Alienware launched a new line of PC peripherals today, expanding the size of its peripheral line to cover a wide range of needs and budgets.
Known for its powerful gaming PCs and attractive space-age style, Alienware is no stranger to gaming peripherals. Its range of gaming monitors is considered by many gamers to be among the best in the market and it already has a few gaming headsets, gaming keyboards, and gaming mice in its collection.
Now, the premium PC gaming brand is adding two new high-fidelity gaming headsets, a wireless mouse, and the first-ever wireless gaming keyboard to its growing family of gaming PC peripherals. All but three of these new releases—the Alienware AW720H headset, AW620M gaming mouse, and AW920K keyboard—are wireless to deliver high-performance gaming without the inconvenience of connecting them to your PC. However, the AW520H keeps things traditional with its dual USB + 3.5mm connection while also enjoying the same 20Hz to 40,000Hz Hi-Res Audio as the AW720H.
In addition, Alienware also launched the “world’s first 500Hz IPS gaming monitor”. The Alienware 24.5-inch 1080p 500Hz AW2524H offers a 500Hz refresh rate, 0.5ms GtG response time, and a Reflex Latency Analyzer that lets gamers optimize their systems for lower latency — not to mention 99% sRGB color coverage, and AlienFX RGB lighting Built-in headphone hanger so you have a nice place to store and display your AW720H or AW520H.
Staggered release dates
Although they were launched today, these peripherals are getting an amazing release. The Alienware AW620M Gaming Mouse and AW720H Wireless Gaming Headset are available for purchase today at $99.99 and $159.99, respectively. Meanwhile, the AW2524H gaming monitor launches on March 21st for $829.99.
The AW520H wired gaming headset and AW920K wireless gaming keyboard, priced at $99.99 and $289.99 respectively, are coming in the second quarter of this year — though Alienware hasn’t given us an exact release date just yet. We’ll update this story once we have pricing and availability in the UK and Australia.
Is 500 Hz necessary for gaming?
We haven’t gotten our hands on the rest of these peripherals yet, but we did get to test Alienware’s AW720H headset in full. Its high fidelity sound and spacious sound system are out of this world. In addition to its detailed, immersive sound, which we’ve found elevates our gaming and movie-watching experiences, it’s also comfortable to wear for long hours and can last up to 30 hours on a full charge.
If this headset is anything to go by, we can expect amazing things from the rest of the lineup, especially this gaming monitor. Normally, the higher the screen refresh rate, the more taxing it will be on your system. However, Alienware has limited its display resolution to 1080p, which may make a small difference. We can’t wait to see how it actually performs in real-world situations, and whether such an astonishingly high refresh rate figure is necessary.
Many gamers already think that a 360Hz refresh rate — which is what most gaming monitors have been specified to date — is superfluous, especially because it requires more power from the CPU and GPU. So, it begs the same question here, especially since you’re also sacrificing resolution. Although 1080p displays aren’t quite as dated, many gamers also appreciate the amount of detail and sharpness they get with 1440p and 4K displays, especially when playing open-world and other visually stunning games.
Asus attempted to put out a similar 24-inch 1080p 500Hz gaming monitor in 2022, but we haven’t yet seen this screen on shelves, which leaves us wondering if the manufacturer decided there wasn’t a demand for such speed. an offer. At least not yet.
Alienware appears to be going full steam ahead with its 500Hz entry, however, we’ll soon get a chance to see how it performs in the wild.