Dell has long held high esteem for the quality of its displays, and that hasn’t changed with its newer models. What has changed is that more and more people are looking to external monitors to complement their work laptops as they move to more remote jobs and adapt to more permanent home office setup options. Dell’s 32-inch 4K UltraSharp U3219Q Monitor is perhaps the best combination of quality, screen real estate, and connection flexibility you can get, as long as your budget is mid-to-high range.
The U3219Q has a 31.5-inch diagonal screen, with an IPS screen and a matte finish that is excellent at preventing glare. Its maximum resolution is 3840 x 2160, with a 16: 9 aspect ratio, and it can run at a refresh rate of up to 60Hz. It’s a very large screen, but it feels a lot less large than it is, in part. due to the extremely thin bezels surrounding the screen and a relatively shallow depth. The screen weighs just 12.8 pounds, which is extremely light when you consider the amount of screen space it provides.
It comes with a bracket that allows it to be adjusted in a range of around six inches up or down, and it can be tilted up to 21 degrees or turned 30 degrees in either direction. You can also rotate it from landscape to portrait, which is a useful feature for encoding or reviewing documents, and it will still clear your desk with the built-in stand. The stand is also easy to remove and includes a standard 200×200 VESA mounting point for attaching to monitor arms and wall mounts.
For display connections, the U3219Q has 1 DisplayPort 1.4 and 1 HDMI 2.0 (both of which support HDCP 2.2 for playing back copyright protected content). There’s also a USB Type-C port which can provide DisplayPort 1.4 connectivity, as well as Power Delivery and USB 2.0 data connectivity, with a DP cable and a C-to-C cable included in the box. The monitor also features a USB 3.0 cable and port for connecting it to your computer to act as a hub, providing 2 USB 3.0 ports for accessories, as well as 2 USB 3.0 ports at the side of the display, and two of those also include charging power. While there are no built-in speakers, there is a 3.5mm audio output port for connecting headphones or an external speaker.
Dell touts the accuracy and quality of the panel, which boasts support for DisplayHDR content playback, and a factory color calibration that means it’s set to deliver 99% sRGB color accuracy out of the box, as well as 95% DCI-P3 and 99% Rec. 709 color for video. The display also features 400 nits of brightness, and 1.07 billion color depth along with impressive contrast. In short, it’s more than capable of handling even demanding video and photo editing tasks.
Performance and Design
The Dell U3219Q lives up to its promises in terms of image and video quality. Out of the box, it looked fantastic when connected to both a MacBook and a Mac mini, delivering excellent color, contrast, brightness, and black reproduction without any adjustments. This is definitely a display that has brightness to spare, which is useful if you’re working in a bright room with lots of natural sunlight, or if you need to boost the brightness for specific tasks when editing photos or videos.
While image quality is definitely a huge plus if you’re a multimedia pro, that’s not the limit on who this display should appeal to. The large size and the relatively small size, along with the 4K resolution, means that you can adjust it to give you ample screen real estate depending on the resolution you choose. It’s easily capable of handling multiple browser windows and apps placed side by side in a variety of settings, all while keeping text a reasonable size so you don’t have to strain to read anything like you would at the same resolution in a smaller format, but still 4K, screen.
And 60Hz means it has a screen fast enough for a smooth desktop and for editing even 60fps video, but it doesn’t live up to the high-speed standards gamers are looking for today. However, unless you’re very resinous about it, it’s a perfect refresh rate for just about any other use.
Adding a single cable USB-C connectivity, Dell makes it an ideal companion for modern Mac laptops, allowing you to switch from your couch to your desk with ease. Three inputs in total via HDMI / USB-C and DisplayPort also mean you can have it hooked up to multiple devices at once, which can come in handy for some lunchtime desktop console game breaks.
Video looks fantastic on this screen too, whether it’s for editing or just watching Netflix. And at 32 inches, it is quite capable of double duty in a home office / guest room where you also want to have a TV, but don’t want to invest in a second device. You would have to find an audio solution in that case, but Dell makes a monitor soundbar that you can add in for $ 69 and that mounts to the display stand.
Office upgrades are almost a must depending on where you work and what your evolving policy is on working from home versus cautious office reopening. The Dell U3219Q is normally $ 1,049, but it is on sale at $ 839.99 via Dell Direct right now, which is a lot to spend on a display, but it is also a device that you use every day and one for which you want to deliver maximum performance. your money and potential longevity. In fact, I currently use two Dell P2715Q monitors with my work setup, and these two first-gen 4K monitors are still performing well half a decade after I bought and started using them.
Dell has also just released a 32-inch curved 4K monitor (S3221QS) and a 27-inch 4K monitor (S2721QS) that pack many similar features but at lower prices depending on your budget. However, the company’s reputation for high-quality displays is well-earned and will serve any home office well, now and in the future.