Dell Alienware AW3821DW (IPS)

Dell Alienware AW3821DW (IPS)

Dell Alienware AW3821DW (IPS)

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BEST RATING
Productivity:
3.6
CASUAL GAMING: Fair6.0/10
COMPETITIVE GAMING: Poor4.5/10
PRODUCTIVITY: Fair6.6/10
MEDIA CONSUMPTION: Fair6.2/10
RESOLUTION: Good7.1/10
BRIGHTNESS: Good7.3/10
CONTRAST: Poor5.9/10
COLOR VOLUME: Poor5.6/10
REFRESH RATE: Fair6.6/10
RESPONSE TIME: Good7.0/10
TEXT QUALITY: Good7.1/10

The Dell Alienware AW3821DW is a premium-priced, large 38-inch monitor with a 3840 x 1600 resolution, which is great for an immersive gaming and productivity experience. Its IPS panel provides good color accuracy and wide viewing angles, making it suitable for digital photo editing and tasks where color representation is important. However, its contrast is only fair, which means blacks might not be as deep in a dark room. This monitor supports a variable refresh rate with a range of 20-144 Hz, offering a smooth gaming experience. It's not the best choice for HDR gaming and media consumption due to its limited HDR peak brightness. With a fast response time, competitive gaming is viable, although it may not be the top choice for professional gamers seeking the highest performance displays. For connectivity, it lacks HDMI 2.1 ports but includes HDMI 2.0 and a DisplayPort, sufficient for connecting a variety of devices. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.




Evaluation

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Pros
  • Wide 38-inch IPS screen
  • Adjustable stand for comfort
  • Good for productivity tasks
  • Decent for casual gaming
Cons
  • Moderate contrast
  • Low brightness for HDR
  • Not ideal for competitive gaming
  • Limited color accuracy for professional editing

Ratings by Category

Productivity:
3.6
The productivity score is based on a variety of factors like resolution, screen size, pixels per inch, ergonomics and screen coating.
Media Consumption:
3.3
The media comparison score is based on a variety of factors like resolution, contrast, brightness and screen coating
Casual Gaming:
3.1
The casual gaming score is based on a variety of factors including refresh rate, resolution, contrast, brightness, color gamut and screen coating.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$999
Screen Size
38"
Resolution
3840 x 1600
Screen Type
LED
Screen Sub-type
IPS
Local Dimming Zones
32

COLOR, CONTRAST & BRIGHTNESS

Native Contrast
883:1
SDR Peak Brightness
495 nits
HDR Peak Brightness
660 nits
Suitable for HDR Gaming and Media Consumption
No
sRGB Color Gamut
133 %

MOTION CHARACTERISTICS

Total Response Time
10.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
20 - 144 Hz
Strobing / BFI
No
Persistence Blur Score
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6.6/10
Ghosting Score
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7/10

TEXT & IMAGE CLARITY

Pixels Per Inch
111 PPI
Coating
Matte
Text Clarity Score
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7.2/10
Image Clarity Score
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7.2/10

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

HDMI 1.4 Ports
0
HDMI 2.0 Ports
2
HDMI 2.1 Ports
0
Micro HDMI Ports
0
DisplayPort 1.2 Ports
0

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Tom's Hardware

Christian Eberle | April 2021
"The Alienware AW3821DW isn’t perfect, but right now, it’s the best value in 38-inch ultrawide gaming monitors. It delivers a solid gaming experience with a bright and saturated image that’s color-accurate. With premium styling and build quality, it’s sure to satisfy gamers looking for a jumbo display."

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