Alienware’s existing QD-OLED monitor is a spectacular display, but its size and $1,300 price tag can make it hard to justify, even if you’re a well-heeled enthusiast. Dell addresses both issues with an updated Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor, the AW3423DWF. The new version is thinner, making it easier to mount to a wall, but also has a lower $1,100 sticker. It’s not exactly cheap then, but you can at least put some of the savings into an RTX 4080 or other PC components.
The technical capabilities are largely similar, although that’s not really a bad thing. This latest Alienware monitor still delivers ultra-wide 3440 x 1,440 with QD-OLED’s signature color quality, high contrast and fast pixel response times (0.1 ms gray-to-gray). The AW3423DWF has a native refresh rate of 165 Hz with support for FreeSync Premium Pro and VESA AdaptiveSync Display, but also offers compatibility with a variable refresh rate of 120 Hz to work well with your PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S. There’s a new on-screen settings joystick for quick access to mode presets, including a new Creator mode for gamers who also need to edit photos and videos.
The Alienware 34 QD-OLED Gaming Monitor will ship sometime this fall. In any case, the main competition may come from the panel manufacturer. Samsung will release the Odyssey OLED G8 before the end of 2022 with a more subtle design and a slightly improved refresh rate of 175 Hz. near future.
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