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.
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.