Alienware AW3423DW: a 34″ OLED Quantum-Dot display

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Alienware unveiled their new screen with a QD-OLED type panel at CES 2022 in Las Vegas. Today, we see that this screen will be available in the United States by the end of March for $1299. If this is correct, it will be a price that is very appropriate given the very promising characteristics of this screen. Remember that this Alienware AW3423DW display has a slab with a 34-inch diagonal and a resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels. Of course, gamers will like this display. As a result, we have an OLED panel with Quantum Dot Display technology. The curvature of this screen is 1800R.

34″ OLED screen at 175 Hz

For the rest of the technical specifications, the company claims that the DCI-P3 gamut is covered up to 99.3 percent and 149 percent of the sRGB, which is rather impressive. Similarly, the panel is factory calibrated so that the Delta E is less than 2 when it comes out of the box, ensuring that color accuracy is high even without calibration. The white brightness is 1000 nits, while the black brightness is 0.0005 nits. The VESA DisplayHDR TrueBlack 400 certification is also present. As if that wasn’t enough, this Alienware AW3423DW screen is certified by NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate. The response time in GtG with a refresh rate of 175 Hz is under 0.1 ms, thanks to OLED.

In terms of ergonomics, the screen’s design enables cable management and OSD navigation via a 5-axis joystick. It is, of course, height-adjustable and has benchmarks. Tilt and rotation are incorporated as well. It’s worth noting that the brand provides a 360° ventilation system to keep all of the components cool. A DisplayPort 1.4 port, four USB 3.2 Gen1 at 5 Gbps ports, an audio output, and a headphone jack round out the connectivity options. There are no HDMI 2.1 ports, however, there are two 2.0 ports, which is a pity.

What is a QD-OLED panel?

Samsung Display will mass produce these 4K QD-OLED panels in 55′′ and 65′′ sizes for its televisions as well as Sony A95K TVs. However, the company also makes 34-inch PC monitor panels, which were utilized on the Alienware screen and will be used on Samsung screens as well.

The first generation of QD-OLED panels has a 10-bit color depth and a refresh rate of 144Hz for televisions and 175Hz for monitors. Future generations, on the other hand, will be able to achieve much greater heights.

First and foremost, the QD in front of the word OLED stands for Quantum Dot. This technology comes to us from Samsung Display. Each pixel in such a panel, like in traditional OLED, emits its own light, resulting in outstanding contrast (called limitless) because the pixel simply does not emit any light for dark. A traditional LCD panel, on the other hand, requires an external backlight, which is often LED strips positioned on the panel’s sides.

Because the maximum brightness of a QD-OLED screen is 1500 nits, it is extremely bright. Samsung demonstrated a value of more than 1000 nits on a 10% window during its CES presentation, compared to 700-1000 nits on LG’s traditional OLED. The brightness can theoretically reach 1500 nits if we pass the window at 3%. This, however, has not been demonstrated in real-time. This is true for both 55′′ and 65′′ panels. The brightness of 34-inch screens should be 1000 nits (3 percent window) and 450 nits, respectively (10 percent window). For QD-OLED TVs and monitors, full-screen brightness should be 200 and 250 nits, respectively.