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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big, Bold, and King amongst Ultrawides

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    Tornado
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    I'm personally convinced that as of early 2018 this is the king of the 34" Ultrawide market. There are some new interesting models to come this year, particularly from Asus, but they are not out as of Feb. 2018 and are likely to be upwards of $2000 when they do arrive, and will sport 200hz refresh rates. Id been toying with the idea of going to the ultrawide format for a couple of months before I pulled the trigger. I went back and forth on whether to go with a 27" standard Gsync monitor for around the ~$700 mark or jump head first into an entirely different pool and go ultrawide, and pay double the cash. The main hesitation for me was always the cost. After letting it rest in my mind for a couple months, I decided I wanted to make the big jump and go all out. Deciding to take the plunge, I then had to decide which brand to go with. I have been a PC enthusiast, Overclocker, and gamer for over 15 years. I'm no stranger to PC hardware and their specs. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time considering each of the options in the 34" Ultrawide Market. The main specs I was looking for was 3440x1440 resolution, As high a refresh rate as possible, and good overall panel quality. The options are a bit slim in the ultrawide 1440p landscape, so I started off looking at perhaps the 2 most popular options: The Asus ROG Swift PG348Q and the Acer predator models, particularly the Z35p. I entered the Alienware here into my options a little later on. Ive never been a fan of alienware computers, so I was kinda lukewarm on them as a brand. However, I entered this decision with no bias, and was determined to buy the best monitor of the options available, irrespective of brand. To make a long story short, in the end, the Alienware was a cut above the Acer and Asus offerings. The Acer Z35P uses a VA panel, while the Asus and Alienware sport LG IP panels. VA panels are a middle ground between TN and IPS panels typically, but an suffer from ghosting issues. In my research I noted several instances of ghosting being a problem on the z35p. It also has a bit of a history with QA (quality assurance) issues. The Asus also had some QA issues the more I dug into it. While all 3 monitors have majority positive reviews everywhere, if you dig deeper, into reddit and other places you can get a better picture of the issues people have, and I saw the same couple of issues come up over and over again with folks to lost the "panel lottery" as it is called. I was not able to find similar types of issues regarding the Alienware, though it is not as popular as the Acer and Asus either, so I kept that in mind. I ruled out the Acer first, and focused in on the Asus and Alienware. In the end though, I could never find any reason to put the asus over the alienware, but found several reasons to put the alienware over the asus. Most importantly is the alienware uses the newer LG LM340UW4 panel, over the Asus's LG LM340UW2 panel. The most important difference between these two panels is the native refresh rate. The panel in the Alienware is a 100hz native refresh rate, that can overclock to 120hz. The Asus's panel is a 60hz native refresh rate that overclocks to 100hz. What it boils down to is that the Alienware is the only 34" 3440 x 1440 ultrawide IPS that sports a 120hz refresh rate. While the Acer also achieved 120hz, it does it on a VA Panel. Ive had the monitor now for about 5 days and have put it through the ringer, testing it and feeling it out. I have been thoroughly impressed. Not a single dead pixel. Light bleed is present in the bottom left and right corner but its very minimal and only visible on a totally black screen. There is a very light shading, almost like a little vignette affect across the top half inch of the screen; it is just barely noticeable. I wonder if they took some measure to try and avoid light bleed. One reviewer on youtube noted this light shading as well. You really do not notice it though unless you really focus on it, and you have a white backdrop. I dont feel it detracts at all from the screens display, which is really gorgeous. Color, clarity, sharpness all look fantastic. Gaming performance is fantastic. I've tested it out in about 8 popular games and it has impressed in every instance. No ghosting, artifacts, or noticable input lag. Its just big, bold, and beautiful. The stand the monitor sits on is largely metal and is incredibly sturdy and well built. The integrated lighting is a great little addition and offers a soft glow of your preferred color to your desk for night time gaming sessions. If you want the lights off they are easily toggled off. The only feature it doesn't have that I do wish it had, is a center crosshair, which would be useful in some games. Also worth noting is that this was the only monitor of the 3 considered which has no built in speakers. This was a complete non issue to me, but worth noting. This one gets a 5/5 from me. It has impressed me all around. Bestbuy also price matched it for me online, which was quick and painless.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic hardware, ultrawide still quite niche

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    happydemon
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    I'm not going to pretend to be an AV expert. I'm far from it. This is my first ultrawide monitor and it's a drastic upgrade from my previous ASUS VG278HV. I can only comment on the basics. Here are the preconditions necessary for you to be able to fully enjoy this monitor (for gaming): * You're a gamer primarily. This is NOT the monitor for viewing content, especially with multiple users. Viewing angle is narrow and ultra-wides themselves are designed to fully immerse one guy or gal in games. The backlight bleed & glare are less obvious and impactful when you are gaming close to the monitor. Your eyes may suffer for it; if you are concerned invest in computer glasses (for the average distance from eyes to a monitor screen) and/or glasses that block high-intensity blue light. * You have a high-end graphics card, preferably Pascal. 980 should be OK. You need to be able to drive this monitor at desired (ultra-wide) resolutions while not sacrificing settings in games too much, otherwise you will have bought the monitor only to display crap. Do your research! While HDMI input is supported, for all practical purposes DisplayPort is a necessity to fully utilize the monitor's capabilities. I have an RTX 2070 which is sufficient. * You're not playing games in a bright room or during the day. The glare is hardly noticeable in a low-lit environment or at night. When subject to bright light it's hard to see stuff, especially in shooters that have huge zones and/or camouflage. * You are interested in playing newer titles that explicitly support ultra-wide resolutions, such as Destiny 2 and Battlefield V. There are many but take note that ultra-wide gaming is still quite niche; not every recent game fully supports it in the sense that they will both run well and have crisp interfaces. Don't be thinking Baldur's Gate or Diablo 2 will be supreme on this monitor. Legacy games are more unpredictable on ultra-wide resolutions. * You edge on the side of enjoying first-person shooters (or FPS RPGs) more than real-time strategy and isometric RPGs. While strategy games are awesome on an ultra-wide, the titles that will knock your socks off and take full advantage of this hardware's support for both GSYNC and decently high refresh rates are first-person shooters. You might be overbuying if you have zero interest in first-person shooters or any game that provides competitive benefits from GSYNC and/or a high refresh-rate. Furthermore, if you're just looking to play super competitively in games like Overwatch, Counter-Strike and CoD you may be better off aiming for something smaller and 144HZ capable. I've given Total War: Warhammer 2 a try and while the battles are incredible on an ultra-wide, the campaign map looks somewhat funky. Assess what your needs are with respect to your favorite games and future purchases beforehand so you are not confused or disappointed. * You have a decently sized desk. This monitor is constructed to be sturdy at the expense of space. Somewhere between 10-14 inches of clearance are needed. Yes, this could easily take up over one third of a normal-sized desk. If you meet those preconditions, this monitor is a beast. The build quality is superb and the display is crisp. The colors out of the box are OK, but can quickly be fixed with calibration. The presets are much better than the default scheme. The monitor is huge; only actually experiencing a 34 inch ultra-wide will allow you to appreciate the hardware and technological advancement that has occurred in displays. I've been frequenting Battlefield V and it is absolutely surreal with this monitor. You will need to give your mind time to acclimate to the awesomeness of ultrawide resolutions. You do pay a premium for GSYNC (the so-called intellectual property tax from Nvidia) but if you have the right setup it is amazing technology. You can always default it to off for games that do not run well with it. If you can find this monitor on sale you are basically not paying the IP tax. I've found GSYNC to be pretty awesome at totally eliminating tear and maintaining a stable framerate, but your mileage will vary (especially since every single driver release seems to affect GSYNC either positively or negatively across various games). Nvidia is quickly becoming known for having unreliable driver releases. Keep in mind that there have been multiple revisions of this monitor that (as far as we can tell) have improved reliability and quality. Rev 5 from September '18 is the most recent. Just know that owning this monitor is a commitment. Keep and store the box and packaging so if you have an issue an RMA is easier and cheaper. I have the box in-tact and Alienware is known for pretty good support. Overall, I don't know what else I can ask for here. My expectations were greatly exceeded. Just make sure ultra-wide + 100 to 120hz + 4ms response suits your needs before investing in this setup. I'm not a super competitive gamer so I don't have those particular needs. In terms of being awestruck at recent games, this monitor delivers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best monitor, Best Buy, Sold Out.

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    Elsonian
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    Have been searching for a ultra wide curved gaming monitor for a long time. This monitor has a good 4ms GTG response time,100hz fast refresh rate which can be overclocked to 120hz, bright 300 cd/m2, 99% true color reproduction IPS panel, and the tightest pixel pitch at 0.223mm x 0.223. The 3 year mfg warranty is an added plus as are the included cables for DP, USB, and Mini. Easy setup. The color correction to 93, 93, 100 on RGB is recommended. It was on sale at Best Buy for $999 after New Years, now sold out. Do not confuse the 3440 x 1440 DW with the lower priced 2560 x 1060 HW. The HW also has lower pixel pitch at 0.31 x 0.31 making optical characters less clear. The monitor stand is silky smooth and sturdy (heavy) and easily swivels, or tilts, or adjusts height as needed. If you don't like the weight of don't have the desk space for the stand you can switch to a Vesa compatible mount at your additional expense. Future faster monitors are being talked about but not yet available. Frankly, this is the only monitor so far in this category that can do it all. Also for AMD card owners, this monitor will work with R9 390 cards and up, though YMMV depending on your game and its settings. I ran games without needing G-sync nor noticed tearing or stuttering in my games. For the purest, no dead pixels, and some fluctuation on white balance on the top of the screen, and right to left comparison. Not enough of a problem for me to deduct the 5th star. Honestly the screen is so big it is hard to compare both sides at the same time. This is better than the Acer Predator X34 for my money, and I spent a few days comparing each review. Minor ghosting is still likely at the highest game settings though of high pixel pushing games, though much better than the budget ultra wide monitors like the LG brand and even narrowly better than the Acer Predator. BLB is as expected for IPS panel and not noticeable in normal use. There is also a DARK DEFINITION setting to bring out detail in darker games. The panel settings are easy to use brightness and contrast comes from the factory at 75 settings. I changed the contrast to 37 for my viewing needs. Also, the anti-glare coating on the display panel works well, though be careful not to get your finger print or oil on it. If you are looking for the best ultra wide monitor that has bright true color reproduction, fast speeds, can be used as a daily monitor, the Alienware 3418DW is the best choice as of Jan 2018, and at $999, almost affordable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good gaming, not so good photo/video

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    DIYGUY
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    I received my panel today and concur with reviewer "MITCH" observations, however, I will rate it at 4 stars... for now. 1) Left portion of screen is cooler than right. My panel starts to get a slightly warmer color temp around the "RE" in the ALIENWARE logo. I got some time to return so I investigate my options. I'll see if it's common and consider keeping or RMA/return for replacement. I used eizo-test to do a quick check of all my panels out-of-box. Quick and easy tool. Need to see if this slight gradient temp change will start to irritate me. I used a reference white background or browser with BB website with two windows side-by-side. Straight on viewing, you'll see a gradient change. When I move my viewing angle toward the right offset, it starts to balance out. Some quirks in this curved panel. It may not bother many people, but if you are picky, you'll need to try it out or pass on it. 2) Some corner BLB on lower left and right using default. I had bad BLB/dead-lit pixels and had to return (4) PG270Q from A******n. QC on those were bad. I used tftcentral's X-rite calibration of 37 brightness, 73 contrast and their RGB settings and the BLB is minimal and tolerable on the Dell AW3418DW. 3) Yes, there is "ghosting" on anything above normal response at 120Hz OC, but this has been mentioned and tftcentral cited this in their review, too. Did some speed runs of Doom levels using G-Sync 120Hz normal response at 3440x1440p and got solid 113fps with max-ultra settings. Will try battlefield, CoD, and Wolfenstein later. I have playable framerates using 1080ti SLI using surrround triple 1440 displays, but the Dell AW3418DW has solid framerates at max-settings. It's a compromise since I hate TN and VA panels. Triple 1440p is hard at max settings. This monitor has good framerates at the max settings and the effects are nice for a wide screen. WARNING: You'll need a very good Intel/Ryzen CPU and high-end video card to drive this display at max settings. This is an all-around good UW for general purpose and good for gaming, but may not be right for serious graphics and video user. At the current price, it's a little high. At <$1000, it'll be one of the top UW gaming monitors for a the next quarter or so. At $1299, it's a little pricey.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very wide, crisp and clean

    Posted
    Robert
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    Prior to purchasing this monitor I was using two 27 inch 1080p monitors. They were decent monitors but ate up a lot of desk real estate. As I was having a new computer built for me I decided it was time for an update. I'm very pleased with the purchase. I've had zero issues thus far. Zero dead pixels. Hopeful that will continue to be the case. I will discuss the features that were important to me: 1. Resolution: The dot resolution of the screen is definitely a step up from what I had. 3440x1440 looks much sharper and cleaner. 2. Brightness: Better than my old screens and definitely bright enough for a normally lit office or bedroom. 3. Color accuracy: I do a lot of work with photoshop in the photography field so color accuracy is important to me however at this point I am still in the process of moving stuff from my old computer to the new one (where this monitor is used) and have not yet done a monitor calibration so I can not yet speak to the color accuracy but based on images I looked at from my photo library it looks pretty good straight out the box. 4. Refresh rate: I have it running at 120Hz and it's doing fine. I see no flashing or other anomalous behavior. 5. I've played a few games with this monitor and it is a real joy to have some sense of peripheral vision. The screen is large enough to give a sense of it. 6. Large screen space with no dividing line down the middle: The overall screen space is not a much as my 2-27 inch monitors but I really don't need that much horizontal space. It's nice to look at large pictures and games with 34 inches of screen and not see a big blob of nothing down the middle. 7. The lighting on the back and bottom of the monitor is scarcely noticeable in normal room lighting. In a dark room you can kind of see it but again not a major feature. I would say if you're looking for this to be a main feature you will be disappointed. Overall, I'm very pleased with the monitor and I do recommend it to others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Gaming Monitor on the market!

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    LythxTech
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    Pros: Very smooth performance even at 100Hz, crisp colors (nicer than the 4yr old 4k monitor it replaced), the RGB accents are a nice touch and are subtle but awesome Solid quality, stand quality, overall quality, etc. - No stand wobble Lots of customization capabilities/profiles 3-year warranty from Dell (that's fantastic!) Gsync --- Amazing smoothness that I've never experienced before! DisplayPort cable included (which it should be included for the price, lol) In most games, 3440x1440 is just as nice as 4k. I feel that in most games with 21:9 3440x1440 is the "sweet spot". Nice viewing angles all around, and you have a lot of adjustment to get the perfect angle, whether up/down or left/right. Cons: Price The bezel around the screen is easy to smudge with fingerprints I wish it was able to have 144hz, though 100/120 is really nice for most games. It does take some getting used to, coming from a non 21:9/curved display, some people have said they've gotten motion sick Color profile out of the box can use some tweaking (though when adjusted, it's really nice. There are videos on youtube that show how to make the colors really nice!) My thoughts: Excellent monitor for the price, though I wish it wasn't so expensive (though it is to be expected with Dell's "Alienware" line). The colors are fantastic and much better than the 4k monitor it replaced. Mine didn't have any IPS bleed or dead pixels. In another video I saw, it had some color issues up top when web surfing though mine doesn't have the same issue. The warranty that comes with it is fantastic. 3 years when other manufacturers are 1-2 max. I did opt for the extra warranty on it for the price I paid so that I can get the most out of my money if there is an issue (which I don't anticipate but it's better to be prepared). The quality of the monitor is top-notch and so is the stand, it's very solid with no monitor/stand wobble. The RGB accents are a nice touch and are not over-bearing which some monitors can be. I wish for the price that it was 144hz, though for most games 100-120 is more than enough and depending on the card you run (1080ti) in my case a lot of the games may not max out at 120fps on ultra even with my i9-9900k. Worth the money (especially if you can find it on sale for $799 or thereabouts as I did.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ultra wide is fantastic

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    Jon2487
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    Oh man where to start. This monitor is great in so many ways. Coming from a Asus VG248QE which is a 1080p TN monitor @144hz refresh rate with no g-sync, while that monitor was amazing this Alienware AW3418DW took gaming monitor to the next level. The pros: This is simple. IPS display, ultra wide, curved, 120hz overclocked refresh rate, G-sync, 21:9, and 34" @1440p. The cons: Price since this monitor came out in August it's going to be very rare that this will go under $1,000. Since it is an IPS panel it does have "IPS glow" only noticeable on a black screen or when my computer is off but the monitor is still on. Another can be "blacklight bleed" which has plagued the Asus ROG swift. As I don't have it with my mine both these are possible with other orders. I would suggest contacting Dell NOT best buy if this were to happen since they will just geek squad it out and it will cost you way more money then just getting an RMA from Dell and just paying for a box. People will tell you that you shouldn't get a ultra wide or a 21:9 monitor since "no games support it" as in there will be black box's on the sides of the screen forcing you into 1080p or giving you a weird scaling issue. This couldn't be less true though. Playerunknown battle grounds, World of Warcraft, Battlefront, Battlefield, Call of duty, ARK, and Path of Exiles all support 21:9 and there are a ton more honestly the only game I know that doesn't work on it is overwatch and blizzard won't fix it since they think of it as having an unfair advantage. All and all this monitor is an amazing upgrade and dell has amazing quality control. I'm running a GTX 970 on this for now and it runs fine g-sync keeps the frames smooth if it ever dips below 60 fps which has only happened on battlegrounds. I would recommend this fully if you can deal with the black bars on YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, ect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best IPS UW(3440x1440p) G-Sync Monitor on market

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    Philosophic
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    Hands down the best IPS 3k ultrawide gsync gaming monitor out there right now. Been through quite a few to find the right one. Went thtough 1080, 4k, 2k, finally hit the sweet spot with this for best overall everything really. The Asus pg348q and the Acer x34p are nice but they suffer from horrible issues, mainly severe IPS glow/BLB. This bad boy, Dell's Alienware AW3418DW has far better QC(Quality Control) than the rest of it's competition, not to mention probably the best warranty around. Dell has supremely stepped up there game with their hardware. I can't even begin to tell you the headaches I went through with panels after I decided to get higher refresh rates with max settings to go a different resolution after I jumped the gun from 1080p to 4k. Don't get me wrong, 4k@60fps is nice but you can't really achieve stable 60fps at max settings with a lot of titles unless you dumped realistically somewhere $1200-$2000 on a GPU(s) alone since launch of last model GPUs to new ones that just came out. Now I have a EVGA GTX 1080 FTW. Bought it when it was inexpensive/great price. Even came with a 850w 80+ Gold Modular PSU for $500 a while back. I'm getting stable 100fps on max settings on all games I play. It is so gorgeous, I cannot play without G-Sync and high frame rates anymore. You can OC this display to 120hz if you'd like. I would say the only Negative thing is the price. The standard MRSP/Retail price is higher than it's competition but it's better quality. I would definitely recommend this display, but if possible, get it on sale because it's expensive. I bought it when it was on sale for $799. Feel free to do the research, which I encourage. I'm sure you will end with the same result as I did. GLHF

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Major Issues

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    Mitch
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    First off, 21:9 ultra wide is great minus the game developers(like Bethesda) and applications like Netflix that still don't support it. (you can force Netflix support with browser extensions) The IPS has MAJOR color improvements over a TN panel, however this panel seems to have some serious QA issues: 1. The left half of my screen is slightly "Cooler" than the right half which is "Warmer". 2. There is a fairly small blotch of Backlight Bleeding (BLB) in both the bottom left and bottom right corners, the main issue with it, is the one in the bottom right happens to be super bright in a small space, blatantly visible on any dark moment on any game or video, especially black load screens for games. 3: The options for "Response Time" are useless, anything above normal causes MASSIVE Ghosting, so bad you can see horrifying ghosting even just dragging windows on your desktop, just imagine gaming, however on normal response time, there's zero ghosting. Other gripe, not really a QA issue, the stand is outrageously big on these Ultrawides, the screen itself is only like 3 inches thick at the middle, but the stand itself takes up slightly more than a Foot(12in) and most of the weight is positioned on the absolute back of the stand, so you cant have the back "hang off" your desk. Now for some good things, The 120hz overclock worked, i had a weird moment where the screen kept rebooting and the game showed it as 108hz maximum, that stopped when I reapplied the OC. The color is great, I had never realized how bad reds where on my old TN monitor, the only issue on this one is you need brightness on this monitor near 100% for whites to be true white, otherwise they start looking milky or creamy like others have said. In Conclusion: They need to fix the BLB, seriously and they also need to figure out why half the panel is cooler and half the panel is warmer, that's a huge defect, and I have seen at least 2 other people post about it. Maybe they will improve the panels with more production time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best 34" Ultrawide on the Market

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    Midorichi
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    This uses the new LG 100hz native refresh panel and allows you to overclock to 120. It is the only IPS panel like this right now. Add G-Sync and its 1440 res and you have a unique product. It hands down blows the Acer and Asus 60hz (OC to 100) out of the water. Plus dell has been quality control and the backlight bleed here is very minimal. I cannot see it at all in anything but tests. Even there it is only in the bottom right and left corners. Gaming on this panel has been flawless running with a 1080 ti. I was able to hit 120 with zero issues. Input lag is non-existent. I checked a couple places and they confirm that this panel has lower input lag then just about every gaming panel on the market today. Really amazing. Using this for work. I am a software developer. It took me no time at all to get used to the size. I do find myself moving things to the center when I do a lot of typing. When I am doing compares though the extra side space is great. Most websites are around 1024 wide natively so you can pull up 3 side by side by side and they show with no shrinkage. Other sites like Amazon just scale so whatever you want works there. I came from a 1440p 27" Asus and this is a night and day upgrade. If you want the best monitor currently on the market then this should be on your list. Yes its expensive, but no more so then other 34" g-sync 1440 models. This one is better than those so I find it to be a value win as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the Best gaming monitors today!

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    Spyder
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    This is worth every penny. The picture on it is great. The colors and detail is just what I expected on an Samsung screen. Seems how it is an LG panel. Guess this makes since. The IPS panel definitely brings the color more to life at any angle as well as it is super bright. Had to play with the built in screen modes to find one I like best. The screen is set to 100Hz. So you have to go into the menu to overclock it to the 120Hz settings. Which than should be seen by your PC/Laptop. Once that is set up. I got a great picture testing out the screen on Division 2 Beta test. At 3440x1440.. I will never go back to an non ultra wide screen. This monitor is plenty fast for the computers out there today. 2K Res is like the sweet spot for gaming as you can see much more details than 1080p, but also not as hard on your GPU as 4K is. This 3440x1440 setting just gives you the 21:9 aspect Ratio and you will not be disappointed.. There is no need to buy 4K screens or 240Hz ones. The chances are your GPU will never take the full advantage the screens have to offer. This Alienware thought is a great screen and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an Ultrawide or even just looking to get a great gaming Monitor for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING!!!

    Posted
    Will
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    If you are thinking of getting this monitor, you need to know the box it comes in is HUGE!!! If you do pick this up, you are in for a great time, because this monitor is AMAZING!!! I've been using it for several months now and I've never even thought of going back to my old 4K 60hz Predator. It's that good! The color and responsiveness are excellent. PC Games look great and run so silky smooth. You can see so much more with a 21:9 aspect ratio in games that support it like Final Fantasy XIV. Don't use this monitor to play console games though, because current consoles don't support the monitors 21:9 aspect ratio and games get stretched as a result. It's really nice for productivity too. The 3440x1440 recommended resolution gives you plenty of space to work. The one area with this monitor that is less great is if you try and use it for watching movies. I've tried watching some DVD's and regular Blu Ray's on it through my desktops Blu Ray drive and every one has had black bars on the sides. I don't know if this would also be the case with 4K Blu Rays, but it's the one thing I'd caution against with this monitor. Other than that it's awesome and I highly recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    BEWARE the severe screen flickering issue at 120hz

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    Epik91306
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    Beware this model has a severe screen flickering issue at 120hz which makes it unusable at that refresh rate. It's highly documented everywhere: Dell.com Support https://www.dell.com/community/Mo...-p/6113016 https://www.dell.com/community/Mo...-p/6136059 https://www.dell.com/community/Mo...-p/6180481 Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/ultrawid..._problems/ https://www.reddit.com/r/ultrawid...lickering/ https://www.reddit.com/r/ultrawid...g_options/ https://www.reddit.com/r/ultrawid...lickering/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v1eLJl5VZs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9pekLolTdY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlHdIsmOK_I Red Flag http://forums.redflagdeals.com/de...2196223/8/ I have this model and regret it. Because the issue is so widespread, Dell's new solution is to turn off overclocking (disable a main feature of the monitor) which is ridiculous. If you pay for 120hz, you should get 120hz. The argument that this monitor cannot do 120hz with GSYNC is an excuse to cover up the faulty hardware. If you buy a new monitor with an issue, they will offer a refurbished one as a replacement only after you spend hours with them troubleshooting (the painful process of sending videos of the issue to their agents across the world). Do not buy this monitor until they fix the issue, save your money.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      YourDellTeam

      Hello Epik91306,

      Thanks for your review. We're sorry that your Alienware monitor is having screen flickering issues. We'd recommend reaching out to Alienware's Support Team via Email here - awsocialmedia@dell.com. Please use your username from your review as the subject line of your Email.

      If you have additional questions about your monitor you can always check our Product Support Page here: https://dell.to/2OIhLGq.

      Best,
      Bryan
      1-800-254-3692 Dell

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Screen Flickering

    Posted
    Tony
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Worked great for 6 months now I am getting screen flickering at 120hz. Look it up on google, tons of people are having this problem as well. You get a black or blue bar flickering horizontally across your screen every 5-10 minutes or so. The flickering goes away when using the monitor at 100hz. Alienware (Dell) will not replace your monitor because it is technically an "overclock" to get to 120hz even though it is marketed as a 120hz monitor in the Best Buy description. It is a beautiful screen but stay away or buy the geek squad protection if you are buying this for 120hz. This monitor also had a light-moderate amount of backlight bleed in the corners but I can say it was definitely a LOT better than the backlight bleed I experienced on my old Acer Predator X34. Other than the issues mentioned this monitor is top tier for games. The IPS panel makes the colors pop and gsync keeps your games buttery smooth if you are outputting a fluctuating frame rate. I would recommend having a GTX 1080TI or higher graphics card to take full advantage of the high resolution and framerate. You would still enjoy this monitor with a regular GTX 1080, but it may struggle in some of the more demanding games without turning settings down to medium.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      YourDellTeam

      Hello Tony,

      Thanks for your review. As discussed in Dell's online community, here is a solution to your flickering screen from one of Dell's online moderators:

      This should be your physical setup =
      Nvidia GeForce GTX video card DP out port --> AW3418DW DP to DP cable --> AW3418DW DP in port

      Install the latest Nvidia WHQL driver. Enable G-Sync =
      * Uninstall GeForce Experience
      * Restart the PC when done
      * Download/Save the latest Nvidia WHQL driver to your Windows Desktop
      * Right click the file and select "Run as administrator"
      * Click OK
      * Click Agree and Continue
      * Click Custom (Advanced)
      * Click Next
      * Check the following =
      Graphics Driver
      3D Vision Controller Driver
      3D Vision Driver
      HD Audio Driver
      PhysX System Software
      Perform a clean installation
      * Click Next
      * When done, click Restart Now

      Enable G-Sync in the Nvidia Control Panel
      * Right click on the Windows desktop and select "NVIDIA Control Panel" or launch the "NVIDIA Control Panel" application from your Start menu
      * Open Display
      * Click Setup G-Sync
      * Check Enable G-Sync
      * Insert the dot to, "Enable G-Sync for windowed and full screen mode"
      * Click Apply
      * Under 3D Settings, click Manage 3D Settings
      * Highlight Monitor Technology
      * Choose G-SYNC
      * Click Apply
      * Close the the Nvidia Control Panel

      * Press the AW3418DW Menu Key
      * Check Overclock On
      * Go to Others
      * Display Info should shows "Mode: G-SYNC"

      AW3418DW supported DP resolution and Hz =
      3440x1440 50Hz
      3440x1440 60Hz
      3440x1440 85Hz
      3440x1440 100Hz
      3440x1440 115Hz
      3440x1440 120Hz.

      You can click here to view the full correspondence: https://dell.to/2L0fP7b.

      Best,
      Bryan
      1-800-624-9896 Dell

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Monitor That Doesn't Get Enough Praise

    Posted
    Kelley
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    If looking for a monitor perfect for gaming, creative and everything in between (and you have the cash) look no further than the Alienware AW3418DW. Combine the 3440x1440 Ultrawide screen, G-Sync, IPS panel AND 120hz refresh rate and you have not only the best gaming monitor on the market, but a heck of an all-around monitor for everyday productivity. The design (in my opinion) is the best on the market for ultrawides, business in the front and party in the back (but a very classy party to say the least). My only negative when it comes to this monitor is the backlight bleed is noticeable, but you will only notice it in EXTREMELY dark situations. It would have been nicer if it was a bit less noticeable for this price level. I cannot say enough about how much I love this monitor, very glad I purchased!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Ultrawide 1440P to date.

    Posted
    powermix24
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Been looking to buy a gaming monitor to replace the 49 inch i have hooked up to my 1080ti and it did serve me well but my issue was always tearing latency and ghosting in which I couldn't take anymore so I started shopping around. Looking around the internet for reviews about monitors this particular one kept coming up as the best of the best for ultrawide Gsync with IPS display and good build quality so I went ahead after 2 months of searching and pulled the trigger and man I glad that I did. Coming from 49 inch 16:9 it was a big change this is my third day with it and I'm hooked. Been playing Anthem and Destiny 2 along with League of legends, I'm totally blown away, the price is high but it is worth your hard earned money. I will never go back to 16:9 and having a high-end video card, Gsync + 21:9 is a MUST. Bestbuy priced match this unit and this is why I always buy from here, Great customer service.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best 34" UW in the bunch.

    Posted
    JonCFL

    Got this when it was on sale at $1,000. Don't pay higher than this, it regularly goes on sale. First unit had an issue where it would go to sleep and not turn back on. Hence the 4 star rating. I RMA'd it through Dell and they did an advanced RMA, overnighted another one before I shipped the old one back. No questions asked, awesome service from Dell. Once I got the second one in, it was perfect. Overclocked to 120hz without issue. Runs flawlessly. A suggestion, don't buy this unless you're running a GTX1080/1080Ti or better(2xxx series). Yes, the monitor has G-Sync which makes less than 60fps more tolerable but anything lower than those GPU's will struggle to maintain the appropriate framerate. I don't do any picture/video work, can't say how it will fare for that but you really shouldn't be looking at gaming monitors for production work in the first place. Overall, very satisfied with the purchase. Only Ultrawide on the market with a native 100hz refresh rate and the ability to get to 120hz.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Should have believed bad reviews, Lesson learned.

    Posted
    Spiff
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Worked great for 7 weeks. Call me old fashioned, but if I spend $800 on a new device (DELL HW3418DW monitor) I really don’t want to spend another $50 on a warranty in case my new device fails prematurely. Turns out, I was wrong. Best Buy warranty last for 30 days ($50 for 2 years extended), it took exactly 51 days for my monitor screen to start flickering @120hz. Now, after a long episode with a foreign call center trying to prove there was a problem with said monitor: I’ll get a nice refurbished DELL monitor in its place. Thing is, I didn’t buy a refurbished monitor. I BOUGHT a NEW MONITOR. An $800 new monitor. And it stopped working as advertised in 51 days. Guess I should have listened to the reviews and bought the darn Warranty. Lesson learned. You’ll never get another dime from me DELL. EVER! S

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      YourDellTeam

      Hello Spiff,

      Thanks for your review. We're sorry that your Alienware monitor is not working the way that you hoped it would when you purchased it. You can always reach out to Alienware's Technical Support Team via Email to help your troubleshoot issues - awsocialmedia@dell.com. Please use your username from this review as the subject line of your Email.

      We hope that if you decide to start using the refurbished model that it will work the way you intended it to.

      Best,
      Bryan
      1-800-254-3692 Dell

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Yellow hue on the lower left corner

    Posted
    Connor
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Got this monitor thinking it would be great for immersion but it's anything but immersive. First off I would like the say that I like the design of the monitor the slight hint of RGB is great. That is the only thing that I've really liked about this monitor though. My unit has very bright yellow hue on the lower left corner of the screen. It's so bad that it takes you out of the game that you're playing because it is the only thing that you are focusing on. I'm going to exchange it and hopefully get non defective panel this time. You would think the quality control on a $1, 200 plus monitor would be great but sadly it's not.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      YourDellTeam

      Connor,

      Thanks for your feedback on your new Alienware monitor. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our Alienware team via Email if you'd like additional assistance: awsocialmedia@dell.com. Please use your username from this review as the subject line of your Email.

      We hope that the color difference that you are seeing in your monitor will be resolved soon.

      Best,
      Bryan
      1-800-254-3692 Dell

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor for people that understand the tech

    Posted
    Cyclops39
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Great monitor, minimal bleeding. Much better than ACER and ASUS equivalents (Predator an ROG). This monitor is 100hz native, OC to 120hz and not a 60 OC'd to 100 like the others. People complain about flickering at 120hz, my guess is that they do not have their video card set to 120hz or are not using G-SYNC, I have never had one flicker. Contrast and colors are awesome, IPS viewing angles are great, overall this is an awesome gaming monitor. You do need to calibrate your colors for gaming which often wash out grays for normal PC usage, you can make the profiles as a hotkey to easily switch between them. The ambient lighting is OK if you are into that type of thing, just make sure you have USB cable plugged in if you want to control the colors with the software.

    I would recommend this to a friend