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Dell Alienware AW2725DF Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Mar 13, 2024 at 01:33 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Apr 12, 2024 at 12:52 pm
Dell Alienware AW2725DF Picture
8.9
Mixed Usage
8.2
Office
9.3
Gaming
9.3
Media Consumption
9.1
Media Creation
9.2
HDR

The Dell AW2725DF is a 27-inch 1440p premium gaming monitor with a QD-OLED display. It's one of several new QD-OLEDS of this size that are entering the market in 2024, like the MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED and the Samsung Odyssey OLED G6/G60SD. It has many gaming features, like a 360Hz refresh rate and variable refresh rate (VRR) support for AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and HDMI Forum VRR. It also includes several gaming-specific visual enhancements as part of AlienVision, including a 'Chroma' mode to apply dynamic heatmaps to better distinguish game objects from the background, as well as more conventional game assist features like crosshair support. Dell also offers a three-year warranty on the monitor, which includes burn-in coverage.

Our Verdict

8.9 Mixed Usage

The Dell AW2725DF is superb for most uses. It has outstanding gaming performance, with an exceptionally low response time, so fast-moving objects look extremely crisp. It also supports all major VRR formats and has extremely low input lag for a responsive feel. It has incredibly vivid SDR and HDR colors, and small highlights get bright enough to truly pop. Additionally, it can display deep blacks next to bright highlights in darker rooms, so HDR content looks fantastic. While the monitor is superb for media creation and great for office work, as an OLED display, it risks permanent burn-in with constant exposure to the same static elements over time, which can be problematic if you only plan on using it for work.

Pros
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Displays deep and inky blacks.
Cons
  • Worse text clarity than some other 27-inch 1440p monitors.
  • Risk of burn-in.
8.2 Office

The Dell AW2725DF is great for office work in certain circumstances. Its large 27-inch screen makes it easy to multitask, and its exceptionally wide viewing angles make it easy to share your screen with another person. It also has great ergonomics, so you can place it in your preferred position for a long work session. However, its unusual subpixel arrangement makes text appear slightly less clear than some other 27-inch 1440p monitors. Additionally, OLEDs like this one are prone to burn-in with constant exposure to the same static elements over time.

Pros
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
Cons
  • Worse text clarity than some other 27-inch 1440p monitors.
  • USB-C doesn't support DisplayPort Alt Mode.
  • Risk of burn-in.
9.3 Gaming

The Dell AW2725DF is outstanding for gaming. Its near-instantaneous response time results in extremely crisp images with no ghosting, and its extremely low input lag creates a responsive gaming experience. Its near-perfect contrast ratio means deep blacks are visible next to bright highlights in darker rooms, and small highlights get bright enough to pop. Colors are also extremely rich and vivid, so gaming environments feel vibrant and life-like. However, it doesn't have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so it has a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz over HDMI.

Pros
  • Displays deep and inky blacks.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • 360Hz refresh rate and VRR support.
  • Near-instantaneous response time.
Cons
  • HDMI 2.0 bandwidth.
  • Doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz with consoles.
  • No audio output.
9.3 Media Consumption

The Dell AW2725DF is exceptional for media consumption. Colors are incredibly rich and vibrant, and deep blacks are visible next to bright highlights in darker rooms. Small highlights truly pop against the rest of the image, though larger highlights don't get as bright. It's also great for sharing a movie or show with a friend, as it has incredible viewing angles and the stand swivels. However, if you're watching 4k content, it doesn't look as sharp as it could be, as the screen's maximum resolution is 1440p.

Pros
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Displays deep and inky blacks.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • Displays wide range of vivid colors.
Cons
  • Limited to 1440p resolution.
9.1 Media Creation

The Dell AW2725DF is superb for media creation but has some limitations. It has an exceptionally accurate sRGB mode, and it's unnecessary to calibrate it for a very accurate image. Additionally, its incredibly vivid colors and extremely wide HDR gamut range allow you to edit videos in HDR with great accuracy. However, its unusual subpixel arrangement means text can appear slightly less clear than some other 27-inch 1440p monitors. Additionally, OLEDs like this one are prone to burn-in with constant exposure to the same static elements over time.

Pros
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Remarkable accuracy.
Cons
  • Worse text clarity than some other 27-inch 1440p monitors.
  • USB-C doesn't support DisplayPort Alt Mode.
  • Risk of burn-in.
9.2 HDR

The Dell AW2725DF is fantastic for HDR. Its extremely wide HDR color gamut ensures movies and shows look as creators intended, with vivid colors and subtle dark shades visible next to each other. It also has near-infinite contrast, and deep blacks are visible next to bright highlights in darker rooms. Smaller highlights can truly pop, though larger highlights pop considerably less. However, as this is a 1440p display, 4k shows and videos don't look as sharp as on 4k monitors.

Pros
  • Displays deep and inky blacks.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • Displays wide range of vivid colors.
  • Small highlights stand out.
Cons
  • Limited to 1440p resolution.
  • 8.9 Mixed Usage
  • 8.2 Office
  • 9.3 Gaming
  • 9.3 Media Consumption
  • 9.1 Media Creation
  • 9.2 HDR
  1. Updated Apr 12, 2024: Added that the MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED has more power delivery over USB and a KVM switch.
  2. Updated Mar 26, 2024: Added that the LG 27GS95QE-B has higher SDR Brightness.
  3. Updated Mar 18, 2024: Clarified that the LG 27GR95QE-B is cheaper than this monitor in the Compared to Other Monitors section, instead of the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM.
  4. Updated Mar 13, 2024: Review published.
  5. Updated Mar 07, 2024: Early access published.
  6. Updated Mar 01, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  7. Updated Jan 25, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  8. Updated Jan 19, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 27-inch Dell AW2725DF, which is the only size available for this monitor. It's one of two monitors in Dell's 2024 lineup that features a QD-OLED panel, with the other being Dell Alienware AW3225QF, but that monitor is different as it has a 4k resolution and 240Hz refresh rate. The results are only valid for this model.

Model Size Resolution Panel Type Refresh Rate Firmware Version Tested
AW2725DF 27" 1440p QD-OLED 360Hz M3B102

 Our unit was manufactured in December 2023; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Dell AW2725DF is one of the best gaming monitors available and is truly outstanding in the 27-inch gaming monitor category. Its gaming performance and image quality are among the best available, making this monitor an excellent choice for esports gamers and those looking for a beautiful, immersive gaming experience. It's also an outstanding choice for viewing media, though you won't see the full details of modern 4k shows and movies as it only has a 1440p display.

However, while QD-OLEDs offer slightly better performance than regular OLEDS, OLEDS perform almost as well and can cost less. For example, the LG 27GR95QE-B has fantastic gaming performance and media consumption capabilities and often costs less. However, it has a lower 240Hz refresh rate, lower full-screen SDR brightness, and its HDR colors look less vibrant.

See our recommendations for the best 1440p monitors, the best 27-inch gaming monitors, and the best OLED monitors.

ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM

The Dell Alienware AW2725DF and the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM are 27-inch OLED displays with fantastic gaming performance and image quality. The Dell has a QD-OLED display, while the ASUS has a WOLED. The Dell performs better, with more vivid colors, a brighter display, and a higher refresh rate. However, the Dell monitor's display appears slightly purple in a brighter environment, while the ASUS' doesn't.

LG 27GS95QE-B

The Dell Alienware AW2725DF and the LG 27GS95QE-B are both 27-inch OLED gaming monitors. If you're in a brighter environment, the LG is a better choice, as it has better SDR and HDR brightness, so it's better at fighting glare, and deep blacks don't appear purple in a brighter room, unlike the Dell. However, if you're gaming in a darker room, the Dell is a better choice. It has a higher refresh rate for a smoother feel and more vibrant HDR colors for a more immersive gaming experience.

LG 27GR95QE-B

The LG 27GR95QE-B and the Dell Alienware AW2725DF are both 27-inch OLED gaming monitors. The Dell has a QD-OLED display, while the LG has a WOLED. The Dell has better gaming performance and image quality, a higher refresh rate, and more vivid HDR colors. However, the LG is still fantastic at gaming and media consumption. Additionally, the Dell's display appears slightly purple in a brighter environment, while the LG's doesn't.

Dell Alienware AW3225QF

The Dell Alienware AW2725DF and the Dell Alienware AW3225QF are both flagship QD-OLED gaming monitors from Dell. They both have extremely similar performance, though the AW2725DF has a 27-inch, 360Hz 1440p display, while the AW3225QF has a 32-inch, 240Hz 4k display. The AW2725DF has a higher refresh rate and requires a less powerful graphics card to drive its 1440p resolution while still having exceptional image quality. If you prefer a larger, more immersive experience, as well as something with Dolby Vision support, the AW3225QF is a great choice. It's also a better choice for console gamers due to its 4k display and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. However, it requires a more powerful computer to drive its 4k display at its maximum refresh rate.

MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED

The MSI MPG 271QRX and the Dell Alienware AW2725DF are premium 27-inch gaming monitors with very similar performance. If connectivity is important to you, the MSI is the better choice, as it has a KVM switch and a USB-C port with 90W of power delivery. However, the MSI has significantly higher input lag at lower refresh rates, particularly when using VRR, and the Dell is the better choice for gamers looking for a responsive feel at lower refresh rates.

MSI MEG 342C QD-OLED

The MSI MEG 342C QD-OLED and the Dell Alienware AW2725DF are both 1440p QD-OLED gaming monitors. Both monitors have outstanding gaming performance, an extremely fast response time, vivid colors, and exceptional contrast. However, the MSI is considerably larger and curved, providing a more immersive gaming experience. It also has added productivity features such as a KVM switch and DisplayPort Alt Mode with 65W of power delivery. However, it has a considerably lower maximum refresh rate of 175Hz compared to the Dell's 360Hz, so motion is much smoother on the Dell.

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Test Results

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

The Dell AW2725DF has a straightforward aesthetic from the front with added gaming flair at the back. It looks at home in most environments. Both the monitor and the hexagonal-based stand are black.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is excellent. The monitor's casing is solid, with minimal creaking or flexing. Additionally, there's no noticeable fan noise.

8.3
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.2" (10.7 cm)
Tilt Range
-21° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range
-20° to 20°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The ergonomics are impressive. It has great height adjustment and tilt range, so it's easy to place in your preferred position. You can share your screen with someone next to you, and you can also rotate it into portrait mode.

With the screen at the stand's minimum height adjustment, the top of the screen is 15.75" (40 cm) from the table. You can also route your cables through the stand for cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
9.3" (23.6 cm)
Base Depth
9.6" (24.4 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
7.4" (18.9 cm)
Weight (With Display)
13.7 lbs (6.2 kg)

The hexagonal-based stand is solidly built, and the monitor has minimal wobble. Height adjustment is stable, and swivel and tilt functions work as expected.

Design
Display
Size
27"
Housing Width
24.0" (61.0 cm)
Housing Height
14.2" (36.0 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
2.7" (6.8 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
9.2 lbs (4.2 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.4" (1.1 cm)
Design
Controls

The monitor has a joystick on the underside of its casing to control the on-screen display, as well as a power button at the bottom right of the monitor.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
Internal

  • DisplayPort cable
  • USB-C to DisplayPort cable
  • USB-B to USB-A cable
  • Power cable
  • Cleaning cloth
  • User guides
  • Alienware sticker

Picture Quality
10
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
Inf : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The Dell AW2725DF has a near-infinite contrast ratio, as its QD-OLED panel can turn individual pixels on and off. However, in brighter environments, this monitor appears slightly purple instead of black when displaying very dark scenes. As a result, you'll want to minimize the amount of light shining on the monitor to get the best real-world contrast performance.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

The Dell AW2725DF doesn't have a backlight, so it doesn't require a local dimming feature. However, with a near-infinite contrast ratio, there isn't any blooming around bright objects, and it's the equivalent of a perfect local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the monitor so you can see how the screen performs and compare it with a monitor that has local dimming.

6.4
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
211 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
238 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
233 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
235 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
236 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
237 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
236 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
231 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
233 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
236 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
235 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001
Minimum Brightness
17 cd/m²

The SDR brightness is acceptable. While the monitor can't fight bright glare, it gets bright enough if just a few lights are nearby. It's best used in a darker environment anyway, as deep blacks appear slightly purple when enough light is shone on the display. If you use it in a room with brighter lights, try placing them behind the monitor to minimize this effect. If you want an OLED monitor with better SDR brightness, check out the LG 27GS95QE-B. These results are from after calibration in the 'Custom Color' Preset Mode with the Brightness at its max.

Real scene brightness is 233 cd/m² in the 'Creator' Preset Mode compared to 210 cd/m² in the 'Custom Color' Preset Mode, though brightness is similar between both modes with highlights.

6.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
DisplayHDR TRUE BLACK 400
Real Scene
407 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
984 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
445 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
353 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
299 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
251 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
973 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
443 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
351 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
297 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
249 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.078

The Dell AW2725DF has decent HDR brightness. Very small highlights get particularly bright and pop against the rest of the image. However, larger highlights don't pop nearly as much. Additionally, the monitor doesn't follow the EOTF curve very well and is too dark in most scenes. It also has a slow roll-off at peak brightness, so highlights don't get as bright as they could if only your computer was tone mapping.

These results are from the 'HDR Peak 1000' Smart HDR mode with the Brightness locked and Console Mode off. You may prefer the 'Custom HDR' Smart HDR mode, as it has a good EOTF cutoff, as you can see here, and you can customize color settings. However, 'HDR Peak 1000' has better brightness.

Interestingly, 'HDR Peak 1000' isn't the brightest HDR mode in all scenarios. Except for very small highlights, the 'DisplayHDR True Black' Smart HDR mode is actually brighter. However, during real scene testing, 'DisplayHDR True Black' brightness is 382 cd/m², while 'HDR Peak 1000' brightness is 407 cd/m². You can see this in more detail below:

DisplayHDR True Black
  • Peak 2% Window: 457 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 457 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 366 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 310 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 261 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window: 453 cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window: 455 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window: 363 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window: 308 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window: 259 cd/m²

10
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
70°
Color Washout From Right
70°
Color Shift From Left
70°
Color Shift From Right
70°
Brightness Loss From Left
70°
Brightness Loss From Right
70°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
70°
Gamma Shift From Right
70°

The horizontal viewing angle is exceptional. The screen remains consistent from any angle without inconsistencies, and you can easily share your screen with someone else.

9.9
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
70°
Color Washout From Above
70°
Color Shift From Below
70°
Color Shift From Above
70°
Brightness Loss From Below
70°
Brightness Loss From Above
70°
Black Level Raise From Below
64°
Black Level Raise From Above
62°
Gamma Shift From Below
70°
Gamma Shift From Above
70°

The vertical viewing angle is exceptional, and you won't notice any inconsistencies when standing up and looking down at the monitor.

8.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.992%
50% DSE
0.096%

The gray uniformity is excellent. While there aren't any areas of clouding, the four corners of the monitor are a bit darker compared to the center.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.206%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Thanks to its OLED panel, there isn't any blooming around bright objects.

9.6
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Creator (sRGB)
sRGB Gamut Area xy
100.2%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.90
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,482 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.16
Color dE (Avg.)
0.70
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
Default
Gamma Setting
2.2 (Default)
Brightness Setting
75
Measured Brightness
130 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The Dell AW2725DF has superb accuracy before calibration. This monitor's sRGB mode is the 'Creator' Preset Mode. When using this mode, color temperature and white balance are excellent, with minimal inaccuracies. Additionally, colors are effectively locked to the sRGB space and are appropriately saturated. However, it doesn't follow the gamma curve, as dark scenes are slightly overbrightened, and brighter scenes look too dark.

Many picture settings can still be adjusted in 'Creator' mode, with only 'Hue' and 'Saturation' being locked out. Other picture modes like 'Custom Color' are less accurate before calibration, as you can see here.

9.5
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Custom Color
sRGB Gamut Area xy
103.0%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.85
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,485 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.19
Color dE (Avg.)
0.51
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
97-98-99
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
56
Measured Brightness
100 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The accuracy after a full calibration is fantastic. The monitor follows the gamma curve more closely, has somewhat more accurate colors, and you can use any settings that are locked in 'Creator' mode. However, colors are slightly oversaturated after calibration.

9.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
100.0%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
95.0%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

The SDR color gamut is exceptional. It fully displays all colors in the sRGB space. It also has outstanding coverage of the Adobe RGB space. However, red and green colors are both inaccurate in Adobe RGB, which isn't ideal if you're a photo editor and need to use those colors.

10
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
100.0%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
99.1%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

The SDR color volume is outstanding. The monitor displays all colors vividly, and even subtle darker shades are displayed accurately.

9.6
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
99.6%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR Peak 1000
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
80.2%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Peak 1000

The HDR color gamut is exceptional. It displays the full range of colors in DCI-P3, though greens and reds are slightly oversaturated, and shows a remarkable range of colors in Rec. 2020.

9.3
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
93.5%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR Peak 1000
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
81.0%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Peak 1000

The Dell AW2725DF has outstanding HDR color volume. In addition to exceptional performance in DCI-P3, the monitor performs extremely well in Rec. 2020. As a result, the colors look vivid, with subtle dark shades visible.

9.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
1.3%
Indirect Reflections
0.9%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.4%

The reflection handling is exceptional. The glossy coating reduces glare very effectively, and the image remains clear. However, with enough light shining on the monitor, deep blacks begin to look purple. As a result, the monitor is best used with just a few lights or in an environment where the light isn't shining on the screen.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
QD-OLED
Subpixel Layout
Triangular RGB

The text clarity is decent, though it's not as good as some other 27-inch 1440p monitors. This is because of the monitor's triangular subpixel arrangement. Enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) improves the boldness of letters. These photos are in Windows 10, and you can also see them in Windows 11 with ClearType on and with ClearType off.

Due to the triangular subpixel layout, there's some color fringing around letters and at the edge of windows, though it's hard to see unless you look closely at the monitor. Although we didn't experience any eye strain during testing, this is something that changes from person to person, and it depends on how sensitive you are to this subpixel layout.

9.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The gradient handling is outstanding, and you won't notice any banding in scenes with shades of a similar color.

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
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
360 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
144 Hz

Because the monitor has HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, you can only reach its maximum refresh rate over DisplayPort.

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 Dell AW2725DF supports all VRR formats over both DisplayPort and HDMI, as it has FreeSync support and is G-SYNC compatible. Some users have reported VRR flickering with this display. While it does flicker, its flickering performance isn't significantly different from other OLEDs.

10
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
0.3 ms
Total Response Time
0.6 ms
Overshoot Error
0.3%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
0.3 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
2.7 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
2.6%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
No OverdriveChartTablePhoto

The Dell AW2725DF has a near-instantaneous response time at its max refresh rate of 360Hz. Fast-moving objects look incredibly crisp and sharp. However, there's still some persistence blur, as the monitor doesn't have a black frame insertion feature to reduce this.

10
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
0.4 ms
Total Response Time
1.2 ms
Overshoot Error
0.1%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
0.5 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
5.8 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
0.9%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
No OverdriveChartTablePhoto

The response time at 120Hz is exceptional. There's almost no motion blur behind fast-moving objects, and there's also almost no overshoot.

9.7
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
0.3 ms
Total Response Time
3.7 ms
Overshoot Error
0.5%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
0.4 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
16.6 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
3.3%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
No OverdriveChartTablePhoto

The response time at 60Hz is fantastic, though slightly less impressive than at 120Hz. However, motion still looks crisp.

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 monitor doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce persistence blur further.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight isn't technically flicker-free because it has a slight dip in brightness that corresponds to the 360Hz refresh rate. However, it isn't considered pulse-width modulation like on LED-backlit monitors because it isn't a full-screen on-and-off flicker, and you won't notice it.

Inputs
9.1
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
2.1 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
5.5 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
14.8 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
N/A

The Dell AW2725DF has very low input lag for a responsive feel.

8.0
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
3.7 MP
Pixel Density
111 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
26.5"
Screen Area
299 in²
9.0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The Dell AW2725DF works well with the PS5. However, the monitor doesn't have an audio output, so if you want to connect speakers to your PS5, you'll need to look at alternative options. If you connect a USB cable between the monitor and the PS5, you can connect a USB audio device to the monitor for speaker audio. You could also use an HDMI audio extractor or a long 3.5mm audio cable to connect your speakers to the controller's audio output.

9.2
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

While the Dell AW2725DF generally works well with the Xbox Series X|S, it does have a few issues. Due to the monitor's HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, it can't receive a 4k @ 120Hz signal. Since the Xbox only displays HDR in 4k, you're limited to 60Hz if you want to use HDR with this monitor. Additionally, the monitor has no audio output, and you can't connect a USB audio device to the monitor for sound with the Xbox. If you want to connect speakers to your Xbox, you'll need to use an HDMI audio extractor or a long 3.5mm audio cable to connect your speakers to the controller's audio output.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
2 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
1 (HDMI 2.0)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
No
HDR10
Yes
3.5mm Audio In
No
3.5mm Microphone In
No

While Dell Alienware AW2725DF supports the features of HDMI 2.1 like VRR, it only has HDMI 2.0 bandwidth. As a result, the monitor can't receive a 4k @ 120Hz signal from consoles over HDMI, and at 1440p, the monitor has a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz when using the HDMI connection.

Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
3
USB-A Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-B Upstream Port
Yes
USB-C Ports
1
USB-C Upstream
No
USB-C Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-C Power Delivery
15W
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No
Thunderbolt
No

As the USB-C port doesn't support DisplayPort Alt Mode or Thunderbolt, you can only use it to charge devices or connect peripherals, like a keyboard or mouse, but you can't display an image from your laptop. If you're looking for a monitor with a more power delivery and a KVM switch, check out the MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The Dell Alienware AW2725DF works well with macOS. You can enable VRR and HDR simultaneously, and VRR works between 48Hz and 144Hz on macOS. While VRR works when using an HDMI 2.1 port on macOS, VRR isn't available on macOS when using an HDMI 2.0 port. When using a MacBook, windows return to their original position when reopening the lid or waking the laptop up from sleep.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
RGB Illumination
Controllable
Multiple Input Display
PIP + PBP
KVM Switch
No

The monitor has a few extra features, including:

  • AlienVision: Includes several gaming-enhancement features like 'Night' mode to more clearly identify objects in darker scenes, 'Chroma' mode to apply dynamic heatmaps to better distinguish game objects from the background, and 'Crosshair,' which assists in aiming.
  • Game Enhance Mode: Provides timer, frame rate counter, and display alignment features.
  • PIP/PBP: Allows you to display images from two inputs at once. You can place the images beside each other or overlay them in several configurations.

Similar to the Dell Alienware AW3225QF, the monitor has several settings in the OLED Panel Maintenance section to help reduce the risk of burn-in. Dell also offers a three-year burn-in warranty.

  • Pixel Refresh: The monitor will run a pixel refresh cycle after 4 hours of use. You can also activate this function manually. It takes approximately 6 to 8 minutes to run.
  • Panel Refresh: Every 9000 hours the monitor activates a Panel Refresh. This takes approximately one hour to complete. You can also activate this feature manually.

This monitor uses pixel shifting to help prevent burn-in. Some users have reported that this can cause the image to shift outside the visible area of the monitor. However, we checked for this a few times during testing and didn't notice any issues with our monitor.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)