Alienware debuted its first monitors in the spring, and it's following up with a pair of 34-inch curved displays, the AW3418DW and AW3418HW. There's a lot that's similar between the two, but the differences are important and probably bound to cause confusion.
First the commonalities: they use the same stand, have the same connections and menu system, support game-specific lighting effects via the company's AlienFX software and are G-Sync compatible. It's not clear from the information I have whether the HW uses an IPS display or whether that's just in the DW.
Everything else is different. The DW is more expensive at $1,500, thanks in part to its 3,440x1,440 resolution; the HW has a lower 2,560x1,080 resolution and price, $1,200. They have different curves -- based on the numbers, the HW's is much tighter, about the same as the LG 34UC89G (a monitor with very similar panel specs). Dell only provides maximum overclocked refresh rates. I don't have UK or Australian prices yet, but those convert directly to about £1,160/AU$1,890 and £930/AU$1,510, respectively.
The stand isn't terribly attractive, but it does seem well designed -- in addition to hidden cable organization, it supports tilting and swiveling as well as height adjustments, features which aren't as common as they should be.
The AW3418DW is shipping immediately; the AW3418HW won't be available until it's time to start holiday shopping.
|Alienware 34 AW3418DW||Alienware 34 AW3418HW|
|Backlight type||Edge-lit LED||n/a|
|PWM backlight dimming||n/a||n/a|
|Resolution||UWQHD (3,440x1,440)||WFHD/UWUXGA (2,560x1,080)|
|Pixel pitch (mm)||0.23||0.31|
|Maximum gamut||99 percent sRGB||n/a|
|Typical brightness (nits)||300||n/a|
|Maximum vertical refresh rate (at HD or higher resolution)||120Hz (overclocked)||160Hz (overclocked)|
|Gray/gray response time (milliseconds)||4||n/a|
|USB Type-A (out)||4 x USB 3.0 (1 x BC 1.2)||4 x USB 3.0 (1 x BC 1.2)|
|USB 3.0 (in)||1||1|
|Release date||August 2017||Winter 2017|