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2023 is looking to be a banner year for gaming monitors based on some of the new products we saw this year at CES 2023. The gaming monitor segment is incredibly varied, with multiple screen sizes, resolutions, panel types, refresh rates and more. Ultra-wide and OLED panels seem to be gaining steam, and you'll see plenty of vying to take their place among the best gaming monitors.
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2023 is likely to become the year of ultra-high refresh rate gaming monitors, with Alienware and Asus leading the way. Alienware struck the first blow with its AW2524H, which measures 24.5 inches across and uses a Full HD (1920 x 1080) 10-bit IPS panel. The monitor features both HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 ports, but you'll want to remember that the HDMI 2.1 port maxes out at 240Hz native refresh rate. Switching to DisplayPort 1.4 takes the AW2524H to a native refresh rate of 480Hz. You'll need to enable the OC function to hit the magic 500Hz refresh rate figure.
Other specifications for the AW2524H include VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification, 400 nits typical brightness, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, Nvidia G-Sync certification and the usual complement of RGB elements on the back of the monitor. The stand is fully adjustable on the AW2524H and there's a full allotment of USB ports for hooking up peripherals like a keyboard, mouse and headset. According to Alienware, the AW2524H will launch later this quarter at an unspecified price.
If you thought 500Hz was impressive, Asus is taking the game of one-upmanship to the next level. The company's Swift Pro PG248QP is also a 24-inch Full HD monitor, but its refresh rate cranks to 540Hz when overclocked.
Before jumping for joy in excitement, you'll notice that the Swift Pro PG248QP uses a Twisted Nematic (TN) panel rather than the IPS panel found on the AW2524H. That means viewing angles and color reproduction likely won't be as good. But as long as you're sitting front and center (as you should be with a 24-inch monitor), the viewing angle disadvantage shouldn't be too concerning.
When ultra-wide gaming monitors aren't enough, why not just stretch the horizontal resolution even further and make them super ultra-wide? Not only does the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 have a capacious Dual UHD resolution (7680 x 2160), but the screen stretches a gargantuan 57 inches. The monitor uses a Mini LED panel with a claimed 1,000,000:1 native contrast ratio, DisplayPort 2.1 connectivity (one of the first on the market), a 1000R curve and a native refresh rate of 240Hz.
If a "mere" ultra-wide, big-screen monitor will suit your computing needs, Acer is on the move with the Predator X45. This is another OLED panel, but it measures 45 inches with a UWQHD (3440 x 1440) resolution. The monitor features a tight 800R curve, 1,000 nits peak brightness, a 0.01 ms response time, a stellar 1,500,000:1 contrast ratio and a 240Hz refresh rate.
OLED panels are slowly starting to invade the gaming monitor space, particularly with larger panel sizes (as you can see with the super ultra-wide monitors above). However, the panel tech is slowly filtering down to smaller monitors, some of which we saw at CES.
The Asus ProArt Display OLED PA32DCM isn't a gaming monitor, but it deserves mention here for putting a vibrant, 31.5-inch OLED panel. It features a 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution and brings an impressive feature set to the table. Not only does the PA32DCM claim an impressive color error of Delta E
Given that the PA32DCM is primarily aimed at creative professionals, the monitor has a smaller stand (50 percent smaller than its predecessor) to free up desk space. Also onboard are two Thunderbolt 4 ports, providing high-speed access for your USB-C and Thunderbolt devices. One of those ports supports 90-watt Power Delivery to juice your laptop (the other USB-C port only supports 15-watt charging). Asus hasn't announced pricing for the PA32DCM at this time.
Not everyone wants to spend big bucks on a gaming monitor to get OLED or Mini-LED panels, and some don't have the space to accommodate ultra-wide behemoths. To that end, Lenovo has two monitors on the horizon that won't break the bank but still promise to offer excellent performance.
The Legion Y27qf-30 features a QHD (2560 x 1440) panel with a native refresh rate of 240Hz. However, the monitor supports an overclocking function, which bumps the refresh rate slightly to 250Hz. You'll also find DisplayHDR 400 compliance, AMD FreeSync Premium support and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio.
OLED monitors are mostly exclusive to 4K, but we now know that we are getting two 34-inch ultrawides with OLED instead of the usual VA or IPS. The two models mention QD-OLED panels with 175Hz refresh rates plus all the bells and whistles like HDR certification and advanced connectivity. More details will follow, but we know that the less secretive Alienware AW3423DW has a reasonable $1299 price point when it arrives.
The monitor can support VRR function with 1440P resolution optimization through MSI Console mode. Feel free to enjoy the zero-tearing gaming experience under 1440P resolution without any image depression.
Apple is rumored to be launching a mini-LED standalone monitor some time this year, but it will likely still cost upwards of $2,000, if not more. Its most recent consumer monitor, the Apple Thunderbolt Display, cost $999 for a 25601440 4K LCD screen when it launched in 2011. The only display Apple still sells is the high-end Pro Display XDR for $4,999.
Rumors have swirled for years that Apple is working on a consumer-level standalone monitor for the Mac mini and MacBook Pro. The latest reports say it will be 27 inches with a mini-LED screen, ProMotion, and a slim-bezel design like the latest MacBook Pro.
It may feel like overkill to think you have to monitor how much black or dark space is being displayed on your screen at any one time, but we wouldn't obsess over it. Generally, with OLED, keeping Dark mode on (or switching to it when you're going to be using your system off the charger) should make difference enough. But you may want to keep that desktop wallpaper dark, too!
The 42-inch size really makes this C2 model ideal as a gaming monitor: enough to fit a lot of information in your eyeline, but large enough to feel very impactful at the same time, without having to be sat up close at a desk.
The 34-inch QD-OLED monitor has a super slim, premium metal design with mesmerizing Core Lighting+ that syncs to the action on screen, making any gaming setup with the Odyssey OLED G8 one to be admired. Gamers are fully immersed with its 1800R curvature and Ultra-WQHD (3,440 x 1,440 resolution) display with a 21:9 aspect ratio for a wider field of view to combat, races and more. Its minimized port design for easier cable management supports Mini- DisplayPort, HDMI and USB-C charging up to 65 watts.
The monitor has adaptive sync and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, eliminating choppiness and image tearing in fast-action game scenes. The Odyssey OLED G8 requires no backlighting or color filter, delivering true RGB and true black for maximum color accuracy and brightness. Dark and bright game scenes are also further defined with HDR True Black 400.
This is in contrast to classic CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) technology, which was used in classic tube TVs and bulky PC monitors in the 90s and prior.
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The Dell Alienware AW3423DW is a 34-inch 3440 x 1440 OLED monitor with a 175 Hz maximum refresh rate. This is the first time we've seen an OLED panel with this kind of specs, and the first time OLED has reached such a refresh rate in a reasonable monitor size. It uses one of Samsung's latest QD-OLED panels, which are different to other panels we've seen before, with a promise of improvements in brightness, efficiency and burn-in.
Fundamentally, the AW3423DW uses the same kind of self-lit organic LED pixels as we've seen from other OLED displays, meaning there is no backlight required. As you can expect, the AW3423DW is fully geared towards gaming, and more specifically HDR gaming. It packs Nvidia's G-Sync Ultimate hardware module, though to be clear this monitor works with all GPUs including AMD's, even for adaptive sync.
It also arrives certified for VESA DisplayHDR True Black 400, which unlike the regular DisplayHDR 400 certification, isn't complete junk. Using OLED means we get true HDR hardware, and Dell is claiming up to 1000 nits of peak brightness with a 0.1ms grey to grey response time. It's also a curved monitor with a 1800R curvature. That's pretty standard for ultrawide monitors and it feels just right for gaming.
Despite having the hardware to destroy much more expensive products and is one of the only gaming-suitable OLED monitors you can buy, the Alienware AW3423DW arrives with a competitive price point of $1,300. As far as high-end displays go, this is significantly less expensive than other true HDR products like the Asus ROG PG32UQX, which still costs a hefty $3,000.
The overall build quality of this Alienware monitor is quite impressive. It's quite a large display, not just in terms of the screen size, but its general housing. It's a fat monitor in the middle to house all the associated G-Sync hardware, plus it's curved, and it comes with a large, strong stand. While a lot of the outer materials are plastic, it's a well built product that feels premium with tight seams and attention to detail.
The front of the monitor is largely black, so black bezels and black plastic, but the rear is mostly white. It's kind of this unusual two-tone setup, but it works. It somehow feels both gamer to a small degree but also clean and minimalist. There's also an RGB LED lighting setup around the central stand pillar which gets quite bright, as well as an illuminated alien logo. 041b061a72