Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q An In-Depth Review

Base on how things are going, there is very little doubt that 4K Ultra HD monitor is the future of computer display technology. Though, the content they are meant to show is still hard to come by, it is clear that it is something we can expect in the near future. Dell made it clear that they want to be part of the scene with their three Ultra HD models, ranging in sizes from 24-inch to 32-inch. In this post, we will take a closer look at its biggest Ultra HD in line – the Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q, a monster display with a resolution of 3840x2160p resolution, which equally comes with a hefty price tag. But how does it stand against today’s tight 4K competition? Read on and find out in this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide.

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Who is it for?

If you’re looking to jump into 4K monitor right now, and budget is not an issue, then the Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q should be on your priority list. It may be expensive, but it is cheaper than many 4K Ultra HD monitors of its size. Also, it is packed with features and equipped with colour accuracy technology to better fine tune its performance. This display is perfect for graphics artists, designers, photographers, etc.

 

Benefits

The image quality of Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q needs to be seen to be appreciated, and it didn’t take long for us to appreciate the beauty of high pixel density on a colossal 32-inch display. The images look spectacular; colors were sharp, while blacks were inky, making each color pop. The awesome razor-sharp image is nothing short of stellar, and though there are not enough 4K contents out there, a handful of 4K YouTube clips look really good on this screen.

 

Impressive Out-of-the-Box Color Accuracy and Generally Good Grayscale Performance

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Colour accuracy is straight up impressive right out-of-the-box. Chromaticity test shows colors red, green and blue stayed really close to their ideal coordinates. Based on DisplayMate Multimedia Edition LCD diagnostic test’s full-screen color samples, the Dell UP3214Q shows no hints of tinting or hot spots.

The grayscale performance is good, with dark gray shades look a little crushed. 64-Step Grayscale test shows that two darkest gray shades look similar. Light shades on the other hand, are evenly gradated, and were very distinct up to the final shade. This results to better highlight details. Small texts look clean and clearly legible, good news for users who work on multiple pages on documents.

Decent Pixel Response Time Considering Its Panel Technology and Size

IPS is not known for gaming, as they are meant for tasks that demands on-point color accuracy. Nevertheless, Dell still put a decent Pixel Response Time in Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q with 8ms (gray-to-gray) performance. It is obviously far from the best gaming monitors out there, but certainly enough for most kinds of use, even gaming from time to time. There are ghosting action-packed scenes were down in dark backgrounds. Though it may struggle in providing smooth and excellent gaming experience, games will still look awesome in 4K. Obviously, you also need a graphics card powerful enough to support gaming in a monitor of this size and capabilities.

 

Good Viewing Angle Performance, Typical for IPS Panels

Viewing Angle performance of this Dell monitor is generally good, which is typical for IPS-based monitors, as this panel technology really provide good color tone and luminance that doesn’t get affected even when viewed from the sides, bottom angle or extreme top side.

 

Dual Monitors and Multiple Monitors Setup Options

 

There aren't a lot of choices out there for dual monitors, yet alone multiple monitor setups for 32-inch monitors, as their big screens are usually big enough for most work desks. Should you insist in having two 32-inch screens sitting side-by-side, then there is Planar Monitor Stand 997-6504-00.

 

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This monitor stand can support two 32-inch monitors on each side for a maximum of 26 lbs. for each of its arm. It is made up of tough all-metal construction, which ensures solid and stable build. The only plastic parts you will see in this product are the tightening knobs and washers. The arms offers flexible monitor adjustments, from height, swivel, tilt, or even pivot to allow screens to switch to portrait mode.

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If you're not looking to be working on two gigantic monitors, then your best option is a more ergonomic and work-friendly desk mount such as Ergotron LX Desk Mount LCD Arm. This monitor  stand with fully articulating arm is great for standalone displays, and this Dell UltraSharp monitor is definitely good for that purpose. The  monitor stand is made up of nicely polished arm, with extra durable construction.

 

Design and Features

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As with the other models under the UltraSharp line Dell UltraSharp U2713HM and U2412M, the Dell UP3214Q uses quite a minimalist aesthetics design with its simple matte-black with brushed aluminum trim. The screen is re-enforced with a non-reflective, anti-glare coating, framed in a 1-inch thin black bezel, with rounded corners. The trademark Dell logo comes with a shiny finish, and is nicely placed at the center bottom bezel. The massive cabinet alone weighs 20 lbs., but it pretty easy to mount to the pre-assembled stand and arm.

 

Buttons and Controls

This Dell monitor comes with six touch-sensitive buttons (including a Power button), all housed along the lower right size of the bottom bezel.

These buttons are paired nicely to the excellent OSD (on-screen display) system, which we can find in almost every Dell monitor in the past couple of years. The touch-sensitive buttons will reveal the OSD for each button, which eliminates the need for labels on the bezel (which is often times unreadable anyway).

The top buttons reveals the Preset Modes menu, which provides access to the seven Picture Presets, namely Standard, Movie, Multimedia, Game, Paper, Color Temperature, and Color Space. The Color Space setting includes the Adobe RGB (the monitor covers 99% coverage of Adobe RGB color space), sRGB (100% coverage) as well as a couple of calibrated modes.

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Users can also use the custom-color option to access expert color settings, which includes gain, offset, hue and saturation. Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q also comes equipped with a calibration software, which users can easily pair with third-party colorimeters such as X-Rite i1 Display Pro, to adjust and fine tune all color levels and save their calibrated settings.

X-Rite EODIS3 i1Display Pro (image from Amazon)


Aside from Brightness and Contrast settings, users can also choose between PC and Mac gamma settings, PiP (picture-by-picture), Zonal Color option (allows users to have different color spaces on both the left and right side of the panel), and the Uniformity Compensation setting that lets users set the different areas of the screen and get uniform brightness and color.

Lastly, the DisplayPort 1.2 setting allows the monitor to show Ultra HD resolution at 60Hz (default set at 30Hz). But as what we have seen from a close competitor Asus PQ321, you may need to have your graphics card and OS supporting Multi-Stream Transport (MST), or you will just get a blank screen. MST gives your graphics card the power to send two 1920x2160 signals, or stream to the DisplayPort 1.2 input through a single cable, where they will run at a single 3840x2160 image, with refresh rate of 60Hz. Obviously, you want to get the faster refresh rate to avoid choppy video issues.

 

Excellent Stand Support Complete with Adjustability

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The stand comes with the same brushed aluminum finish with a square base and a mounting arm with a slider for height adjustment of up to 3.5 inches. The mounting arm also allows tilt adjustments (with a tilt range of 23°) and can pivot 90° to switch from landscape to portrait mode. Quite a convenient feature considering very few 32-inch monitors comes with a fully adjustable stand.

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Also, the stand can be easily removed should you decide to hang this enormous display to the wall, using a wall mount and use its VESA-compliant mounting holes.

 

Connectivity Options

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Unfortunately, there are no legacy ports in this monitor, rather, Dell equip it with two DisplayPort inputs (full size and mini DisplayPort), and HDMI port, four USB 3.0 downstream ports, and one USB 3.0 upstream port. All I/O ports are housed at the backside of the cabinet. Unfortunately, none of its USB ports are easily accessible, as they’re all placed on the backside. Considering the size of the cabinet, it would have been very convenient for users to plug-in their flash drive or USB-compatible devices from the side of the display.

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Fortunately though, Dell is kind enough to include a 6-in-1 card reader on the left hand side of the cabinet, which will come handy for multimedia users, photographers, etc.

 

Tech Specs

Package comes with a quick setup guide, cables for mini-DisplayPort and upstream USB cable, a resource CD that contains the User Guide, calibration software and drivers. Also included are the safety information and Factory Calibration Report.

 

Bottom Line

Content creators, graphic artists, designers and photographers will surely appreciate the beauty and top-shelf performance of Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q and enormous screen real estate. The IGZO/IPS panel it comes with offers 4K Ultra HD resolution (4x better than the Full HD we have been accustomed to), and delivers excellent imagery and colour accuracy. There’s also an abundance of Picture settings, a Calibration software, and of course, the addressable 14-bit LUT that allows users of this display to fine tune and get the most consistent color. All of which are very helpful features for anyone who needs on-point colour accuracy. Of course, you need to calibration hardware to perform this task.

Aside from the slightly crushed blacks and no side-mounted USB ports, there isn’t much to complain about this 4K Dell monitor. It is undeniably expensive, but it is fully equipped and feature-packed to justify its price tag. It has better all-around performance than many of its 32-inch 4K UHD monitor rivals, especially when it comes to colour accuracy.

The Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q has truly set a new standard for 4K monitors again, the size is nothing short but terrific for high-res workflows.

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