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Dell Alienware AW3225QF Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Feb 06, 2024 at 11:33 am
Latest change: Retest Feb 15, 2024 at 01:02 pm
Dell Alienware AW3225QF Picture
9.1
Mixed Usage
8.5
Office
9.3
Gaming
9.5
Media Consumption
9.3
Media Creation
9.2
HDR

The Dell AW3225QF is a 4k, 240Hz QD-OLED gaming monitor with a curved screen. It's the first model available in North America featuring this high-resolution QD-OLED panel, competing with other monitors with the same panel, like the ASUS ROG Swift PG32UCDM and the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G80SD. It has typical gaming features like support for all common variable refresh rate (VRR) formats and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. However, what makes it different from most monitors is that it also supports Dolby Vision and has an eARC port to connect a compatible soundbar easily. As OLEDs like this one risk permanent burn-in, Dell also offers a three-year warranty on the monitor, including against burn-in.

Our Verdict

9.1 Mixed Usage

The Dell AW3225QF is fantastic for most uses. It's outstanding as a gaming monitor or for general media consumption, as it displays deep, inky blacks without blooming. It also has many gaming features, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, a 240Hz refresh rate, VRR support, and a near-instantaneous response time for crisp motion. It's even incredible for HDR thanks to its wide color gamut and vivid colors, and small highlights pop, too. While it has benefits for office use or content creation, like its large size, high resolution, and wide viewing angles, it risks permanent burn-in with constant exposure to the same static elements over time, which can be problematic if you only plan on using it for work.

Pros
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Excellent text clarity.
  • Large 32-inch screen.
  • Displays deep and inky blacks.
Cons
  • Risk of burn-in.
  • eARC port doesn't properly work.
8.5 Office

The Dell AW3225QF is great for office work but has some limitations. Its large screen makes it easy to multitask, and its high 4k resolution helps produce excellent text clarity without too much noticeable fringing around text. It also has wide viewing angles and alright ergonomics, making it easy to share your screen with someone else. That said, OLEDs like this one are prone to burn-in with constant exposure to the same static elements over time. While it doesn't get extremely bright in SDR, it's still bright enough for use in dim or moderately-lit rooms and has incredible reflection handling.

Pros
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Excellent text clarity.
  • Large 32-inch screen.
Cons
  • Risk of burn-in.
  • USB-C doesn't support DisplayPort Alt Mode.
9.3 Gaming

The Dell AW3225QF is outstanding for gaming. It has a near-instantaneous response time that results in crisp motion and low input lag for a responsive feel. Its near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity are also ideal for dark room gaming as blacks look deep and inky, and it also gets bright enough to make highlights pop, and colors look vivid. Lastly, it has a high resolution and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that lets you play 4k games up to its max refresh rate of 240Hz. While it works well with consoles, it doesn't support 1440p signals from them, though.

Pros
  • Large 32-inch screen.
  • Displays deep and inky blacks.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • 240Hz refresh rate and VRR support.
  • Near-instantaneous response time.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
Cons
  • Doesn't support 1440p with consoles.
  • Issues with Dolby Vision.
  • eARC port doesn't properly work.
9.5 Media Consumption

The Dell AW3225QF is outstanding for media consumption. It's incredible for watching your favorite shows and movies in dark rooms as it displays deep and inky blacks without any blooming, and it even makes images look vivid with colors that pop and look realistic. It has incredible reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights around, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight intense glare. Luckily, you can watch the latest content in 4k thanks to its high resolution, and its 32-inch size makes for an immersive viewing experience. It also has wide viewing angles, ideal for watching content with a friend. While it supports Dolby Vision and has an eARC port, both unfortunately have issues.

Pros
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Large 32-inch screen.
  • Displays deep and inky blacks.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • Displays wide range of vivid colors.
Cons
  • Issues with Dolby Vision.
  • eARC port doesn't properly work.
9.3 Media Creation

The Dell AW3225QF is fantastic for content creation. It has remarkable accuracy in its sRGB picture mode, so you won't need to calibrate it, and it displays a wide range of vivid colors. It also has a large 32-inch screen and high 4k resolution, ideal for multitasking and seeing crisp images, but its slightly curved screen may take some time to get used to if you've never used a curved display before. It has some downsides, though, as OLEDs like this are prone to burn-in with constant exposure to the same static elements over time. It has okay SDR brightness, so while it doesn't get bright enough to fight glare, it's still fine with a few lights around and has incredible reflection handling.

Pros
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Excellent text clarity.
  • Remarkable accuracy.
Cons
  • Risk of burn-in.
  • USB-C doesn't support DisplayPort Alt Mode.
9.2 HDR

The Dell AW3225QF is incredible for HDR. It looks amazing in dark rooms thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity, meaning it displays deep and inky blacks without any blooming around bright objects. However, the main advantage of this monitor regarding HDR is that it displays a wide range of colors and makes them look vivid for a realistic image. It also gets bright enough for small highlights to pop, but larger highlights are dimmer. It even supports Dolby Vision, but there are some bugs with it.

Pros
  • Large 32-inch screen.
  • Displays deep and inky blacks.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • Displays wide range of vivid colors.
  • Small highlights stand out.
Cons
  • Issues with Dolby Vision.
  • eARC port doesn't properly work.
  • 9.1 Mixed Usage
  • 8.5 Office
  • 9.3 Gaming
  • 9.5 Media Consumption
  • 9.3 Media Creation
  • 9.2 HDR
  1. Updated Feb 15, 2024: Clarified that it doesn't have official FreeSync certification. Also clarified that it has a pixel shift feature, but there's no setting for it, and it works automatically.
  2. Updated Feb 09, 2024: Looked into the packaging issue in Build Quality. Updated firmware to M2B102, which fixes Dolby Vision over HDMI on a PC, and gamma in 'Creator' mode. Also confirmed that the max refresh rate is 120Hz even with a M2 MacBook Pro.
  3. Updated Feb 06, 2024: Clarified in HDR Brightness that we couldn't get Dolby Vision to work at all over HDMI.
  4. Updated Feb 06, 2024: Review published.
  5. Updated Feb 01, 2024: Early access published.
  6. Updated Jan 22, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  7. Updated Jan 19, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  8. Updated Jan 11, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 32-inch Dell AW3225QF, which is the only size available for this monitor. It's one of two monitors in Dell's 2024 lineup that features a QD-OLED panel, with the other being Dell Alienware AW2725DF, but that monitor is different as it has a 1440p resolution and 360Hz refresh rate. The results are only valid for this model.

Model Size Resolution Panel Type Refresh Rate
AW3225QF 32" 4k QD-OLED 240Hz

Our unit was manufactured in December 2023; you can see the label here. It was tested with firmware M2B101. On Feb. 6, 2024, Dell released a firmware update, M2B102, which fixes some issues with Dolby Vision over HDMI and gamma performance in the 'Creator' mode, but otherwise, the monitor performs the same.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Dell AW3225QF is one of the best gaming monitors you can get. It combines premium gaming features, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and a 240Hz refresh rate, with its outstanding picture quality. Although it isn't significantly different in performance from previous ultrawide QD-OLED monitors, like the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF, the larger screen and higher resolution make it versatile for other uses, like if you want to sit back and watch your favorite movies. This also puts it in competition with other QD-OLED TVs, especially if you want something small.

That said, it's disappointing that the monitor has issues with some of its features, like Dolby Vision and eARC, but it's possible firmware updates can fix those. Other models will come out in 2024 with the same panel and some different features, like a KVM switch, so it may be best to wait to make your buying decision, but it's still an excellent choice if you're looking for a 4k, QD-OLED monitor. However, if you're concerned about the burn-in risk and need something for office work, it's better to go for a Mini LED monitor, like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85.

See our recommendations for the best 4k gaming monitors, the best 240Hz monitors, and the best OLED monitors.

Dell Alienware AW3423DWF

The Dell Alienware AW3423DWF and the Dell Alienware AW3225QF are different types of QD-OLED monitors. The AW3225QF is better for most gamers as it has a higher refresh rate and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, meaning it's ideal for both high-end PC and console gaming. The AW3225QF also has a higher 4k resolution, resulting in more detailed images and improved text clarity, but the AW3423DWF's ultrawide format has an advantage for atmospheric games. Lastly, the AW3225QF has a few extra features, like an eARC port and support for Dolby Vision. Besides that, the picture quality is similar, even if the AW3225QF uses a newer type of QD-OLED panel.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 and the Dell Alienware AW3225QF are both 4k, 240Hz gaming monitors. They have a few differences, though, particularly with the picture quality, as the Dell has a QD-OLED panel with better blacks and more vivid colors than the Samsung. The Dell doesn't have the same bugs as the Samsung, like with scanlines or flicker in dark scenes. On the other hand, the Samsung is the better choice for use in well-lit rooms as it gets bright, and it doesn't risk burn-in with constant exposure to the same static elements over time.

ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM

The ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM and the Dell Alienware AW3225QF are both OLED gaming monitors with a few differences. The Dell delivers better overall picture quality thanks to its QD-OLED panel, which displays more vivid colors and brighter highlights. It also delivers more detail thanks to its 4k resolution. The Dell can also take full advantage of gaming consoles and HDMI 2.1 graphics cards thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. One advantage of the ASUS is that it maintains its perfect black levels even in bright rooms, as black levels raise with ambient light on the Dell.

Dell G3223Q

The Dell G3223Q and the Dell Alienware AW3225QF are both 4k, 32-inch gaming monitors, but they have a few differences. The AW3225QF is better in most areas as it uses a QD-OLED panel with a better contrast ratio, brighter highlights, and improved overall picture quality. The AW3225QF also has a higher 240Hz refresh rate, making it the better choice for PC gamers. That said, the G3223Q is a bit more versatile if you need something for office work, too, as it gets bright and doesn't risk permanent burn-in with constant exposure to the same static elements over time.

Cooler Master Tempest GP27U

The Dell Alienware AW3225QF and the Cooler Master Tempest GP27U are both 4k gaming monitors with different characteristics. They use different panel technologies, like the Dell monitor's QD-OLED panel, which displays perfect blacks without any blooming, making it the better choice in dark rooms. However, if you want something for bright rooms, the Cooler Master has an advantage because of its high peak brightness. Besides that, the Dell is superior for gaming thanks to its higher refresh rate and faster response time, but the Cooler Master is better for general work use as it doesn't risk permanent burn-in.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
Yes
Curve Radius
1700R

The Dell AW3225QF has a slightly curved screen with a gamer-oriented design that takes elements from other Alienware monitors. The stand and the back housing feature white plastic, while the plastic that covers the panel is black.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is excellent. The plastic materials are solid and don't flex easily. The stand is sturdy as it doesn't wobble, and the cable management is easy to use. Overall, it feels great, and there isn't any audible noise coming from a fan. One downside is that the joystick control is loose and creates an audible noise when you use it.

Another downside is that the packaging it comes in causes some scratches and bubble marks on the screen, which is an issue that others have reported. You can see an example of this in the top right corner of this picture. This isn't so much an issue with how the monitor is made but rather how it's packaged.

6.9
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.3" (11.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-21° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
No
Swivel Range
-20° to 20°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The Dell AW3225QF has alright ergonomics. You can adjust it in many ways, but the range of adjustments is limited. With the screen at the stand's minimum height adjustment, the top of the screen is 18.5" (47.1 cm) from the table. You can also route your cables through the stand for cable management to keep them tidy, and there's a cover that goes over the inputs.

Design
Stand
Base Width
16.9" (43.0 cm)
Base Depth
11.6" (29.5 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
10.0" (25.5 cm)
Weight (With Display)
19.4 lbs (8.8 kg)

The V-shaped stand is solid and holds the screen well. The thickness measurement is from the side of the screen to the back of the stand, and the thickness from the center of the screen to the back of the stand is 8.9" (22.5 cm).

Design
Display
Size
32"
Housing Width
28.1" (71.4 cm)
Housing Height
16.6" (42.1 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
3.6" (9.2 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
12.9 lbs (5.9 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.4" (1.0 cm)

The thickness measurement is from the side of the screen to the back, and the thickness from the center of the screen to the back is 2.7" (6.9 cm).

Design
Controls

There's a single joystick to control the on-screen display, although it's loose. There's also a power button on the right side.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
Internal

  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable
  • USB-B to USB-A cable
  • Power cable
  • Cleaning cloth
  • User guides
  • Alienware sticker

Picture Quality
10
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
Inf : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The Dell AW3225QF has a near-infinite contrast ratio, as its QD-OLED panel can turn individual pixels on and off. This means it displays deep blacks next to bright highlights in dark rooms. That said, like previous QD-OLED displays, ambient light causes blacks to look purple, so it doesn't display the same deep blacks in bright rooms.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

The Dell AW3225QF doesn't have a backlight, so it doesn't require a local dimming feature. However, with a near-infinite contrast ratio, there isn't any blooming around bright objects, and it's the equivalent of a perfect local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the monitor so you can see how the screen performs and compare it with a monitor that has local dimming.

6.7
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
234 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
245 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
245 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
248 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
250 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
245 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
241 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
244 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
246 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
247 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
244 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001
Minimum Brightness
26 cd/m²

The SDR brightness is okay. It maintains its brightness very consistently across different content, even better than some other OLEDs. While it doesn't get bright enough to fight intense glare, it's still fine if you have a few lights around. These results are in the 'Custom Color' Preset Mode after calibration with the Brightness at its max.

6.8
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
DisplayHDR TRUE BLACK 400
Real Scene
420 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
976 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
448 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
355 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
300 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
249 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
971 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
446 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
352 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
297 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
247 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.078

The Dell AW3225QF has decent HDR peak brightness. It gets brightest with small highlights, meaning they really pop against the rest of the image for a vivid HDR experience. However, highlights quickly get dimmer the larger they are. The EOTF follows the target well for most dark and mid-tone scenes until there's a slow roll-off at the peak brightness, meaning it doesn't let highlights get the brightest they can.

These results are in the 'HDR Peak 1000' Smart HDR mode with the Brightness locked to 75 and Console Mode off. Enabling Console Mode causes the EOTF to have a sharper roll-off, as you can see here.

The 'HDR Peak 1000' mode is brighter than 'Custom Color HDR,' which has a Real Scene brightness of 356 cd/m², and highlights don't get brighter than 450 cd/m². However, the EOTF has a sharper roll-off later in 'Custom Color HDR,' meaning it doesn't perform any tone mapping before your source does, as you can see here.

The monitor supports Dolby Vision, but there are some bugs with it. Dolby Vision is automatically enabled, even in Windows HDR, and if you have it on the 'HDR Peak 1000' Smart HDR mode, highlights and colors look washed out. This isn't so much the case if you have it on 'DisplayHDR True Black,' but you can't switch between Smart HDR modes once Dolby Vision is enabled. On top of that, when playing a game, it switches to the proper HDR format that the game supports, but when going back to the desktop or quitting the game, the monitor flickers a lot and even loses connection to the source. There are a lot of reports online about this issue, and currently, there's no fix from either Dell or NVIDIA. We'll stay updated with it and retest the monitor if there's a fix. If it bothers you, it's better to disable HDR while on the desktop to avoid these washed-out colors and connection issues.

Additionally, there are other problems with Dolby Vision over HDMI. On its original firmware, M2B101, we couldn't get it to work at all over HDMI. After updating it to firmware M2B102, which Dell released on Feb. 6, 2024, we got Dolby Vision over HDMI on a PC, but it still doesn't work on a Blu-ray. That said, the same bug happens over HDMI as over DisplayPort, where Dolby Vision is automatically enabled in Windows HDR, and you can't deactivate it without turning HDR completely off. The monitor also loses connection to the source and flickers a bit when you power off the display, and the only way to fix it is by unplugging and plugging the monitor back in again.

10
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
70°
Color Washout From Right
70°
Color Shift From Left
70°
Color Shift From Right
70°
Brightness Loss From Left
70°
Brightness Loss From Right
70°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
70°
Gamma Shift From Right
70°

The horizontal viewing angle is outstanding. Although it technically isn't perfect, you visually won't see any inconsistencies when viewing from the sides or if you sit close to the screen.

10
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
70°
Color Washout From Above
70°
Color Shift From Below
70°
Color Shift From Above
70°
Brightness Loss From Below
70°
Brightness Loss From Above
70°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
70°
Gamma Shift From Above
70°

Like with the horizontal viewing angle, the vertical angle is outstanding, and you won't notice any inconsistencies when standing up and looking down at the monitor.

9.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
0.531%
50% DSE
0.100%

The Dell AW3225QF has fantastic gray uniformity. There aren't any areas of clouding or noticeable issues. However, like any OLED, there are thin gray vertical lines in dark scenes, but you won't notice them unless you look for them.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.162%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Thanks to its OLED panel, there isn't any blooming around bright objects.

9.7
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Creator (sRGB)
sRGB Gamut Area xy
98.8%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.76
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,452 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.15
Color dE (Avg.)
0.42
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
Default
Gamma Setting
2.2
Brightness Setting
75
Measured Brightness
167 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The Dell AW3225QF has remarkable accuracy before calibration. The 'Creator' Preset Mode acts as its sRGB mode and locks colors well to the sRGB color space, so they aren't oversaturated. The white balance and most colors have minimal inaccuracies, and even the color temperature is extremely close to the 6500K target. Although it's slightly overbrightened throughout, gamma follows the target curve well. However, to fix this issue, you need to update the firmware to M2B102, which Dell released on Feb. 6, 2024. Otherwise, gamma is worse on older firmware.

Luckily, the 'Creator' mode only locks the RGB settings, so you can still access other settings. Other modes like 'Custom Color' are less accurate, as you can see here.

9.7
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Custom Color
sRGB Gamut Area xy
101.0%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.58
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,492 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.18
Color dE (Avg.)
0.48
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
97-98-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
37
Measured Brightness
100 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The accuracy after a full calibration is incredible. Calibrating it mainly fixes gamma and slightly improves the white balance, color temperature, and color accuracy.

9.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
100.0%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
94.7%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

The Dell AW3225QF has an outstanding SDR color gamut. It displays the full range of colors in the common sRGB color space and a wide range of colors in Adobe RGB, though green is the most inaccurate, and red is also off. This is disappointing if you're a professional editor using this color space.

10
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
100.0%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
98.7%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

The SDR color volume is remarkable. It displays bright and dark colors without any issues.

9.5
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
98.8%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR Peak 1000
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
78.3%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Peak 1000

The HDR color gamut is fantastic. It displays a wide range of colors in DCI-P3 and Rec. 2020 with minimal tone mapping issues in either. Unlike with the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF, you don't need to enable Console Mode and Source Tone Mapping for the best results.

9.2
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
93.8%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR Peak 1000
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
77.6%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Peak 1000

The Dell AW3225QF has an outstanding HDR color volume. Thanks to its QD-OLED panel, colors are bright relative to pure white, and it doesn't have any issues displaying dark colors either.

9.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
1.2%
Indirect Reflections
0.7%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.5%

The reflection handling is incredible. The glossy screen coating reduces glare extremely well while maintaining a clear image. That said, strong ambient light causes the black levels to raise, making blacks look purple, which is a known downside of QD-OLEDs.

8.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
QD-OLED
Subpixel Layout
Triangular RGB

The Dell AW3225QF has excellent text clarity. Thanks to its high pixel density, text looks very sharp, and enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) improves the boldness of letters. While it isn't as good as other 4k monitors, like the Dell G3223Q, because programs don't render text well with its triangular subpixel layout, it's still better than other ultrawide QD-OLEDs, like the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. These photos are in Windows 10, and you can also see them in Windows 11 with ClearType on and with ClearType off.

Due to the triangular subpixel layout, there's still some color fringing around letters, and at the edge of windows. It's hard to see unless you look closely at the monitor. Although we didn't experience any eye strain during testing, even with long periods of use, this is something that changes from person to person, and it depends on how sensitive you are to this subpixel layout.

9.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The Dell AW3225QF has fantastic gradient handling, and you won't see any banding.

Motion
9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
240 Hz

While you can reach the max refresh rate with a 4k resolution over DisplayPort and HDMI, your graphics card needs to support Display Stream Compression (DSC) to reach it, which most modern graphics cards support anyway.

Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
FreeSync
Compatible (Tested)
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
240 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
DisplayPort, HDMI
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes

The Dell AW3225QF supports all common VRR formats over both DisplayPort and HDMI, including FreeSync, despite not having official certification from AMD. It supports Low Framerate Compensation, allowing VRR to continue working even at low frame rates. We didn't experience any issues with G-SYNC over HDMI, as it worked properly.

9.9
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
0.3 ms
Total Response Time
1.3 ms
Overshoot Error
0.3%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
0.4 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
6.9 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
2.4%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
No OverdriveChartTablePhoto

The Dell AW3225QF has a near-instantaneous response time at its max refresh rate of 240Hz. Motion looks incredible without any blur trail or inverse ghosting behind fast-moving objects. That said, because of the sample-and-hold method that OLEDs use, there's still some persistence blur, and it doesn't have a black frame insertion feature to reduce this.

9.7
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
0.3 ms
Total Response Time
2.6 ms
Overshoot Error
0.6%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
0.5 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
16.6 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
4.6%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
No OverdriveChartTablePhoto

The response time at 120Hz is incredible. While there's minimal motion blur with fast-moving objects, some dark transitions have a bit of overshoot, leading to a bit of inverse ghosting, but it's minor.

9.7
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
0.3 ms
Total Response Time
2.6 ms
Overshoot Error
0.5%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
0.5 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
16.6 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
4.3%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
No OverdriveChartTablePhoto

The response time at 60Hz is once again incredible. Although there's a bit of overshoot and a tiny amount of inverse ghosting, motion looks extremely crisp regardless.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
No BFI
Maximum Frequency
N/A
Minimum Frequency
N/A
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Pulse Width Control
No BFI
Pulse Phase Control
No BFI
Pulse Amplitude Control
No BFI
VRR At The Same Time
No BFI

The Dell AW3225QF doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce the persistence blur further.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight isn't technically flicker-free because it has a slight dip in brightness that corresponds to the 240Hz refresh rate. However, it isn't considered pulse-width modulation like on LED-backlit monitors because it isn't a full-screen on-and-off flicker, and you won't notice it.

Inputs
9.0
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
2.9 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
6.3 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
13.5 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
N/A

The Dell AW3225QF has low input lag for a responsive feel. Although the 240Hz and 60Hz results are with Console Mode off, the 120Hz result is with Console Mode set to 'Legacy Mode' as it's the only way to get 120Hz from a PC over HDMI. That said, the input lag remains the same whether you enable Console Mode or not or even if you use a DisplayPort connection.

9.0
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
3840 x 2160
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
8.3 MP
Pixel Density
140 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
32.2"
Screen Area
436 in²
10
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The Dell AW3225QF works well with the PS5 and supports 4k up to 120Hz thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. While you don't need to enable Console Mode for full compatibility, Dell suggests using it for the best experience with consoles. However, it doesn't support 1440p at all, as you can see here, even with Console Mode enabled.

9.2
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The monitor works well with the Xbox Series X|S and supports 4k up to 120Hz thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. While you don't need to enable Console Mode for the best compatibility, Dell suggests using it for the best experience with consoles. However, there are some downsides, as it doesn't support 1440p @ 120Hz at all, and you need to enable the console's HDMI override setting to get 1440p @ 60Hz, which also disables VRR. Even with a 1440p @ 60Hz signal, you can't switch it to 120Hz, as you can see here. On top of that, the monitor doesn't support Dolby Vision with the console at all, even when you enable 'Allow HDR' on the Xbox, as you can see here.

Inputs
Inputs Photos

Most of the inputs are underneath the back right side of the monitor, and there are two USB ports underneath the front left side. The power port is underneath the back left side.

Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.1)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
48Gbps (FRL 12x4)
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
No
HDR10
Yes
3.5mm Audio In
No
3.5mm Microphone In
No

One of the HDMI ports is meant to serve as the eARC/ARC port so you can connect a soundbar to play sound from your device, and it's advertised to support Dolby Atmos. That said, we couldn't get it to work on our monitor, as our PC didn't detect an audio source with a soundbar connected. Even after changing the settings, nothing worked. There are reported issues of this online, but it doesn't seem to happen to everyone, so your experience may vary. It's disappointing if you can't get it to work because it doesn't have another audio output or speakers, so you would need to connect your audio device directly to your console or PC. That said, we'll retest the monitor if there are any updates.

Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
3
USB-A Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-B Upstream Port
Yes
USB-C Ports
1
USB-C Upstream
No
USB-C Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-C Power Delivery
15W
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No
Thunderbolt
No

As the USB-C port doesn't support DisplayPort Alt Mode or Thunderbolt, you can only use it to charge devices or connect peripherals, like a keyboard or mouse, but you can't display an image from your laptop.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The Dell AW3225QF works well with macOS. Whether you're using a DisplayPort or HDMI 2.1 connection, the max refresh rate with a 4k resolution is 120Hz, and it supports VRR. Even with a 2023 M2 MacBook Pro, the max refresh rate is limited to 120Hz. If you use an older Mac limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, the max refresh rate is 60Hz, and it doesn't support VRR. HDR looks good in games, but SDR looks better on the desktop, so it's better to turn HDR off for general work use. If you're using a MacBook, windows go back to their original position after reopening the lid or waking the laptop up from sleep.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
RGB Illumination
Controllable
Multiple Input Display
PIP + PBP
KVM Switch
No

The Dell AW3225QF has a few extra features, including:

  • Alienware Command Center: Application to control the RGB backlighting and other basic functions like power consumption and color profiles. This software is only available on Windows, but you can still change the backlighting colors through the OSD if you have a macOS device. Unfortunately, there's a bug with the RGB lighting. If you change inputs or even power the monitor off and on again, the lights turn on, even if you had them set to off in the Alienware Command Center or in the OSD.
  • AlienVision: Provides different crosshairs and vision modes. Your game's anti-cheat tool won't detect this, giving you a competitive advantage.
  • Dark Stabilizer: Changes gamma in games so that you can see your opponents more easily in darker areas.
  • Game Enhance Mode: Provides timer, frame rate counter, and display alignment features.
  • PIP/PBP: Allows you to display images from two inputs at once, and you can customize the location and size of the windows.

As expected for an OLED panel, it has a few settings under OLED Panel Maintenance to help reduce the risk of burn-in. Dell also offers a 3-year burn-in warranty.

  • Pixel Refresh: The monitor runs a pixel refresh cycle after every 4 hours of usage, and it takes 6-8 minutes to complete.
  • Panel Refresh: This is a more complicated process that refreshes the whole panel and takes about an hour to do, but it only runs after 7,000 hours of usage, or you can manually enable it.

There's also a Panel Health indicator that displays a colored dot to show the status for when you need to run a pixel or panel refresh cycle. While there's no setting for pixel shifting, the monitor automatically performs pixel shifting, although it isn't clear how often.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)