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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  • Sttm - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - link

    Pass. I am waiting on this bad boy.

    35 inch, 3440x1440, 200hz, HDR, Gsync. Quantum Dots! I just hope it doesn't cost 2 grand.
  • Dr. Swag - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - link

    Considering the specs it probably would be north of 1.5k. I wouldn't be surprised if it was around 2 grand as well.
  • imaheadcase - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    Sadly that monitor is delayed till april/may of next year.
  • Icehawk - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - link

    "monitors like AW3418DW and AW3418HW have all chances to become popular among those who spend a lot of time playing games"

    Um, no. $1,500 is the total cost of a decent gaming rig in it's entirety sans monitor. Most folks hesitate at anything over $300 and of my large group of adult, employed, gaming friends only two of us have a monitor over 24". This is a toy for the rich kids.
  • wolrah - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - link

    A good monitor, like a good case or power supply, is more of a long-term thing. One of my monitors is 12 years old and still gets used daily.

    I'm not saying $1000+ monitors are for everyone but it's not like it's a video card which will be outdated in two years.
  • munchy22 - Monday, September 11, 2017 - link

    yeh totally agree. I have never bought a great monitor and I have several monitors over 5-10 years old. I'm thinking nows the time to complete my high end system with a high end ultra wide. Cant wait. I wish they were cheaper though. id buy 2 then lol.
  • jabber - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    Yeah I'd say once a monitor goes north of $500 that's a lot of people folding.
  • andychow - Monday, September 4, 2017 - link

    Yes. Lower than 4k and non-hdr, for over $1k? Few people will buy this. And the argument "not every gamer has a graphics card that has enough processing horsepower", but yet they are buying this? Makes no sense.
  • munchy22 - Monday, September 11, 2017 - link

    I have a 1070 amp extreme in a i7 system, all bells and whistels, I don't want a 4k monitor for 2 reasons, one its gona be 4-5 more years to run games on ultra with a mid ranged gpu and 2 I want the ultra wide aspect ratio that 3440 14400 gives me. At the same time I'm preparing for 4-8 years time as the ultra wide at 3440 res gives me 2k resolution or near enough close too and yet itll also open up all my games to run faster on fps while also using g sync. After many tests I found I could run most games on a 1070 with ultra settings and 2-3 settings lowered to high while maintaining a 100 hz with gsync, also none of the games fell below my 80fps while monitor was on 100hz which ment no stutters, no tearing and even with g sync maintained a very smooth oil carred moption. So from horse power to gsync to fps the 3440 by 1440 makes a lot more sence to me than buying a 1080 ti and 4k monitor then lowering settings down to use the 100 hz for gysny. hell I only managed on ultra to get a single game to run at 144 without issues and that was doom with some settings lowerd lol. that was on a 1080p monitor too.
  • munchy22 - Monday, September 11, 2017 - link

    I'm a person that has just gone back to work, most people I know have ok jobs oonly just above normal rate of pay, so no rich boys here, none of the 20ish people who I know ganme has a 24 inch now, all on 27 inch screens and most of those are above 100 hz so your talking 300-500 pounds uk. I find 1000 pounds to much for a monitor but unless prices drop next year ill be buying a 800-1000 pound ips panel with 100 hz gsyn as I find that monitor is a awesome sweetspot. I wouldn't consider paying 300 pounds ever again for a monitor unless it had amazing specs like 144hz, 4k, ips(for me). I don't feel the 1500 for a monitor is for rich boys, I feel itll go down to 1200 fast and I feel itll be bought by rich, poor and those in the middle if its the monitor they really want. Lets be honest here most people think noting in buying the latest mpbile phone at 500-1000 pounds, they just spread the cost over 2 years, so a monitor thatll last thenm 5-10 years in unlikely to cause much concern at 1000 pounds. Just a whole lot of saving.

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