Hot on the heels of Alienware’s 34-inch QD-OLED monitor, MSIA unveiled its first Quantum Dot OLED monitor at Computex 2022, the MEG 342C QD OLED†
It is a 34-inch, ultra-wide curved display with a response time of 0.1 ms and a refresh rate of 175 Hz. If the specs look familiar, it’s because they’re similar to Alienware’s; and both MSI and Alienware monitors use Samsung’s Quantum Dot filter on OLED panels.
OLED panels are the next step for gaming monitors, after years of IPS panels. The technology seems to have caught up in 2022, so that in addition to the expected fast response times, it is now possible for gaming monitors to also have high brightness, darker blacks and accurate colors.
MSI’s announcement puts it in an increasingly crowded field for the burgeoning OLED gaming monitor market. In addition to the already launched Alienware monitor, Samsung’s own 34-inch Odyssey G8QNB QD-OLED monitor will also be released in 2022. All three (Alienware, MSI, Samsung) will most likely be similar in performance, so the differentiators will likely be price and what additional accessories the respective QD-OLED monitors offer.
The dark horse in this race is LG, which also just announced its own UltraGear 48GQ900. It will be a 48-inch screen with a response time of 0.1 ms and a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
All great news for gamers looking to upgrade to OLED gaming monitors later this year, be it Alienware, MSI, Samsung, LG or any other brand that wants to jump in.
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