Alienware 55 OLED gaming monitor is an expensive 120Hz, 4K behemoth

What you need to know

  • Alienware announced a monster 55-inch OLED gaming monitor at Gamescom 2019.
  • Besides its impressive size, the monitor packs a 120Hz refresh rate, 4K resolution, and AMD FreeSync support.
  • The Alienware 55 OLED gaming monitor is expected to launch September 30 for $4,000.

At 55 inches, you'd be forgiven for thinking the new Alienware 55 OLED gaming monitor is just a TV with a touch of gaming-focused marketing. However, with plenty of gamer-centric features and specs, it's more than just your run-of-the-mill televesion — and it has a price to match.

Introduced at Gamescom 2019, the Alienware 55 OLED gaming monitor carries a hefty $4,000 price tag. For your money, you're getting a 55-inch 4K panel with a 0.5ms response time running at 120Hz for PCs built to push high framerates at such a resolution. With the ability to deliver stunning contrast and deep blacks at a per-pixel level, it's the OLED display that will really shine here when paired with immersive games.

For PCs with an AMD graphics card, Alienware has also included support for FreeSync, which aims to keep the monitor's refresh rate in sync with the variable framerates your PC is putting out. The result s the elimination of screen tearing that might otherwise plague gameplay without such frame syncing tech in place.

The design of the display is another highlight here. The Alienware 55 OLED gaming monitor has adopted the company's latest design language, which has already rolled out to its laptop lineup and the new Aurora R9 desktop revealed today. It's a fresh look that features thin bezels, a white exterior, and bias lighting along the rear of the monitor that can be synced with your other Alienware FX-equipped accessories and PC.

Rounding things out are the ports, which include DisplayPort 1.2, three HDMI 2.0 ports, four USB ports, SPDIF Audio line-out, and a headphone jack. There's also a cable management solution built into the monitor to hide your mess of wires. You can either use the included legs to set the monitor on your desk for a vision-filling immersive gaming experience, or use a VESA mount to set the display up on your wall.

The Alienware 55 OLED gaming monitor is certainly an eye-catcher, but that $4,000 price will be prohibitive for anyone but gamers with some serious money to throw around. If you're interested in picking one up, the monitor is expected to launch on September 30 in North America.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl