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Dell Alienware AW3418DW and AW3418HW: Curved UltraWide 34-Inch G-Sync Gaming Monitors

By February 28, 2018 2 Comments

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Introduction

After releasing the Alienware 240Hz gaming monitors, Dell decided to move on to larger displays to suit the gamers looking for a more immersive gameplay.

Featuring gigantic 34-inch curved screens with Nvidia G-Sync and over 100Hz refresh rates, both the Dell Alienware AW3418DW and the Dell Alienware AW3418HW guarantee a flawless gaming experience.

The main difference lies in the screen resolution so that gamers can get a fitting model according to their budget and the rest of their computer gear.

Dell Alienware AW3418DW

The Dell AW3418DW G-Sync gaming monitor features the ultra-wide QHD (3440×1440) screen resolution for rich pixel density and maximum detail.

It’s based on an IPS panel with elementary 99% sRGB color gamut, 300 nits of peak brightness, and 4ms response time speed. Although that’s more than enough for a vibrant image quality, it doesn’t come close to the upcoming HDR gaming monitors. So, you may consider saving up for those instead, if you can wait until early Q2 2018.

The Dell AW3418DW provides a decent 100Hz refresh rate that you can overclock to 120Hz via G-Sync.

Combine the high resolution, huge 1900R curved screen, and flawless colors with the 120Hz G-Sync, and you get a pretty amazing gaming experience with perfect image quality and stutter-free performance.

The ultra-slim bezel design also offers versatile ergonomics including up to 130mm height adjustment, -5, 25-degree tilt, and -20, 20 swivel.

Dell Alienware AW3418HW

The Dell AW3418HW display offers a considerably lower resolution at 2560×1080. Its pixel density of 81 pixels per inch equals to a 1080p resolution on a 27-inch monitor, so the image may be too pixelated for someone’s taste.

However, the lower resolution does allow the Dell AW3418HW to have a faster refresh rate as you can overclock the native 144Hz up to 160Hz via G-Sync. So, you can enjoy a smoother gameplay albeit with a less vibrant image.

The panel type is unconfirmed for this model though 4ms response time is specified, so it will be either an IPS or VA. The Dell AW3418HW also has a more subtle curvature at 3800R.

Both monitors feature the exclusive AlienFX programmable RGB LED lighting and four USB 3.0 ports. Additionally, there are three pre-calibrated gaming modes (FPS, RTS, RPG) and three customizable profiles. The monitors are flicker-free, have a blue light filter, and anti-glare screen coating.

Price, Release Date, & Similar Monitors

The Dell Alienware AW3418DW 120Hz monitor is already available and priced at $1,500. Both ASUS and Acer have had gaming monitors with similar specifications for quite a while now.

Therefore, you may want to check out the Acer Predator X34 and the ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q as cheaper alternatives. However, these displays are actually overclocked to 100Hz and we’re very eager to compare the image and quality control to the Dell Alienware models.

The Dell Alienware AW3418HW price is $1,200 and it should be released sometime during the holiday season this year. LG already offers a cheaper alternative, the LG 34UC89G-B which is worth checking out.

Conclusion

Although the new ultra-wide Dell Alienware gaming monitors don’t bring anything new to the table yet cost more than the existing monitors with the same specs, we won’t jump to any conclusions as Dell is known for premium quality that’s worth the extra cost. Besides, the price will most likely drop a bit as well.

Dell Alienware AW3418DW Specifications
Screen Size34-inch
Resolution3440x1440 (UWQHD)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio21:9 (UltraWide)
Refresh Rate120Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncG-Sync
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4
Other Ports4x Downstream USB 3.0, Headphones Jack
Brightness300 cd/m2
Contrast1,000:1
Dell Alienware AW3418HW Specifications
Screen Size34-inch
Resolution2560x1080 (UWHD)
Aspect Ratio21:9 (UltraWide)
Refresh Rate160Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncG-Sync
Other Ports4x Downstream USB 3.0, Headphones Jack

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  • Ray Knapp

    Just ordered one(aw3418dw), I’ll post a review after next week since no one seems to want to do one other than a few random reddit users.

  • Ray Knapp

    OK after 2 weeks My review.

    The Good –

    IPS 120htz(100htz native) 2k ultrawide, currently the fastest IPS.
    Build quality is amazing, the stand is large but metal construction.
    RBG lighting is useful with the aura software that shows color aura to what’s on screen.(alienware app)
    No speakers(hate the crap speakers only about 2 monitors have done them right)
    4 USB 3.1. 1 Aux micro jack for headphones.
    Backlightbleed/IPS Glow I may have hit the lottery but only the bottom 2 corners exhibit the aberration and it is only a slight amount, no where else is it to be found.
    Fastest pixel response I have ever seen. Motion blur doesn’t exhibit either.
    No visible strobing artifacts from Gsync.
    System menu is really easy 2 use despite not having the joystick. OSD labels everything above the buttons making it easy.
    PPI is perfect for the size there is 0 pixilation 1 1/2 – 3 feet away.
    27 inch monitors sit perfectly aside the panel and matchup using an overlay(OSD) for accurate surround positioning.
    Vesa mountable.
    Dell’s fantastic Warranty with advanced exchange.
    Colors look decent.
    Alienware looks toned down looks great without being goddy.
    The Bad –

    Needs out of the box Calibration.
    Not the brightest monitor.
    Lower Contrast than PVA.
    Heavy.
    Gets hot above the top air vent, Convection heatsink does its job(Pro and Con).
    IPS Glow in darker games like Hellblade get annoying even when only a slight amount. Its a symptom of the panel type and aspect ratio panel size.
    Only 2 inputs, need to use DisplayPort for full functionality.
    Guide could use a bit more work anybody inexperienced may have a lot of trouble figuring assembly and hookups as well as activating Gsync and setting up the ion game options, aka no Triple Buffering/Vsync.
    Beware games that break scripting and physics beyond 60 htz.
    Manually need to set up 2560×1080, and its text is Blurry.
    Box was absolutely huge it came in.
    Other Thoughts –
    Tested a 1060 6GB EVGA SSC(for reasons) runs perfectly in 90% of games 40-70 fps High settings, I recommend a 1080 Ti to get the full potential but anything above a 1060 will apparently push the pixels just fine.
    I wouldn’t recommend this at its MSRP price or anything above 1k$ despite the excellent Dell warranty and return process. Currently IT is the best on the market right now, however, Quantum Dot/PVA may change that in its second wave of monitors. Also HDMI2.1 and Displayport1.4 are huge deals you may want to wait for them which will most likely be adopted with Navi and Volta or IF NVidia will bother making a new Gsync module.
    Currently the best experience but it will cost you.
    I am currently surprised at Dell’s push with gaming products the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming is fantastic and its good to see Dell putting out quality the way they used to, even though there is a tax that comes with that.