If you are in the market for a new gaming monitor, you should consider Alienware’s upcoming monitor that costs $1,299. However, you will have to wait till spring before getting your hands on one.
The new curved monitor is the first to sport Samsung’s latest Quantum Dot OLED (QD-OLED) panel. The monitor was revealed at CES this year, and Dell, the parent company of Alienware, plans to start shipping it by spring.
Samsung Display revealed the new QD-OLED last month and promised it would come with TVs and monitors this year. The panel will have all the advantages of OLED, including deep blacks and rich contrasts that offer crisp images. However, QD-OLED uses a blue OLED material that passes through a layer of quantum dots. This extra feature will produce vivid colors regardless of how bright you set the screen, unlike WRGB OLED that sometimes makes oversaturation when you crank up the brightness.
LG’s monitors and TVs are classed as WRGB OLED because they produce white light pixels with blue and yellow OLED compounds, which are then passed through color filters to make red, green, and blue sub-pixels.
QD-OLED does not eliminate the possibility of burn-ins, but it is expected to produce monitors and TVs that will last longer than current OLED displays.
Alienware’s AW3423DW promises 99.3 percent of the DCI-P3 color space. It will also have lower brightness than most modern LED monitors. It is a 3440×1440 ultrawide panel with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a 175 Hz refresh rate.
$1,300 is a rather high price for monitors but is still cheaper when compared to the standard OLED monitors you can purchase today. The LG Ultrafine UHD OLED monitor, for example, costs $3,999, although it is not meant for gaming. Alienware even has a 55-inch OLED gaming monitor costing $2,719 and was even released at $3,999 in 2019. Sub-$2,000 prices for QD-LED are exciting, to say the least.
While Alienware has brought us the first QD-OLED monitor, it is not clear yet when we will see the first TVs using the panel. However, both Samsung and Sony are expected to make them, although reports from South Korean media suggest Samsung Display and Samsung Electronics, which makes the TVs, are yet to agree on display prices.
Also, the price for Alienware’s new monitor gives us an idea of what other companies may price their own monitors or TVs that use QD-OLED.