After much anticipation, Dell is now offering the Alienware AW3423DW 34" QD-OLED gaming monitor for $1299.99 on its website. Although by no means inexpensive, this is the first ever QD-OLED monitor we've seen and thus the price point is surprisingly reasonable for the new tech. Undoubtedly due to the hype, it has been going in and out of stock throughout the day, so don't hesitate if you've been waiting for this release. The estimated delivery date has already been extended all the way out to June 1.
QD-OLED technology was a big hit at this year's CES and Samsung earned the "Best of Innovation 2022" award for it. The QD OLED panel uses quantum dot technology to more efficiently produce higher peak brightness levels compared to traditional OLED TVs without losing the color accuracy and range and wide viewing angles that OLEDs are known for. Although Samsung is the one that publicized the new technology, it is Alienware that will be deputing it first to the consumer market with this AW3423DW monitor.
The AW2323DW is a 34" monitor with a 3440×1400 curved wide-format resolution. That's more than enough pixel density for a 34" monitor (4K is, in my opinion, overkill for a monitor under 40") and the resolution is still forgiving enough that you don't need a monstrously expensive video card to drive it. The QD-OLED panel boasts a 99.3% DCI-P3 color range and is factory calibrated with a Delta E less than 2. It is HDR True Black 400 certified with trademark OLED near-infinite contrast levels and an outstanding 1000nits of peak brightness. Gamers will definitely appreciate the blisteringly fast 0.1ms response time, 175Hz refresh rate, and the coveted G-SYNC "Ultimate" certification. This is the first OLED monitor that can be certified, since one of the requirements is the ability to push 1000nits in HDR, and traditional OLED displays simply aren't bright enough. In terms of connectivity options, there are DisplayPort and HDMI ports as well as dual USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports.
For those of you who are worried about burn-in, fret not. Dell includes a 3-year service warranty that includes OLED burn-in protection. You won't find that included sans a surcharge for any other OLED monitor or TV so it definitely offers peace of mind. The warranty also includes a "Premium Panel Guarantee" which means that Dell will replace your monitor free of charge during the warranty period if even only one bright pixel is found.