Dell this week has introduced its new top-of-the-line curved gaming display, the Alienware 34. The new AW3420DW monitor resembles its predecessor from 2017, with the same resolution and G-Sync functionality, however it builds upon that with a greater display brightness, a different design, and features an IPS panel with Nano Color technology.

The Alienware AW3420DW is the company’s latest flagship display that is based on an IPS panel featuring a 3440×1440 resolution, 350 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a 120 Hz native refresh rate, a ‘fast’ GtG response time, a 1900R curvature, 178°/178° vertical/horizontal viewing angles, and NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology.

The key difference between the new Alienware 34 curved monitor model AW3420DW and its predecessor (AW3418DW) is a brand-new IPS panel boasting Dell's "Nano Color" technology, which allows the monitor to cover 98% of the DCI-P3 and 134.5% of the sRGB color gamuts. By contrast, the previous model only covered 99% of the sRGB gamut.

When it comes to connectivity, the display has one DisplayPort 1.2 input and one HDMI 1.4 port, a quad-port USB 3.0 hub (with one upstream port) as well as 3.5-mm audio connectors.

Being aimed at gamers, the Alienware AW3420DW has AlienFX RGB lighting with four zones. It also has an adjustable stand.

Alienware's 34" Curved Displays
Panel 34" IPS
Native Resolution 3440 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 120 Hz overclocked
Response Time Fast
Brightness 350 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature 1900R
Pixel Pitch 0.233 mm
Pixel Density 109 ppi
Anti-Glare Coating Yes
Color Gamut 134.5% sRGB
98% DCI-P3
Dynamic Refresh Rate NVIDIA G-Sync
Inputs 1 × DP 1.2
1× HDMI 1.4
USB Hub 4-port USB 3.0 hub,
one USB Type-B upstream port
Audio audio in/out ports
Power Consumption Idle: 0.3 W
Typical: 58 - 110 W
RGB Lighting AlienFX programmable RGB LED lighting
Launch Price $1499.99

The Alienware AW3420DW will be available on August 28 and will carry a $1,499 price tag.

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Source: Dell

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  • imaheadcase - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    Its dell, they always list higher prices than what shows on website. Last monitor i got from them was the graphics oriented version of this one at $1300..a week later on site was $899. The always have discounts and sales on stuff new and old.
  • nathanddrews - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    1 × DP 1.2
    1× HDMI 1.4

    Did Dell screw up their PR material again?
  • thestryker - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    Nope this is nvidia never updating the original g-sync module. You'll find that these two are the specs on all g-sync screens using the original module.
  • FXi - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    Seriously weak on DP and HDMI. AW just gave us details on the 55" OLED with HDMI 2.1. This feels like they released a dinosaur alongside the OLED model.
  • lilkwarrior - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Yeah, hopefully so. That's just abysmal in 2019. It seems their team associated with monitor releases can't catch a break from whoever was in charge of the spec sheet & PR kit (& making the spec decisions for their monitors in general).
  • Dug - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    I'll take the LG 34GK950F over this.
    Why? Blur Reduction Backlight (if you prefer this)
    Freesync 2 144Hz that works perfectly with nvidia cards.
    hdmi 2.0 and displayport 1.4
    Low lag after firmware update.
    Still Nano IPS which gives the wide gamut
    It's cheaper and looks cleaner. (Don't need my monitor to say Alienware)
  • SmCaudata - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    Exactly this.
    The Freesync version has no compromises and in the panel, actually is better. Really the only reason to go G-sync right now is for FALD (HDR600 or 1000) monitors. For HDR400 or less, Freesync is just as good.

    TFT Central has a good comparison of the two LG monitors using this panel.

    I will say that I like the appearance of this monitor a bit better than the LG (don't care about the backlight) just because I have a white case and keyboard... but ultimately I go for function over form any day.
  • obama gaming - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

  • godrilla - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    I thought non ultra gsync is dead though thanks for Nvidia for freesync support!
  • Ninjawithagun - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Agreed! I own the AW3418DW and this model is definitely not worth upgrading.

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