Among their many IFA announcements this week, Dell’s Alienware group has introduced two ultra-large displays aimed at gamers. The monitors measure 34” in diagonal and feature refresh rates of over 100 Hz. In accordance with the recent industrial trends, the monitors feature NVIDIA’s G-Sync dynamic refresh rate technology, AlienFX RGB lighting, and thin bezels.

The Alienware AW3418DW will be the company’s new flagship IPS-based display boasting with a 3440×1440 resolution, a 120 Hz refresh rate (when overclocked), a 4 ms GtG response time, a 1900R curvature, 178°/178° vertical/horizontal viewing angles and NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology. When it comes to brightness, contrast and color accuracy, we are dealing with rather typical specifications for this class of monitors — 300 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 99% of the sRGB coverage. As for connectivity, the display has one DisplayPort 1.2 and one HDMI 1.4 input, a quad-port USB 3.0 hub (with one upstream port) as well as 3.5-mm audio connectors. The Alienware AW3418DW is available immediately and carries a $1,499 price tag.

From outer design point of view, the Alienware AW3418HW haa a lot of similarities with the more advanced AW3418DW: it has the same diagonal size, AlienFX RGB lighting, cable management, a die cast metal stand and so on. Under the hood however, the lower cost 34” curved display is completely different from its more advanced brother. The AW3418HW has a 2560×1080 resolution, a 160 Hz refresh rate (when overclocked) with G-Sync treatment, a 4 ms response time and a 3800R curvature. Given a lower resolution, the AW3418HW will be significantly cheaper than the AW3418DW — it is going to cost $1,199 when it becomes available later this holiday season.

Alienware's 34" Curved Displays
  AW3418DW AW3418HW
Panel 34" IPS 34"
Native Resolution 3440 × 1440 2560 × 1080
Maximum Refresh Rate 120 Hz overclocked 160 Hz overclocked
Response Time 4 ms
Brightness 300 cd/m² unknown
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical unknown
Curvature 1900R 3800R
Pixel Pitch 0.233 mm 0.31 mm
Pixel Density 109 ppi 81.72 PPI
Anti-Glare Coating Yes
Color Gamut 99% sRGB unknown
Dynamic Refresh Rate NVIDIA G-Sync
Inputs 1 × DP 1.2
1× HDMI 1.4
USB Hub 4-port USB 3.0 hub,
one USB Type-B upstream port
Audio audio in/out ports
Power Consumption Idle: 0.5 W
Typical: 60 W
RGB Lighting AlienFX programmable RGB LED lighting
Launch Price $1499.99 $1199.99

The new ultra-wide 34” monitors from Alienware will complement the company’s 25” display it announced earlier this year. As it appears, the company sees demand for screens designed specifically for gaming, which is why it is expanding the lineup. It is evident that when designing its displays Alienware focuses primarily on features important for gamers: maximum refresh rate with dynamic refresh support, curvature, but not high resolution per se. Such approach makes a great sense because not every gamer has a graphics card that has enough processing horsepower to run the latest games in a 4K resolution (or similar) at 120 – 160 Hz, which is why the monitors like AW3418DW and AW3418HW have all chances to become popular among those who spend a lot of time playing games.

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  • imaheadcase - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    These don't look impressive compared to what is already on market.
  • maximumGPU - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    That price is nonsense! The Asus and Acer equivalent have been out for a while now with the same specs. So Alienware comes late to the party and prices itself higher. Pass.
  • Hxx - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    True however given that's sold by Dell and their store always has coupons/ discounts we will most likely see these at a much lower price tag. I mean who pays msrp for Dell stuff .Acer/Asus on the other hand I hardly see discounts on those 2 displays. I think more of these flagship displays is always better and bound to drop prices on these further .
  • zodiacfml - Saturday, September 2, 2017 - link

    No QD nor HDR? Not interested.
  • ddferrari - Sunday, January 14, 2018 - link

    Marketing gibberish. Don't fall for the hype.
  • ddferrari - Sunday, January 14, 2018 - link

    Got mine on sale for $949- cheaper than the Acer, Asus, or that god awful HP Omen. Worth every penny and I'm not worried about the lackluster quality that the Acer/Asus models were proven to have. Higher refresh rate and a better warranty makes this a no-brainer over them. More tasteful styling, too.

    I'll wait for the HDR/QD hype train to prove itself and come down from the clouds price-wise. Meanwhile, my gaming life is sweet.
  • EGrunt66 - Thursday, January 18, 2018 - link

    I transitioned from my Dell U3415W to the Dell AW3418DW last month. I purchased it on sale at $999 and while that is still expensive I found that playing BF4 multiplayer provided a smoother frame rate experience with the G-Sync and 120Hz overclock over my Dell U3415W. My GPU is a MSI GTX 1080 Ti Sea Hawk X so GPU power is not an issue. I am in my 50's and yes I still game and FPS genre games are my favorite.

    At first I thought I would return the AW3418DW but after switching back and forth between the U3415W I personally would not go back to a non G-Sync and 60Hz monitor. With that being said I was perfectly happy with the Dell U3415W until I started gaming on AW3418DW.
  • MaxxOmega - Sunday, April 8, 2018 - link

    I too am waiting for this But I also already own it's predecessor the PG348Q as wall as a Dell U3415W. I also have several 30" Inch Monitors kicking around here. I'm thinking I might pick up one of these Alienware Monitors in the meantime. PC Gaming is where I spend my disposable income and being married to a gamer wife with no kids, we do what we like. My primary gaming rigs have 1080i in SLI so I will be fine. Whenever I buy new hardware the wife says "What about me, I want one too". Having a wife who games is awesome...

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