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For many PC enthusiasts, acquiring the latest and greatest in tech is often a waiting game. You see eye-dropping halo products and then wait 12-18 months for said tech to filter through to more affordable price points.
Folks waiting patiently for cost effective OLED monitors should note that the time has come. A number of big players are slashing prices, as evidenced by the Alienware AW3423DWF dropping from £929.99 to a truly tempting £660.
That’s an outstanding price for a 34in ultrawide OLED touting 3440×1440 resolution, 1800R curve, and rapid 165Hz refresh rate. The size of said price cuts can be attributed to mature manufacturing processes and increased competition, as well as the fact that newer models are almost certain to be unveiled at CES in January.
Such steep reductions suggest multiple manufacturers will have to jostle for position, and they aren’t waiting around. Samsung’s 34in Odyssey G8 is 35% off and Corsair’s 27in Xeneon 27QHD240 OLED has dropped to £820. The latter’s 22% saving is so significant our very own Damien Mason couldn’t resist the urge to buy one.
There are plenty of variables to consider – including form factor, screen size, and connectivity – but be mindful to also keep an eye out for overly aggressive ABL (Automatic Brightness Limiter). You won’t notice it when gaming, but if our experience is anything to go by, ABL can become distracting during regular desktop use. Either way, if you’ve been contemplating an OLED upgrade, things just got serious.