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Review: New Dell/Alienware Gaming Monitor Packs Serious Creative Punch

Shane Snider

CRN reviews Dell’s new Alienware 34-inch QD-OLED and looked for an answer for a pressing question. Could a flashy gaming monitor be useful in the business world?

The QD-OLED Experience Up Close And Personal

Samsung’s QD-OLED technology is meant to offer everything you’re used to seeing in OLED displays: the beautiful stark blacks, rich and accurate color reproduction, and smooth motion. But the QD-OLED takes things a few steps further. The “quantum dot” technology pumps up the brightness levels and color reproduction because of how the panels are illuminated. OLED made the sacrifice of high-quality optics at lower levels of brightness. It does this by discarding the old color filters used by older OLED panels and emitting blue light through quantum dots instead, making a more efficient use of light energy.

The QD technology should reduce burn-in as well, which was a common drawback for OLED displays. This is especially a concern with PC use, since you have more static items involved like a toolbar.

We did check out a couple of HD quality game trailers to see what the fuss is about. And this display is stunning when used for HDR videos and games. The monitor really shines when the game scene is dark – such as a nighttime driving game scene. With more depth in the shadows, you can really feel immersed.

 
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