Dell Alienware AW3821DW 144Hz G-SYNC Ultimate UltraWideAs an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs I earn from qualifying purchases made using the “Buy” buttons.
When it comes to immersion, large UltraWide screens screens really deliver. The Dell Alienware AW3821DW offers an expansive 37.5″ UltraWide screen with a host of attractive gaming-oriented features. The aesthetics line up with other recent models in the Alienware range, with a gamery but in our opinion tasteful sci-fi aesthetic. The top and side bezels are dual stage with a slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen, with a slender hard plastic rim around this. The bottom bezel is still reasonably slim, but features a plastic bezel that covers almost all of the panel border. A few AlienFX RGB LED lighting features are found at the front, which can be customised in the OSD or using Alienware Command Centre software. This includes a ring around the power button and a central downwards-facing strip. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by buttons and a joystick at the the rear of the monitor. Running vertically towards the bottom right, as viewed from in front.
A 37.5″ LG Display Nano IPS UltraWide panel is used with 3840 x 1600 resolution (21:9 aspect ratio, or more accurately 2.4:1). This is accompanied by a 2300R (relatively gentle) curve for a slight feeling of extra depth and potentially enhanced viewing comfort, without feeling unnatural. The monitor supports a 144Hz refresh rate alongside G-SYNC Ultimate, which includes a G-SYNC module for VRR support on compatible GPUs alongside HDR support. Other aspects of note include a light matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. 10-bit colour is supported and a flicker-free WLED backlight is employed with a specified 95% DCI-P3 colour gamut (130.6% sRGB) – slightly lower than the 98% DCI-P3 usually specified for a Nano IPS panel but possibly differing due to measurement methodology. A 450 cd/m² typical maximum luminance is specified for SDR, whilst for HDR content the backlight can pulse to at least 600 cd/m². VESA DisplayHDR 600 is supported, allowing the bit-depth and colour gamut to be used appropriately alongside the relatively high luminance and a degree of local dimming to enhance contrast. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, but as we always say don’t pay too much attention to this figure. The monitor includes an ambient light sensor, whilst the ‘sci-fi’ styling continues at the rear. ‘Lunar Light’ colouring is used here, with an alien head logo and LED ring at the rear creating 2 additional AlienFX lighting zones. The included stand attaches using a quick-release mechanism and offers tilt, height and swivel adjustment. It can be removed and replaced by an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution if preferred. The ports face downwards beneath a removable port cover and include; 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, 3 USB 3.2 ports and 3.5mm audio output. 2 further USB 3.2 ports (plus upstream) and a 3.5mm headphone jack are found at the bottom of the monitor, in the centre, for easy access from the front.
Further details can be found in this press release. The monitor is listed with an RRP of $1899.99 USD.