You don’t need to spend three grand on a monitor to get an immersive gaming experience. Alienware shows how it is done with the AW3418DW. The monitor is nothing less than a beast. What makes it stand out is that it is the fastest ultra wide monitor you can buy at this price.
It comes with a 34 inches curved monitor with 21:9 ratio and 1900 radius to give you a wide and amazing view. You get to view your gameplay in 3.68 million pixels which is 1.77 times better than a full HD display. This ensures that you see every element, each movement in a vivid and fluid manner. This makes your gaming experience rich.
It overclocks to a mind-blowing 120 Hz of refresh rate and has a 4 ms response time to deliver smooth and fast gameplay. Most comparable monitors offer a refresh rate of 100 Hz, so this Alienware monitor has an advantage since it can overclock to 120 Hz. However, you can get an even better refresh rate if you can spend the money because G-sync monitors offer as much as 240 Hz of refresh rate.
So what’s the real difference with a higher refresh rate? The gameplay becomes smoother and more fluid. You feel that your on screen character is more real and responsive. This becomes more apparent when you try some fast-paced action. Once you have played at 100 or 120 Hz, it will be hard to go back to 60 Hz - the gameplay will feel sluggish.
To give more control to gamers, the Alienware monitor comes with an on screen menu that allows you to choose a level of response time from ‘normal’, ‘fast’ or ‘super fast’.
While these options seem great, they come with their flaws. When you set the response time to ‘Super fast’, there is a grey outline that appears around objects during fast action. The worst part is it happens both during gameplay as well as browsing the internet and scrolling through web pages. The good thing is that you can change the setting to ‘normal’ or ‘fast’ to get rid of this glitch.
Its brightness level goes up to 300 nits, which is good in this segment. Its display technology is amazing - it eliminates screen tearing, reduces display stutter as well as input lag. This allows you to have a smooth and fast gameplay, like no other.
The monitor comes with multiple ports that are within easy reach to keep all your devices synced and ready to run. The monitor offers six game modes - three preset game modes including FPS, RTS and RPG; and three customizable modes which you can set as you want. It also has a dashboard to show you all the settings in one place and stay on top of the monitor’s performance.
The monitor comes with full adjustability, even more than some $2000 monitors out there. This ensures that you can get the best view of the gameplay no matter what position you are sitting in. This seems like a small thing, but can have a drastic impact on how comfortable you feel while playing and eliminate any neck pain, back pain or soreness that gamers get from continuous gaming. You can adjust the height, swivel it around or tilt it at a suitable angle as needed.
The monitor has a thin 3-sided bezel that encloses a 34-inch screen. The monitor has its unique venting details to ensure it does not heat up and keeps delivering high performance.
Its 1900R curved infinity display creates the environment necessary for total immersion, at least better than any other monitor in its segment. The monitor comes with in-plane switching panels which deliver a wide 178°/178° viewing angle no matter which point of viewing you choose. It also delivers detailed visuals with sRGB99% color reproduction.
Although the monitor comes with attention-grabbing design elements such as colored LEDs and sharp angles, it doesn’t feel over the top. This is how Alienware makes its products - sleek but not tacky.
We like that the monitor can be assembled without using any tools. This makes assembly easy and quick. The monitor arrives in thick and protective packaging with no signs of scratches or damage anywhere.
The back area is in silver color and has an “alien” logo in the corner that glows with blue light when you turn on the monitor. It has some LED lights too. We like that the lights can be turned off from the onscreen menu to cater to the user’s preferences.
The monitor comes with an audio jack, a DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, a USB upstream port (for connecting to your PC).
Users love this monitor because of how good its color production is. Colors are accurate and temperature does not shift across the panel. However, in some of the monitors that users received, there is an IPS glow on the lower left corner, which is a bit whiter than the rest of the panel. This can seem annoying in the beginning, but you get used to it with time. Also, you can order a replacement if you face this issue.
Users love how big this monitor is. It is so big that some customers didn’t even have enough space for this on their desk. Add to that its remarkable performance and this monitor gives the more expensive monitors a run for their money.
Apart from a couple glitches, what makes the Alienware AW3418DW a tough choice, is its price. It is not overly expensive, but it still is for an average gamer.
Fastest 21:9 Gaming monitor
Overall, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is an excellent monitor considering its large screen and a fast refresh rate that provides an immersive gaming experience like no other. What sets the Alienware AW3418DW apart is that it is the fastest 21:9 monitor in the whole gaming market. Its resolution at 3440x1440 is also amazing and combined with its curved, ultrawide, IPS technology, makes the whole gaming experience really immersive.
The monitor has wide viewing angles that give you a clear image no matter which angle you look from. It has G-sync too, which eliminates its screen tearing and delivers smooth graphics. It also has a sleek design, and is not like those overly aggressive designed monitors that lack elegance.
The downside is, it doesn’t have good black uniformity, so you can’t have a good color production in a dark room. This monitor doesn’t have any of the flash that other gaming monitors do, but it more than makes up for it in performance. Its ultrawide screen also means that the monitor can grow with you as your gaming evolves.