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REVIEW / Alienware OptX AW2310

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Alexandre Botella Published on July 12, 2010
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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen size 23 inches
  • Panel type TN
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Response time 3 ms
  • Inputs (HDMI / DVI / VGA / Component) 1 / 2 / 0 / 0
  • Other details Height-adjustable stand, rotates, 4 port USB hub, speakers
Alienware, a manufacturer dedicated to producing hardware for committed gamers couldn't let the craze for 120 Hz 3D monitors pass it by.  With support from Dell, which bought the firm in 2006, it's just released its own 23'' screen with a 120 Hz TN panel.

Hardware: plenty of options

Dell's involvement with the project is very obvious on the AW2310, and its height-adjustable, rotating standard, four-port USB hub, speakers and headphone jack, and, of course, HDMI and DVI inputs all mean it has no trouble competing with the Asus VG236H, which was up until now the 120 Hz with the most flexible hardware.

Accurate colours, but not perfect

Measured Colours

Ideal Colours
Compare the Alienware OptX AW2310 to other LCD monitors in our Product Face-Off

Using its default settings, the OptX AW2310 produces reasonably accurate colours (deltaE: 2.8).  Their main weakness is a slight blue tinge and an off-centre gamma curve.  Amongst other things, that leads to shades of grey that are too light.

You can still improve things by moving from Standard to Warm colours, which reduces the deltaE to 2.1.  Doing so removes the blue tinge and improves the overall quality of greys.  However, the downside is that pure white tends a little towards red.  The only way to get a perfect result is to use a calibration profile.

The contrast ratio peaks at 850:1, which is just about exactly the average value we've found across all of the monitors we've tested.

Responsiveness: good, but not the best

Coloured   Transparent
Average ghosting
over ten frames

We had thought that Alienware's advertised 3 ms response time would put this monitor a little behind the majority of its 120 Hz competitors which are at 2 ms, and that's what we found in our tests.  It is a little behind the others, and the Acer GD245HQ is still unbeaten, but in practice, the AW2310 is more than capable of reproducing fast-moving objects fluidly when it's in 120 Hz mode.

Movies

When showing films, this monitor introduces a lot of blurriness, and there's nothing about its upscaling we haven't seen before.  As ever, you're better off performing that task on your player and then sending a 1080p signal directly to the monitor.
Responsiveness in 3D
If you decide to use the AW2310 to plunge yourself into the world of 3D, then you'll have to give up on the speed offered by its 120 Hz, falling back on its capacity at 60 Hz. And although it does quite well, the Acer GD245HQ does better.

Remember, that for playing in 3D, you don't just need a 3D monitor. You also need Nvidia's 3D Vision kit and a recent graphics card.

PROS

  • Responsive
  • Good hardware
  • Accurate colours
  • 3D compatible

CONS

  • TN panel, so poor vertical viewing angles
  • Price

CONCLUSION 5/5

Although the Acer GD245HQ is still the fastest, the AW2310 knocks the VG236H off its pedestal as the best all-round 3D-compatible monitor.
5 Alienware OptX AW2310 DigitalVersus 2010-07-12 00:00:00
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