If you’re on the quest for the ultimate gaming monitor, your journey might just end here. Picture this: a 34-inch ultrawide display, a mind-blowing 175 Hz refresh rate, and the dazzling AlienFX lighting system – all wrapped up in the sleek design that defines Alienware excellence.
It’s rare to find a product that is well-balanced in any category, much less displays. Most people find that the Alienware’s 3,440 x 1,440 pixel resolution is sharp enough, and it can be paired with gaming PCs that might find it difficult to power a 4K display. The Samsung QD-OLED panel that Dell selected sweetens the pot by providing higher peak brightness and better color volume—two things that conventional OLED panels aren’t known for.
If you study desktop monitor contrast in sufficient detail, you will ultimately come across OLED. Organic Light Emitting Diode is the technology that presently reigns supreme in terms of black level and contrast.. Since each pixel generates its own light and can be individually adjusted for both color and brightness, it is self-emissive. Furthermore, it is possible to fully disable any pixel to create an infinitely deep black level.
Dell Alienware AW3423DW
Dell Alienware AW3423DW Key Features
In the upcoming segments of our review, we’ll delve into the nitty-gritty of the Alienware AW3423DW’s performance, exploring response times, gaming presets, and the overall value proposition.
- Screen Size / Aspect Ratio:
34 inches / 21:9
Curve Radius: 1800mm
- Panel Type / Backlight: Quantum Dot – OLED
- Max Resolution & Refresh Rate:
3440×1440 @ 175 Hz
FreeSync: 48-175 Hz
- Brightness (mfr):
250 nits SDR
1,000 nits HDR
- Video Inputs:
1x DisplayPort 1.4
2x HDMI 2.0
- Audio: 2x 3.5mm output
- USB 3.2: 1x upstream, 4x downstream
- Native Color Depth & Gamut: 10-bit / DCI-P3
- Response Time (GTG): 0.1ms
- Power Consumption: 51w, brightness @ 200 nits
- Stand features: Height, swivel, tilt, and slant
- Panel Dimensions WxHxD w/base: 32.1 x 16.4-20.7 x 12 inches (815 x 417-526 x 305mm)
- Panel Thickness: 5.4 inches (137mm)
- Bezel Width:
Top/sides: 0.3 inch (8mm)
Bottom: 0.7 inch (17mm)
- Weight: 15.3 pounds (6.9kg)
Design and Build
The Dell Alienware AW3423DW, with its striking design and robust build, stands as a testament to Alienware’s commitment to marrying form and function seamlessly.
At first glance, the AW3423DW captivates with its futuristic and angular design. The ultra-thin bezels surrounding the expansive 34-inch display draw the eye straight to the heart of the gaming action. The monitor’s signature Alienware emblem, subtly etched onto the back, adds a touch of sophistication without overshadowing the overall sleekness of the design.
Crafted with precision, the AW3423DW boasts a build quality that exudes durability. The materials used in its construction feel premium, reinforcing the monitor’s robustness. From the solid base to the adjustable stand, every element contributes to a sense of sturdiness that assures users they’re investing in a product designed to withstand the rigors of intense gaming.
Gaming setups often involve a myriad of cables, but the AW3423DW takes this into consideration with a thoughtful cable management system. The stand comes with a built-in cable routing feature that channels cables neatly, preventing the dreaded spaghetti-like mess often associated with gaming setups. This not only enhances the overall aesthetics but also contributes to a clean and organized gaming environment.
A monitor’s design isn’t just about looks; it’s about adaptability to the gamer’s needs. The AW3423DW doesn’t disappoint in this regard. Its stand offers a range of ergonomic adjustments, including height, tilt, and swivel. Finding the perfect viewing angle is a breeze, allowing gamers to immerse themselves comfortably in marathon gaming sessions without compromising on posture or comfort.
The Alienware AW3423DW doesn’t just stop at physical design; it extends the visual experience with the iconic AlienFX lighting system. The customizable RGB lighting, strategically placed around the monitor, adds a dynamic flair to your gaming setup. Whether you prefer a subtle ambient glow or a vibrant pulsating rhythm that syncs with your gameplay, AlienFX allows you to personalize your gaming environment to match your mood and style.
At the heart of the AW3423DW lies its pièce de résistance – the 34-inch Quantum Dot – OLED display. Boasting a mesmerizing 3440 x 1440 resolution, this ultrawide beauty transforms gaming into a visual odyssey. The expansive screen, combined with a 21:9 aspect ratio, offers a panoramic view that extends beyond peripheral vision, immersing gamers into a cinematic experience.
Given that Samsung Display claims that QD-OLED panels provide several significant advantages over conventional OLED, a lot is riding on them. They promise a brighter image without sacrificing the superb brightness control that has been an OLED display’s defining feature.
The ability to be more accurate with brightness means QD-OLEDS can theoretically produce colors more accurately than traditional OLED displays. Therefore, on a QD-OLED, the reds and greens of the natural world will appear more vibrant and lifelike than they would on conventional displays. The key component is the quantum dot layer, or “QD” in the name, which, when necessary, changes blue light into red and green without the need of color filters, which are commonly seen in OLED screens. In certain cases, color filters have a tendency to diffuse or dull the image, particularly when viewed from an angle. That’s not an issue with the Dell Alienware AW3423DW.
In the realm of fast-paced gaming, a high refresh rate is the conductor that orchestrates fluidity. The Alienware AW3423DW, with its staggering 240Hz refresh rate, ensures that every frame transitions seamlessly.
The AW3423DW integrates NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate technology, synchronizing the monitor’s refresh rate with the graphics card. The result? A tear-free, lag-free gaming experience that allows players to stay one step ahead in the most demanding titles. The G-Sync Ultimate variant takes it a step further, introducing HDR support that amplifies the visual dynamics, ensuring that shadows are as captivating as the highlights.
Gaming and Media Performance
Gaming monitors are the portals to alternate realities, and the Dell Alienware AW3423DW takes this role seriously. Boasting cutting-edge gaming features and media capabilities, this ultrawide wonder promises an immersive experience that transcends traditional boundaries.
As a gamer, you’ll consistently be impressed with the HDR performance. HDR performance on OLEDs might be problematic in brighter environments. On an OLED panel as opposed to an LED, the explosion plume won’t be quite as clear in High Dynamic Range. However, the AW3423DW’s powerful PC setup makes games appear amazing. Thanks to that 1800R curve, practically any game that puts the player in a world with a grand amount of scale looks phenomenal — especially when looking at the AW3423DW from about one foot away.
Even though the Alienware AW3423DW is visually appealing for gaming and watching movies, it’s likely that you, like me, will also need to utilize it for work-related tasks. Although it’s not the best for use as a work monitor, you can easily resolve some of the problems with minor adjustments.
You might not need to change the color profile if your only use is for gaming, but the default contrast and brightness settings aren’t good for basic use cases such as using productivity apps like Gmail, Slack, or Google Docs. The off-whites and grays in text didn’t have the appropriate color separation outside of games. Everything merged into one cohesive whole. The pre-calibrated settings right out of the box worked well for games, but for basic productivity tasks, you’ll need to create a new calibration profile. Changing calibration profiles based on the activities at hand is an irksome extra step, but when playing games, it feels well worth it.
Even with its superior anti-reflective coating, this monitor works best in a dimly lit space. Although the matte coating lessens reflections, in bright conditions the deep blacks are lost. Auto-dimming takes over when there’s a lot of white on the screen, which happens when you’re working on a document or browsing the internet, so the screen can appear a little washed out.
Ports and Connectivity
In the realm of gaming and immersive media experiences, the importance of seamless connectivity cannot be overstated. The Dell Alienware AW3423DW understands this need and presents a robust array of ports and connectivity options that transform it from a mere monitor into a versatile command center.
The back panel of the AW3423DW hosts a versatile selection of ports, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of gaming devices and multimedia peripherals. Among these, you’ll find two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort 1.4 input, providing flexibility for connecting to gaming consoles, PCs, and other multimedia sources. The inclusion of five USB 3.2 ports further enhances the monitor’s versatility, serving as a convenient hub for connecting gaming accessories, external storage, and other USB-powered devices.
Gaming setups can quickly become a maze of cables, but the AW3423DW simplifies this with its built-in USB hub. The strategically placed USB ports on the monitor allow for easy access, reducing the need for reaching behind your desk or fumbling with separate hubs. This not only streamlines the setup process but also contributes to a clean and organized gaming environment, ensuring that your focus remains squarely on the gaming experience.
Acknowledging the importance of audio in the gaming and multimedia experience, the AW3423DW features two audio-out port. This allows users to connect external speakers, gaming headsets, or sound systems directly to the monitor, ensuring that the audio quality matches the visual brilliance. The thoughtful inclusion of an audio-out port adds an extra layer of convenience for those who prefer a customized audio setup.
The Alienware AW3423DW is more affordable and has a better visuals than a lot of 4K displays we’ve seen. It also delivers a brighter picture than we’ve seen in OLED TVs before, living up to Samsung Display’s claims.
Dell Alienware AW3423DW might not be the ideal monitor for everyone, since it might require some time to adjust the display’s settings to meet your non-gaming demands because of how difficult to use the joystick controls and on-screen display are. Its 21:9 aspect ratio means that contemporary consoles won’t fit the screen, and it lacks high-end HDMI 2.1 ports for better refresh rates over HDMI. Honestly, if you know what you’re getting into, those are all rather minor complaints.