Tech of the week! Alienware 34” Curved Gaming Monitor
First of all WOW! This monitor is beautiful, when it arrived at my house it was in a box about the size of a small hatchback. When I opened the box I realised why! Alienware/Dell really don’t want this monitor damaged during transit! Really well packed and very secured. And once you get through the packaging the monitor is just incredible.
The design of the Alienware monitor is fantastic. Very sleek design with minimal borders around the beautiful IPS panel (IPS stands for in-plane switching, essentially its technology designed to help improve limitations of LCD screens aka witchcraft). The monitor has a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 (might sound like a weird resolution but is still a 21:9 aspect ratio) at 100Hz (you can overclock the refresh rate to 120Hz,easily with the settings on the monitor)
The best bits!
This monitor looks good, both physically in terms of design as well as the panel itself. I got the privilege of being able to use this monitor for the last 3 weeks (Thanks to Ovato for sending it to me!) and all in all it did not disappoint. I played a variety of games on this monitor, and they all looked absolutely stunning. The monitor has great sharpness, unlike I have seen. All colours look incredible except some whites look a little underwhelming, however I’m not sure if that’s because of the panel or because of how great every other colour looks!
Alienware’s 34” cured monitor also has a decent range in term of ergonomics. The screen can be tilted 5 degree’s forward and 25 degrees backwards. The monitor can also swivel 40 degrees side to side (with no base movement). The screen can also be raised or lowered about 10cm to make sure that it sits just where you need it to be. And if that wasn’t enough features you can also rotate the monitor and convert it to a portrait display (although I don’t recommend this, as it takes away from the displays real highlights).
With a pretty stock standard set of ports in the rear of the monitor there is nothing to write home about on this point (HDMI, DisplayPort and 2 USB 3.0 Type A and 1 USB 3.0 type B) However on the back of the screen and stand the sleek design is really shown off. With a monitor this big it really would’ve been easy to go over the top with design, but a simple Alienware alien head (of course with RGB lighting) in the top right corner, and with relatively small “ALIENWARE” wording on the stand branding is kept to a minimum. The display will fit into anyone’s gaming station without screaming Alienware at people’s faces (although if you do have this monitor you’ll probably shout it at people anyway).
The not so good bits!
I really don’t have anything bad to say about the monitor here except, the price. If you want one of the best ultra-wide monitors on the market, you will need to pay the premium price. Retailing for over $2000 it is a hard sell. But if you are the kind of person that needs the best in the business then this might just be the monitor for you!
This monitor is essentially ready to go out of the box, however with a plethora of settings to play with you can set the monitor up for exactly your specifications. This monitor does have G-Sync support so it keeps everything nice and smooth. A 4ms response time will also keep you in the game as will the 178 degree viewing angle. Although the monitor isn’t mount compatible, you wouldn’t want to get rid of the incredibly sturdy and very well designed stand in my opinion. There isn’t many more ways for me to convince you that buying this monitor is a good idea!
If this wasn’t enough to make you rush out and get this monitor, please stay tuned to D1DLC for an in-depth video review of this incredible monitor. It’ll definitely be one to watch (see what I did there?)