Sometimes unique products cost a fortune, but this is not the case with the Alienware 34-inch QD-OLED gaming monitor. The company introduced the monitor back at CES, and it will be available soon for less than $1,300.
The Alienware AW3423DW monitor has a resolution of 3440×1400 and a modest 250 nits of brightness, but an unprecedented (for OLED) peak brightness of 1000 nits (this is where HDR transmission comes into play).
The curved monitor also boasts a 175Hz response rate with the Nvidia G-Sync Ultimate badge at the top (enough to push top-end graphics cards to their limits in today’s games, but you’ll have to shell out for a GeForce card).
Speaking of HDR, the device technically complies with the DisplayHDR TrueBlack 400 specification, so it makes more sense to accept the official brightness specifications of around 1000 nits as the maximum.
The monitor also has all the advantages (and disadvantages) of an OLED display, such as a very high contrast ratio with deep blacks due to the nature of OLED technology and a 0.1ms response time. However, the key feature of the monitor is its quantum dot film on top of the OLED panel.
For those who don’t know QD OLED – is Samsung’s $1 billion initiative to make OLED displays excel at color reproduction while lowering the overall cost of the product. It’s talking about 99.3% DCI-P3 color spaces and 149% sRGB color spaces.
And so, the Alienware curved monitor promises very accurate color reproduction, a whopping 1000 nits of brightness, a 175Hz response rate, an Nvidia G-Sync Ultimate badge glued to the top of the display, and all the advantages (and disadvantages) of an OLED monitor.
It will cost $1,300, and while it’s on a higher level than other displays, it’s not as high as you’d expect for a monitor of this caliber.