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The Alienware AW3423DWF is a 34-inch 21:9 QD-OLED gaming monitor with 3440×1440 resolution, 1800R curvature, HDR 1000, extended color, Adaptive-Sync, 165 Hz and infinite contrast.

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Tom’s Hardware Verdict

The Alienware AW3423DWF’s QD-OLED panel delivers a stunning picture that’s on another level from even the very best LCD panels. With super smooth motion and very low input lag, it’s hard to imagine a better gaming monitor.


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    Stunning SDR and HDR images

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    Large color gamut

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    Super smooth motion processing

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When they first arrived on the scene, OLED panels were something of a unicorn. The technology was proven, but low manufacturing yields kept them from entering the consumer mainstream. OLED panels are still a premium product today, but prices have come down to a more approachable level. OLED phones are commonplace, but desktop monitors are not. You can buy a 48-inch screen like Aorus’ FO48U, but is that truly a desktop display?

Alienware has fulfilled a need with its AW3423DFW 34-inch ultra-wide curved OLED monitor. In addition to a 1800R curvature, it sports 3440×1440 (WQHD) resolution, 165 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR with 1,000 nits peak and a wide color gamut. At this writing, it’s selling for around $1,100 but you might be able to get it for less with an Alienware coupon.

Alienware AW3423DWF Specs

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Panel Type / Backlight Quantum Dot
  Organic Light-Emitting Diode (QD-OLED)
Screen Size / Aspect Ratio 34 inches / 21:9
  Curve radius: 1800mm
Max Resolution & Refresh Rate 3440×1440 @ 165 Hz
  FreeSync: 48-165 Hz
  G-Sync Compatible
Native Color Depth & Gamut 10-bit / DCI-P3
  HDR10, DisplayHDR 400
Response Time (GTG) 0. 5ms
Brightness (mfr) 250 nits SDR
  1,000 nits HDR
Contrast (mfr) 1,000,000:1
Speakers None
Video Inputs 2x DisplayPort 1.4
  1x HDMI 2.0
Audio 3.5mm headphone output
USB 3.2 1x up, 4x down
Power Consumption 40.7w, brightness @ 200 nits
Panel Dimensions 32.1 x 16.4-20.7 x 14.3 inches
WxHxD w/base (815 x 417-527 x 240mm)
Panel Thickness 5 inches (127mm)
Bezel Width Top/sides: 0. 4 inch (9mm)
  Bottom: 0.7 inch (17mm)
Weight 20.5 pounds (9.3kg)
Warranty 3 years
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The AW3423DFW introduces a new OLED variant to the mix, QD-OLED, where the QD stands for Quantum Dot. You’ve likely heard of that tech associated with LCD panels. Quantum Dots are dots made from a light-emitting substance printed on a layer of film. It can be placed over the backlight of an LCD or sandwiched in front of an OLED array. When the dots are excited by light energy, they emit their own colors. This widens the display’s color gamut and increases its total light output. The result is a good thing for OLED, because it has lagged behind LCD in the peak output metric for years.

The AW3423DFW has a bit more color than the average OLED panel. Where most cover between 90 and 95% of DCI-P3, the Alienware AW3423DFW fills over 107%. It also delivers plenty of brightness. In HDR mode, it can hit 1,000 nits when rendering small highlights. It’s far brighter than the 55-inch AW5520QF I reviewed in 2019. More light means greater dynamic range. OLED panels already deliver the blackest blacks of any display technology. A higher peak number just means an even better picture.

The AW3423DWF’s gaming performance received equal attention. The max refresh rate is 165 Hz, and both AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync are supported. It also sports a claimed 0.1 ms response time. My measurements showed the same performance as other 165 Hz screens, but during practical observation, I noted that it looked smoother than an LCD panel running at the same speed. It’s visually comparable to a 240 Hz display, which means it’s making more of the same frame rate.

Of course, the curvature and the 21:9 aspect ratio also enhance the gaming experience. An 1800R radius strikes a good balance between immersion, of which there is plenty, and image distortion, of which there is none. The AW3423DWF is as well suited for work as it is for entertainment. Some gamers will appreciate the AlienVision feature that highlights the center of the screen for sniping. In addition, photographers will appreciate its color accuracy, which is factory certified. During my tests, I found no need for calibration. And there is a Creator mode, which lets the user choose between DCI-P3 and sRGB color gamuts.

Assembly and Accessories

Alienware, like its parent company Dell, ships its monitors in sustainable packaging where most of it is recyclable. Rather than crumbly foam, the contents are protected by molded cardboard pulp with bits of flexible foam placed in just a few important spots. The stand and base bolt together, then the panel snaps to it. Two DisplayPort cables are included, one DP-to-DP and one DP-to-USB-C. You also get USB and an IEC power cord for the internal power supply. A large cover snaps onto the back of the panel to hide the inputs. Cables can be routed through the stand and out the back of the base.

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From the front, the AW3423DWF is all screen with a very thin bezel that’s flush-mounted. Alienware is printed at the bottom, and you can see the power button/LED at the lower right. The color and effect can be controlled in the OSD, along with two logos on the back. You can choose any color of the rainbow or cycle through the full spectrum. Or turn everything off for a stealth look.

The stand is very deep and rock solid. You’ll need nearly 15 inches of desktop space to accommodate the base. Ergonomics include -5/21 degrees tilt, 20 degrees swivel and a 110mm height adjustment. You can’t rotate the panel to portrait mode, but 5 degrees of slant is built-in, ostensibly to accommodate desktops that aren’t level.

You can see a component bulge in the back surrounded by a grill that effectively vents the small amount of heat generated by the AW3423DWF. The Alien head and size designator, 34 in this case, are lit up to let your opponents know what display you’re using to defeat them. Under the input panel cover, you’ll find two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs and a single HDMI 2.0. Those decrying the lack of 2.1 will note that 2.0 accommodates gaming consoles that support the 16:9 aspect ratio at 120 Hz, which means only 2560×1440 pixels. Console users will see black bars on either side of the image while playing, and you’ll need to use DisplayPort for the full 3440×1440 at 165 Hz. Peripherals are supported by five USB 3.2 ports, one upstream and four down. Two of them are underneath the front bezel, which is a nice convenience. The headphone jack is also found there near the OSD joystick.

OSD Features

The AW3423DWF’s menu system will be familiar to any Dell or Alienware user. It’s controlled solely by the joystick mounted at the bottom center of the panel.

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Pressing the joystick once brings up a quick menu at the bottom and a status bar at the top of the screen. The panel health meter shows green, yellow or red based on how long it’s been since the panel or pixel refresh functions were last used. The quick menu gives access to picture mode AlienVision options, inputs, dark stabilizer and brightness/contrast.

There are 12 total SDR presets, of which Standard is the default. It’s very accurate and doesn’t need further adjustment if you’re OK with the full color gamut. For sRGB, engage the Creator mode, where you can choose a gamut and change the gamma. The Game modes add RGB sliders and game presets to the mix. Or scroll to the end for Custom Color where you can adjust RGB gain and bias controls plus hue and saturation sliders for all six colors.

Turning on Console mode lets one adjust hue & saturation plus gamma. In HDR mode, those options are grayed out, and you can toggle Source Tone Map, which uses the source signal’s metadata to set the tone-map transition point. This serves to enhance highlight detail.

AlienVision is a gaming aid that highlights the center of the screen. Or you can display the largest crosshair ever if you need help aiming. It’s a green cross that’s nearly four inches square.

AlienFX Lighting refers to the power LED, Alien head and number logo on the back of the panel. You can light them individually in any color or intensity. Choosing Spectrum cycles through all colors in a mesmerizing display.

In HDR mode, you can pick from six modes. For the best accuracy and greatest dynamic range, choose True Black. If you want the brightest possible highlights, go for HDR Peak 1000. The other presets are less impactful. My preference was True Black, as it shows off OLED’s capabilities to the fullest. And it’s plenty bright enough even in my sunlit office.

The joystick directions can be customized to provide quick access to the AlienVision options. You can also specify the functions of the quick menu.

To maintain a healthy panel, the AW3423DWF includes both pixel and panel refresh options. Both can run when the monitor is on standby. Once you’ve set these options, they’ll run only when you’re not using the display. I’ve used a similar routine with my two-year-old LG television, and I can attest to its effectiveness. There is no burn-in whatsoever.

Alienware AW3423DWF Calibration Settings

In the AW3423DWF’s Standard mode, calibration is unnecessary. Grayscale tracks perfectly to the 6500K color temp with gamma near 2.2 and no visible color errors when referenced to the DCI-P3 gamut. I found tiny improvements when I tweaked the RGB sliders in Custom Color mode, but this was more to satisfy my tests than anything else. If you want or need the sRGB gamut, it is available in the Creator mode, which also includes gamma presets. My recommended settings for SDR content are below.

In HDR mode, both HDR 1000 and True Black modes render with excellent color accuracy. They only differ in their luminance tracking. For the best possible HDR image, choose True Black. Overall brightness is the same, but the smallest highlights are slightly dimmer. Visually, I prefer True Black because its shadow detail and black levels are much better. I’ll talk more about these two HDR modes on page five.

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Picture Mode Custom Color
Brightness 200 nits 83
Brightness 120 nits 47
Brightness 100 nits 38
Brightness 80 nits 29
Brightness 50 nits 15 (min. 18 nits)
Contrast 75
Color Temp User Gain – Red 97, Green 99, Blue 99
  Bias – Red 50, Green 50, Blue 50

Gaming and Hands-on

As a computer monitor, the AW3423DWF has few, if any, equals. The picture quality is simply on another level from any LCD panel I’ve experienced. It’s truly addictive, and once you’ve seen it, you won’t want to go back. Depth and dimension are so realistic, it is, to use the old cliché, like looking out a window. And that feeling includes high-res renderings too. Even when looking at monsters and fantasy environments, the texture is so convincing you’ll find yourself reaching out to touch things like stone or metal.

I saw a perfect example when playing Doom Eternal. Looking down at a stack of shotgun shells, I was struck by the metal end caps, which had just a bit of corrosion. Then I looked up at the gun barrel and marveled at how its shiny surface reflected the environment around me. Parts of it were like a mirror, and I saw every detail.

That detail stayed sharp when moving as well. Though I’ve had many positive experiences playing on 240 and 360 Hz monitors, the AW3423DWF’s 165 Hz is nearly equal in its motion processing. Fast side-to-side camera pans stayed in focus no matter how quickly I moved the mouse. This made it far easier to maintain my aim and to keep my viewpoint locked on where it needed to be. I saw frame rates between 150 and 165 from a GeForce RTX 3090-equipped PC. Even the best LCD with perfect overdrive can’t duplicate this look.

The curvature certainly contributed to the fun I had. You can get a lot of immersion from a large flat panel like the Aorus FO48U, but a curved ultra-wide, especially one with the contrast and color saturation of the AW3423DWF, conforms better to one’s peripheral vision. The curve keeps the entire image in focus with almost no head-turning required.

You’ll want to seek out HDR games whenever possible because that is what this monitor does best. Its SDR image looks great for older titles like Tomb Raider, but once HDR is turned on, you won’t want to turn it off. There was no performance hit or penalty for playing in HDR versus SDR. Adaptive-Sync always worked perfectly, and control lag was perceptually non-existent.

As a workday tool, the AW3423DWF serves well. The curve doesn’t distract when editing documents, and there is no image distortion. Spreadsheets are easier to deal with as you don’t have to scroll side to side as much. Word processing benefits from the easy ability to place two documents next to each other in full-page view. Photoshop can be set up to keep the graphic centered with tool palettes on either side. Or use the PBP function to view two sources at once.

The AW3423DFW is an absolute pleasure to use for work or play. It excelled at everything I did and is a completely addictive gaming display.

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Alienware AW3423DWF curved QD-OLED gaming monitor review

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Alienware’s flagship curved gaming monitor is excellent, no matter what you’re doing with it.

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Windows Central Verdict

For those who desire a high-quality OLED monitor with a curved screen, Alienware’s flagship AW3423DWF is an excellent choice, with fantastic picture quality, color accuracy, and design. Any complaints are minor, especially when this monitor goes on sale.


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Do you want an OLED monitor for the perfect contrast and vivid colors? To pair that with a widescreen aspect ratio for greater multitasking capability? Do you also need all the best gaming features piled on top of that? And excellent color accuracy and HDR content support? That’s a steep list of demands, but I have just the monitor for you. The Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor (AW3423DWF) is a pricey bit of kit, but it’s also one of the best monitors I’ve had the pleasure of using.

An alternative variant of Alienware’s flagship gaming monitor, the AW3423DWF cuts the price, slims the chassis and feature set, and still delivers an incredible, premium gaming experience with its high-quality OLED panel. If you’re willing to pay the (still-high) cost and potentially deal with some odd bugs or issues, then this is one of the best gaming monitors you can buy right now.

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Alienware AW3423DWF: Setup and first impressions

Recessed ports, a sturdy stand, and a quick-release button to disassemble the monitor when you need to. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

Alienware’s gaming monitors follow the good habits set by Dell’s general line of monitors, like with the Dell UltraSharp 34″ Curved Monitor (U3423WE), a productivity-focused competitor to this display. This means sustainable, easily-recycled packaging with an intuitive layout and a simple setup process. It’s effortless to assemble the two-piece stand and slot it into the back of the monitor for a secure, rock-solid connection. If you need to take the monitor apart or switch to a VESA wall mount, a quick-release button makes the reverse process just as easy.

Alienware AW3423DWF specs

Price: $1,099.99
Display size:
 34.18-inch Quantum Dot OLED
Display resolution:
 21:9, 3440×1440 WQHD, 1800R curve
Display features:
 165Hz, 0.1ms response time, 250 nits, VESA DisplayHDR TrueBlack 400, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
Other features: Anti-reflective coating, PiP / PbP, stand adjustment (height, swivel, tilt), VESA wall mounting (100mm x 100mm), AlienFX RGB lighting
 Kensington security lock slot (1x), DisplayPort 1.4 (2x), HDMI 2.0 (1x), USB Type-B 3.2 Gen1 upstream (1x), USB Type-A 3.2 Gen1 downstream w/ Power Charging (1x), USB Type-A 3.2 Gen1 (3x). 3.5mm audio port (1x), line-out port (1x)
 9.65kg (21.27lbs)

The majority of the Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor’s ports are understandably deeply recessed on the back, which can make it frustrating to initially connect your devices and plug in the upstream cable to activate this monitor’s spare USB ports. Once you’re connected, though, a clever opening in the stand makes it easy to manage all your cables. This hole is a little on the small side, so you may struggle to squeeze a number of cables in, but it’s still nice to have. For those who desire a streamlined desk setup, though, Alienware includes another nice touch in the box.

After all your cables are connected, you can grab an additional piece of plastic from the box, which just so happens to be a perfect fit for the back of the monitor and its ports. This panel seamlessly covers the unsightly ports to give your monitor a clean, uninterrupted back (apart from an opening for all the cables to thread directly into the stand). It couldn’t be easier to install, and it looks great. Even better, you can still access the two USB Type-A ports and a 3.5mm audio jack stashed underneath the monitor for additional peripherals and more.

My only complaint about the initial setup of this monitor is that the stand is rather long and takes up a decent amount of space on a desk. If you have a gaming keyboard with a wrist rest, you may struggle to make room for both. I wish Alienware had made this stand a little shorter and wider.

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Starting at $1,099.99, this Alienware monitor is an excellent purchase for anyone who needs a widescreen monitor that can do it all — gaming, media consumption, productivity, and creative work. It’s expensive, but it’s actually a better deal than its pricier sibling.

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Alienware AW3423DWF: Build quality and design

It’s a huge chunk of matte plastic, but it’s put together nicely with a smart design. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

As another premium, similarly priced OLED gaming monitor, expect a lot of comparisons to the ASUS ROG Swift OLED (PG27AQDM). When it comes to overall build quality and design, that monitor still wears the crown for me. That doesn’t mean Alienware’s 34-inch QD-OLED curved beast is a slouch, though, as it’s built extremely well with a pragmatic design.

You’re getting relatively thin bezels along the top and sides of the monitor, a sturdy stand, tasteful branding and RGB lighting on the rear, and a good combination of curves and edges to mask the large rear base for heat management and internals. Combined with the ingenious panel to disguise the monitor’s ports, the Alienware AW3423DWF is largely pretty attractive, if a little boring. The stand supports decent height, tilt, and swivel adjustments but (like most other ultrawide monitors) does not support full pivots.

It seems simple, but I genuinely really liked this “hidden ports” panel. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

Alienware’s flagship OLED monitor is built and designed very well, even if it’s a little boring.

The body is all plastic, and the display is coated with an anti-reflective surface that does its job to reduce glare without sacrificing picture quality. The build quality is exceptional, but this monitor lacks the fit and finish of the 27-inch ASUS OLED gaming monitor mentioned before, which boasts a razor-thin chassis, slim bezels, and a delightful texture over the entire monitor body. The Alienware AW3423DWF’s design is very functional but lacks the extra polish I like to see in products, like more luxurious materials or small additional design touches.

Alienware AW3423DWF: Display quality

This is a very capable, color accurate display, with plenty of presets to get the look you want. (Image credit: Windows Central)

Packed with a 34.18-inch, 21:9, WQHD OLED display, the Alienware AW3423DWF has everything it needs to dominate this class of gaming monitors. Fortunately, it delivers the experience it promises on paper, both the good and the average. For color accuracy, this monitor is absolutely fantastic, scoring 100% and 99% of the sRGB and DCI-P3 color gamuts, respectively. If you need great color accuracy in your monitor, Alienware has you covered.

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Setting Brightness Black Contrast White point
0% 18.2 0 0:1 6,200 (0.319, 0.325)
25% 71.9 0 0:1 6,200 (0.318, 0.325)
50% 126.5 0 0:1 6,200 (0.318, 0.325)
75% 180.7 0 0:1 6,200 (0.318, 0.325)
100% 245.9 0 0:1 6,200 (0.318, 0.325)

The OSD can be awkward, like with all monitors, but it is packed with a decent number of features and options. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

OLED means you get the customary perfect blacks and infinite contrast, leading to excellent detail and a vivid image that pops no matter the content. This monitor’s white point is surprisingly consistent across brightness levels, with neutral whites that don’t lean too far toward cool or warm tones. Alienware also bakes in Dell’s ComfortView Plus to automatically filter out blue light without compromising image quality in an effort to make the screen more comfortable to look at for long periods of time.

Screen brightness is this monitor’s one weakness, but only when considering general usage. While the 75% brightness level is more than comfortable enough for everyday use in a dim office, those who work in bright environments (especially with direct sunlight) may quickly find the limits of the Alienware AW3423DWF’s 250 nits max brightness. This low brightness is likely to help preserve the quality of the OLED panel, though, as high brightness levels can accelerate the decay of the organic pixels that make OLED displays so special.

With a slight tweak, this monitor instantly became one of the best displays I’ve ever seen.

Fortunately, this weakness does not extend to HDR content, with the 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor capable of hitting up to 1,000 nits of brightness over small areas of the screen when displaying any HDR content with the DisplayHDR TrueBlack 400 standard. Great HDR support combined with best-in-class contrast levels and color accuracy makes this monitor a great choice for anyone working in creative fields, although it still won’t approach the ultra-premium reference display market. Of course, those monitors are also astronomically more expensive than this one and aren’t as effective for productivity or gaming.

There’s so much to love about this genuinely impressive screen, especially if you increase the saturation just a little. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

The widescreen 21:9 aspect ratio pits the Alienware AW3423DWF against the very best ultrawide monitors you can buy, but it does a great job competing. With a gentle 1800R curve, this monitor provides plenty of real estate for effective multitasking. There is no KVM support for juggling multiple simultaneous device inputs, but pairing this Alienware monitor with a window-juggling tool like Microsoft PowerToys makes managing various apps, tabs, and workflows a cinch. You also get Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes for further enhanced multitasking prowess.

One thing I will mention is that, to me, the Standard color profile of this curved gaming monitor felt far too flat, color-wise. There was a distinct lack of vibrancy or saturation, verging on being “washed out.” I tested the AW3423DWF with this color profile, and it obviously returned great numbers (see above), but it just wasn’t pleasant to look at. Fortunately, there are plenty of preset color profiles from which to choose and three different generic profiles you can tweak to your heart’s content. All I did was slightly increase the saturation levels for each color from 50% to 65% and left everything else alone, and this monitor instantly became one of the best-looking displays I’ve ever had the pleasure of using.

Alienware AW3423DWF: Gaming performance

No matter what you throw at it, the Alienware AW3423DWF will be able to handle it. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

The Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor clearly impresses when it comes to creative work and productivity. How could it not, with its awesome color accuracy, image quality, HDR support, and display dimensions? This is a gaming monitor, though, so it’s important that it also delivers a great gaming experience. If that’s what you’re here for, I have some good news for you.

With a 165Hz refresh rate and an astonishing 0.1ms response time, the Alienware AW3423DWF isn’t the fastest or most responsive monitor I’ve ever tested (the ASUS ROG Swift OLED beats this monitor on both accounts). It’s still well above average on both accounts, even if recent OLED monitors have surpassed it, though, and does so with a crisp, 3440×1440 WQHD resolution. In use, this monitor takes full advantage of those specs to deliver an effortlessly smooth gaming experience free of ghosting, screen tearing, and stutters.

You get a stellar gaming experience with this monitor, both with Xbox Series X|S and Windows PC.

This monitor includes AMD FreeSync Premium Pro for adaptive sync and is also NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible. This is one of the biggest differences between the AW3423DWF and the older AW3423DW monitors, which includes full NVIDIA G-SYNC Ultimate support and a slightly faster 175Hz refresh rate. I used this monitor with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 and never had any issues or even a single moment that I felt I needed better NVIDIA G-SYNC support.

Alienware also bakes in a bunch of extra gaming features like its AlienVision for “improved clarity and sharpness,” a dark stabilizer, a console mode for improved compatibility with Xbox or PlayStation consoles (like downscaling a 4K@60FPS image, source tone mapping, and more), and an on-screen crosshair. These features are all fine to have, but I didn’t feel like any of them were necessary to have a great time gaming with this monitor. If you are planning on using your Xbox Series X|S with the Alienware AW3423DWF, though, that aforementioned console mode is a great addition that’s not available on the more expensive AW3423DW monitor.

Alienware AW3423DWF: Other features

A gentle curve, an anti-reflective coating, and a whole lot of screen make this monitor a joy to use. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

When assessed solely as a monitor, the Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor goes toe-to-toe with the latest and greatest in the industry. It’s extra features that can tip the scales one way or the other, though, so what does Alienware include in the box?

Well, you do get Alienware’s AlienFX lighting on the back, more specifically a large “34” noting the monitor’s display size and a smaller Alienware logo. You can customize both through Alienware’s improved on-screen display (OSD) menu system, controlled via an easily-accessibly joystick below the display. You have a handful of options to customize the color and effect of these lights, and it works reasonably well. Elsewhere, the OSD is intuitively laid out and contains all the settings you need, but it does suffer from the same general awkwardness as all other OSDs — the joystick is no fun to use, and navigating through multiple pages is endlessly tedious.

Alienware Command Center actually makes this monitor worse, not better.

You might hope that you could turn to Alienware Command Center for a better, more feature-packed interface through which to customize this monitor, but Alienware’s all-in-one program is actually detrimental to the AW3423DWF. Not only do you get zero support for this monitor, even for the AlienFX lighting, but a strange bug with the Alienware Command Center actively prevents the 34 Curved QD-OLED monitor from going to sleep as it’s supposed to. Anytime enough time would pass for the monitor to go to sleep, it’d flash black before turning back on again. In order for the monitor to turn the display off after a period of inactivity, I had to disable the background Alienware service on my computer, breaking the Alienware Command Center (attempting to override this service’s effect on power settings using Terminal did not help).

If you have other Alienware products, you may find yourself frustrated with the Alienware Command Center’s lack of support for the AW3423DWF, and that’s before you realize the OLED display sat unable to sleep for five hours while you ran errands and you didn’t want to fully shut down your PC. Fortunately, Alienware has made efforts to improve the longevity of the OLED panel with great thermal management and an OLED maintenance setting to refresh the pixels when the monitor goes into standby. Still, to avoid images being burned into the monitor over time (like the Windows taskbar), you definitely want the monitor to go to sleep like normal.

Alienware AW3423DWF: Competition

This is for those who need a large, curved, widescreen monitor that can do everything. There are other options if you don’t need all that. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

If you don’t need or want the widescreen display, there’s one monitor I’d heartily recommend over the Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor. The ASUS ROG Swift OLED 27-inch monitor costs $999.99 ($100 less than the Alienware, but you can often find the AW3423DWF discounted) and boasts a breathtakingly gorgeous, flat display, a lightning-fast 240Hz refresh rate, and an industry-leading 0.3ms response time. You also get the DisplayWidget app for easier customization. It’s still my favorite gaming monitor of all time, and it’s an excellent alternative to the AW3423DWF.

If you would prefer a curved or widescreen gaming monitor, I suggest looking at the Samsung Odyssey line of monitors. Samsung is well-known for its incredible screens, and there’s an Odyssey monitor for every use case and budget. For those who need the absolute best in every category, the ludicrous Samsung Odyssey G9 OLED 49-inch monitor is absurdly huge, premium, and expensive. LG is also a great place to look for fantastic OLED and widescreen gaming monitors.

The newer AW3423DWF isn’t quite as impressive on paper as its older sibling, but it’s the better value.

One of the most obvious competitors for the Alienware AW3423DWF is its older AW3423DW sibling. While confusingly named, the differences between the monitors are relatively straightforward. The AW3423DW features NVIDIA G-SYNC Ultimate over AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, a 175Hz refresh rate over 165Hz refresh rate, and more AlienFX lighting. The newer AW3423DWF slightly slims down the design, adds an anti-reflective coating to the display, adds console mode and firmware updating features, and swaps out an HDMI port for a second DisplayPort.

The difference? A whopping $200. Yeah, unless you desperately need NVIDIA G-SYNC Ultimate for some reason or really value that extra 10Hz refresh rate, save your money and opt for the more refined AW3423DWF. Even better, I’ve seen the AW3423DWF go on sale for as low as $899.99, making it an even better deal for a high-end, widescreen, curved OLED gaming monitor.

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Alienware AW3423DWF: Should you buy it?

The Alienware AW3423DWF is perfect for the people who need a premium display that can do it all. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

You should buy this if …

  • You need a high-end widescreen, curved gaming monitor
  • You want a monitor that can do everything and do it well
  • You really like OLED and are willing to pay for it

You should not buy this if .


  • You’re looking for the best possible bang for your buck
  • You need a very bright display

There are a lot of fantastic gaming monitors out there, each with different focuses and specialties. The Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor (AW3423DWF) is unique in that it can truly do it all, with a unique blend of design and features to cater to the creators, the workers, and the gamers. You get a gorgeous widescreen, curved OLED panel with best-in-class color accuracy and contrast, great gaming performance with a 165Hz refresh rate and 0.1ms response time, and lovely extra features like excellent HDR support, additional USB ports, and more.

Alienware has crafted a truly amazing gaming monitor that can do just about anything.

If you only need a gaming monitor, you can find more traditional alternatives with faster refresh rates or higher resolutions. Creators can find larger, brighter displays with more ports and adjustment options. Multitasking pros can find wider monitors with more features and lower prices. The Alienware AW3423DWF can do all of this, though, and it looks damn fine while doing it. It has no major shortcomings, and that’s awesome to see.

I still think the ASUS ROG Swift OLED 27″ is my overall favorite monitor just for gaming, but Alienware has crafted a truly amazing gaming monitor that offers surprisingly good value for everything it offers (and everything it can do). Like with most OLED monitors, though, make sure you actually want to pay extra for the vibrant colors and deep blacks OLED provides.

Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor (AW3423DWF)

For those who want to game and do everything else, Alienware’s flagship OLED gaming monitor is wide, curved, and packs a beautiful, color accurate, and feature-packed display perfect for creators, workers, and gamers.

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Alienware Launches More Affordable AW3423DWF 34″ QD-OLED Gaming Monitor for $1099

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Alienware (Dell Gaming) Introduces $109 Alienware AW3423DWF Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor9. The new product is a more affordable version of the Alienware AW3423DW model with a QD-OLED display of the same size, which costs $1299.

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The new AW3423DWF features the same WQHD (3440 × 1440 pixels) resolution as the older model and a 0.1ms Gray-to-Gray response time. The new model also provides 99.3 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space and 149 percent coverage of the sRGB color space. The radius of curvature is 1800R. At the same time, the maximum refresh rate of the novelty is slightly less – 165 Hz (against 175 Hz). Through the DisplayPort port, the monitor provides a refresh rate of up to 165 Hz, through HDMI 2.0 – up to 100 Hz.

While the older AW3423DW supports NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate technology, which ensures that the refresh rate is synchronized with the frame rate of the issued video card, the new AW3423DWF monitor supports the same AMD FreeSync Premium Pro technology and complies with the VESA AdaptiveSync standard.

The novelty also differs from the older model in communication capabilities. While the AW3423DWF comes with two HDMI 2. 0 ports and one DisplayPort 1.4 connector, the announced AW3423DWF monitor has one HDMI 2.0 port and two DisplayPort 1.4 ports. However, it also has two 3.5mm audio jacks and four USB 3.2 downstream ports.

Another highlight of the new AW3423DWF is a redesigned OSD joystick for faster access to pre-installed game modes, to which a new Creator mode has been added. Alienware noted that the AW3423DWF ComfortView Plus “low blue light” mode is certified by TÜV Rheinland and the variable refresh rate is supported up to 120Hz on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles.

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