeks of work and play with the AW2723DF, I've found this Alienware screen... well, gleefully maximalist, packed with exciting features, ambitious specs-wise and frustrating in at least one way.

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Display panel:LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix, Fast IPS Nano Colour panel
Size and resolution:27in, QHD 2560 x 1440, 240Hz (DP), 144Hz (HDMI)
Brightness:600 nits (DisplayHDR activated)
Colour gamut:100% sRGB, 95% DCI-P3
Response time:1ms GTG
Dimensions:60.66 x 26.802 x 40.625cm
Adjustment:Tilt: -5/21°, Swivel: -20° to 20°, Rotation: 180°, Height adjustment: 110mm
Connectivity:2 x HDMI, DisplayPort 1.4, USB 3.2 Gen 1 downstream with Battery Charging 1.2, 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 downstream, USB 3.2 Gen 1 upstream, Headphones, Audio line-out
Weight: 5.71kg (without stand)
The Verdict
4.25

out of 10

Alienware AW2723DF

The Alienware AW2723DF is that most typical of Alienware kit; big, brash, flashy, packed with features, very impressive and not entirely without its frustrations. The QHD resolution, Fast IPS screen makes great use of DisplayHDR tech and high refresh rate, for a brilliantly sharp and bright image that adapts seamlessly to different modes and can be linked to multiple devices at once. It looks striking too, and offers plenty of features for its midrange price. It's very heavy, though, and not the most adjustable.

Erlingur Einarsson
Tech Reviews Editor

Erlingur is the Tech Reviews Editor on Creative Bloq. Having worked on magazines devoted to Photoshop, films, history, and science for over 15 years, as well as working on Digital Camera World and Top Ten Reviews in more recent times, Erlingur has developed a passion for finding tech that helps people do their job, whatever it may be. He loves putting things to the test and seeing if they're all hyped up to be, to make sure people are getting what they're promised. Still can't get his wifi-only printer to connect to his computer.