In a surprising move Dell demonstrated a prototype of its Alienware 55 OLED display for gamers at CES. The 55-inch OLED monitor features a 120 Hz adaptive refresh rate and because of high contrasts that the OLED technology provides, the display promises to be one of the most impressive displays released this year. In the meantime, it is still in development and its price will likely be well beyond reach of most gamers.

The Alienware 55 display relies on an Ultra-HD (3840×2160) OLED panel that boasts with vivid colors, deep inky blacks, an extremely high contrast ratio (~100,000:1), fast response time (~0.1 ms), wide horizontal viewing angles, and an up to 120 Hz adaptive refresh rate (which is what sets the monitor apart from OLED UHDTVs). The display can reproduce up to 95% of the DCI-P3 color space, which is oddly low for an OLED monitor, but which is explainable as the device is still in development.

(Photo from Engadget)

In fact, while Dell says that the Alienware 55 display is set to support an adaptive refresh rate technology, the manufacturer does not disclose whether it will eventually support AMD’s FreeSync/FreeSync 2 or NVIDIA’s G-Sync/G-Sync HDR when it is finalized. As for connectivity, the monitor features DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.1 (with the latter possibly pointing not only to a new cable requirement, but also to variable refresh rate (VRR) and other HDMI 2.1 features support).

It is noteworthy that to make design of the Alienware 55 attractive for gamers (if a 4K 120 Hz OLED panel is not enough), the monitor has programmable RGB lighting on the back.

Dell currently expects to start sales of its Alienware 55 gaming OLED monitor sometimes in the second half of the year. Pricing of the device is currently unknown, yet one can guess that because it uses a 55-inch Ultra-HD OLED panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate, this is going to be an ultra-premium product competing against NVIDIA’s BFGD (Big Format Gaming Display) LCDs.

What is notable is that Dell no longer sells its UltraSharp UP3017Q OLED monitor, so the company might be reviewing its OLED offerings in general and the 55-inch panel could be used not only for the company’s gaming solution.

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Sources: Tom’s Hardware, Engadget

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  • DigitalFreak - Friday, January 11, 2019 - link

    I'd be surprised if this actually goes on sale in 2019. OLED still has burn-in issues. It may not be a big deal when watching television, but static desktops and game HUDs will burn in real quick. Reply
  • Applejackson - Friday, January 11, 2019 - link

    I don't know how much of an issue that really is. LG TVs have a pixel shift feature to help prevent this as well. I played RDR2 for very long sessions for over a month with that little map in the bottom left corner and it never even retained the image, let alone true burn in. Reply
  • Blacksunn - Friday, January 11, 2019 - link

    I was at CES and spoke to the Dell monitor PM about retention on this monitor and he said they are still trying to work though those issues with the panels but at this point this monitor will still be prone to it. Reply
  • Gunbuster - Monday, January 14, 2019 - link

    Pixel shift: The taskbar, youtube and CNN logos still burned in but now they burned in a few extra pixels wider... Reply
  • XelaChang - Friday, January 11, 2019 - link

    Nice, who needs a VESA mount when you have programmable RGB lighting on the back? Reply
  • poohbear - Friday, January 11, 2019 - link

    No plans to make a 34"? I swear if i see one more 27" monitor.... Reply
  • colonelclaw - Monday, January 14, 2019 - link

    Say you own a 2080/2080Ti, which can actually hit 4k 120fps in certain games (id Tech stuff for example), would there be a way of flashing the HDMI port from 2.0 to 2.1, or is it fundamentally different hardware? Failing that, would it be possible to use the DisplayPort ports in conjuction with a DisplayPort to HDMI cable to output 4k120 (assuming such a cable will exist at a future date)? Reply
  • Gunbuster - Monday, January 14, 2019 - link

    Burn in makes it a big nope. Don't want a $1500+ TV looking like my Galaxy phone that has the youtube UI screen bars (portrait) permanently visible Reply
  • ashlol - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    I own a LG TV for 2 years now and it is connected to my computer with UI always displayed with lots of fixed stuff everywhere and I have no burn in or retention anywhere on the screen, so I can definitly say that they may be susceptible to this but in real life it will never show. Reply
  • FXi - Thursday, April 18, 2019 - link

    While I'd happily put a 65" model on the wall because with streaming boxes who needs a TV, the cat's meow would be a 40-45" model for those without the space in their gaming room for something this size. Still, it's a gigantic step forward which is extremely nice to see. Bigger and I'd use it instead of a TV and smaller and it's gaming room material. Reply

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