Alienware Launches Gaming Laptops With Fast 480Hz Displays And We Have Questions

Alienware breaks through the refresh rate ceiling as its new m17 R5 and x17 R2 gaming laptops come with the industry’s first 480Hz displays.

Admittedly, it’s tricky to conceptualize what a 480Hz display looks like in action. Dell describes what this technology brings to the table (opens in new tab) and it all sounds awesome. The company claims that these displays will bring a “multiplicity of gameplay benefits…” In-game animations will be smoother, system latency will be reduced, and ghosting will be reduced. Ghosting, for those who don’t know, occurs when a game runs at such a high speed that the monitor can’t keep up and causes afterimages to appear. It’s an annoying problem and any feature that reduces it is a big plus.

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