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Dell Alienware AW2523HF Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Nov 02, 2022 at 10:39 am
Dell Alienware AW2523HF Picture
7.6
Mixed Usage
7.6
Office
8.4
Gaming
7.1
Media Consumption
7.5
Media Creation
6.1
HDR
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Size
25"
Pixel Type
IPS
Max Refresh Rate
360 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
Native Resolution
1920 x 1080
HDR10
Yes

The Dell Alienware AW2523HF is a 25-inch, 1080p gaming monitor with a 360Hz refresh rate that's part of Dell's Alienware lineup. It replaces the Dell Alienware AW2521HF, which has a 240Hz refresh rate, and it's similar to the Dell Alienware AW2521H, which has native G-SYNC support. It has all the features you'd expect in a gaming monitor, like native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and G-SYNC compatibility, and it has a few extra gaming modes that allow you to add a virtual crosshair or use night vision that your system won't detect, giving you a competitive advantage in games. It also has some other perks, like an ergonomic stand and a USB hub with four USB-A ports.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed Usage

The Dell AW2523HF is good for most uses. It's an impressive gaming monitor with a 360Hz refresh rate, VRR support, and fantastic motion handling. It's also good for office use and content creators, as it has good color accuracy, high peak brightness, and wide viewing angles, but the text clarity is just decent. However, with a 1080p resolution, it's just decent for media consumption as you can't watch the latest 4k videos, and its mediocre for HDR as it doesn't get bright enough to make colors look vivid.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare in SDR.
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Good color accuracy.
Cons
  • Limited pixel density and text clarity.
  • 25-inch screen size.
  • Low native contrast ratio.
7.6 Office

The Dell AW2523HF is good for the office, although it isn't intended for this use. It's good to use if you don't mind a small screen, as the 25-inch size isn't big enough to multitask with multiple windows open. It has wide viewing angles that make the image remain consistent from the sides, and it's good for use in well-lit rooms because the reflection handling is great, and it gets bright enough to fight glare. The text clarity is decent, but it isn't very sharp, either.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare in SDR.
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
Cons
  • Limited pixel density and text clarity.
  • 25-inch screen size.
8.4 Gaming

The Dell AW2523HF is impressive for gaming. It has a fast 360Hz refresh rate that lets you play games at a high frame rate, and the 1080p resolution makes it lighter on your graphics card. It has FreeSync VRR support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing, and motion looks smooth thanks to its fantastic response time. Sadly, it's bad for dark room gaming as it has a low contrast that makes blacks look gray in the dark.

Pros
  • 360Hz refresh rate with VRR support.
  • Fantastic motion handling.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Low native contrast ratio.
7.1 Media Consumption

The Dell AW2523HF is decent for media consumption. It's fine if you're watching YouTube videos or streaming content, but it isn't designed for the latest 4k content as it's limited to a 1080p resolution. Also, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark. Still, it has wide viewing angles and great ergonomics if you want to share your screen with someone else.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare in SDR.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Good color accuracy.
Cons
  • Limited pixel density and text clarity.
  • 25-inch screen size.
  • Low native contrast ratio.
7.5 Media Creation

The Dell AW2523HF is good for content creators but isn't optimal for this use. It has good accuracy before calibration, but without an sRGB mode, colors are over-saturated in the common sRGB color space. Also, with a 1080p resolution and 25-inch screen size, it's hard to multitask, and the image clarity is just decent. While it's good for use in bright rooms thanks to its high peak brightness, it's bad for use in dark rooms as blacks look gray.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Impressive ergonomics.
  • Good color accuracy.
Cons
  • Limited pixel density and text clarity.
  • 25-inch screen size.
  • No dedicated sRGB mode.
6.1 HDR

The Dell AW2523HF is mediocre for HDR. Although it has decent HDR peak brightness, small highlights don't stand out against the rest of the screen because it lacks a local dimming feature. Also, blacks look gray in the dark as it has low contrast, and the black uniformity is disappointing. Lastly, it doesn't display a wide range of colors in HDR, but its gradient handling is fantastic, meaning you won't see much banding in HDR.

Pros
  • Fantastic gradient handling.
Cons
  • Low native contrast ratio.
  • Not bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR.
  • Can't display a wide HDR color gamut.
  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.6 Office
  • 8.4 Gaming
  • 7.1 Media Consumption
  • 7.5 Media Creation
  • 6.1 HDR
  1. Updated Nov 23, 2022: Added that the Dell Alienware AW2721DF has a higher 1440p resolution in the Resolution And Size section.
  2. Updated Nov 07, 2022: Fixed a mistake with the monitor's Thickness measurement in the Stand section.
  3. Updated Nov 02, 2022: Review published.
  4. Updated Oct 28, 2022: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 25-inch Dell AW2523HF, which is the only size available for this monitor, so while there are a few similar 1080p monitors in Alienware's lineup, none of the same are the same. You can see a few of the differences below. It replaces the Dell Alienware AW2521HF, and it's different from the Dell Alienware AW2521H because that monitor has native G-SYNC support.

Model Code Size Resolution Max Refresh Rate Native VRR
AW2523HF 25" 1080p 360Hz FreeSync
AW2521HF 25" 1080p 240Hz FreeSync
AW2521H 25" 1080p 360Hz G-SYNC
AW2720HF 27" 1080p 240Hz FreeSync

Our unit was manufactured in June 2022; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Dell AW2523HF is an impressive gaming monitor that's a great choice for esports gamers who are going to take full advantage of its 360Hz refresh rate. It has fantastic motion handling and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It's an upgrade over the Dell Alienware AW2521HF, and it's a good alternative to the Dell Alienware AW2521H if you have an AMD graphics card and don't need the native G-SYNC support. However, there are cheaper 240Hz monitors available that are also great for gaming, so only get this monitor if you're going to use the full refresh rate range.

See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 1080p monitors, and the best 24-25 inch monitors.

Dell Alienware AW2521H

The Dell Alienware AW2523HF and the Dell Alienware AW2521H are both great 360Hz gaming monitors with a few differences. The AW2521H has native G-SYNC support, while the AW2523HF has native FreeSync support. It gives you a few extra features if you have an NVIDIA graphics card, like NVIDIA's Reflex Latency Analyzer to measure the latency of your entire setup, and the FreeSync support on the AW2523HF is beneficial if you have an AMD graphics card. On the other hand, the AW2523HF is better for console gaming because it has a Console Mode that downscales 4k images, which the AW2521H doesn't have.

Dell Alienware AW2521HF

The Dell Alienware AW2523HF is the replacement for the Dell Alienware AW2521HF and improves on it in a few ways. Firstly, the AW2523HF has a higher 360Hz refresh rate and better motion handling with 120Hz and 60Hz signals. The AW2523HF is also better for console gaming because it has a Console Mode that downscales 4k images, which the AW2521HF doesn't have. Lastly, the AW2523HF supports HDR, which the AW2521HF doesn't, but because of its low peak brightness and low contrast, it doesn't deliver a satisfying HDR experience.

ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN

The ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN and the Dell Alienware AW2523HF are both 25-inch, 1080p gaming monitors with a 360Hz refresh rate. Because of their similar specs, they also have similar performance, but there are a few differences. The main difference is that the ASUS has native G-SYNC support while the Dell has native FreeSync support. It doesn't make much difference while gaming, except the native G-SYNC support on the ASUS monitor allows you to take full advantage of your NVIDIA graphics card. The Dell has better motion handling because there's a lot less overshoot, but the ASUS has a backlight strobing feature to further reduce persistence blur.

Dell Alienware AW2720HF

The Dell Alienware AW2720HF and the Dell Alienware AW2523HF are both great gaming monitors with a few differences. The AW2523HF has a higher 360Hz refresh rate compared to 240Hz on the AW2720HF, allowing you to play higher frame rate games. The AW2523HF also supports HDR, which the AW2720HF doesn't, but it doesn't make much of a difference as it doesn't deliver an impactful HDR experience.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
No
Curve Radius
Not Curved

The Dell AW2523HF features a gamer-oriented design with a hexagonal-shaped stand and a black and silver body. It also has a pull-out headphone rack on the left side.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Dell AW2523HF has excellent build quality. It's solid throughout, and the stand holds the display well as there's minimal wobble, and the screen stays in place when you adjust it. The plastic materials also feel good and don't flex that much.

8.4
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.3" (11.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-20° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range
-20° to 20°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The Dell AW2523HF has impressive ergonomics as you can easily adjust it, and it swivels at the bottom of the stand. The back of the monitor features plastic with a metallic chrome finish and a cylindrical stand without any RGB lighting. There's cable management through the stand to help keep your setup clean.

Design
Stand
Base Width
9.3" (23.5 cm)
Base Depth
8.8" (22.3 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
7.4" (18.9 cm)
Weight (With Display)
11.7 lbs (5.3 kg)

The stand doesn't take up much space on the desk, and it holds the screen very well.

Design
Display
Size
25"
Housing Width
22.0" (56.0 cm)
Housing Height
12.9" (32.7 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
2.6" (6.7 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
7.4 lbs (3.3 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.2" (0.6 cm)

The housing width and height measurements include the headphone rack that sticks out slightly (0.146", 3.7 mm) and also the joystick that sticks out a bit at the bottom (0.071", 1.8 mm). The headphone rack measures 3.67" (9.3 cm) when you pull it out completely.

Design
Controls

The Dell AW2523HF features a joystick underneath the center of the monitor to control the on-screen display. There's also a power button on the right side.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
Internal

  • DisplayPort cable
  • Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable
  • USB-B to USB-A cable
  • Power cable
  • User guides

Picture Quality
6.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,112 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The Dell AW2523HF has a mediocre contrast ratio. It means that blacks look gray next to bright highlights, and it isn't ideal to use in a dark room. Unfortunately, there's no local dimming feature to further improve the contrast.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the monitor so you can compare the backlight performance with a monitor that has local dimming.

8.2
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
401 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
378 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
382 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
383 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
384 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
384 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
378 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
382 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
383 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
383 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
384 cd/m²
ABL
0.001
Minimum Brightness
38 cd/m²

The Dell AW2523HF has great SDR peak brightness. It gets bright enough to combat glare, and it maintains its brightness between different scenes. These results are from after calibration in the 'Custom Color' Picture Mode with the Brightness at its max of '100'.

7.0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
No Certification
Real Scene
442 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
448 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
449 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
450 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
449 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
450 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
447 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
448 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
449 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
449 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
449 cd/m²
ABL
0.000

The HDR brightness is decent. It gets bright enough to make some highlights look bright, but without a local dimming feature, small objects don't stand out against a dark image. The EOTF is decent at following the target PQ curve, but most scenes are darker than they should be. There's a slow roll-off at the peak brightness, so it doesn't lose too many details in bright scenes in content like movies.

These results are in the 'Desktop' Smart HDR mode, which locks the brightness to its max.

8.1
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
37°
Color Washout From Right
34°
Color Shift From Left
59°
Color Shift From Right
56°
Brightness Loss From Left
40°
Brightness Loss From Right
38°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
59°
Gamma Shift From Right
55°

The Dell AW2523HF has a great horizontal viewing angle. For the most part, the image remains consistent when viewing off-center, but it looks darker when viewing from a really wide angle. Still, it's good enough if you need to share your screen with someone else.

6.6
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
28°
Color Washout From Above
29°
Color Shift From Below
37°
Color Shift From Above
39°
Brightness Loss From Below
33°
Brightness Loss From Above
33°
Black Level Raise From Below
44°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
28°
Gamma Shift From Above
29°

The Dell AW2523HF has an okay vertical viewing angle. Colors washout if you're looking at it from above or below, but as long as you have the monitor set to the right height, you won't have issues using it.

8.2
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.332%
50% DSE
0.124%

The Dell AW2523HF has great gray uniformity. The corners are a bit darker than the rest, but other than that, there's minimal dirty screen effect in the center, which is great when browsing the web or playing games with scenic images.

5.0
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.653%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Dell AW2523HF has disappointing black uniformity. There's backlight bleed throughout, and blacks look blue due to the low contrast. Sadly, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve this.

7.6
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Custom Color
sRGB Gamut Area xy
110.4%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
2.46
Color Temperature (Avg.)
7,059 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.17
Color dE (Avg.)
2.85
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
75
Measured Brightness
147 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The accuracy before calibration is good. There are minor inaccuracies throughout, but they aren't big enough to be noticeable to most people. The white balance and most colors are only slightly off, but because it doesn't have an sRGB mode to clamp the colors to the sRGB color space, colors are over-saturated. The color temperature is on the cold side, giving the image a slightly blue tint, and gamma seems to follow a 2.2 target instead of sRGB, meaning dark scenes are too dark and bright scenes are too bright.

9.8
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Custom Color
sRGB Gamut Area xy
99.3%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.46
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,468 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.17
Color dE (Avg.)
0.37
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
100-98-95
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
46
Measured Brightness
100 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The Dell AW2523HF has remarkable accuracy after calibration. Any remaining inaccuracies aren't visible to the naked eye, and both the color temperature and gamma are nearly spot-on with their targets.

9.1
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
98.9%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
77.5%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

The Dell AW2523HF has a fantastic SDR color gamut. It has perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used in most web content, but it has limited coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, which is used in professional publishing.

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
96.8%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
81.9%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

The SDR color volume is incredible. It displays bright colors well, but due to its low contrast, it fails to display dark colors well.

6.6
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
79.7%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Desktop
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
57.3%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Desktop

The Dell AW2523HF has an alright HDR color gamut. It has limited coverage of both the commonly-used DCI-P3 and wider Rec. 2020 color spaces, and it has tone mapping issues in Rec. 2020, leading to a loss of fine details with bright colors.

6.8
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
70.0%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Desktop
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
50.7%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Desktop

The Dell AW2523HF has alright HDR color volume. It's mainly limited by its incomplete color gamut and low contrast, so it doesn't display colors well at a wide range of luminance levels.

8.1
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.8%
Indirect Reflections
3.9%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.9%

The reflection handling is great. The matte finish helps reduce the intensity of glare from strong light sources, and combined with its great peak brightness, you won't have issues using it in a bright room.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
IPS
Subpixel Layout
RGB

The text clarity is decent. Enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) helps improve the clarity on diagonal and curved lines. The pictures above are with Windows 10, and you can also see the photos with Windows 11 below.

Windows VersionClearType OffClearType On
11PhotoPhoto

9.3
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The gradient handling is fantastic. You won't notice banding with scenes of shades of similar colors, like a sunset.

Motion
9.3
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
360 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
360 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
360 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
255 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
300 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
165 Hz

The Dell AW2523HF has a high max refresh rate that you can only achieve with a DisplayPort connection and limiting the color depth to 8-bit. It means you'll see more banding, but it allows you to take full advantage of the monitor. However, due to bandwidth limitations, the refresh rate is limited if you use a 10-bit signal or an HDMI connection.

Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
360 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
DisplayPort, HDMI
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes

The FreeSync VRR support works over both DisplayPort and HDMI connections, but you can only use the G-SYNC compatibility with a DisplayPort connection. It also supports Low Framerate Compensation for the VRR to continue working when the frame rate drops too low.

9.1
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Extreme
Rise / Fall Time
3.5 ms
Total Response Time
6.9 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
6.0 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
10.6 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
FastChartTablePhoto
Super FastChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

The Dell AW2523HF has an incredible response time at its max refresh rate of 360Hz. Motion looks smooth with minimal blur behind fast-moving objects. The overdrive settings all perform very similarly to each other as none result in any overshoot, and 'Extreme' produces the fastest response time. However, because they perform differently with lower refresh rates, it might be best to leave it on 'Fast' if you want a set-and-forget setting.

9.0
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Fast
Rise / Fall Time
3.8 ms
Total Response Time
6.7 ms
Overshoot Error
0.4%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
5.9 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
9.8 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
2.4%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
FastChartTablePhoto
Super FastChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

The response time at 120Hz is once again fantastic. Unlike at its max refresh rate, the Response Time overdrive settings perform a little differently, as 'Fast' results in the fastest response time and least overshoot. It means you might have to change the setting if you set it to 'Extreme' at its max refresh rate and the frame rate of your game drops.

8.1
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Fast
Rise / Fall Time
3.9 ms
Total Response Time
12.8 ms
Overshoot Error
1.9%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
5.8 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
19.8 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
5.2%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
FastChartTablePhoto
Super FastChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

The Dell AW2523HF has a great response time at 60Hz, leading to smooth motion with low-frame-rate games. The overdrive setting is similar to 120Hz, so the recommended setting is 'Fast' as it has the quickest total response time and the least amount of overshoot.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
No BFI
Maximum Frequency
N/A
Minimum Frequency
N/A
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Pulse Width Control
No BFI
Pulse Phase Control
No BFI
Pulse Amplitude Control
No BFI
VRR At The Same Time
No BFI

The Dell AW2523HF doesn't have an optional backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The Dell AW2523HF has a flicker-free backlight that helps reduce eye strain during long gaming sessions.

Inputs
9.3
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
1.8 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
5.1 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.4 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
N/A

The Dell AW2523HF has low input lag for a quick and responsive gaming experience.

6.7
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
2.1 MP
Pixel Density
91 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
24.6"
Screen Area
257 in²

Despite the lower resolution, the pixel density is still decent, thanks to the smaller screen size, but you'll still need to get a higher-resolution display if you want sharper images, like the Dell Alienware AW2723DF.

7.0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

The Dell AW2523HF works well with the PS5, as it even downscales a 4k image, resulting in a sharper image than a 1080p signal. You need to enable Console Mode for that to work; otherwise, you can just play 1080p games at 60Hz or 120Hz. However, there are some limitations, as it can't downscale a 1440p signal and doesn't support the PS5's VRR format.

7.5
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The monitor works well with the Xbox Series X as it downscales a 4k image, and once again, you need to enable Console Mode for it to work. As the Xbox only supports HDR with 4k signals, you also need to enable this for HDR. 4k signals are limited to 60Hz because it lacks HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so you have to lower the resolution to 1080 for a 120Hz signal. Unlike with the PS5, VRR works with the Xbox because the console supports FreeSync.

Inputs
Inputs Photos

There are two additional USB ports underneath the left side of the screen.

Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.0)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
2
3.5mm Audio In
No
HDR10
Yes
3.5mm Microphone In
No
Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
4
USB-A Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-B Upstream Port
Yes
USB-C Ports
0
USB-C Upstream
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Rated Speed
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Power Delivery
No USB-C Ports
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No USB-C Ports
Thunderbolt
No

You need to connect the USB-B to USB-A cable to your computer for the USB ports to work.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The Dell AW2523HF works well with recent M1 MacBooks. VRR works without issue, and there isn't any flickering in games or on the desktop, but the MacBook doesn't support any refresh rate higher than 240Hz. It's a bit slow to connect to the laptop, but once it works, it's fine. Windows return to their original position when waking the laptop up from sleep, but not all the time when you close the lid, which is a common problem among monitors. Unfortunately, the one downside is that HDR looks washed out and dim, which is a limitation of the monitor's performance.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
RGB Illumination
No
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
No

The Dell AW2523HF comes with a few extra features, including:

  • AlienVision: Provides a virtual crosshair and 'Night', 'Clear', and 'Chroma' vision modes that adjust the picture to see opponents better. Your system won't detect this, giving you a competitive advantage.
  • Console Mode: Optimizes the monitor for use with the PS5 and Xbox Series X as it downscales a 4k image, but the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz.
  • Dark Stabilizer: Adjusts the gamma in dark scenes so that you see opponents better.
  • Display Alignment: Displays a virtual grid so that it's easier to line it up with a second monitor.
  • FPS counter: Displays an overlay showing the current frame rate.
  • Timer: Displays a virtual timer on the screen.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

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