Slowly but surely, OLED monitors are becoming a thing. But so
far they're either designed for super-premium creators or
essentially repurposed TV-sized screens that can fit on a
desk (maybe, if it's reinforced). At CES 2022, Alienware is the
first company to apply OLED screen tech to a more conventional
screen size for PC gaming. Meet the Alienware 34 QD-OLED, the
monitor I'll be trying my best not to buy this year because I still
have to pay rent.
The prefix in QD-OLED stands for Quantum Dot. Dell's supplier,
Samsung, is combining the two panel technologies to make an OLED
panel with more brightness and 99.3% DCI-P3 color coverage. The
monitor's peak brightness output is an impressive 1000 nits despite
the perfect blacks of OLED. Naturally, with a display this premium,
you get Nvidia's G-Sync Ultimate hardware, .1ms response time, and
an impressive 175Hz native refresh rate. The curve of the panel is
1800R, fairly typical for a 34-inch ultrawide with a 3440 —1440
resolution, but not as dramatic as some screens on the market.
In terms of connection, you get on DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI
2.0, and a few USB-A ports. Notably missing is USB-C or Thunderbolt
support, at least according to the spec sheet, but you do get audio
in/out and an ambient light sensor. The monitor also includes a
downward-facing desk light and RGB lighting on the rear loop and
logo, and though it comes with a hefty stand and built-in cable
routing, you can use a standard VESA mount as well.
The monitor is equipped with an anti-glare coating, the better
to be used for gaming and basic office tasks. And, lest you be
worried about OLED burn-in for more conventional work, Dell's
including a 3-year premium warranty that specifically covers panel
How much will the Alienware QD-OLED 34 cost? It's hard to guess.
Extremely expensive is a safe bet but, for something a little more
useful, consider that the current top-of-the-line Dell ultrawide
gaming monitor has a retail price of just under US$2K and Alienware's
don't call it a TV 55 OLED Gaming Monitor costs US$4000. I'd say US$3000 is a pretty good estimate. Dell is planning a retail release
sometime in the first half of this year.