Dell Alienware 27″ 1440p 360Hz and 32″ 4K 240Hz QD-OLED Monitors Showcased at CES and Launching Soon

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Back in October 2023, Dell unveiled some limited details of two new QD-OLED monitors in their Alienware range and at CES this week in Las Vegas, they will showcase these new screens ahead of their imminent launch. On show at the even are their new 32″ AW3225QF with 4K resolution and 240Hz refresh rate, as well as the new 27″ AW2725DF with 1440p and 360Hz refresh rate. We have some further details about these screens now, which is included below.

Dell Alienware AW3225QF – 32″ 4K 240Hz

Technically this is a 31.5″ sized panel although it’s of course being promoted as a 32″ screen. Dell’s model has a curved format which will make it different to the other 32″ QD-OLED monitors announced so far like the Asus ROG Swift PG32UCDM that was showcased at Gamescom 2023 in August, and the Dough Spectrum Black 32″ announced also in August for instance, which are both flat format. Personally we would prefer a flat format on a 32″ sized screen, although some may like the subtle curvature of 1700R offered here, and it gives an alternative option in this segment which is always welcome.

subtle 1700R curvature of the screen shown

The screen will offer a 3840 x 2160 “4K” resolution as well as a 240Hz native refresh rate. It will use adaptive-sync for VRR from compatible NVIDIA and AMD systems – so no Native G-sync module here it seems like on their first QD-OLED monitor last year (AW3423DW). The screen has been certified under the NVIDIA ‘G-sync Compatible’ scheme though for reassurance around VRR performance. It has a familiar 0.03ms G2G response time spec, 1 million:1 contrast ratio, 10-bit colour depth support and a wide colour gamut with 99% DCI-P3 coverage. The SDR brightness is not listed on the spec sheet.

Dolby Vision HDR – The First Monitors to Feature This

There is also a 1000 nits peak brightness spec for HDR, and interestingly the screen will support not only HDR10 content, but can support Dolby Vision HDR as well, the first monitor to offer this support in fact. The screen also conforms to the VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black tier (not to be confused with HDR 400 for LCD’s).

Connectivity including HDMI 2.1 and eARC sound

For connectivity the screen offers 1x DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC as well as 2x HDMI 2.1 connections which Dell say specifically in their press release can support the higher FRL (Fixed Rate Link) bandwidths of that generation, allowing for console support of 4K 120Hz which is good news. You can also apparently switch on the dedicated “console mode”, which implements source-based tone mapping for an optimized HDR performance from those devices. There is also support according to the data sheet for HDMI-VRR and ALLM from these HDMI 2.1 connections. There’s also 2x USB data ports available.

Additionally, eARC compatibility allows use of Dolby Atmos speakers or any other soundbars with an eARC port without the need for additional optical cables hindering your aesthetic, again the first time we’ve seen this supported on a monitor. The stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments.

Peace of mind with burn in coverage

Dell say that both models discussed in this article come with a 3 year advanced exchange service warranty that includes OLED burn-in coverage.

Dell Alienware AW2725DF – 27″ 1440p with 360Hz

There’s also the new 27″ class AW2725DF which will offer a 2560 x 1440 resolution and 360Hz refresh rate. This is a flat format screen this time, but the very high refresh rate should offer amazing motion clarity, equivalent in fact to a 540Hz LCD panel in real-world motion clarity, and is aimed at more competitive gaming. It’s also QD-OLED and will feature adaptive-sync for VRR again and include AMD ‘FreeSync Premium Pro’ certification.

There’s also a 0.03ms G2G response time and VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black certification. This model does not appear to support Dolby Vision HDR or eARC like the 32″ model does though. There’s also a 1.5 million:1 contrast ratio spec, 250 nits SDR brightness, 1000 nits peak brightness for HDR, 10-bit colour depth support and a wide colour gamut covering 99.3% DCI-P3.

This model is aimed more at eSports and competitive gaming and also includes a smaller base design to allow more space for keyboards and mice when gaming. Both this and the 32″ screen include a 3 year OLED burn-in warranty too.

For connectivity the AW2725DF offers 2x DisplayPort 1.4 as well as 1x HDMI 2.1. Although the Dell spec sheet says (confusingly for the consumer) that the “HDM I 2.1” port only supports the older TMDS bandwidth from HDMI 2.0 and can only support up to 2560 x 1440 @ 144Hz – so not really offering any of the new HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, resolutions or refresh rates at all. They do suggest it can support HDMI-VRR though, although whether or not that’s actually just FreeSync over HDMI or actual HDMI-VRR is debatable. There are also 3x USB data ports available and the stand offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.

Pricing and Availability

The press release for these screens for the CES event says that they will be available on 11 January 2024 in North America which is surprisingly early to be honest. We are not sure if this will be a small quantity, limited release at this time, and we do not yet have details on availability in other regions. The 32″ model will start at $1,199.99 (US) / $1,499.99 (CAN), while the 27″ model will start at at $899.99 (US) / $1,199.99 (CAN). More details on UK and European availability and pricing when we get it.

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