Alienware AW3418DW Ultrawide Gaming Monitor In Depth Review
Today we bring to you another latest and superb gaming monitor from Alienware. We are talking about the AW3418DW gaming monitor that offers the gamers an ultrawide curved display as well as an outstanding gaming experience. You get super clear and perfect images in the 21:9 aspect ratio covering your entire vision angle. We know that the most common aspect ratio that modern gaming monitors offer is 16:9. But with 21:9 aspect ratio means that the width of the screen is a lot wider than the height of the monitor.
Not only the ultrawide screen benefit gamers, but you can easily scatter all your application while doing some productivity work as well. That is one good benefit of the huge space that you get on the screen. Other positive points include impressive color reproduction, crisp brightness and great gaming performance etc. No doubt it is a premium gaming monitor and faces some tough competition in the sector, but that does not make it a bad monitor. Given below is a detailed review of the monitor, its design and performance, pros and cons, and whether you should consider it which looking for a new gaming monitor or not.
One thing that is common in all the Alienware products is their unique and beautiful design. I am a personal fan of the Alienware Lamborghini Edition laptop, especially the way its exhausts are designed. But, keeping that aside, we get a classy and mature design in the Alienware AW3418DW Gaming monitor. There are small LED’s, not too many, with sharp metallic curves and feel on the outer chassis. We really liked what Alienware has designed that I feel will definitely go with the taste of the gamers.
However, the monitor is not very slim but is huge and bulky. The huge sized monitor comes in a big box, but putting it together is very easy. You won’t need a second person or any tools to set it up. Once all is done, you will see that it is very easily adjustable and the whole hardware, as well as the monitor, look strong and sturdy.
There is a very thin bezel around the screen, thus no wastage of space. The monitor is itself large enough to take the whole space you wish to place it. The stand you place it upon is strong and feels firm made up of metallic finish plastic. You will also find the company’s iconic Alien logo at few places here and there, adding up to its looks and style.
The back side is a bit silvery with another Alienware logo on the top right corner which lights up with the other LEDs. However, if you do not want these LEDs to brighten up space all the time, you can easily shut them off from the onscreen menu too.
You will find the buttons of the screen on the bottom right corner using which you can navigate through the onscreen menu. The users also have the option to change the color of the LED light as per their preference.
Now comes the main part, the performance of the monitor. The gameplay on Alienware AW3418DW is really very smooth. Apart from the amazing screen size and aspect ratio that fills your entire vision, the games run super smooth on this Alienware monitor. The reason behind such good gameplay performance is 100Hz refresh rate and the G-Sync technology embedded in the screen. If you have ever played on a monitor with G-Sync, there is no way you are going to monitors without it.
The 100Hz refresh rate you get here is more than what you get in standard monitors. But at the same time, it is not the highest refresh rate that you can get. However, this 100Hz refresh rate is the current standard that we are seeing in the latest widescreen gaming monitors, so we are pretty good there.
In case you believe in overclocking, the Alienware AW3418DW can be overclocked to 120Hz refresh rate, which in return makes the game performance even smoother. The best part is this change is very much noticeable. You get really good performance at both refresh rates while playing latest heavy games like Call of Duty: WWII or Wolfenstein II.
However, you should be very careful while boosting the refresh rate to 120Hz as you should also have a good powerful hardware to produce great output to the monitor. We would recommend you to pair it up with a good Nvidia or AMD graphics cards unit.
The users also have an option to choose the response rate of the screen. There is an option in the onscreen menu where you can set the response rate of the screen to ‘Normal’, ‘Fast’ or ‘Super Fast’. So, faster is the refresh rate of the screen, the less lag and more smoothness you get I front of your eyes. There is very less response time between your mouse and the reaction you see on the screen.
For most of the normal work, you can keep this setting to Normal, as we found a bit of ghosting effect in the ‘Super Fast’ response mode while gaming as well as during normal browsing and usage.
You get excellent output from the IPS panel used in Alienware AW3418DW. It is perfectly bright and might be too bright for some of the users. However, the brightness setting could be tweaked as well from the on onscreen menu. The color accuracy is on the point which results in good viewing angles. Viewing angles are very crucial when we consider a widescreen gaming monitor, and Alienware AW3418DW does not disappoint us.
We did not come across any kind of screen tearing or frame break while testing. You have got different modes to chose from depending on the environment and background lighting. All in all, Alienware AW3418DW performed really well in our test and is no doubt an excellent gaming monitor with superb image quality making it one of the best ultrawide gaming monitor in the market right now.
Modes and Other Features
The Alienware AW3418DW comes with three different display modes. First is the FPS mode in which the brightness of the screen goes up so that you can notice every dark corner while playing an FPS game. The second mode is the RTS mode in which you get a supersaturated colored screen. The RPG mode brings more of a cinematic view to the screen. You get a warm, a cool and a ComfortView presets as well which reduces the blue light coming out of your screen. As an addition, there is frame-rate counter as well, a timer and a display alignment mode too.
There are very limited ports in the monitor. You will find an HDMI port on the back side along with the DisplayPort using which you can connect your PC to it as well. There are USB 3.0 Type A and Type B port for connecting different devices directly. On the bottom side of the Bezel, you will find a couple of USB 3.0 ports and a headphone jack.
There is no doubt in the fact that Alienware AW3418DW is one of the best premium ultrawide monitor available in the market. The 34-inch screen with 3440 x 1440 resolution will turn your favorite for playing games as well as for watching movies and working (because of large space on the screen). The G-Sync works well in producing great lag-free images while gaming. The design is impressive and classic. The Alienware AW3418DW is available for $1149 and faces tough competition from its rival Acer Predator X34 gaming monitor. Still, if you want some extra premium feel from your monitor, definitely Alienware AW3418DW is the best choice out there for you.