Monday, February 14th 2022

Alienware's 34-inch QD-OLED Monitor Gets a Price

Remember that 34-inch QD-OLED monitor that Alienware announced at CES earlier this year? The company has finally worked out how much it's going to charge for it, although there is still no fixed availability date. At US$1,299 the AW3423DW is going to be a $100 pricier than the AW3821DW, which sports a 38-inch Nano IPS panel with a resolution of 3840x1600, rather than the 34-inch QD-OLED panel with a resolution of 3440x1440 of the AW3423DW.

Obviously the two display technologies aren't comparable, but it's at least an indication of how pricy QD-OLED will be initially, compared to more traditional display technologies. Both displays feature G-Sync Ultimate, so it's not as if Dell has tried to cut any corners here. The AW3423DW does offer a higher refresh rate of 175 Hz vs 144 Hz for the AW3821DW, which may be an advantage to some, but the official HDR certification is oddly enough only HDR 400 vs HDR 600, despite the fact that Dell claims it can deliver up to 1000 cd/m². That said, the black levels of the AW3423DW should be vastly superior, as should the colour gamut. The display is said to be available sometime early this spring, presumably in the US market first.
Sources: @Alienware, via TFT Central
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125 Comments on Alienware's 34-inch QD-OLED Monitor Gets a Price

#1
PilleniusMC
I actually expected a higher price, this isn't too bad.
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#2
Crackong
I just need Flat OLED 32 inch and 4k and 120Hz (or above)

When?
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#3
Chaitanya
Would like to see long term review of this display.
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#4
Khonjel
IPS to better OLED in just $100. Doesn't sound too bad until you notice how garbage monitor price is in general compared to TVs or even mobiles.

Really looking forward to the tech though. MicroLED is having some serious issues rn and it hasn't even come out yet.
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#5
piloponth
Hope we’ll see more 1600p ultrawides this year. 1440p becomming little low for work and comming new-gen graphic cards will not have any perf. issues with 1600p.
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#6
TheLostSwede
KhonjelIPS to better OLED in just $100. Doesn't sound too bad until you notice how garbage monitor price is in general compared to TVs or even mobiles.

Really looking forward to the tech though. MicroLED is having some serious issues rn and it hasn't even come out yet.
MicroLED is available, but not in anything small.
Look up Samsung's The Wall.
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#7
Chomiq
KhonjelIPS to better OLED in just $100. Doesn't sound too bad until you notice how garbage monitor price is in general compared to TVs or even mobiles.
55" QD-OLED by Sony was just listed as having price set around $3-3.5k that's the only valid comparison here. Closest to this in monitor space is the 32" LG with the printed RGB panel by JOLED, but that one is limited to 60 Hz and costs as much as that Sony QD-OLED TV (if not more).
While this 34" model from Alienware is tempting, I'm more interested in the rumored 30" panel that's suppose to be also manufactured by Samsung Display. Here's hoping we will get UHD variant so it will offer better compatibility with consoles. Otherwise I'll just grab an ultrawide for PC and a 55" TV for PS5 and movies.
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#8
n-ster
That's damn cheap for QD-OLED if it lives up to the hype! Now to decide between this or the LG 42C2...
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#9
CallandorWoT
I'm seriously considering this instead of the LG C2 42" 4k 120hz OLED...

@nguyen @R-T-B what do you think?
n-sterThat's damn cheap for QD-OLED if it lives up to the hype! Now to decide between this or the LG 42C2...
same... its between these two, thats 100%
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#10
Garrus
CrackongI just need Flat OLED 32 inch and 4k and 120Hz (or above)

When?
I'll get the 42" LG OLED TV instead. No 32" is coming this year. I also like the much lighter housing LG is using this year, finally LG OLED TVs won't be a total pain to get in and out of the package or move around.
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#11
Valantar
I'm still baffled that they chose to launch this with an ultrawide rather than a 32"-ish 16:9 2160p panel, but I guess ultrawides are more flashy to show off in the end (and look more impressive in PR photos). Really looking forward to seeing this tech proliferate more though. I'd still be skeptical of going OLED for my main desktop monitor, even if QD-OLED promises even better protection against image retention than before - my use case is just far too dominated by static UI elements with no real way of mitigating them. Still, this does promise one of the few actual HDR experiences for PC gaming, among the overall stellar image quality. Definitely looking forward to seeing some reviews of this.
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#12
Camm
I'd upgrade to this in a heartbeat if it was 38" 12:5 like the AW38. 38" Ultrawides are the perfect working monitor IMO, and great for gaming with their extra vertical IMO.
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#13
londiste
So, what is the "but" with that monitor?

DisplayHDR 400 is a surprise considering the 1000nits peak and the fact that DisplayHDR True Black 400 exists. Ideally and according to the specs they are talking about, this should be DisplayHDR 1000 certified or even better, DisplayHDR True Black 600. For some reason it is not.

Image retention concerns?
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#14
junglist724
londisteSo, what is the "but" with that monitor?

DisplayHDR 400 is a surprise considering the 1000nits peak and the fact that DisplayHDR True Black 400 exists. Ideally and according to the specs they are talking about, this should be DisplayHDR 1000 certified or even better, DisplayHDR True Black 600. For some reason it is not.

Image retention concerns?
DisplayHDR1000 requires support for a 1000 nit full screen flash and a sustained 600 nits full screen. This Alienware can only do 1000 nits in a small window and 250 nits full screen. Even DisplayHDR True Black 600 requires 350 nits full screen.

Everything I've seen said this monitor is DisplayHDR True Black 400.
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#15
TheLostSwede
londisteSo, what is the "but" with that monitor?

DisplayHDR 400 is a surprise considering the 1000nits peak and the fact that DisplayHDR True Black 400 exists. Ideally and according to the specs they are talking about, this should be DisplayHDR 1000 certified or even better, DisplayHDR True Black 600. For some reason it is not.

Image retention concerns?
Unproven technology, as it'll be the first QD-OLED display in the market.
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#16
Metroid
minimum 4k, 120hz and 32inch.
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#18
Chomiq
londisteSo, what is the "but" with that monitor?

DisplayHDR 400 is a surprise considering the 1000nits peak and the fact that DisplayHDR True Black 400 exists. Ideally and according to the specs they are talking about, this should be DisplayHDR 1000 certified or even better, DisplayHDR True Black 600. For some reason it is not.

Image retention concerns?
250 nitts fullscreen in SDR.
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#19
trsttte
TheLostSwedeUnproven technology, as it'll be the first QD-OLED display in the market.
I can't find a product page yet but Dell themselves are saying HDR400 true black


This even has gsync ultimate!? I missed that detail during ces, that's easily 200$ on the price tag, it's looking really good for other afordable options. Let's hope they don't drag their feets for more than a year until they bring regular UHD panels to market! And skip the gsync and give us true hdmi 2.1 (since the naming debacle...)
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#20
Vayra86
KhonjelIPS to better OLED in just $100. Doesn't sound too bad until you notice how garbage monitor price is in general compared to TVs or even mobiles.

Really looking forward to the tech though. MicroLED is having some serious issues rn and it hasn't even come out yet.
Garbage monitor prices are paid so you don't have a netflix button on your bezel. And an Amazon button. And a Facebook button. And Youtube.

And smart menus when you push OSD buttons filled with ads and half working functions.
And constant updates and connectivity issues.

PLEASE, let me pay more to avoid that shit.
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#21
TheLostSwede
trsttteI can't find a product page yet but Dell themselves are saying HDR400 true black


This even has gsync ultimate!? I missed that detail during ces, that's easily 200$ on the price tag, it's looking really good for other afordable options. Let's hope they don't drag their feets for more than a year until they bring regular UHD panels to market! And skip the gsync and give us true hdmi 2.1 (since the naming debacle...)
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#22
Vayra86
trsttte
I suppose I'm old, but the cringe level on that video is over 9000 even just seeing those two duckfaces on the thumbnail. Holy crap please shoot me off to Mars already.

Nice panel. Too bad about the marketing :D
One of the lines in the vid:
'Hi, what do you do?'
'I'm a Youtuber'

This species is fked.
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#23
TheLostSwede
Vayra86Garbage monitor prices are paid so you don't have a netflix button on your bezel. And an Amazon button. And a Facebook button. And Youtube.

And smart menus when you push OSD buttons filled with ads and half working functions.
And constant updates and connectivity issues.

PLEASE, let me pay more to avoid that shit.
Exactly where have you seen this on a computer monitor?
Stop making stuff like this up, as it hasn't happened and will likely never happen, since for one, most monitors don't have network connectivity.
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#24
Vayra86
TheLostSwedeExactly where have you seen this on a computer monitor?
Stop making stuff like this up, as it hasn't happened and will likely never happen, since for one, most monitors don't have network connectivity.
Ever since people used OLED TVs as monitors ;)
Its gray area now, just you wait. You've already provided the caveat: 'most monitors' don't have network connectivity.

I was responding to Khonjel who asked why we are paying a relatively high price for monitors - its exactly because they DON't have the mentioned 'features'.
I think you misread or misinterpreted.
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#25
trsttte
TheLostSwede
Your point being?
Vayra86I suppose I'm old, but the cringe level on that video is over 9000 even just seeing those two duckfaces on the thumbnail. Holy crap please shoot me off to Mars already.

Nice panel. Too bad about the marketing :D
One of the lines in the vid:
'Hi, what do you do?'
'I'm a Youtuber'

This species is fked.
Oh I have no idea, I was just looking for a product page of some kind and found this stream and skipped around until I found the product announcement :D
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