Dell Alienware AW3418DW/1900R Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Updated Sep 21, 2018 at 08:56 am
Dell Alienware AW3418DW/1900R Picture
7.4
Mixed Usage
7.7
Office
7.7
Gaming
7.2
Multimedia
7.3
Media Creation
5.4
HDR Gaming
Size 34"
Resolution 3440x1440
Max Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
G-SYNC

The Dell Alienware 1900R is very good curved ultrawide IPS LCD monitor with a 3440x1440 resolution. It has very wide viewing angles so the sides of the screen remain accurate when viewed from up-close. The Alienware has a fast response time and very low input lag that will please most hardcore gamers and it also supports NVDIA's G-SYNC implementation of variable refresh rate so it can deliver smooth motion without tearing. Unfortunately, it can't produce deep, uniform blacks and it is not well suited for a dark room.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed Usage

The Dell Alienware AW3418DW is a good monitor for mixed usage. Its large size and good resolution make it good for gaming use as well as office use, as it allows for multitasking. It has a low input lag that makes it very responsive. If you place it in an average lit room, you will enjoy the picture quality.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate when viewed at an angle
  • Good gaming features like G-SYNC
  • Large, high resolution screen
Cons
  • Mediocre brightness
  • Poor dark scene performance
7.7 Office

The Dell Alienware 1900R is a good monitor for office use. The good size and excellent resolution allow you to do more with your screen area and the viewing angles make it easy to share your work with a colleague. The monitor's ergonomics make it easy to position it as you prefer.

7.7 Gaming

The Dell Alienware 1900R is a very good gaming monitor. It has a low input lag that makes it very responsive to your actions and supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC. Its large screen and high resolution can display every little detail of your favorite game. You can easily position it to your likings, and its thin bezels will not bother you if you expand your screen area by placing a second monitor next to it.

7.2 Multimedia

The Dell AW3418DW is a decent monitor for multimedia. It has a large size and a high resolution that allow you to watch movies and videos in high resolution. It has a high refresh rate so fast action has little blur and it is easy to position to your preference. Unfortunately, its poor black uniformity and low contrast ratio do not make it suitable for a dark room.

7.3 Media Creation

This is a good monitor for media creation. The large screen size and the excellent resolution allow for multitasking. It has a low input lag and responds fast to your actions and handles reflections well when placed it in a room with many light sources. Working together with a colleague will not be an issue.

5.4 HDR Gaming

This monitor does not support HDR. If you are looking for a monitor with HDR support, check out the Samsung CHG70.

  • 7.4 Mixed Usage
  • 7.7 Office
  • 7.7 Gaming
  • 7.2 Multimedia
  • 7.3 Media Creation
  • 5.4 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 6/23/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  2. Update 1/7/2019: The gradient score has been updated, as it was scored incorrectly at the time of the review.
  3. Update 11/6/2018: There was an error with the curve radius scoring which has been fixed. This has not changed the usage scores for this monitor.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved Yes
Curve Radius 1900R
Weight (without stand)
16.8 lbs (7.6 kg)
Weight (with stand)
25.6 lbs (11.6 kg)
Design
Stand
Width
22.1" (56.1 cm)
Depth
12.5" (31.8 cm)

The stand supports the monitor well and there is little wobble. Its design blends with the overall futuristic design of this monitor.

6.3
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range -20° to 20°
Tilt Range -25° to 2.5°

The Dell Alienware AW3418DW has decent ergonomics. You can adjust the height, swivel left and right and tilt up and down, but there is no option to rotate. Nonetheless, the degrees of freedom should be enough to allow you to position it according to your preferences.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

When looking the Dell Alienware 1900R from the back, the modern design with the abundance of straight lines and flat clear planes becomes apparent. The inputs are hidden and there is provision for cable management through the stand.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.4" (1.0 cm)

The borders of the Dell AW3418DW are thin. There is a vent that runs along the top border and serves for heat dissipation. The bezel is very thin and the panel starts at the edge of the border. The screen pixels, however, start after a small gap. It is nonetheless a very good monitor for side by side use.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
11.0" (27.9 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
4.8" (12.2 cm)

The Dell Alienware 1900R is quite thick mainly due to the stand and the curve. Without the stand, this is a relatively thin monitor.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the Alienware AW3418DW is excellent. There are no gaps or loose ends and the monitor feels sturdy.

Picture Quality
6.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
981 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The native contrast ratio of the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is sub-par. A low contrast ratio is expected in IPS panels and results in blacks that appear gray in the dark. The Alienware's native contrast ratio is slightly better than the Dell U3417W.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

Local dimming is not supported. The video is for reference only.

7.2
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
262 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
283 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
283 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
284 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
284 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
284 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
283 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
283 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
283 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
284 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
284 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

Decent peak brightness for the Dell Alienware 1900R. The monitor is not suitable for a very bright room with a lot of glare. The good news is that the brightness remains constant regardless of the window size.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

HDR is not supported.

8.7
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
51 °
Color Washout From Right
51 °
Color Shift From Left
57 °
Color Shift From Right
49 °
Brightness Loss From Left
52 °
Brightness Loss From Right
53 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
59 °
Gamma Shift From Right
62 °

Very good horizontal viewing angles for this monitor. The best we have measured so far along with the ASUS ROG PG348Q. This monitor will display the same image quality at very large side angles.

6.6
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
31 °
Color Washout From Above
31 °
Color Shift From Below
42 °
Color Shift From Above
37 °
Brightness Loss From Below
36 °
Brightness Loss From Above
34 °
Black Level Raise From Below
18 °
Black Level Raise From Above
70 °
Gamma Shift From Below
32 °
Gamma Shift From Above
32 °

The vertical viewing angles of the Dell AW3418DW monitor are decent. The picture quality appears uniform at the bottom side of the screen, but if you place the monitor slightly higher than your eye level, you might notice some slight uniformity issues at the top side of the screen.

8.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.856 %
50% DSE
0.127 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.480 %
5% DSE
0.062 %

The gray uniformity of the Dell Alienware 1900R is good. There is some visible issues in the 50% gray image but this is mostly closer to the top edge and should not be distracting in normal use. There is no visible dirty screen effect. In the darker shades, the uniformity is excellent.

5.3
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.495 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Dell AW3418DW has poor black uniformity. There is clouding all over the image and there is visible backlight bleed in the lower two corners. This is very similar to Samsung CF791.

6.7
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Game 1,2,3
Luminance
209 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
75
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Controls
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
7070 K
White Balance dE
3.77
Color dE
3.56
Gamma
2.40

The 'Standard', 'Game 1', 'Game 2' and 'Game 3' Preset Modes were all nearly identical out of the box. The 'Game 1,2,3' modes allow you to set values for Dark Stabilizer and 'Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow' saturation that are specific to that mode, allowing you to customize each 'Game' mode for a different use case or game.

The out of the box color accuracy of these modes is decent. White balance dE and color dE are both above our threshold of 3, and that means that most enthusiast users will notice some color inaccuracies. The color temperature is cold, and a bluish tint is apparent. Gamma averages 2.4, and doesn't track our target curve, and the image looks darker than what it should be.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom Color
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
26
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Controls
96-95-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6468 K
White Balance dE
0.63
Color dE
0.60
Gamma
2.18

After calibration, the color inaccuracies almost disappear. White balance dE and color dE are very low and it is almost impossible to spot inaccuracies. The color temperature is very close to our target of 6500 K, and gamma is almost perfectly tracking our target curve .

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. We don't recommend using this profile, as the calibration values vary per individual unit, even for the same model, due to manufacturing tolerances.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.0 %
Adobe RGB xy
77.1 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

s.RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color

Excellent color gamut for the Dell Alienware. The monitor covers almost all of the sRGB space. However, the wider Adobe RGB color space used in professional printing or publishing applications is not adequately covered. If you are looking for a monitor that covers those needs check out the Acer Predator X27 and our recommendations for the best monitors for photo editing.

9.0
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
96.6 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
82.4 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

s.RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color

Excellent color volume coverage for this Dell Alienware. At various luminance values, the monitor can display a wide range of colors of the sRGB color space. However, in the darker shades, it is slightly limited by its low native contrast ratio. The Adobe RGB color volume coverage is confined by the limited Adobe RGB color space coverage and the low contrast ratio.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

HDR is not supported.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

HDR is not supported.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00 %

No image retention is visible, which is excellent. Even after 10 minutes of a high contrast static image, no remnants are visible.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The Dell Alienware 1900R has one of the worst gradient performance that we have measured so far. There is 8-bit banding in all colors, however, this should not be an issue for normal use.

Update 01/07/2019: The gradient score has been updated (7.2 -> 8.6), as it was scored incorrectly at the time of the review.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.000 %
Pixel Column Error
0.000 %

When displaying large bands of a single color, no bleed can be seen and the colors appear uniform.

6.9
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
6.1 %
Indirect Reflections
2.9 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
3.1 %

The Dell Alienware AW3418DW has good reflection handling. Very similar to the Dell U3417W. The curve helps diffuse point sources across the screen and thus reduce their intensity. The light-matte finish helps diffuse them even further, so this monitor will do well even in a fairly bright room.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB
Motion
7.5
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
4.2 ms
Total Response Time
15.6 ms
Overshoot Error
13.2 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.3 ms
Dark Total Response Time
17.1 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
19.2 %

Refresh Rate Tested: 120 Hz

Response Time 'Normal'
Response Time 'Fast'
Response Time 'Super Fast'

The Alienware is a fast monitor. The response time is low, and this means only a small blur will trail the image. Response Time 'Normal' is the best overdrive setting as 'Fast' and 'Super Fast' have unacceptable levels of overshoot causing image duplications. In the 'Super Fast' option, the overshoot from 0% to 20% is so much that it clips.

5.2
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
4.4 ms
Total Response Time
24.3 ms
Overshoot Error
22 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.8 ms
Dark Total Response Time
23.8 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
29.5 %
10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

This monitor does not use PWM Dimming to lower the backlight and this is good as it makes motion look smoother.
On the other hand, this monitor lacks the option of introducing flicker to make the image crisper. This is a surprise as it supports G-SYNC and we would expect it to also support ULMB which is NVIDIA's implementation of black frame insertion.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No BFI
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A
8.7
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
100 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Compatible (Tested)
G-SYNC
Yes (Native)
VRR Maximum
100 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort

Excellent refresh rate. The Alienware AW3418DW supports the G-SYNC implementation of VRR. However, it is only supported through DisplayPort and not through HDMI that has a lower bandwidth.

Over HDMI at 3440x1440 resolution the monitor's maximum refresh rate is 50Hz, although, other resolutions such as 1080p can run at 60Hz.

If you want a slightly higher refresh rate, Dell has a similar monitor with a 120Hz panel, the Dell Alienware AW3420DW.

Inputs
9.3
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
5.3 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
13.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
6.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
12.8 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

Refresh Rate Tested: 120 Hz

The monitor has an excellent low input lag, which makes it very responsive. It is suitable for hardcore gaming as it reacts to your input almost instantaneously.

Over DisplayPort the only supported resolutions are (3440x1440, 1024x768, 800x600, 640x480), and only 3440x1440 is capable of refresh rates greater than 60 Hz. This isn't usually a problem though because most graphics cards will upscale lower resolutions to 3440x1440 without you even knowing.

8.7
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 3440 x 1440
Aspect Ratio 21:9
Megapixels 5.0 MP
Pixel Density
109 PPI
Screen Diagonal 34.1 inches
Screen Area 415 sq inches

This Dell Alienware AW3418DW has an excellent resolution for its size. You are able to easily multitask, and you will see every little detail your game has to offer.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 1 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI