Alienware’s ‘Best in Class’ QD-OLED Gaming Monitor is Cheaper and Better
Alienware has announced its second QD-OLED gaming monitor dubbed the Alienware 34 (AW3423DWF). It’s an updated alternative to the AW3423DW that’s cheaper, slimmer, and casual gamer friendly. The OLED gaming monitor space saw the release of the first QD-OLED gaming monitor in the form of the original Alienware 34 back in February. That monitor promptly blew people’s minds with its super bright and colourful screen, immersive design, and an extensive list of features, but now, Alienware is now looking to capture the more affordable segment with its second QD-OLED gaming monitor and trust us, it sure can!
The Alienware 34 AW3423DWF retains a few of the sought-after features of its predecessor, all while introducing some new upgrades of its own. Most importantly, the gaming monitor still houses the gorgeous 34-inch WQHD (3440 x 1440) QD-OLED display panel with HDR support paired with a 0.1ms GtG response time and a 1800R curve, ensuring the same level of display performance as the original. However, the maximum refresh rate has taken a small hit and reduced from 175Hz to 165Hz.
New for the monitor is anti-tearing technology and includes both VESA AdaptiveSync Display and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro instead of Nvidia’s G-Sync Ultimate variable refresh rate (VRR). One of the noticeable design changes in the AW3423DWF is the thinner rear which makes it easier for VESA mounting and the new all-black theme, something the company is calling “Dark Side of the Moon.”
We love how the monitor is packing an updated joystick position in the centre of the lower panel to provide quick access to preset game modes. There’s also TUV-certified ComfortView Plus blue light mode and a variable refresh rate support of up to 120Hz for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles.
The brand has tweaked the port layout too, with one HDMI 2.0 port and two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, whereas the AW3423DW has two HDMI 2.0 ports and just one DisplayPort video input. Other ports and connectivity options on this monitor include four USB 3.2 Gen 1 downstream, one USB 3.2 Gen1 upstream, one audio line-out, one headphone-out, and a security lock slot based on Kensington Security Slot.
Priced at $1,099, the monitor is $200 cheaper than the AW3423DW, with Dell offering the same three-year limited hardware warranty on the monitor. Alienware plans to start shipping these in the United States and Canada later this fall and it’s currently unknown when these will release in other regions. However, the Alienware AW3423DWF isn’t the only QD-OLED gaming monitor to eye an out for. Samsung is all set to launch the Odyssey OLED G8 sometime before the end of this year, which uses the same display panel, boasts a slightly better design, and is loaded with features.