Dell U3223QE review: “Deep and vivid color contrast” has all the advantages of IPS Black

The Dell U3223QE looks similar to the previous Dell UltraSharp, but it has a hidden charm. It is characterized by using LG’s new IPS black panel technology. IPS Black is the deepest and darkest color that a panel can express among blacks, and is a new IPS panel technology that lowers shading and increases color contrast.

Dell U3223QE: Specifications

The Dell U3223QE is part of the UltraSharp Enterprise and Professional product line. It’s not the highest-end product in the product line (the top-level product is the rare UltraSharp PremierColor), but it’s a high-performance display that is sufficient based on most indicators. It features a 31.5-inch 4K panel that provides up to 98% of the DCI-P3 color space.

• Display size: 31.5 inches
• Native resolution: 3,840 x 2,160
• Panel Type: IPS Black
• Refresh rate: 60Hz
• Adaptive Sync: Not supported
• Ports: 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort input, 1 DisplayPort output, 1 USB-C with DisplayPort Alternate Mode and 90W Power Delivery, USB-C upstream 1x USB-C downstream, 5x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, Ethernet.
• Stand adjustment: height, tilt, rotation
• VESA mount: Yes, 100×100mm
• Speaker: None
• HDR: Support, VESA Display HDR 400
• Price: Recommended for $1,149.99 (usually $919.99)

This monitor is a USB-C hub monitor and supports multiple connections. These include multiple USB-C ports (one supports power delivery up to 90 watts), five USB-A ports, and Ethernet. It’s like any other USB-C hub monitor on the market today.

Supports multiple USB ports ⓒ. Matt Smith / Foundry

Dell U3223QE: Design

The Dell UltraSharp U3223QE features a simple silver gray plastic chassis that feels solid but not overdone. It doesn’t even have the texture finish that some cheap Dell monitors do. The front is surrounded by slim bezels. The lower bezel was too narrow to take up space, so the Dell logo was moved to the stand.

A sturdy square base supports the U3223QE. It is plain but small in size, which is an advantage. Competitors such as LG and Samsung often have a wide base. A wider base is more stable, but in practice has little advantage and often takes up a lot of desk space. Dell’s simple yet effective stand is better.

The stand is adjustable in height, tilt, and rotation to suit the price. But there is one bonus. It is rotated 90 degrees for use in portrait mode. Most of the stands lack height, which is unusual for a 32-inch monitor.

Although the stand is simple in appearance, it offers flexibility in height, tilt and rotation, and can be rotated 90 degrees for portrait mode. ⓒ Matt Smith / Foundry

Dell U3223QE: Features and Menus

The Dell UltraSharp U3223QE is controlled by the joystick on the bottom right of the back of the monitor. The location is easy to find, but for some users it is hard to reach. The power button is nearby, and the surface is concave to differentiate it from the joystick. So you can avoid the mistake of pressing the power button instead of the joystick.

The on-screen menu is logically simple, and joystick control feels intuitive as you scroll through options. It has clear advantages over rivals such as Viewsonic and LG, which have a more ambiguous menu structure. Only BenQ has better menu structure than Dell. Some BenQ monitors, particularly Dell UltraSharp’s direct competitor DesignVue, come with a remote control.

The menu options are extensive and obviously for the more discerning owner. U3223QE provides three preset color space modes (sRGB, Rec.709, DCI-P3), and gamma, color temperature, and hue can be adjusted separately. It gives even the most demanding professionals plenty of discretion.

Connectivity is also excellent with a USB-C hub monitor. There’s HDMI and DisplayPort, and there’s also USB-C with DisplayPort Alternate Mode and 90W Power Delivery. This monitor supports DisplayPort MST and has a DisplayPort output so you can daisy-chain other DisplayPort monitors.

Here’s one more thing! This monitor has a second USB-C upstream port that supports USB3.2 Gen 1 speeds and provides up to 65W of power. This is useful when connecting USB-C devices for data only. It also has a USB-C downstream port that carries data and a total of five USB-A ports that support USB 3.2 Gen 2 speeds.

The U3223QE has an Ethernet port, supports Gigabit Ethernet, and has LED lights to indicate the speed of the connected device at 1000Mbps and 100Mbps.

It has so many features, but it lacks one feature that buyers can expect. it’s the speaker Dell products usually tend to exclude speakers. Monitor speakers are usually of poor quality, so it won’t have a big impact, but even so, buyers should be aware that there are no speakers.

Dell U3223QE: Picture Quality

Now let’s get to the core. The USB-C hub is great too, but the best feature of this monitor is the IPS black panel. Dell’s U2723QE and U3223QE are the first products to introduce IPS Black technology to the North American market.

As for brightness, the first test, IPS Black is not a special area. The U3223QE still performs consistently. Maximum sustained SDR brightness is 449 nits. It’s a great result for SDR, and the highest I’ve seen on a monitor with a typical edge-lit LED backlight.

In fact, the brightness is overkill, but good news for buyers looking for a display that can handle unusually bright settings.

ⓒ Matt Smith / Foundry

The test that monitor enthusiasts expect is ‘color contrast’. This also worked well. IPS Black did a good job. This monitor achieves a contrast ratio of up to 2,190:1. It is twice the number of a typical IPS desktop monitor.

In the test, a luminance of at least 0.9 nits was recorded at 50% of the maximum brightness. Most general IPS panel monitors show a luminance of 0.16 to 0.28 under similar conditions.

Simply put, the IPS black panel can express deeper and clearer shades than the previous normal IPS panel.

ⓒ Matt Smith / Foundry

The color space, which is the maximum color gamut that a monitor can display, is another advantage of the U3223QE. It offers up to 99% DCI-P3 color space and up to 89% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB.

These numbers are great compared to any other monitor. U3223QE is superior to most IPS products and achieved a level that can compete with OLED.

ⓒ Matt Smith / Foundry

After graphing the color accuracy, the U3223QE once again tops the charts. This monitor has an average color error score of 1.01, which is excellent (though not great). While the U3223QE isn’t ahead of its competition with ViewSonic, most owners will find the monitor’s color performance attractive.

As mentioned earlier, the U3223QE includes preset color modes for sRGB, Rec.709 and DCI-P3 color spaces. I haven’t tested the Rec.709 color space, but the sRGB and DCI-P3 modes are accurate, and the color and luminance ranges meet expectations. DCI-P3 mode showed the highest color accuracy and average color error was 0.83.

ⓒ Matt Smith / Foundry

There is one major drawback. That is the luminance uniformity. Despite its many advantages, it is still an edgelet LED panel, so in dark scenes the edges of the display are noticeably brighter than the center. The unit I reviewed also had some minor light leakage, which is a common problem with IPS monitors.

It was an IPS black panel, so bright spots and light leakage were less annoying, but it wasn’t lacking at all. In this area, Mini-LED and OLED panels were much better than U3223QE.

The U3223QE performs great numerically. Personally, I think it was a fantastic experience. A wide color space, accurate colors, and above-average contrast combine to create a rich, vivid experience with phenomenal depth. You will be able to enjoy high-definition content such as uncompressed 4K or the latest 3D games.

Dell U3223QE: HDR Quality

The Dell U3223QE is an excellent SDR monitor. So what about HDR content playback? Let’s not expect

This monitor can achieve outstanding brightness of up to 507 nits. There are also color spaces that can give HDR content a greater appeal. Increasing the contrast with an IPS black panel would also be helpful in theory.

However, it is insufficient to express HDR. Although the U3223QE’s edgelet backlight is bright, it can’t handle luminance differences for HDR. Even when displaying bright scenes, it sometimes looks less attractive than SDR.

Also, the backlight on the U3223QE worked awkwardly. It bothered me that the brightness increased noticeably when displaying a bright full-screen image, but seemed to go dark again after a few seconds. The SpyderX colorimeter also reported major color errors in the HDR test.

Don’t buy it to watch HDR content. If you’re looking for a great HDR monitor that’s not just decent, then you should look for a more expensive mini LED monitor like the Asus Rogue Swift PG32UQX or ViewSonic XG321UG.

Dell U3223QE: Motion Performance

The Dell UltraSharp U3223QE is not for gaming and supports a typical 60Hz refresh rate. The fast motion isn’t bad, and the game screen, which consistently achieves 60 frames per second, looks smooth enough. However, it is not comparable to a 144Hz monitor, not to mention a comparison with a 240Hz or higher monitor. Adaptive Sync is not supported.

It’s disappointing, but it’s not that big of a problem. In any case, high-end gamers prefer screens around 24.5 inches over larger monitors. It’s also difficult to run 4K at high refresh rates, so most enthusiast gamers currently stick with 1080p. But if you’re a player of advanced shooters or real-time fighting games who can’t tolerate mistakes, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

If you like more atmospheric games and games with limited fast movement, the U3223QE is a good choice. Features such as excellent color, excellent contrast, and vivid 4K resolution make it suitable for strategy games like ‘Civilization VI’ and open world games like ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’.

final conclusion

Dell UltraSharp U3223QE successfully introduced IPS Black technology. As promised, we improved the black level and contrast. In addition, the color performance is excellent, suitable for a high-end IPS panel monitor, and the 4K resolution is also clear.

However, the advantage of the U3223QE is not just the panel. It’s also a fantastic business, productivity, and professional monitor with picture quality options and multiple connectivity options. Other high-performance laptops can be connected via USB-C, the number of USB-A ports is generous, and it supports DisplayPort output and Ethernet.

The downside is the lack of HDR performance and the lack of gaming-only features. If you’re a gamer, you’re better off buying a dedicated gaming monitor. However, if you only enjoy games occasionally or if the monitor’s motion expression is not important, then the U3223QE will suffice.

The biggest advantage is the price. The online price of the U3223QE is around $919.99. It’s not very cheap, but considering the many advantages, it’s not unreasonably high, so it’s worth recommending to people around you.
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