When we hear about OLED display panels, we typically think of two synonymous things: LG, one of the leading manufacturers of OLED technology, and huge TVs. The price of OLED screens and the larger sizes that these panels typically only come in have severely limited gaming screens to older, yet proven technologies like IPS panels. However, it looks like the tide may finally begin to turn, which last year’s Gigabyte OLED displays began to suggest. At CES 2022, Alienware announced a new 34-inch high refresh 1440p gaming display with a Samsung OLED display.
This announcement marks Alienware’s first QD-OLED gaming monitor, and this thing is the spec to impress. In addition to its Quantum Dot rating, which confirms excellent color accuracy, the screen is also capable of 175Hz in 1440p and boasts a minimum response speed of 1ms. For the curvature of the screen, it’s a less aggressive 1800R curve – perhaps a good starting point for those coming from flat screens.
The only downside – from what we can tell – is the potential cost as it incorporates OLED technology. After seeing how the price has not yet been revealed, Alienware owner Dell is likely trying to let the features sell it instead of the wallet’s appeal so far.
God ole ‘Alienware flare
It’s nice to see Alienware push something exciting in the gaming field again, as it was once the de facto premium gaming brand. Anyone interested in this monitor will also be happy to know that the monitor has full tilt, rotation and height adjustment control along with some LEDs (of course) on the back.
The only drawback to the technical specifications at the time of writing is the omission of an HDMI 2.1 port. Users have to settle for HDMI 2.0, which lacks the bandwidth to keep up with the screen’s 175Hz refresh rate of 1440p. Users would like to use a DisplayPort connection to take full advantage of this monitor. In addition, the monitor will support Nvidia G-Sync to combat screen tearing without the cost of too much latency. The screen will also include two 14W integrated speakers, which is impressive compared to most.
There will definitely be more interesting screen announcements at CES during the week. Samsung already unveiled its 240Hz 4K Odyssey Neo G8 gaming monitor last week. Maybe it’s an indication of what’s coming.