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Alienware’s QD-OLED gaming monitor is an ultra-wide marvel

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Imagine everything you could want in a gaming monitor – a bright and beautiful screen, a fast refresh rate for silky smooth graphics, HDR to really make things shine – and chances are you’ll find it in Alienware’s 34 Curved QD-OLED to monitor. It’s one of the first displays to come with Samsung’s Quantum Dot OLED panels, and it’s packed with other features that will make your Halo Infinite fits all the more satisfactorily. While it may seem a little extravagant at $1,299, compared to Apple’s $1,599 Studio Display, it’s practically a steal. (Or maybe I’m just telling myself that to justify buying this thing.)

Gallery: Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor † 15 photos


I’ll admit this up front: I’m a sucker for ultra-wide (21:9) monitors. With a ton of horizontal space, it’s easy to juggle multiple apps at once, and it’s much cleaner than setting up multiple screens. So when Alienware revealed it was finally debuting an OLED ultrawide, I was sold. While OLED has solidified its place in premium TVs, it has taken some time to reach computer screens (we only started getting OLED laptops on a regular basis a few years ago). What makes this monitor even more intriguing is that it has all the benefits you’d expect from OLED: deep blacks, excellent contrast and no backlight bleeding thanks to pixels that light up individually, but the addition of quantum dots means you’ll continue to see vibrant colors as it gets darker. screen becomes brighter.

Pros

  • Beautiful and bright QD-OLED display
  • Solid HDR peak brightness
  • Fast response times
  • many ports

Sure, this new technology means there’s one more annoying screen acronym to remember, but at least QD-OLED will offer some other noteworthy upgrades. According to Samsung, it will be able to reach a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits (like this Alienware monitor), while the cream of the crop of the current OLED crop reaches around 400 nits. More brightness isn’t everything, especially since OLED’s perfect black levels can produce dazzling contrast, but it’s still a significant step forward as LCDs get even brighter with Mini-LED backlighting.

The Alienware QD-OLED monitor, like many 34-inch ultrawide models, has a resolution of 3,440 by 1,440. Think of it as an extra-long quad-HD display: it’s not as sharp as 4K, but it’s still a huge leap at 1080p. And since it doesn’t have as many pixels as a 4K display, you can play many games at its native resolution without taking out a loan for an RTX 3080 Ti. There’s also support for G-SYNC Ultimate, NVIDIA’s adaptive refresh rate technology that helps reduce stuttering, as well as HDR 400 True Black. Alienware says it achieves 99.3 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut and is also factory color calibrated, both important features if you’re doing production work.

Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor

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But enough specs, does this monitor actually look good in action? yes, oh Yes† My eyes are watering while playing Halo Infinite’s desert based “Behemoth” map, it was almost like personally watching the sun reflect off pristine sand. (That was also a sign that I needed to lower the brightness a bit.) I kept noticing new details about my Spartan’s armor, thanks to the monitor’s color accuracy and perfect contrast. I also had to get used to playing overwatch again, because my brain struggled to keep up with the QD-OLED’s fast 175Hz refresh rate. The game responded almost instantly thanks to the 0.1ms response time of the QD-OLED monitor.

Compared to Dell’s 34-inch Ultra-Wide Gaming Monitor, which I tested for several months last year, the Alienware QD-OLED looked dramatically better no matter what I looked at. Colors shot off the screen even when I was just scrolling the web or watching movie trailers, and the deep curve always kept me in the center of the action. You’ll have to live with vertical black bars if you want to watch typical 16×9 videos in full screen, but I personally prefer more room to play something in the corner or side of the screen. Leave your TV on for movie night – ultra-wide monitors are all about multitasking.

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