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Dell Alienware AW3423DWF Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Jan 20, 2023 at 12:20 pm
Latest change: Retest Apr 21, 2023 at 04:43 pm
Dell Alienware AW3423DWF Picture
8.8
Mixed Usage
8.1
Office
9.0
Gaming
9.3
Media Consumption
9.0
Media Creation
9.2
HDR

The Dell Alienware AW3423DWF is a 34-inch ultrawide QD-OLED monitor. It's a similar model to the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, which was released before. There are a few differences, as it has native FreeSync support and a Console Mode that improves the compatibility with the PS5 and Xbox Series X because it can downscale a 4k @ 60Hz signal. It also has Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes, as well as the ability to update the firmware, both of which the original AW3423DW doesn't have. Its QD-OLED panel aims to combine the perfect black levels of OLEDs with the wide range of colors of quantum dot displays, but like other first-generation QD-OLED displays, it still lacks a polarizing layer, and the black levels raise in bright rooms.

Our Verdict

8.8 Mixed Usage

The Dell AW3423DWF is excellent for mixed usage. It's fantastic for consuming multimedia content in dark rooms, whether you're watching in HDR or SDR, because it has a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. However, the black levels raise in bright rooms. It's also good for work purposes thanks to its ultrawide screen, remarkable color accuracy, and wide viewing angles. However, there are some minor text clarity issues due to its subpixel layout. Lastly, it's fantastic for gaming as it has a near-instantaneous response time, low input lag, and variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing.

Pros
  • Large 34-inch ultrawide screen.
  • Perfect black levels in dark rooms.
  • Near-instantaneous response time.
  • Remarkable color accuracy.
Cons
  • Color fringing around windows.
  • Light causes the black levels to raise.
  • Risk of permanent burn-in with static elements.
8.1 Office

The Dell AW3423DWF is good for office use. With an ultrawide, 34-inch screen, there's plenty of space to open multiple windows at once. It also has wide viewing angles that make the image remain consistent from the sides, and the curved screen brings the edges within your field of vision. While its overall text clarity is decent, there are some color fringing and text issues caused by the subpixel layout, but it isn't a serious problem. Also, while it reduces glare from bright light sources well, ambient light causes the black levels to raise.

Pros
  • Large 34-inch ultrawide screen.
  • No distracting reflections.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Good ergonomics for an ultrawide display.
Cons
  • Color fringing around windows.
  • Light causes the black levels to raise.
  • Risk of permanent burn-in with static elements.
9.0 Gaming

The Dell AW3423DWF is fantastic for gaming. It has a near-instantaneous response time that makes motion look extremely smooth and has low input lag for a responsive feel. It has a 165Hz refresh rate with native FreeSync VRR support, and it also has G-SYNC compatibility to use with NVIDIA graphics cards. It's also a great choice for dark room gaming as it displays perfect black levels in a dark room without any blooming around bright objects.

Pros
  • Perfect black levels in dark rooms.
  • Low input lag.
  • Near-instantaneous response time.
  • FreeSync VRR support with G-SYNC compatibility.
Cons
  • Light causes the black levels to raise.
  • Risk of permanent burn-in with static elements.
9.3 Media Consumption

The Dell AW3423DWF is remarkable for media consumption. It looks best in dark rooms because it displays deep blacks without any blooming, but it looks worse in bright rooms as ambient light causes the black levels to raise. Its ultrawide screen is great for watching movies, and while it displays a wide range of colors and has okay HDR peak brightness, some settings make the image look washed out in HDR.

Pros
  • Large 34-inch ultrawide screen.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Perfect black levels in dark rooms.
Cons
  • Light causes the black levels to raise.
9.0 Media Creation

The Dell AW3423DWF is incredible for media creation. Its ultrawide format provides plenty of screen space to open multiple windows at once. It also has remarkable accuracy before calibration in the sRGB mode, so you won't need to get it calibrated for the most accurate image possible. Unfortunately, it has some color fringing issues that are noticeable if you have multiple windows open, and while there are some problems with the text clarity, it isn't too distracting.

Pros
  • Large 34-inch ultrawide screen.
  • No distracting reflections.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Remarkable color accuracy.
  • Good ergonomics for an ultrawide display.
Cons
  • Color fringing around windows.
  • Light causes the black levels to raise.
  • Risk of permanent burn-in with static elements.
9.2 HDR

The Dell AW3423DWF is exceptional with HDR. It displays deep blacks in dark rooms thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio, and there isn't any blooming around bright objects either. Its QD-OLED panel also displays a wide range of colors and makes them bright and vivid. However, its HDR peak brightness is limited, and some settings cause HDR to look washed out.

Pros
  • Perfect black levels in dark rooms.
  • Displays bright and dark colors well.
  • No blooming around bright objects.
Cons
  • Light causes the black levels to raise.
  • Refresh rate limited to 100Hz with 10-bit signals.
  • HDR looks washed out with certain settings.
  • 8.8 Mixed Usage
  • 8.1 Office
  • 9.0 Gaming
  • 9.3 Media Consumption
  • 9.0 Media Creation
  • 9.2 HDR
  1. Updated Apr 21, 2023: Retested the HDR Brightness after updating to firmware M3B103, and the monitor still performs the same.
  2. Updated Apr 03, 2023: We uploaded the initial brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  3. Updated Mar 09, 2023: We've added a comparison to the recently reviewed Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85, which has a better maximum Refresh Rate across all inputs.
  4. Updated Feb 23, 2023: Clarified in Build Quality that this monitor indeed has an internal fan, but it's quiet and not as loud as the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. Also noted that we didn't experience any coil whine issue.
  5. Updated Feb 07, 2023: Made it clear in the Refresh Rate box that you can reach a higher refresh rate with a 10-bit signal if you create a custom resolution.
  6. Updated Jan 31, 2023: Clarified text in the Build Quality, Ergonomics, and Flicker sections to be more precise about how the results impact the user.
  7. Updated Jan 20, 2023: Review published.
  8. Updated Jan 17, 2023: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Dell AW3423DWF, which is similar to the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, with a 34-inch screen and 3440x1440 resolution. Although they use the same QD-OLED panel technology, there are a few differences in their features, which you can see below. Another difference between the two is that you can update the firmware on the AW3423DWF, which you can't do with the AW3423DW.

Model Size Refresh Rate VRR Console Mode Inputs
AW3423DW 34" 175Hz G-SYNC Ultimate No 1x DisplayPort
2x HDMI
AW3423DWF 34" 165Hz FreeSync Premium Pro Yes 2x DisplayPort
1x HDMI

Our unit of the Dell AW3423DWF was manufactured in October 2022, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Dell AW3423DWF is an excellent overall monitor that delivers fantastic picture quality, especially if you're using it in a dark room. Its QD-OLED panel produces better HDR performance than most monitors, including those with Mini LED backlighting like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75. You just need to ensure you're using the proper settings in HDR; otherwise, it looks washed out. Compared to the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, it improves in a few areas, like the addition of the Console Mode and the ability to update the firmware. Unless you need the native G-SYNC support on the AW3423DW or want to play 10-bit HDR games at a higher refresh rate, then the AW3423DWF is the better choice for most gamers as it provides better value at a lower cost.

Also see our recommendations for the best ultrawide monitors, the best ultrawide gaming monitors, and the best gaming monitors.

Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85

The Dell Alienware AW3423DWF and the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85 use the same QD-OLED display. They perform closely in visual performance, and they offer relatively similar features. If you're going to use your monitor for purposes that involve a lot of static screens, like office work or media creation, you have to factor in burn-in. As a result, the Dell is a better option as it comes with a three-year replacement warranty against burn-in. The Samsung gets brighter and looks better in HDR. If you enjoy watching content, it also comes with the Tizen OS built-in, meaning you can stream media directly from the monitor.

Dell Alienware AW3423DW

The Dell Alienware AW3423DWF is a newer model that's similar to the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. They use the same QD-OLED panel type, so the picture quality is nearly the same between each, except that the AW3423DWF has some issues in HDR, depending on the settings you're using. The main difference comes with their VRR support, as the AW3423DW has native G-SYNC support while the AW3423DWF has native FreeSync support. The AW3423DWF also has a Console Mode that the AW3423DW doesn't have, letting you send 4k @ 60Hz signals from the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

LG 27GR95QE-B

The Dell Alienware AW3423DWF and the LG 27GR95QE-B are both 1440p OLED gaming monitors with a few differences. The Dell has an ultrawide screen for a more immersive gaming experience, and its QD-OLED panel also delivers better picture quality with brighter highlights and more vivid colors. However, the LG has a higher 240Hz refresh rate, which is great if you're a competitive gamer, and it supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming from consoles. Lastly, the LG doesn't have the same raised black level issue in bright rooms as the Dell, meaning blacks are still deep and inky when viewed in well-lit rooms.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 and the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF are both high-end gaming monitors that are different in a few areas. The Samsung is a 4k monitor with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, making it an ideal choice for console gaming, and it also has a higher refresh rate, while the Dell has an ultrawide screen if you like to play atmospheric games. In terms of picture quality, the Samsung monitor uses Mini LED backlighting that lets it get much brighter, and the Dell is better for dark rooms thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio.

LG 42 C2 OLED

The Dell Alienware AW3423DWF uses an OLED panel like the LG 42 C2 OLED, but there are differences between each display. The Dell is an ultrawide monitor with a 3440x1440 resolution and uses a QD-OLED panel. It allows it to display a wider range of colors with better luminance levels than the LG. On the other hand, the LG is a 42-inch 4k TV with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, which is great if you want to use it for console gaming with the PS5 or Xbox Series X.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9

The Dell Alienware AW3423DWF and the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 are both fantastic ultrawide gaming monitors with a few differences. The Samsung is a super ultrawide display with an even bigger 49-inch screen compared to the Dell. They also use different panel technologies as the Samsung gets brighter thanks to its Mini LED backlighting, while the Dell displays perfect blacks due to its QD-OLED panel. Lastly, the Samsung has a higher 240Hz refresh rate which you can use for gaming at a high frame rate.

Dell Alienware AW3821DW

The Dell Alienware AW3423DWF is a different type of ultrawide gaming monitor compared to the Dell Alienware AW3821DW. It uses a QD-OLED panel that results in much better picture quality, particularly for dark room gaming, as it displays deeper blacks without any blooming. It also has better motion handling thanks to its near-instantaneous response time. While they each support VRR, the AW3423DWF is better for use with AMD graphics cards because it has native FreeSync support, and the AW3821DW has native G-SYNC support for use with NVIDIA graphics cards.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 and the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF are both high-end gaming monitors with a 165Hz refresh that are different in a few areas. The Samsung is a 4k monitor with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, making it an ideal choice for console gaming, while the Dell has an ultrawide screen if you like to play atmospheric games. In terms of picture quality, the Samsung monitor uses Mini LED backlighting that lets it get much brighter, and the Dell is better for dark rooms thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
Yes
Curve Radius
1800R

The Dell AW3423DWF looks like the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, with the main difference being that the plastic panels are black instead of white. It has some RGB lighting on the back, but it doesn't have a ring of light around the stand attachment.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is excellent. The all-plastic body feels solid as it doesn't flex much, and the stand also supports the screen well without any wobble.

While one of the major concerns of the Dell Alienware AW3423DW was its audible fan noise, the issue isn't as prevalent with this monitor. There still is a fan inside the monitor which you can hear if you put your ear close to the monitor or you're in a really quiet room, but most people won't be able to hear it, or at least it isn't loud enough to be bothersome for most people. However, there are are users reporting on Reddit that they still hear a coil whine noise, particularly when plugged into 230V outlets. While we didn't experience this on our unit, it seems to be a concern if you need to use a 230V outlet.

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 ergonomics are decent, especially for an ultrawide monitor. You can adjust it in any way you like, but like most curved and ultrawide displays, you can't rotate it into portrait mode. You can route all your cables through the stand for cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
16.9" (43.0 cm)
Base Depth
12.2" (30.9 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
11.0" (28.0 cm)
Weight (With Display)
19.7 lbs (8.9 kg)

The stand is heavy and very solid, as it holds the screen well with minimal wobble. While you need a deep desk to place it on, there's enough space between the legs to put a smaller keyboard or other objects.

Design
Display
Size
34"
Housing Width
32.1" (81.5 cm)
Housing Height
14.3" (36.2 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
4.4" (11.1 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
13.1 lbs (6.0 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.3" (0.8 cm)
Design
Controls

There's a single joystick underneath the center of the display to control the on-screen display, and there's a power button on the right side to turn it On/Off.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
Internal

  • DisplayPort cable
  • USB-C to DisplayPort cable
  • USB-B to USB-A cable
  • Power cable
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Calibration report
  • User guides and safety info
  • Alienware sticker

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

The Dell AW3423DWF has an OLED panel with a near-infinite contrast ratio. It means that it displays perfect blacks next to bright highlights. However, it looks best in a dark room because the black levels raise in a bright room, causing blacks to look purple/pink when there's any ambient light on the screen.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

This monitor 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
237 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
241 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
240 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
241 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
242 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
242 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
239 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
238 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
240 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
240 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
240 cd/m²
ABL
0.001
Minimum Brightness
17 cd/m²

The Dell AW3423DWF has okay SDR peak brightness. It doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare, but because of its fantastic reflection handling, you won't see distracting glare with a few lights around, either. It maintains its brightness consistent across different scenes in SDR, which is good as there isn't any noticeable changes in screen brightness. These results are from after calibration in the 'Custom Color' Preset Mode with the Brightness at its max.

6.5
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
DisplayHDR TRUE BLACK 400
Real Scene
345 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
985 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
450 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
354 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
297 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
248 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
976 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
445 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
352 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
296 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
246 cd/m²
ABL
0.079

The Dell AW3423DWF has okay HDR brightness. These results are in the 'HDR Peak 1000' Smart HDR mode with Console Mode and Source Tone Map both enabled. While some small highlights get close to 1,000 cd/m², the overall real scene peak brightness is worse than the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, even with different sources. Only while playing Destiny 2 on the Xbox Series X did the real scene brightness get brighter, with a max of 765 cd/m².

The results are the same even after updating to firmware M3B103 that Dell released in March 2023. The brightness is nearly the same in 'HDR Peak 1000' with Console Mode enabled and Contrast set to '68'.

Even with this latest firmware M3B103, enabling Console Mode and Source Tone Map results in the best picture quality, as disabling those causes colors to look washed out and undersaturated in the 'HDR Peak 1000' mode. With those settings on, the image is brighter than the target EOTF until there's a sharp roll-off at the peak brightness, causing a loss of fine details in bright scenes. With Console Mode and Source Tone Mape both disabled, the EOTF is worse as the roll-off is sooner, meaning it can't display bright details well.

We did the testing with a PC with an NVIDIA RTX 3060 graphics card, and the brightness is the same even with an AMD RX 6600 XT graphics card, but you don't need to enable Console Mode and Source Tone Map for the highest brightness.

Similar to the AW3423DW, it has an aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) that dims the screen when there are full-screen windows open in HDR. It's most distracting when minimizing and maximizing windows, but it isn't an issue with real content.

While the results above are within the 'HDR Peak 1000' mode, you can also see the results in the 'DisplayHDR True Black' mode, which targets a brightness of 400 cd/m². Console Mode and Source Tone Map were enabled for these too:

  • Real Scene: 350 cd/m²
  • Peak 2% Window: 440 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 443 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 362 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 307 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 261 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window: 437 cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window: 440 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window: 359 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window: 306 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window: 258 cd/m²
  • ABL: 0.034
  • EOTF

The ABL is less aggressive in 'DisplayHDR True Black', meaning there isn't a distracting change in brightness when minimizing and maximizing windows like with 'HDR Peak 1000'. You can see the EOTF in the 'DisplayHDR True Black' mode with Console Mode and Source Tone Map disabled. The image isn't as bright, but there's a slower roll-off at the peak brightness, meaning it preserves details well.

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 Dell AW3423DWF has an outstanding horizontal viewing angle. 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.

9.9
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
61°
Black Level Raise From Above
61°
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 inaccuracies.

9.0
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.573%
50% DSE
0.087%

The Dell AW3423DWF has fantastic gray uniformity. You won't notice any issues when displaying large areas of the same colors. Like any OLED display, there are thin vertical lines in near-dark scenes, and it has the Venetian Blind Effect with darker grays. However, neither issue is noticeable unless you're looking for them. While we didn't take photos with darker grays on this monitor, below you can see what darker grays look like on the Dell Alienware AW3423DW to see these minor problems, and the AW3423DWF looks the same:

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.149%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

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

9.5
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Creator (sRGB)
sRGB Gamut Area xy
97.7%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.69
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,476 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.21
Color dE (Avg.)
0.87
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
Default
Gamma Setting
2.2
Brightness Setting
100
Measured Brightness
245 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The accuracy before calibration is remarkable in the 'Creator' Preset Mode, which limits the colors to the sRGB color space. There aren't any noticeable inaccuracies with the white balance, colors, and color temperature. While gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve perfectly, it's still great overall. The 'Creator' mode only locks you out of the RGB controls, so you can still adjust any setting to your liking.

9.3
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Custom Color
sRGB Gamut Area xy
101.4%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
1.44
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,468 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.20
Color dE (Avg.)
1.31
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
97-98-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
41
Measured Brightness
99 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The accuracy after calibration is fantastic. The colors and white balance are worse than before calibration because the calibration is done from the 'Custom Color' Preset Mode. It means that the 'Creator' mode is still the most accurate option, and it limits the colors to the sRGB color space. However, the difference between the two isn't noticeable.

9.7
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
99.1%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
94.5%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

The Dell AW3423DWF has an incredible SDR color gamut. It has perfect coverage of the commonly-used sRGB color space. Even the Adobe RGB color space used in some publishing has fantastic coverage, but reds and greens are still off, which is disappointing if you need to work with those colors.

10
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
100.0%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
98.6%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

The SDR color volume is outstanding. The Dell AW3423DWF displays colors as bright as pure white and dark colors perfectly, thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio.

9.6
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
99.6%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR Peak 1000 (Console Mode)
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
79.6%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Peak 1000 (Console Mode)

The HDR color gamut is fantastic. It displays a wide range of colors and has good tone mapping with both the DCI-P3 and wider Rec. 2020 color spaces. However, this is only if you enable Console Mode and Source Tone Map in the 'HDR Peak 100' Smart HDR mode. Disabling those causes the colors to look washed out and the image to look gray. You can see the results with Console Mode and Source Tone Map disabled here:

If you want to use the 'DisplayHDR True Black' mode instead, the color gamut is very similar to 'HDR Peak 1000', and it's best to leave Console Mode and Source Tone Map enabled.

9.4
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
95.7%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR Peak 1000 (Console Mode)
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
79.0%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Peak 1000 (Console Mode)

The Dell AW3423DWF has a fantastic HDR color volume. One of the advantages of using a QD-OLED panel is that it displays a wider range of colors at higher luminance levels than traditional OLEDs like the LG 48GQ900-B. This means that it displays colors as bright as pure white.

These results are in the 'HDR Peak 1000' Smart HDR mode with Console Mode and Source Tone Map enabled. Disabling those causes the colors to look washed out and the image to look gray. You can see the results with Console Mode and Source Tone Map disabled here:

If you want to use the 'DisplayHDR True Black' mode instead, the overall color volume is very similar to 'HDR Peak 1000', but colors and highlights are brighter with 'HDR Peak 1000'.

9.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
1.6%
Indirect Reflections
1.1%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.5%

In theory, the reflection handling of the Dell AW3423DWF is remarkable. There aren't any distracting reflections from strong light sources, meaning glare won't be an issue if you want to use it in a bright room. However, light also stretches across the screen, as you can see in the photo above. The main issue with QD-OLED displays is that they lack a polarizing layer, which causes the black levels to raise when there's ambient light on them. It means that blacks look closer to purple/pink in a bright room, and you lose the advantage of the near-infinite contrast of OLEDs. You need to be in a dark room to see the perfect black levels. This issue isn't only limited to monitors, but any current QD-OLED display, including the Samsung S95B OLED.

This monitor looks like the Dell Alienware AW3423DW in bright rooms, and you can see examples from the AW3423DW of what the AW3423DWF looks like in a bright room:

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
QD-OLED
Subpixel Layout
Triangular RGB

The Dell AW3423DWF has decent text clarity and has the same issues present as the Dell Alienware AW3423DW due to its triangular subpixel structure. It's different from LED-backlit LCD monitors, which have all three pixels in a line, and most programs render text better with that. While the text clarity isn't as good as other 34-inch, 3440x1440 displays, it isn't a serious issue, and text is still easy to read. Whether or not you like it is a personal preference and you can read more about our writer's and tester's subjective opinions about the text clarity and other aspects of the AW3423DW here. There are also workarounds to this, like using The free utility Better ClearType Tuner, which improves text clarity significantly.

The biggest issue with this subpixel structure is the color fringing around some text and at the top and bottom of windows. You see a thin green line at the top of every window and a thin red line at the bottom. However, these aren't noticeable unless you look for it. Below you can see photos of the pixels from the Dell Alienware AW3423DW review, and the results are also valid for the AW3423DWF.

You can see better examples of the color fringing around text with the AW3423DW around the Google logo as shown here or with zoomed out images with ClearType on and ClearType off. As for the AW3423DWF, enabling ClearType doesn't have an impact on the text clarity, and text looks the same in Windows 11 as you can see with ClearType on here and off here.

9.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The Dell AW3423DWF has fantastic gradient handling, and you won't see any banding.

Motion
8.5
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
100 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
100 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
60 Hz

The Dell AW3423DWF has a slightly lower max refresh rate compared to 175Hz on the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, but you won't notice any difference between them. However, the max refresh rate is limited when sending a 10-bit signal with its native resolution, even over a DisplayPort connection, as you can only choose between a 100Hz or 60Hz refresh rate in the EDID. Luckily, you can still create a custom resolution if you want a higher refresh rate with a 10-bit signal, but we don't consider custom resolutions as part of our test results. If you need a monitor where the maximum refresh rate works over all inputs, check out the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85.

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

Although the Dell AW3423DWF doesn't have native G-SYNC support, it still works with NVIDIA graphics cards over both DisplayPort and HDMI connections. The monitor also supports Low Framerate Compensation (LFC) for the VRR to continue working even at low frame rates.

9.8
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
0.4 ms
Total Response Time
1.4 ms
Overshoot Error
1.8%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
0.4 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
6.0 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
14.8%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
No OverdriveChartTablePhoto

The Dell AW3423DWF has a near-instantaneous response time that results in almost no motion blur with fast-moving objects. However, because of the sample-and-hold method that OLEDs use, there's still a bit of persistence blur. There's a bit of overshoot with very dark transitions, but it's hard to notice anyways. It doesn't have the option to adjust the pixel overdrive.

9.7
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
0.4 ms
Total Response Time
1.8 ms
Overshoot Error
1.8%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
0.4 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
8.3 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
14.5%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
No OverdriveChartTablePhoto

The response time at 120Hz is once again fantastic, and you won't notice any motion blur.

9.6
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
0.4 ms
Total Response Time
3.2 ms
Overshoot Error
1.8%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
0.4 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
16.6 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
14.8%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
No OverdriveChartTablePhoto

Like at the max refresh rate and at 120Hz, motion looks incredible with 60Hz signals, although there's still persistence blur caused by the sample-and-hold method.

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 AW3423DWF doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature to further reduce persistence blur.

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 165Hz 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
8.9
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
3.5 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
6.0 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
14.6 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
N/A

The Dell AW3423DWF has low input lag for a responsive feel. These results are with Console Mode enabled, but the difference with it disabled is minimal.

8.4
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
3440 x 1440
Aspect Ratio
21:9
Megapixels
5.0 MP
Pixel Density
110 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
33.8"
Screen Area
408 in²
9.0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The Dell AW3423DWF has a Console Mode, making it more compatible with the PS5 than the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, which doesn't have the same feature. It can downscale a 4k @ 60Hz signal from the console, which results in a sharper image than a native 1440p signal, and there aren't any issues with VRR or HDR. Since the monitor doesn't support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, you can't play 4k @ 120Hz games. As the PS5 doesn't support ultrawide formats, you'll see black bars at the sides.

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

The Xbox Series X works without issue on this monitor, except 4k @ 120Hz doesn't work due to HDMI bandwidth limitations. There aren't any obvious problems, but you'll see black bars at the sides.

Inputs
Inputs Photos

The power input is on the left side of the back.

Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
2 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
1 (HDMI 2.0)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
2
3.5mm Audio In
No
HDR10
Yes
3.5mm Microphone In
No

The audio port underneath the left side is meant for your headphones, while the one in the back is meant for speakers with their own volume control. It's because you can only adjust the volume of the headphone port and not the one in the back.

Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
4
USB-A Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-B Upstream Port
Yes
USB-C Ports
0
USB-C Upstream
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Rated Speed
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Power Delivery
No USB-C Ports
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No USB-C Ports
Thunderbolt
No

You need to connect the USB-B to USB-A cable to your PC if you want to use the USB-A ports to plug in your peripherals like your mouse and keyboard.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The Dell AW3423DWF works well with recent MacBooks. There aren't any issues with VRR, and HDR also looks good in games, but if you're using it for general desktop usage, colors look a bit better in SDR. Windows also stayed in place after waking the laptop up from sleep or opening the lid.

There are Text Clarity issues like on Windows PCs due to the unique subpixel layout, and you can see two additional text clarity photos on macOS with the Dell Alienware AW3423DW here and here. These photos also apply to the AW3423DWF.

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

The Dell AW3423DWF has a few extra features, including a Picture-in-Picture/Picture-by-Picture option to use with two devices. There are other 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.
  • AlienVision: Provides a virtual crosshair and 'Night', 'Clear', and 'Chroma' vision modes that adjust the picture to see opponents better. Your system won't detect this, giving you a competitive advantage.
  • Console Mode: Feature to use with the PS5 and Xbox Series X that downscales 4k signals.
  • Dark Stabilizer: Changes gamma in games so that you can see your opponents easier in darker areas.
  • FPS Counter: Shows the current FPS of your source.
  • OLED Panel Maintenance: Has features to reduce the risk of burn-in associated with OLEDs, which you can read about below. Dell also offers a 3-year burn-in warranty.
    • Pixel Refresh: The monitor runs a pixel shift cycle after every 4 hours of usage, or if you disable it, after 20 hours of usage. It takes about 7 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 1500 hours of usage.
    • Panel Health: Displays a colored dot to show the status for when you need to run a pixel or panel refresh cycle.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)