Imagine everything you’d like from a gaming monitor – bright and beautiful screen, fast refresh rate for silky smooth graphics, HDR to make things really shine – and there’s a good chance you’ll find it in 34 Curved QD-OLED’s Alienware monitor. This is one of the first screens to come with Samsung’s Quantum Dot OLED panels and is packed with other features that will make you Hello Infinite matches even more satisfying. While it may seem a bit extravagant at $ 1299, compared to Apple’s studio display for $ 1599, it’s actually a theft. (Or maybe I’m just saying this to justify buying this thing.)

Gallery: Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED game monitor | 15 photos

I will admit this from the front: I am a fan of ultra-wide (21: 9) monitors. Having a lot of horizontal space makes it easy to juggle multiple apps at once and is far cleaner than setting up multiple displays. So when Alienware revealed that it was finally debuting with ultra-wide OLED, I was sold. Although OLED has solidified its place in premium TVs, it took some time to reach computer monitors (we started getting OLED laptops regularly a few years ago). What makes this monitor even more intriguing is that it has all the benefits you’d expect from OLED – deep black levels, excellent contrast and no backlight leakage thanks to the pixels that glow individually – but the addition of quantum dots mean you will continue to see vibrant colors as the screen gets brighter.


  • Wonderful and bright QD-OLED screen
  • Solid HDR peak brightness
  • Quick response time
  • Plenty of ports

Of course, this new technology means you have to remember another annoying acronym on the display, but at least QD-OLED will offer some other notable improvements. According to Samsung, it will be able to reach 1000 nits of peak brightness (like this Alienware monitor), while the cream of the current OLED culture reaches about 400 nits. More brightness is not everything, especially since the perfect black levels of OLED can lead to some contrast for the eyes, but still this is a significant step forward, as LCD displays become even brighter with Mini-LED backlight.

The Alienware QD-OLED monitor, like many 34-inch ultra-wide models, has a resolution of 3440 by 1440. Think of it as an extremely long quad-HD screen: not as sharp as 4K, but still a huge leap ahead of 1080p . And because it doesn’t have as many pixels as the 4K screen, you’ll be able to play many games with its native resolution without borrowing for the RTX 3080 Ti. There is also support for G-SYNC Ultimate, NVIDIA’s adaptive refresh rate technology that helps reduce stuttering, as well as HDR 400 True Black. Alienware says it reaches 99.3 percent of the DCI-P3’s color gamut and is also factory calibrated, both important features if you’re doing any manufacturing work.

Alienware 34 curved QD-OLED game monitor

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But enough specs, does this monitor really look good in action? Yes, Fr. Yes. My eyes watered as I played Hello Infinite’s based in the desert map “Behemoth”, it was almost as if I was personally watching the sun reflected from the virgin sand. (This was also a sign that I needed to reduce the brightness a bit.) I was constantly noticing new details about my Spartan’s armor, thanks to the color accuracy of the monitor and the perfect contrast. It also took me a while to get used to playing Overwatch again, while my brain struggled to cope with the fast refresh rate of QD-OLED of 175 Hz. The game responds almost instantly, thanks to the response time of the QD-OLED monitor of 0.1 ms.

Compared to Dell’s 34-inch ultra-wide gaming monitorwhich I tested for a few months last year, the Alienware QD-OLED looked drastically better no matter what I looked at. Colors popped out of the screen, even when I was just flipping through the web or watching movie trailers, and the deep curve always kept me at the center of the action. You’ll have to live with vertical black bars if you want to watch typical 16×9 videos in full screen, but personally I prefer to have more room to play something in the corner or on the side of the screen. Allow your TV to cope with the movie night – ultra-wide monitors are designed for multitasking.

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