Gaming peripherals don’t ought to be garish. But what this Alienware gaming monitor lacks in flash, it creates up for in performance. With a 4ms response time, an overclockable 120Hz refresh rate, and G-Sync capabilities, it checks all of the boxes for serious gamers. The 34-inch size and curved ultrawide screen don’t hurt either.

The grown-up aesthetics of the AW3418DW go quite a distance to help with making its premium $999 car or truck – down from an impressive $1,499 – more palatable. This ultrawide monitor can grow with you, whether you have to it to immerse yourself in fast-action games or even to juggle productivity tasks.

Understated elegance
If you don’t spot the glowing alien head logo on the trunk, nothing about the Alienware AW3418DW screams it’s designed for gaming. With reduced black bezels on leading and a cloaked in dark gunmetal titanium hue on the trunk, this monitor feels just in the home next to anybody of Dell’s business-centric 4K displays or rival Lenovo’s ThinkVision monitors. Actually, the AW3418DW’s aesthetics isn’t totally dissimilar to its business-centric cousin, the Dell Ultrasharp U3818DW. That’s not really a bad thing since both include stylish designs.

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The Alienware AW3418DW ships in two parts: The 34-inch curved panel and a weighty metal stand with Y-shaped legs. In addition, it comes with its VESA mount the display panel can attach itself to. Assuming you have your own VESA-compatible wall mount or even more compact desk stand, you need to use that instead to save desktop space.

Establishing the monitor required no tools and took simply a couple of seconds to snap the monitor onto the stand. The included stand includes a good amount of adjustment options – it allows the panel to tilt 25 degrees upwards or 5 degrees downward, swivel 40 degrees in either direction, or raised and lowered by a height of 5.1 inches. The ergonomic design makes this panel equally as good a choice within an office setting as in a casino game room.

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Adjustable LED lighting strips are discreetly put on the angular spines on the backside of the panel aswell as on the stand. Unlike the competing ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q curved 34-inch monitor, which posseses an embossed patterned back, aggressive vents, and a flashier lighting design, the Alienware feels as though a more minimalist piece. That’s refreshing given its gaming focus and the brand’s gaming heritage.

Vents on the Alienware are put at the very top and on underneath edges and cutouts near to the foot of the stand serves as a clever cable management system to route your cords through.

The panel feels solid, and the bezels around the edges are incredibly minimal, like the majority of modern monitors in the premium space.

Awkward connections
To keep carefully the aesthetics of the AW3418DW clean required Dell to create some sacrifices in the way the ports are configured. All the monitor’s ports can be found are bottom-facing. Because you’re unable to rotate the display vertically (given the wide width of the panel), this makes accessing the ports difficult.

The monitor has a power connector, line-out port, USB with power charging, headphone jack, USB 3.0 port, and a USB upstream port.

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On underneath front, you’’ get access to a USB port with power charging, a headphone jack, and a USB 3.0 port. These ports make it simple to quick to hook up peripherals, just like a flash drive. On underneath rear, you’ll find an awkwardly located power port, an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, a USB-B upstream port, and two USB 3.0 ports. Given its age, it’s surprising that Dell didn’t equip this monitor with a USB-C port, which could have allowed an individual cable link with a compatible laptop, like Dell’s own XPS 13. A USB-C connection would likewise have negated the necessity for the USB-B upstream port to operate a vehicle hub on the monitor.

The glad tidings are that the monitor doesn’t need a bulky external power brick. The bad news? The supplied cable is somewhat short.

Endless customizations
The AW3418DW’s settings are accessible via six menu buttons on underneath right edge of the panel and a separate power button, making for a cluster of seven total buttons. The buttons are tactile and simple to press, and unlike some home monitors, they’re physical keys rather than capacitive touch keys.

Out of your box, the first four buttons are pre-configured for preset modes, overclock refresh rates, dark stabilizer, and brightness/contrast controls. The fifth button introduces a menu, that you can navigate to change the mentioned settings, re-configure the buttons, as well as modify and change the AlienFX lighting on your own monitor.

The star of the Alienware AW3418DW show may be the 34-inch IPS panel, which sports a broad QHD resolution of 3,440 x 1,440 pixels.

There are numerous of different modes that help tune the monitor, according to the overall game that you’re playing. Standard is effective for most office or house application, but you’ll likewise have options for FPS, RTS, and RPG, together with three customizable settings. Utilizing a customizable game settings offers you granular adjustments to the R, G, B, C, M, Y settings to attain the right color calibration desired for your game. ComfortView, Warm, Cool, and Custom Color round out the presets.

Generally, switching between FPS, RTS, or RGP generally brightens up the panel a bit, when compared to standard view, and the panel’s color temperature may also shift between being slightly warmer or cooler predicated on the mode that you’re in. Generally, I kept the panel on standard for office tasks, ComfortView for working during the night in reducing eye strain, and FPS for action. Also you can make adjustments to response times for the presets by navigating the in-depth menu interface.

Though there isn’t an HDR option upon this Alienware Panel, the dark stabilizer option offers you four adjustments to greatly help draw out details in the shadow. While adjusting the brightness would brighten or darken everything on the screen, dark stabilizer can be used to just brighten or darken the darker areas on your own screen, serving as sort of a manual HDR control.

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And although every item in the menus are arranged in a fairly easy to comprehend list view, changing the settings could be tedious, as you must scroll through lists and menus. Fortunately, once everything is customized, you won’t need to repeat your customizations after.

Tuned for work, ready for gaming
The star of the show on the Alienware AW3418DW may be the 34-inch IPS panel, that includes a wide QHD resolution of 3,440 x 1,440 pixels. Thus giving the panel a density of 109 PPI and a 21:9 aspect ratio. It’s bound to delight your peripheral vision and immerse yourself in whatever content you’re viewing. The curved, ultra-wide panel also negates the necessity for a multi-monitor setup for some users, as there’s a lot of viewable screen area here.

To truly take good thing about the AW3418DW and really push the limits on games, you’ll have to have an excellent graphics card.

The IPS panel offers a bright display with wide viewing angles. The screen can go as bright as 300 nits, and gamers will probably want to dim the screen to under 50 percent for some games. In games with darker scenes, enabling the dark stabilizer setting makes a huge difference in to be able to see a few of the details in the backdrop. The panel is quite top quality, and even on brighter settings, we didn’t see any light bleed around the edges, nor was there any instance of IPS glow.