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Alienware AW3420DW Review Rundown

DellPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 72%
Pros**
  • Ultra-wide form factor
  • 1900 curvature
  • Rich color reproduction
  • Stand with tilt, swivel, and height adjustments
  • Support for NVIDIA G-SYNC
  • High 90.48 % screen-to-body ratio
Cons**
  • No publicized HDR support
  • 8-bit display panel

Summary

The Alienware 34 Curved Gaming Monitor (AW3420DW) sits near the top of Dell/Alienware's lineup of formidable gaming monitors. With a 1440p resolution, images are delivered with great detail. The monitor's low contrast ratio makes it hard to recommend for dark room viewing.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Alienware 34 is a great-looking curved gaming monitor with very strong color coverage and strong contrast. It isn't particularly bright, and its input lag could be lower. The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG beats it out in color range, though, covering the full DCI gamut. If you want an ultrawide panel for a lot less money, the MSI MPG341 is also a fine buy.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous, curved design
  • Strong color coverage
  • Excellent input lag
Cons[**]
  • No HDR support

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 36%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The Dell Alienware AW3420DW is a good monitor for most uses. Its large 21:9 screen provides an immersive gaming experience. Multitasking is easy due to the large 34 inch screen real estate. It's decent for media consumption as well, but the monitor's low contrast ratio isn't suitable for dark room viewing, and it doesn't support HDR.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent gray uniformity and gradient performance
  • Large 34 inch screen real estate
  • Good ergonomics
  • Great contrast ratio and sub-par black uniformity
  • G-SYNC support
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre reflection handling and peak brightness
  • Low contrast ratio
  • Doesn't support HDR

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Alienware AW3420DW looks fantastic, and there's no way around that. No matter what kind of content we have on the screen, whether work or play, this monitor simply excels. The Ultrawide resolution means we're able to fit two large browser windows and Slack without ever having to alt-tab. We love the fact that there are so many USB ports here, there can never be enough as far as we're concerned. But, with a monitor in this price range, being limited to two display inputs is a red flag.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful Ultrawide resolution
  • G-Sync panel
  • Great gaming performance
Cons[**]
  • No second DisplayPort
  • No G-Sync

References

1. ^ Alienware 34 Curved Gaming Monitor (AW3420DW) Review. pcmag. 2020-12-09 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Dell Alienware AW3420DW Monitor Review. rtings. 2020-03-02 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Alienware AW3420DW review. techradar. 2019-11-14 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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