Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q Review: Really a class different

April 2, 2022 0 Comments

Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q Detailed Review

Screen resolution is a strange thing; There are arguments for and against 4K on the Internet, but our experience with the superior Dell Ultrasharp UP3214Q presents us very strongly in court that says 4K should be binding as a fundamental right (only for PC users, in this context) and those who argue otherwise. By the way, they don’t really know what they’re talking about.

The Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q is the first IGZO display to please our test center and it caused quite a stir when it arrived. For those who don’t know, IGZO stands for Indium-Gallium-Zinc-Oxide, a semiconductor compound used in the “TFT backplane” of flat-panel displays. Without going into technical details, this semiconductor allows for faster electric current and is important because it allows manufacturers to create displays with higher pixel densities (or better refresh rates).

Ignoring the usage for the moment, the monitor itself works equally well with any IPS panel in its class. Also measured by our Spider 3 calibration, the contrast ratio came to a very modest 545: 1, the brightness was also good at around 300cd / m2. In fact, the monitor has scored quite well in almost all of our monitor tests, managing to score well above average in everything.

One area where the monitor differs is in terms of build quality. It is a very large and somewhat heavy monitor, but for its 32-inch frame it is exceptionally well built and very stable. The OSDO of the Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q is the simplest we’ve got and it was a pleasure to use (the buttons are touch sensitive). All connectivity ports are neatly stacked on the back panel and it is not difficult to hook or unlock wires in any of its peripheral ports. One thing we noticed is that the top of the monitor tends to be extremely hot but the screen itself does not generate too much heat, which makes the viewing experience more pleasant.

What we’re talking about is that this monitor is great and if you are looking for a 4K monitor for work or enjoyment then it is really one of the best, no question about it. Buy if you can afford it.

However, there are some serious issues with the technology built around 4K that makes it a bit painful to use if you are someone who plays a lot of games or usually just changes the resolution a lot. Our test rig consists of an Intel Core i7 3960x, 32GB DDR3 RAM running at 2400MHz and a GTX760 GPU. This rig was specially chosen as a barrier with the GPU to show the effect of 4K on a very capable mid-range GPU. From our experiments we noticed that many games were playable (about 25-35fps in games like Bioshock Infinite) but we had to lower or lower our settings to hit that sacred grail of 60fps. If you are going to play games on this display, you must have a Biffy rig.

While someone with a more powerful GPU (or multiple GPUs) will be able to work around it, our most important issue was Windows 8.1, how your PC and your GPU drivers are handled by 4K software. First, you need a DisplayPort 1.2 Ready GPU and cable if you want your display to run at 60Hz (otherwise it defaults to 30Hz, which is painful). Second, almost every time your PC goes to sleep, half the panel doesn’t wake up and you’ll either be stuck in one resolution, half the panel and the other half in another resolution, or half the panel will shut down and the other, on (an archetype of the 4K production process).

Either way, using a PC like this is frustrating, especially if you have to spend a few minutes resetting your monitor every time your PC goes to sleep. The trouble is not over here. Considering that most apps are designed for a maximum of 1080p, the scaling of fonts and graphics does not occur properly in many third-party apps, including Uterant and even Chrome (up to 36 updates).

Obviously, all of the above “problems” are software issues that will be fixed over time, but at the moment, these issues are a bit frustrating to deal with when they pop up. That said, when it comes to actual work, one has to believe in the true joy of a 4K display.

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