Dell 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor evaluation: Deep blacks, extra energy

Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor

MSRP $1.00

“The Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor takes standard panels to the following stage with IPS Black.”

Execs

  • Giant, sharp 4K IPS panel
  • Wonderful picture high quality
  • Really helpful USB-C hub and KVM swap
  • Excellent construct high quality and design
  • Standout guarantee and help

Cons

  • Costly
  • HDR help is so-so

Dell’s recent UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor U3223QE (whew!) appears to be like so much just like the Dell 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor P3222QE that we reviewed final 12 months. We liked that monitor a lot that we gave it an Editor’s Selection award for its wonderful connectivity, nice IPS image, and extra. It’s even on our checklist of the most effective displays.

The U3223QE, nevertheless, is in Dell’s UltraSharp lineup, that means it’s meant to supply even higher efficiency and innovation — and certainly, it’s one in every of the primary shows to make use of LG’s IPS Black know-how that goals to supply deeper blacks and better distinction. And there’s extra to love, together with elevated USB-C energy supply at 90 watts in comparison with 65 watts.

The U3223QE is an costly show, retailing for $1,150 whereas presently being on sale for $920. However you get what you pay for, together with a big and sharp 4K panel that provides excellent picture high quality and a genuinely handy USB-C hub.

Specs

 Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor U3223QE
Display screen dimension31.5-inch 16:9
Panel sortIPS
Decision3,840 x 2,160
Peak brightness400 nits (typical)
HDRDisplayHDR 400
Distinction ratio2,000:1
Response time5ms Quick mode
8ms Regular mode
Shade gamut100% sRGB, 98% DCI-P3
Refresh price60Hz
CurveNo
Audio systemNo
Inputs1x DisplayPort 1.4a, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB-C with 90 watts energy supply
USB ports1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 upstream
4x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
1x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 with B.C. 1.2
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 downstream
1x 3.5mm audio line out
1x RJ45 port
1x DisplayPort out
Changes26 levels tilt, 60 levels swivel, 150mm peak, 180 levels pivot
Dimensions (HxWxD)24.36 x 28.06 x 9.18 inches
Weight22.84 kilos
Record value$1,150

Design

Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor side view.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

The U3223QE’s outward look is just about similar to that of the P3222QE. It’s additionally a conservative design with small bezels and a straightforward silver stand, constructed of plastic however nonetheless exuding the impression of a weighty, sturdy, and well-constructed construct. The U3223QE is a show that received’t really feel misplaced in any surroundings, besides maybe a hardcore gamer’s setup. If that’s your scenario, then MSI’s Optix MPG 32 QD will supply a bit extra of a gamer’s aesthetic with out going loopy.

The unboxing course of was refreshingly easy, and placing the show collectively was a breeze. Simply rigorously elevate the show, safe one finish of the heavy steel stand to the again of the show and the opposite to the stand’s base, and also you’re able to place it. It helps a wide selection of motion, together with peak adjustment, swivel, and tilt, and it may well be pivoted into portrait mode.

Relating to the portrait mode, ensure the show is straight-up earlier than pivoting, or an edge can scrape alongside the bottom. In addition to that caveat, it’s simple to place the show for optimum consolation and ergonomics.

Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor stand view.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

One minor nit to select was famous in our P3222QE evaluation as properly. There’s a gap within the stand for cable administration, which is handy, but it surely’s positioned too low and is uncovered if the show is lifted past a sure level. It will have been good if the opening have been greater up in order that your ugly cables remained extra simply hidden.

Finally, it’s clear that Dell designed the U3223QE to emphasise what’s displayed on-screen somewhat than on the show’s outward look. And that’s excellent for many customers, who would possible somewhat have their monitor fade into the background than serve because the focal point.

Ports and controls

Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor showing main ports.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

The U3223QE consists of the time period “USB-C Hub” in its prolonged full title, and that’s for a very good cause. Constructed into the show is a well-configured USB-C hub that could make utilizing a laptop computer within the workplace a real comfort. There’s even a KVM (keyboard, video, and mouse) swap inbuilt, making it simple to swap sources. And, in a swap from the P3222QE, energy supply to a laptop computer is greater at 90 watts versus 65 watts. That extends the vary of laptops that might be absolutely powered by the hub, though that also leaves a universe of machines requiring proprietary energy adapters.

Video inputs embody DisplayPort 1.4 with Show Stream Compression (DSC) for visually lossless compression and Excessive-Bandwidth Digital Content material Safety (HDCP 2.2) help so you possibly can stream Netflix at the total UHD decision, HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 help, and USB-C with DSC help (DisplayPort 1.4 and HDCP 2.2). The USB-C enter is the one which connects the hub and offers energy supply, whereas a second USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port is obtainable for upstream knowledge solely.

The hub’s connectivity is intensive, together with a DisplayPort out for daisy-chaining shows (one thing lacking on the P3222QE), 4 USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports (with one conveniently positioned beneath the underside of the show), a USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 port with B.C. 1.2 charging, a USB-C 3.2. Gen 2 downstream port on the underside of the show with as much as 15 watts of charging energy, a 3.5mm audio jack line-out, and an RJ45 Ethernet port.

That’s just about every part it’s essential absolutely configure a setup that may join a keyboard, mouse, and a number of peripherals, permitting for a straightforward transition from a USB-C-equipped desktop to a laptop computer. In case you don’t want such an elaborate setup, then one thing like Samsung’s UJ590 32-inch 4K show may prevent some critical money.

Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor showing OSD.

Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor showing physical controls.

There’s an on-screen show (OSD) managed by a joystick on the again of the show, with an influence button being the one different bodily management. The OSD is easy sufficient to make use of and offers management over all essential features of the show, together with the fundamentals corresponding to brightness and distinction.

You possibly can choose from a number of shade presets together with Commonplace, Film (too blue), and Sport (not a lot completely different from Commonplace), in addition to set the colour temperature, set up the colour house, and set a customized RGB combine. Right here can also be the place you possibly can set the refresh pace from the default of Regular (8 milliseconds) to Quick (5ms), activate picture-in-picture mode, flip HDR on and off, and set the mode (Desktop, Film, Sport, and DisplayHDR 400, none of which looked as if it would have a lot fast affect).

Picture high quality

Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor showing display quality.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

The U3223QE is constructed round a 31.5-inch IPS panel operating at 4K (3,840 x 2160) decision, which is sharp even on such a big show. The refresh price is 60Hz, frequent amongst comparable shows and hopefully one thing that shall be elevated in the following iteration. Mainstream laptops are adopting sooner refresh charges, offering a smoother Home windows 11 consumer interface, and it will be nice to see the identical in additional nongaming exterior shows. One 32-inch show that provides 4K and a excessive 144Hz refresh price is the Gigabyte M32U. Response time is 5ms in Quick mode and 8ms in Regular mode, making it simply responsive sufficient for noncompetitive players, however nowhere close to the 1ms you possibly can get with TN panels.

Visually, the show appears to be like nice. It’s vibrant and colourful with out being oversaturated. Blacks definitely appeared deeper than common, offering wonderful obvious distinction with, for instance, black textual content on a white background. Dell charges the show as protecting 100% of the sRGB gamut and 98% of DCI-P3, with 400 nits of brightness and a 2,000:1 distinction ratio.

IPS nonetheless isn’t able to really wonderful HDR.

Excessive dynamic vary (HDR) help is licensed as DisplayHDR 400, the bottom score VESA palms out. HDR help was merely OK. With HDR turned on, the U3223QE elevated barely in brightness, and colours grew to become slightly deeper with HDR turned on in Home windows 11. Netflix HDR video was an even bigger beneficiary, displaying loads of element in darker scenes. The U3223QE nonetheless benefitted from turning HDR on, simply don’t count on it to be a game-changer. IPS isn’t able to really wonderful HDR as you’ll get with next-gen backlighting know-how corresponding to OLED, QD-OLED, or mini-LED shows, with the Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX being probably the greatest. These are nonetheless extremely uncommon, although, particularly exterior the world of gaming displays.

In line with my SpyderX colorimeter, the U3223QE does certainly present an awesome picture. Brightness exceeded Dell’s specs at 447 nits, with the distinction ratio coming in only above specs at 2,050:1 — an exceptional outcome for an IPS show and assembly Dell’s guarantees primarily based on LG’s IPS Black know-how. Colours have been broad at 100% of sRGB, 89% of AdobeRGB, and 98% of DCI-P3, and shade accuracy was wonderful at a DeltaE of 0.92 (1.0 or much less is indistinguishable to the human eye).

Gamma was excellent at 2.2, and the white level was simply slightly chilly at 6,700 Kelvin at 100% brightness. Calibrating the U3223QE resulted in nearly no change aside from shade accuracy, which really fell off to a DeltaE of 0.99.

In different phrases, the U3223QE offers wonderful outcomes out of the field. Skilled shade graders may want barely higher protection of the AdobeRGB shade house, but it surely’s laborious to complain when the colour accuracy is that this good.

Our take

The U3223QE offers a ton of adjustability, a strong construct, and a conservative aesthetic that matches into skilled environments. It additionally provides broad and correct colours (notably in sRGB) and wonderful distinction for an IPS show.

The show takes issues one other step with its built-in USB-C hub. There’s a ton of connectivity pushed via the USB-C connection, together with extra juice than is typical at 90 watts of energy supply and KVM help. It’s a wonderful resolution for anybody who needs to attach a laptop computer with out futzing with unplugging and plugging a keyboard, mouse, Ethernet, audio, and varied peripherals.

After all, it’s additionally an costly monitor, even on sale at $920. I believe it’s price it given the picture high quality, sharpness, and huge show dimension, but it surely additionally comes right down to how a lot the hub functionality issues to you. The excellent guarantee (see beneath) additionally provides some worth.

Are there any alternate options?

If you desire to stick to a big 4K show and wish the widest shade, then the MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD is an possibility. It doesn’t supply the identical distinction because the U3223QE, but it surely handles 100% of the AdobeRGB gamut and is much more shade correct. It prices a bit much less as properly.

In case you need one thing smaller to suit right into a tighter house, the 27-inch Dell P2720C tops our checklist of the most effective displays due to its cheaper price and good picture high quality.

How lengthy will it final?

The U3223QE is constructed properly sufficient and provides sufficient know-how that it ought to serve you properly for years. It additionally comes with a wonderful three-year advance change guarantee that guarantees to ship you a recent show first ought to yours fail.

Ought to I purchase it?

Sure, if you happen to can afford it, particularly if you happen to can get it at its sale value. When you think about the picture high quality of this sharp, giant show and couple that with the feature-packed USB-C hub, the U3223QE is properly well worth the funding.

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