Dell’s Alienware AW3423DW is my favorite ultrawide monitor, due to its lovely 34-inch QD-OLED display that gives excellent blacks, near-instant pixel response instances and beautiful colors. With wide-screen 1440p (3440×1440) decision and a 175Hz refresh charge, it is each detailed and responsive, and it seems to be the half too with a really cool space-y design.
I used to be fortunate sufficient to overview one for a number of months for Digital Foundry – I feel Dell forgot about it for some time – so I think about it my obligation to tell you that it’s now on sale for the primary time ever, dropping from £1099 to £943 – nonetheless an enormous chunk of change, however a becoming Black Friday worth for top-of-the-line screens available on the market of any description, fingers down.
Dell (and its Alienware subsidiary) make a ton of nice screens, however the distinction right here is that that is certainly one of only a handful to make use of a Quantum Dot OLED show from Samsung. This tech affords higher brightness and is much less delicate to burn-in than conventional OLED shows, but nonetheless supplies the colors, distinction and all the opposite nice qualities that make OLEDs so fascinating as each screens and TVs. This additionally signifies that, in addition to being nice for gaming, that is an superior monitor for watching movie and TV, although 16:9 content material is surrounded by (completely black!) bars on both facet.
I might go on about why this Dell monitor is so pretty, however I concern it will rapidly descend into senseless gibbering. Let me flip to the extra sternly written overview, lifted from my write-up on Eurogamer:
The Dell Alienware AW3423DW is the most effective 1440p ultrawide we have ever examined [with] infinite distinction with completely inky blacks, a large color gamut, prompt pixel response instances and higher brightness (~500nits) than conventional OLED shows. The 3440×1440 175Hz spec is right for PC use, whether or not gaming or content material creation, however would not swimsuit consoles… movement dealing with is great, making this an amazing monitor for fast-moving video games like shooters or racing titles, whereas the curved 34-inch display is suitably immersive…
I’ve to supply a robust advice for this monitor, however I also needs to point out two additional quirks of the distinctive display tech: the display might undergo from burn-in, though there are many countermeasures and consumer habits to forestall this, and the textual content just isn’t as crisp as most different shows as a consequence of a unique subpixel construction. Neither of those bothered me throughout testing, however when you’re significantly frightened then you must do your personal analysis to reach at a conclusion.
It is genuinely a implausible monitor, and I’ve not identified anybody to get it and never fall in love with it, so do think about it when you’re out there for a premium show. When you’ve got any questions that I might doubtlessly reply primarily based on my time with the AW3423DW, do let me know! Cheers.