Why is it important: MSI has unveiled a gaming monitor that uses the same QD-OLED technology as one of our favorite displays: the Alienware AW3423DW. Like this model, the 34-inch MSI MEG 342C has a resolution of 3440 x 1440, a refresh rate of 175Hz, an 1800R curve, and a brightness of around 1000 nits for viewing HDR content.
MSI boasted its first QD-OLED monitor during the Computex 2022 conference in Taiwan earlier this week. It combines Samsung’s Quantum Dot technology with an OLED panel to create a monitor that should rival the Samsung Odyssey G8QNB and Alienware AW3423DW. We liked the latter, giving it a 90 in our review.
Samsung claims its QD-OLED panel offers the same benefits as standard OLED displays, such as perfect blacks, but with better color quality and higher brightness. It also promises increased efficiency and less risk of burnout.
The MSI MEG 342C is factory calibrated to less than 2 Delta-E and covers 99.3% DCI-P3, 97.8% Adobe RGB and 139.1% sRGB color gamut. It also has a 0.1ms GtG response time, 175Hz refresh rate, 1000nit peak brightness, FreeSync Premium Pro, and VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black certification.
MSI didn’t provide too many details (no word on port selection), but did say the monitor has an integrated smart processor that can be controlled remotely from a smartphone, as well as Sound Tune AI noise reduction and gaming features. It also has an ambient light sensor, PBP/PIP support, and a built-in KVM function.
In addition, MSI stated that the MEG 342C QD-OLED is one of the company’s first human-machine interface (HMI) 2.0 monitors. This allows the monitor’s OSD menu to be controlled using an external “Gamer Dial” found on desktop computers such as the MEG Aegis Ti5. MSI has stated that the latest iteration of the technology will be available in the next generation version of this gaming PC.
There is no information on the price or availability of the MSI MEG 342C yet. An Alienware AW3423DW with similar specs costs $1,300, so expect an MSI monitor to be somewhere around that figure.