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Alienware Lauds Spec-tacular 21in 16:9 Monitor

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Alienware Lauds Spec-tacular 21in 16:9 Monitor

Alienware does things in a, well... Alienware way so I guess we shouldn't be surprised at this...

The horrendously complicatedly named 'OptX AW2210' is a 21.5in 16:9 monitor and a half. Essentially it sticks to the Alienware demands: high end, extreme and powerful.

The latter may be hard to achieve in an LCD format but the OptX AW2210 does its best to hit these heights courtesy of a 1080p compatible 1920 x 1080 native resolution, 2ms response time and completely nutty 80,000:1 quoted dynamic contrast ratio. Yes, we don't place much stock with dynamic contrast measurements either but if it hits even one 10th of this then colour us impressed.

As for connectivity, Alienware has again pulled no punches with two HDMI slots and four (yes four) USB ports. Naturally enough older standards get brushed to one side on a monitor like this so both VGA and DVI get kicked to the curb.

We await official pricing and a release date for the OptX AW2210 but it is anticipated to drop under the $300 mark (£182) which would make it a major pull for anyone considering upgrading their 16:10 monitor for something with less horizontal pixels.

Yes, we know it's you who is tempted and really, we don't blame you...


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July 2, 2009, 3:43 pm

'...for anyone considering upgrading their 16:10 monitor for something with less horizontal pixels'

Er, not to point fingers but shouldn't that be vertical pixels? 1920 x 1080 as opposed to 1920 x 1200?

Can't get away with anything in this line of work, can you? ;)


July 2, 2009, 4:00 pm

Fewer VERTICAL pixels, surely?


July 2, 2009, 4:21 pm

Uh, I don't think so.

I think you might struggle finding a monitor under 24" with more than 1080 vertical pixels.


July 2, 2009, 5:03 pm

@smc8788: This isn't a 16:10 monitor, it's 16:9. It should be fair to compare a 21 inch 16:9 with a 24 inch 16:10, particularly at the price point they're likely to ask for this monitor.


July 2, 2009, 5:21 pm

@ Chris

Well, £180 doesn't buy you much in the 24" world (well, anything actually, as the cheapest 24" monitors run over £200), so I don't think it's a fair comparison. A fair comparison would be to compare it with monitors of equal quality and size, not of equal resolution, but I guess we'll have to wait for the review to find that out. I realise it's a 16:9 monitor, which is why I would compare it with similar sub-24" monitors which have a higher vertical resolution and dot pitch than their 16:10 cousins, although the quality generally suffers as a result. As this is priced higher than many other rival 16:9 monitors I would hope that the quality would be improved, although being an Alienware I still have my doubts. So although I would pay the little bit more to get the extra 120 vertical pixels and 3 inches, many people don't want, need, have room for, or can't afford and equivalent 24" 16:10 monitor.


July 2, 2009, 7:06 pm

@smc8788: Acutally, a quick browse of Amazon or Dabs reveals a number of 24" monitors under £200 from the likes of BenQ, Iiyama, ViewSonic and Acer. I'll concede that there aren't many, and the few there are aren't likely to be as high quality as the Alienware, but this is getting away from my original point. I'll explain:

This monitor: 1900 x 1080

A typical 24 inch 16:10: 1900 x 1200

A typical 22 inch 16:10: 1680 x 1050

A typical 19 inch 16:10: 1440 x 900

It doesn't seem that anyone who moves from a similar 16:10 to this 16:9 is getting fewer horizontal pixels. Only in the case of the 24 inch would you be getting fewer (vertical) pixels, hence my original comment. I'm confused now...


July 2, 2009, 8:32 pm

@Chris: 16:10 monitors are 1920x1200, not 1900x1200.

This is just another cheap TN monitor, there's no shortage of 22" screens at 1920x1080 and the only thing this looks like it may offer is a decent stand with height adjustment and similar. Unless you're a fan of Alienware's design this is a rather dull announcement.


July 2, 2009, 9:36 pm

@Xiphias: Yep, typo. I stand corrected.


July 3, 2009, 12:27 am

I can see the lack of DVI being a problem too, unless they include an adaptor with the monitor.

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