Alienware AW3418DW and AW3418HW are big on G-Sync

Alienware has been making quite a name for itself lately. Dell's gaming sub-brand has a penchant for designing hardware with modern, aggressive styling that's usually devoid of the overused black-and-red motif. The company's design chops are coupled with high-end hardware, as evidenced by the new Alienware AW3418DW and AW3418HW displays.

The AW3418DW is a 34" ultra-wide display with a tight 1900R curvature and a resolution of 3440×1440. If that's not enough for gaming cred, the refresh rate maxes out at 120 Hz, and there's Nvidia G-Sync support on tap. Alienware says the IPS panel has a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 4-ms response time. Brightness can hit figures as high as 300 cd/m², and the display should cover 99% of the sRGB color space.

The AW3418DW also offers creature comforts aplenty. The bezels are extra-slim on three sides, and the built-in stand offers height, tilt, and swivel adjustments—or you can remove it altogether and hang the monitor off its VESA mount. Alienware couldn't possibly release a piece of hardware without RGB LEDs, so the AW3418DW comes with customizable four-zone lighting and a light sensor. The monitor has DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 connectors. There's also a USB hub on tap.

Alienware also offers a variation on the above display, called the AW3418HW. This variant has the same 34" diagonal but has a gentler 2900R curvature and a resolution of 2560×1080. The refresh rate is higher, though, at 160 Hz. Nvidia G-Sync support is again on tap. There's no word on this display's panel specs but we'd wager they're fairly similar to those of its higher-resolution brother.

The Alienware AW3418DW display will set you back $1500 and is available right away. Its sibling Alienware AW3418HW will go for $1200 when it hits stores "later this holiday season." Dell covers the displays with a three-year advance exchange warranty and a zero-bright-dot guarantee.

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    • Liron
    • 2 years ago

    I kept looking at the back of that monitor and thinking, “I’ve seen this somewhere. I know I have… but where?”
    Of course; the Voltron suits!

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    Don’t be so sure on the AW3418HW sharing a similar panel. So far, the only GSync 2560×1080 models have been awful VA panels. It’s possible that it is running the LG panel from the 34UM79, but I’d still tell you to buy something like an X34 for higher resolution at a lower cost.

    • wizardz
    • 2 years ago

    ultrawide 1440p = check
    no bulky power adapter = check
    builtin usb hub = check
    small bezel (or what looks like small bezel) = sir yes sir
    120hz = you bet.
    1500$ = lolwut? that’s like 4000$ in frozen dollars..

      • Kretschmer
      • 2 years ago

      This is Alienware. Don’t expect to pay market prices for these machines and accessories…

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