Alienware AW3418DW Introduction
- color gamut coverage of 99.1% sRGB
- and a color gamut coverage of 109.2% sRGB.
- On the bottom of the screen
- On the back of the monitor
- On the foot stand
- and the power led
The Alienware AW3418DW has a very interesting price tag (of course depending on your region) between 999 and 1300$ so that you even can pay less than for the Asus PG348Q or the Acer X34A. An overall better monitor for less money? Yes, definitely! The 21:9 aspect ratio offers an immersive gameplay experience combined with a high refresh rate panel and a crisp sharp image.
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Deviations in gaming monitors measurement results
- Gamma settings
- Native sharpness settings
- Max brightness
- Response time (overdrive settings)
- Pixel inversion and many more.
- Five people reported me that they could not observe any retention issues. So in fact, this is an "issue" which can occur in individual units (lottery)
- One user had "horrible" calibration out of the box, probably gamma settings can vary strongly within this gaming monitor
- Several users reported flickering issues on the Alienware when enable 120Hz overclocking (The cable has been checked and it should be an issue on the gaming monitor)
- (24.03.2018) (Moving) Scanlines can occur when enabling G-Sync. These are very faint and hard to see. However, some users have clearly visible moving (darker) scanlines when enabling G-Sync in uniform colors (e.g. G-Sync Pendulum Demo)
- Some people in different forums have micro stutter issues when using G-Sync. I could not really observe stutter issues and there are also many other users that do not really can observe this stutter problem.
- (03.04.2018) Still, many people have Scanline issues on the X34P and the Alienware AW3418DW and people on a German forum reported that Scanlines becomes worse over time. In addition, some people have reported that Scanlines started to occur after several weeks or months.
Alternative Ultrawide QHD 1440p +100Hz G-Sync Gaming Monitors
Ultrawide QHD +100Hz Gaming Monitors with IPS/VA and G-Sync:
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Optimal OSD Settings (on this unit)
- Color Temperature Homogeneity (on its native white point)
- Scrolling Text, Eiffel Tower, & Chase Square Test
- Response Time (UFO Test)
- Brightness Distribution
- Sharpness Test
- Overdrive Settings
- Frame Skipping
- Retention issue on the UFO Test
Comparison Charts (Ultrawide Monitors)
Black point on 120 cd/m2
Brightness ULMB (Backlight Scanning)
ULMB not supported
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Pro & Contra
- Currently the best ultrawide gaming monitor (panel)
- A lower price to the Asus PG348Q and the Acer X34A + a better screen
- 34" with a 1900R curve for an immersive gaming experience
- G-Sync with a very nice range of 30-120Hz
- Good image quality out of the box (gamma have to be tweaked a bit)
Note: VA Gamma 2.2 looks totally different from IPS Gamma 2.2
- Very solid build quality, especially the foot stand
- Very low input lag
- Black equalizer for fps games
- AlienFX lighting (RGBs)
- A bit darker top near the bezels inhomogeneity (not visible in games)
- Homogeneity issues on several units
Some units suffer from a cooler color temperature on the left and a warmer color temperature on the right side as same as my unit. On my tested unit however it is only very very slightly visible
- A tiny bit too much sharpness settings which cant be changed within the OSD
- You need a fairly deep desk so that you still have enough space on your desk and not sitting too close to the panel to avoid IPS glow
- Halfe matte panel coating (a bit more matte compared to the Asus PG348Q or the Acer X34A)
- No gamma settings within the OSD (measured gamma on this unit = 2.4)
- Retention issues(!)
Update: They can vary in each individual unit so that you should check your unit for retention issues when you got your Alienware
- Unfortunately: ULMB still is not integrated
- Some people reported flickering issues when overclocking to 120Hz
- G-Sync (moving) Scanlines can occur when enabling G-Sync. Mostly it is only barely visible
- Still, the IPS glow, especially on the left (but much less compared to older 100Hz IPS Ultrawide panels)
The last Monitor Reviews
Hey man and thanks (: I'm so sorry mate for the confusing stuff - I should receive soon some feedbacks from other users who will test the retention issue, then I will update this review of course. If you can't or don't want to buy these new HDR monitors, then the Alienware (or even the new Acer/AOC with the same panel) is currently still the best ultrawide gaming monitor on the market, at least in my opinion + colors + pixel responsiveness.
Watching 16:9 movies, of course, is not optimum on an ultrawide, especially on an IPS panel. But to be fair, all monitors don't work that well for movies due to VA/IPS Glow or gamma shift on TN + blacks. Especially in a pitch black room, current monitors without local dimming, I highly would recommend some nice ambient light which already can help to improve the subjectively perceived contrast.
So, as soon I will have some further updates according to the retention issue, I will post them instantly into the update section in this article :)