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Alienware 38" AW3821DW Ultrawide Curved Gaming Monitor (IPS, 144Hz over DP, G-Sync) $1,816.07 (RRP $2248.99) Delivered @ Dell AU


Not quite as good as the previous deals, but a new EPP code brings it back to the last deal price.

Previous deals:
* $1779.20 - LiMaaa/eBay deal 27/11/20
* $1777.83 - 2/12/20
* $1816.07 - 3/12/20

Please do note that these monitors do have long lead times to delivery, up to 2 months. OzBarginers in previous December deals are reporting that their delivery dates are in late January. You may wish to wait for another deal from our favourite Dell deal legend, LiMaaa, who tends to have secured and segregated stock to do deals on with quicker delivery (often within 2 weeks).

Product Specs:

Device Type: LED edgelight system
Panel Type: IPS
Aspect Ratio: 21:9
Native Resolution: 3840 x 1600 (DisplayPort: 144 Hz, HDMI: 120 Hz)
Pixel Pitch: 0.229 mm x 0.229 mm
Brightness: 450 cd/m² (typical)
Contrast Ratio: 1000 to 1 (typical)
Color Support: 1.07 Billion
Adaptive-Sync Technology: NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate
Response Time: 4 ms (gray-to-gray fast); 2 ms (gray-to-gray super fast); 1 ms (gray-to-gray extreme)
Interfaces: 2 x HDMI (ver 2.0), 1 x DP 1.4 (rear), 1 x Audio line-out jack (rear), 1 x Headphone-out jack (bottom), USB 3.2 Gen 1 upstream, 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 downstream, USB 3.2 Gen 1 downstream with Battery Charging 1.2
Features: Ambient light sensor, LED edgelight system, Flicker Free technology, Dell ComfortView, Nano IPS, HDR 600, 95% DCI-P3, 130.6% sRGB color gamut, USB 3.2
Display Position Adjustments: Tilt: -5° to 21° / Swivel: -20° to 20° / Height: 130mm
Screen Coating: Anti-Glare with 3H hardness
Dimensions (WxDxH) - with stand: 89.48 cm x 29.36 cm x 44.95 cm
Diagonal Size: 95.25 cm
VESA Mounting Interface: 100 x 100 mm
Weight: 7.93 KG
Bundled Services: 3-Years Advanced Exchange Service and Premium Panel Guarantee

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  • Can someone explain to me why for that price you wouldn't just get a 55" LCD HD TV…for gaming?

    Like this deal: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/594574

    • +49
      1. IPS

      2. Motion rate isn't the same as refresh rate

      3. TV doesn't fit on desk.

      4. Gsync.

      5. Dell warranty.

      6. DisplayPort.

      But most important of all…


      • +5

        and also these are what aliens use

      • +10

        7 - Curved display

        8 - Aspect Ratio

        9 - G Sync

        I don't have a desire to pay $1.8k for one but I totally understand why people want them

      • For the same price, wouldn't it make more sense to get a 55" C9?

        C9 is OLED, larger (but supports VESA so you can get a different stand if space is an issue) and still has HDMI 2.1 with Gsync.

        One of my monitors is ultrawide, but honestly, it's not so great. You don't get as much vertical space, while still using a large amount of horizontal space and many games lack proper support for ultrawide. The aspect ratio is far more of a negative than a positive, unless you only play racing games.

        I just don't get why at this price point, you wouldn't go for a larger screen and OLED when the cost is the same. If RGB is that important, something like Hue Sync would be even better.

        • As much as I love OLEDs, i'd be hesitent to use one for a destop where I have mostly static visuals where burn in is a liekly issue without care, and people dont want to baby sit a monitor.

          This monitor is 1600px tall, its as much vertical space as you're going to get without going full 4K (and the height you get with that), it'll have more vertical space than your typical ultrawides

          a 55" TV is a lower pixel density and a typcial monitor, prepare to have a deep desk or sit 1m back, 4K monitor shoudlnt be bigger than 48" or youll see pixels

          A C9 is also like twice the price?

          • @Tigerhacker: Burn in shouldn't be an issue if you have power saving mode on, since it'll turn the display off when there's a constant static screen. I do understand your concern though, and look forward to OLED being replaced down the line with microled, but for now OLED looks far better than IPS for gaming.

            LG is bringing their 48" range to Australia, which should be good to see.

            Good point regarding the price, I bought mine nearly a year ago and didn't realise they'd gone up in price. Hopefully things should settle down a bit soon, new models of LG come out around Feb, then they clear out the previous model, which should mean good prices on the CX at the same price as this monitor.

        • +2

          Because a large screen on a standard desktop is an ergonomic nightmare.

          If your standard desk is 60-70cm deep, then you'd need something like 90cm deep desk for a CX48 and a 110cm deep for CX55.

          Moreover, the mid point of the screen will be higher than your average head height, where typically you want it a few inches below your head height (you want your eyes lined up with the top 1/3rd 1/4 of the screen).

          So ideally, you have the ability to adjust your working surface (kb/m) independently of your screen… something like 2 standing desks, one for your kb/m and one for the screen.

          Which is a bit too much for most people.

          Otherwise enjoy having a screen that's too big, too in your face, where you can see the pixels, but it's too big for you to see properly without turning your neck around.

          • @Zaptruder: All the issues you've mentioned can be addressed by a wall mount.

            • +1

              @BradleyDS2: There are solutions to any issue - some of which I suggested, and a wall mount is simply another.

              However, acting like that your preferred solution is the only logical or reasonable choice will make you ponder frequently at why things are so 'dumb'.

        • I game on an LG C9 and don't get me wrong it is amazing but I still wish I had that "sit as desk" experience and that aspect ratio. Would LOVE one of these.

        • Please do not downvote his comment. This isn't reddit. You might not agree with what he's saying but the conversation certainly is on point.

      • "3. TV doesn't fit on desk."

        Lol… Love this.

    • +5

      this one has DP1.4 for PC gaming, also ultra wide ratio is new level pc monitor experience.

    • +1

      Need to be aware of what you video card can do.
      Also no affordable TV's have display ports, which only means 60hz max output.

      • HDMI isn't limited to 60hz, it's limited to 120hz with HDMI 2.1.

        TVs with HDMI 2.1 are as affordable as this monitor as seen here

        • I haven’t seen a deal on an hdmi 2.1 tv since covid.

          They’re all $3k+

        • HDMI 1.4 can do 144hz if the screen supports it. Everybody buying into 2.1 for 120hz is getting sucked into Sony's marketing.

          I run 144hz off 2.0. Just not at 4k which I wouldn't be able to run off my computer anyway.

          • +4

            @Fooah: The whole discussion is exactly 120hz at 4K. Only HDMI 2.1 and Display Port 1.4 can do it.

            • @GiullianSN: After having a second read i still don't see anyone mention that, just that the OLED would be better bang for buck.

              • -2

                @Fooah: If you're spending this much on a screen, it needs to have 4k 120.

    • +2

      Other people have covered the basics, but also, like a 55 TV is too big for a desk.

    • +1

      Watching a TV up close will give you a headache.
      There’s alot more radiation and the refresh rates isn’t high enough.
      Trust me I’ve tried it.

  • Spec, nice.
    Price, OK.
    Quality, terrible.

    I was big fan of Alienware, spent almost 5k on my current Alienware laptop, motherboard stopped working in six months. A major faulty found on my AW34DW20 in a week. There are 2-3 issues found my laptop, haven't contacted their service.

    I was told these hi-end monitors dispatch from Singapore, it takes LONG time to deliver or replace as less flight nowadays.

    • I have my fourth AW34DW20 replacement sitting in my hallway. Going to set it up tomorrow.

      The last three panels have had color temp issues (half the screen tinted blue/red).

      This has been going on since last October when they had the $144x sale. Big disappointment so far.

      If this fourth monitor has the same problem then I'm going refund and back on the market for a 34" widescreen.

      I really hope Dell are using better panels in their 38".

      • +3

        They sent me a refurbished AW34DW20 when I found the faulty in a week. Lost my patience. end up got refund.

        Personally, I won't buy any Alienware stuff.

        • They've been good with sending me new replacements. I really can't fault Dell support, it's as good as I'd hoped it'd be.

          Trouble is they keep sending me faulty panels. Given this has spanned three going on four months now, they're from different batches.

          Given Dell AU don't even sell the AW34 on their website anymore, I'm tempted to say these last few batches are duds.

          • @Shard: Hi mate, it seems that my one has the same issue, half red and half blue screen. How was your claim on this issue with Dell? I wasn’t sure if this was an issue to be replaced or get refund. Did you send your monitor before you had new one? Thanks

            • @OSJPAPA: I had to send support photos of the issue. I used the built-in white test, Google homepage and Gmail as examples.

              They sent a replacement monitor for the original one I had. That had the same issue so I sent both back for a refund (support told me they only send one replacement out).

              I really liked the monitor outside of the panel issue. At that time they were running a second sale at the same price so I purchased another one.

              I'm going to plug the replacement in for that today. If that has the same issue (I'm dreading it will) then they both go back for a refund and I'll probably go with LG.

              To Dell's credit none of this has cost me anything outside of the purchase. I've been able to use one of the monitors during the whole process so haven't had any downtime.

              • @Shard: Appreciate your reply.

                • @OSJPAPA: So the fourth AW3420DW doesn't have red tint but has light blue splotches along some edges.

                  I'll see if it gets any better over the weekend otherwise I'm out.

      • +2

        This panel is the same as the LG38

        • The 38GN950 and 38WN95C to be precise. It lacks an sRGB mode though, and local dimming is garbage.

    • +1

      Received my Alienware on the 24th, paid on the 19th from Hong Kong. Just purchased a Aw2721d to compliment the setup and it's being dispatched from NSW (I'm in WA) it was actually quicker to get the PC from Hong Kong than it will be to get the monitor from Sydney (eta is the 6th Jan) according to Startrack

  • +4

    Amazing monitor, no regrets for mine. Returned a Samsung CRG9 and got this instead. IPS and 1600 vertical resolution makes a huge difference. Also RGB is sick

    • Thats prob cuz you had a CRG9……not the Odyssey.

    • what sort of hardware do you need to run games at 144 fps?

      • Dont think you can. Literally getting 40fps in Cyberpunk with a Suprim X 3080..

  • +11

    If you have a unidays account you can get it down to $1709.24! There's currently a 20% off Alienware code which stacks with the ECUEPP5 code.

  • +1

    Had one of this and got some colour problems after rendering as i not only game but also do photo/video editing on it. It was annoying that I returned mine and got refunded with no problems. Bought x2 34 inch Xiaomi ultrawides from the Kmart deal and find it much better for my own use. Yes, the design not as much. But for more than half the price and productivity i have on it? Hell yeah.

    • +2

      What were the colour problems? I've been editing video on mine and it's been great. Also what was the reason to swap a nanoIPS panel with 95% DCI-P3 gamut coverage for a standard VA panel in the Xiaomi?

  • +1

    Insider info: cost price on these are $1500 so if it ever drops closer to that then you know you have a real ozbargin

    • What's the source? Do you know the cost price of other monitors? Sounds interesting.

  • +3

    Thats a hell of a lot of $ for the issues people are reporting.

  • That is once nice screen. But without a 3080 it'd be a waste.

    • Depends what games you play, can run older titles / esports stuff fine without one

  • I've got the LG equivalent, best monitor I've owned (and I paid 1k more for it as well).

  • Worth upgrading from aw3420?

    • Nope.

      I've got a 3418 from this deal (https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/458050) $1095 double stacked coupons plus they gave cashback so it was just over $900 in total.

      I'm waiting for another one of these then probably jump on the 21.

  • +4

    Seems like a nice monitor but I won't support a company thats gone to s***. Cancelled my order after they revised the shipping date 5 times.

    • +1

      Bet everyone who buys this will be waiting until next year for delivery.

      • +1

        Yes how dare they not deliver in the next 7 hours!

  • nice monitor but i have a samsung 35 inch and it's great. No point going up just 3 inches. I'm on the lookout for a 49incher but theres nothing above 100mhz with at least 3440x1440 that does usb- c charging. Gotta wait. Even the Samsung odyssey doesn't have usb-c

    • That is why I am looking at the Acer x34 GS as it has USB c but it is only 34”

    • The LG CX Oled is supposed to be incredible if you can afford it

    • Why does it need USB-C? Can't you just use a USB-A to USB-C adaptor?

      • Reduce cord clutter, USB c powers the laptop plus transfers video/sound.

  • How does this compare to the Acer Predator X34 GS. Just came out and am leaning to that one but I am no expert.

    • +1

      Same pixel density, the X34 is smaller, has a higher refresh rate and has USB C

  • Someone from Dell Customer Service told me that the AUAFFILIATE code ends today, didn't really inquire about the others. Just so you guys know. Also said that the AW3420DW is EOL and won't be restocked.

  • alienware.
    i've always looked at thier laptops and thought 'this is what an 8 year old would think is cool design'. Like when Homer designs a new car

  • +1

    Let's create a group buy if we get 1000 monitors ….if Dell can accept $1.2k per monitor. I would buy it in order to reach that goal!

    • +1

      The cost of this monitor is $1500 for dell…so i think its better you go to bed mate and dream about $1200

      • Of course I will sleep and dream lol

  • would shopback 12% work with this?

    • No. No voucher codes for cash back unless listed on shopback/cashrewards etc

  • How would this compare to the Dell U3818DW?

    Double as a work screen during the day and at night a gaming monitor!

  • Ultra wide vs 2 monitors?

    • +4

      No matter how thin there's always going to be a bezel in the middle. I prefer continuous screen.

  • ECUEPP5 code has now expired.

  • +1

    Mine i ordered on 31/12/2020 arrived today in Sydney. Yeeehaaaaa!

    • New orders via the website are showing an estimated 25 days until delivery.