Dell 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor Review: Deep black, more power

Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor Front-angle display.

Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor

MSRP $1.00

“The Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Display takes traditional panels to the next level with IPS Black.”

Positives

  • Large, sharp 4K IPS panel

  • Excellent picture quality

  • USB-C hub and KVM switch are really useful

  • Outstanding build quality and design

  • Outstanding warranty and support

Negatives

  • expensive

  • HDR support is also

Dell’s new UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor looks a lot like the U3223QE Display (whew!) Dell 3222QE Hub 4K USB-C Hub Monitor which we reviewed last year. We loved this monitor so much that we gave it an Editor’s Choice Award for its excellent connectivity, great IPS picture, and more. It’s even on our list of The best monitors.

However, the U3223QE is in Dell’s UltraSharp lineup, which means it aims to deliver even better performance and innovation – and it’s already one of the first monitors to use LG’s IPS Black technology that aims to deliver deeper blacks and higher contrast. And there’s more to like, including an increased USB-C power delivery of 90 watts compared to 65 watts.

The U3223QE monitor is quite expensive, retailing for $1,150 while it currently retails for $920. But you get what you pay for, including a large, sharp 4K panel that delivers great picture quality and a really convenient USB-C hub.

Specifications

Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor U3223QE
Screen Size 31.5 inches 16:9
plate type IPS
Accuracy 3840 x 2160
Peak brightness 400 lumens (typical)
HDR DisplayHDR 400
Contrast ratio 2000: 1
response time Fast Mode 5ms
8ms normal mode
color gradient 100% sRGB, 98% DCI-P3
refresh rate 60 Hz
curve no
Amplifiers no
input 1x DisplayPort 1.4a, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB-C with 90W power delivery
USB ports 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port for upload
4x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
1x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 with BC 1.2
1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 downstream port
1x 3.5mm Audio Line Out
1x RJ45 port
DisplayPort 1x output
Adjustments 26° tilt, 60° swivel, 150mm height, 180° pivot
Dimensions (HxWxD) 24.36 x 28.06 x 9.18 inches
Weight 22.84 EGP
price list $1150

Design

Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor Side View.
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The external appearance of the U3223QE is almost identical to that of the P3222QE. It’s also a discreet design with small placements and a simple silver stand, which is made of plastic but still exudes the impression of a sturdy, heavy and well-built build. The U3223QE is a monitor that won’t feel out of place in any environment, except for perhaps a hardcore gamer’s setup. If that’s your situation, then MSI’s Optix MPG 32 QD It will introduce more aesthetic to the player without going crazy.

Unpacking was refreshingly simple, and putting the screen together was a breeze. Simply lift the monitor carefully, fit one end of the heavy metal stand to the back of the monitor and the other to the base of the stand, and you’re ready to put it down. It supports a wide range of motion, including height adjustment, swivel, and tilt, and can be converted to portrait mode.

Regarding portrait mode, make sure the screen is straight before pivoting, or the edge can scrape along the base. Besides this caveat, the monitor is easy to position for maximum comfort and ergonomics.

Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Display.
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A single small candle for selection was noted in the P3222QE review as well. There is a hole in the stand for cable management, which is convenient, but it is in a very low position and gets exposed if the monitor is raised beyond a certain point. It would be nice if the opening was higher so that unsightly cables would stay hidden more easily.

In the end, it’s clear that Dell designed the U3223QE to emphasize what’s on the screen rather than the outside of the screen. This is ideal for most users, who probably prefer to have the screen fade into the background rather than being the center of attention.

Ports and controls

Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Display showing the main ports.
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The U3223QE includes the term “USB-C Hub” in its long full name, and for good reason. In the monitor there is a well-configured USB-C hub that can make using a laptop in the office a real convenience. There’s also a KVM switch (keyboard, video, and mouse) built in, making it easy to switch sources. And on switching from the P3222QE, the power delivery to the laptop is higher at 90 watts versus 65 watts. This expands the range of laptops that can be powered entirely by the hub, although it still leaves a world of machines that require special power adapters.

Video inputs include DisplayPort 1.4 with Display Stream Compression (DSC) for optical lossless compression and HDCP 2.2 support so you can stream Netflix in full UHD, HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 support, and USB-C with DSC (DisplayPort 1.4 and HDCP 2.2) support. A USB-C port connects the hub and provides power delivery, while a second USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port is available for raw data only.

Extensive hub connectivity, including a DisplayPort for sequential displays (something missing on the P3222QE), four USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports (with one conveniently located under the bottom of the screen), and a USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 port Charging BC 1.2, USB-C 3.2 port. The second generation downstream port at the bottom of the screen with up to 15W charging power, a 3.5mm audio output, and an RJ45 Ethernet port.

That’s pretty much all you need to configure a complete setup that can connect a keyboard, mouse, and multiple peripherals, allowing for easy transitions from a USB-C-equipped desktop to a laptop. If you don’t need such an exact setting, then something like Samsung UJ590 A 32-inch 4K monitor can save you some serious money.

There’s an on-screen display (OSD) that’s controlled by a joystick on the back of the screen, with the power button being the only other physical control element. OSD is simple enough to use and provides control over all important aspects of the screen, including the basics like brightness and contrast.

You can choose from a few color presets including Standard, Movie (very blue), and Game (not much different from Standard), as well as adjust the color temperature, create a color space, and set a custom RGB blend. Also here is where you can set the refresh speed from the default normal (8ms) to fast (5ms), turn on picture-in-picture mode, turn HDR on and off, and set the mode (desktop, movie, game, and DisplayHDR 400, which doesn’t seem any of them have a significant immediate effect).

picture quality

The Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor shows off the display quality.
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Built around a 31.5-inch IPS panel with 4K resolution (3840 x 2160), the U3223QE is sharp even on such a large screen. The refresh rate is 60 Hz, which is common among similar monitors and we hope that it will be increased in the next iteration. Regular laptops adopt faster refresh rates, providing a smoother Windows 11 user interface, and it would be nice to see the same on unknown external displays. One 32-inch monitor delivers 4K resolution and a high refresh rate of 144Hz Gigabyte M 32 Yu. The response time is 5ms in fast mode and 8ms in normal mode, which makes it adequately responsive for non-competing gamers, but you can’t get anywhere near 1ms with TN panels.

Visually, the screen looks great. It is bright and colorful without over saturating. The black definitely looked deeper than usual, providing excellent clear contrast to, for example, black text on a white background. Dell rated the display as covering 100% of the sRGB gamut and 98% of the DCI-P3, with 400 nits of brightness and a 2000:1 contrast ratio.

IPS is still not able to deliver truly excellent HDR.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) support is certified DisplayHDR 400, the lowest rating distributed by VESA. HDR support was just fine. With HDR turned on, the U3223QE’s brightness increased a bit, and colors got a little deeper with HDR turned on in Windows 11. The Netflix HDR video was the biggest benefactor, showing a lot of detail in darker scenes. The U3223QE still benefits from HDR playback, but don’t expect it to be a game-changer. IPS can’t get really excellent HDR like you’ll get with next-generation backlight technology like OLED, QD-OLED, or LED mini-displays, with Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX Being one of the best. These are still incredibly rare, especially outside the realm of gaming monitors.

According to my SpyderX colorimeter, the U3223QE really provides a great picture. Brightness exceeded Dell’s specification at 447 nits, with a contrast ratio slightly above spec at 2050:1 – an exceptional result for an IPS screen and fulfilling Dell’s promises based on LG’s IPS Black technology. Colors were wide at 100% sRGB, 89% by AdobeRGB, 98% by DCI-P3, and color accuracy was excellent at a DeltaE level of 0.92 (indistinguishable 1.0 or lower to the human eye).

Gamma was perfect at 2.2, and the white point was a little cool at 6700K at 100% brightness. Calibrating the U3223QE resulted in virtually no change except for color accuracy, which actually dropped to a DeltaE of 0.99.

In other words, the U3223QE monitor delivers excellent results out of the box. Professional colorists might want a little better coverage of the AdobeRGB color space, but it’s hard to complain when color accuracy is good.

we took

The U3223QE monitor offers great adjustability, a durable chassis, and discreet aesthetics for professional environments. It also delivers wide, accurate colors (especially in sRGB) and excellent contrast for an IPS screen.

The display takes things a step further with the integrated USB-C hub. There’s plenty of connectivity to run through the USB-C connection, along with more power than usual at 90W of power delivery and KVM support. It’s an excellent solution for anyone who wants to connect a laptop computer non-stop by disconnecting and connecting keyboard, mouse, Ethernet, audio, and various peripherals.

Of course, it’s also an expensive monitor, even at $920. I think it’s worth it given the picture quality, sharpness and large screen size, but it also comes down to how important the hub capability is to you. The premium warranty (see below) also adds some value.

Are there alternatives?

If you want to stick with a large 4K screen and want the most color, the MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD It is an option. It doesn’t offer the same contrast as the U3223QE, but it handles 100% of the AdobeRGB color gamut and is more color-accurate. It costs a little less as well.

If you want something smaller to fit in a narrower space, 27″ Dell P2720C It tops our list of best monitors thanks to its low price and good picture quality.

How long will it last?

The U3223QE is built well enough and offers enough technology to serve you well for years. It also comes with a three-year premium replacement warranty that promises to send you a new screen first if yours fails.

Should i buy it?

Yes, if you can afford it, especially if you can get it at the sale price. When you consider the image quality of this sharp, large screen and its pairing with a feature-packed USB-C hub, the U3223QE is well worth the investment.

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