Have you been saving up for some new PC gaming hardware? Want something a little more satisfying than just a simple graphics card upgrade? Well, we’ve just tested out two impressive additions to pine after: Razer’s recent OLED-equipped, high-refresh-rate Blade 15 gaming laptop and the similarly gorgeous — but more static — Alienware QD-OLED gaming monitor.
Now to the surprise of none of you, they’re both expensive. But we think they may be worth it. Razer’s new Blade 15 (we tested the $3,700 configuration… whoa) has a wide selection of high refresh rate display options, including both LCD and OLED. There’s a premium aluminum chassis with larger keycaps, too. But, I repeat, it’s almost $4,000.
Meanwhile, Alienware's 34-inch curved QD-OLED monitor has Samsung's new Quantum Dot OLED panel and rings in at $1,299. Sure, compared to Apple's $1,599 Studio Display, it's almost reasonable, but against many other monitors, this is a premium option. Both reviews are live over on the site now.
— Mat Smith
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