Dell P3222QE 4K Hub Monitor

MSRP $899.00

“The Dell 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor makes for a great addition to a house workplace setup.”

Execs

Wonderful connectivity choices

Nice IPS image high quality

Sturdy, trendy development

Massive 4K panel

Very good guarantee

Cons

Costly

No wide-gamut shade house

Selecting the very best monitor for your self isn’t straightforward, particularly should you’re on the lookout for a show that may connect with your pocket book over a single USB-C cable and deal with all of the connectivity. Thankfully, Dell has a brand new 32-inch 4K providing, known as the Dell 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor, codenamed the P3222QE.

The 2 important highlights of this show are its massive 4K IPS panel together with USB-C hub capabilities, that means it may well cost your laptop computer, ship show and audio information to the monitor, and USB and Ethernet indicators, throughout a single cable. However this characteristic set doesn’t come low cost: The P3222QE is available in costing $899. Nonetheless, it has the potential to be an excellent dwelling workplace centerpiece for individuals who wish to simply change between laptop computer and desktop mode.

Design

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Unpacking the show, you’re instantly greeted with the show’s hefty stand and strong construct high quality. You gained’t discover a fancy metallic construct right here, however the P3222QE’s plastic physique is constructed to a high quality end with a smooth design and no ugly gaps within the panels. The P3222QE has a tidy skilled look and can match nicely in most properties and places of work, with its most standout visible characteristic being its massive dimension.

The stand has a noticeable heft to it, and comes with all of the important options we count on on Dell stands: Top changes, tilt, swiveling, and rotating to portrait – that is important on productiveness screens for reaching an ergonomic, wholesome posture.

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The stand additionally has a cable gap by way of its heart for tidy cable administration, although I’d have most popular to see this cutout just a little larger up. In positions above half-height, lots of the cables are nonetheless seen — although this isn’t a problem at decrease positions.

Ports & controls

As stated, connectivity is the P3222QE’s energy, that includes HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C inputs. For hubbing, there are 4 USB Three.zero ports and Gigabit Ethernet, although a headphone jack is seemingly lacking.

Of the USB ports, two are positioned subsequent to the show inputs for connecting extra fixed-type gadgets comparable to mice, webcams, and keyboards, whereas there are two extra USB ports alongside the underside of the show in a helpful spot for connecting USB sticks or briefly related gadgets of that nature.

Having two USB ports inside hands-reach makes the P3222QE a helpful desktop companion.

Another USB-C screens with lavish connectivity often embrace a DisplayPort output, because the P2720DC does, and that’s useful for daisy-chaining a second show whereas sustaining the one-cable docking capabilities. The P3222QE, however, doesn’t have this characteristic, so you can be restricted to a single monitor if you wish to use only a single cable. However there’s a good cause for this: the Sort-C connection doesn’t have the required bandwidth for a number of 4K shows. So it’s hardly some extent of criticism.

The P3222QE is able to charging the related USB-C gadget with as much as 65W of energy, which is lots for the overwhelming majority of productivity-oriented notebooks. Extra highly effective cell workstations or gaming laptops could require extra energy although, so do double-check your laptop computer’s energy necessities earlier than buying this monitor.

The P3222QE’s OSD (on-screen show) is an easy one, but it surely has many of the important options one wants for such a monitor. In the back of the monitor are two controls: An influence button, and just a little joystick for controlling the OSD.

The OSD itself is sharp and simple to navigate, although its textual content is kind of small, and it’s positioned method down on the backside proper nook of the show. Being a fairly massive show, this makes the OSD a bit un-ergonomic to navigate as you must hunch all the way down to learn it. But it surely’s simply the OSD, and it’s not such as you’ll spend a ton of time there anyway.

All of the important controls are there, together with brightness and distinction settings, varied preset shade modes, and a handful of gadget settings. For inputs, there may be even an choice to rename the inputs, which is sweet should you wished to, say, title the USB-C port to ‘Laptop computer,’ DisplayPort to Desktop, and HDMI to Console, for instance.

Picture high quality

That includes a big, 31.5-inch IPS panel with a 3840 x 2160 4K decision, the picture produced by the P3222QE is pleasantly sharp on the eyes with nice shade efficiency. The panel is able to 1.07-billion colours, with a rated gamut masking 99% of the sRGB house. As such, this isn’t a large gamut monitor, nor does it include manufacturing facility calibration, so we’ll see the way it fares in our testing momentarily. Dell additionally guarantees a static distinction ratio of 1000:1 which is what’s anticipated from an IPS panel, and typical brightness is rated at 350 nits.

Considered one of Dell’s strengths with its screens is its coatings — the place it was once fairly aggressive a decade in the past, Dell has refined its coating course of to provide a really delicate anti-glare coating that’s nonetheless extremely efficient at lowering glare. The P3222QE additionally has this delicate coating, which makes its picture nice on the eyes even at larger brightness ranges.

So, with out additional ado, let’s throw our Datacolor Spyder X Elite onto the P3222QE and see the way it fares.

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All issues thought-about, the P3222QE truly places up an excellent efficiency. Its gamut is certainly restricted to 99% of the sRGB house, which is able to go away lovers of wide-gamut panels wanting, however its shade house is simple on the eyes and, qualitatively, this can be a superb sRGB panel. Gamma efficiency is ideal out of the field nailed at 2.2 with simply an zero.01 deviation, and shade accuracy is examined at a Delta-E (distinction from actual) of 1.67. That is ok for picture enhancing work, which the P3222QE is nice for at its massive dimension and excessive decision.

In the meantime, brightness efficiency is correct on-point at 350 nits, with the static distinction ratio measured at a peak of 1100:1, exceeding the promised spec. Solely the white level was just a little off from the goal at 6900Ok, producing a barely colder picture than desired.

After utilizing the Spyder X Elite to calibrate the show and re-evaluate its efficiency, we discovered that we squeezed out 1% extra sRGB protection and shade accuracy was improved to a powerful Delta-E of simply 1.01. The white level was additionally refined, so all issues thought-about, there may be nonetheless an enchancment to be discovered within the P3222QE’s efficiency with only a easy calibration. However, the picture is greater than ok for many use instances, so except you’re doing skilled enhancing work, we’d simply go away it as is.

Our take

The P3222QE is a superb 4K monitor that’s particularly fitted to use with notebooks due to its integrating hubbing capabilities. With as much as 65 watts of energy supply over its USB-C connection, 4 USB Three.zero ports, and Gigabit Ethernet, the P3222QC has all of the connectivity wanted to arrange a (dwelling) workplace workstation that docks with the laptop computer over a single cable.

And that’s to not ignore the P3222QE’s picture: With a big 32-inch 4K panel you get a ton of sharpness on an enormous panel, at a DPI that’s simply comfy sufficient for most individuals to not want UX scaling, providing you with a ton of monitor actual property to work with. Shade efficiency can also be nice, supplied you use throughout the sRGB shade house. For most individuals, this gained’t be an issue, and may in actual fact be preferable attributable to being simpler on the eyes, although skilled editors could choose to go for a high-gamut show if their work calls for it.

Altogether, the P3222QE is a superb huge monitor to be used with trendy laptops, providing an unmatched degree of practicality and wonderful construct and picture high quality. The one actual catch is its $899 value level, although this isn’t fully outlandish should you think about its panel dimension and high quality, together with the connectivity choices and Dell’s wonderful guarantee program.

Are there any alternate options?

If a 4K panel is just too huge for you and you favor smaller shows, the Dell P2720DC could also be extra up your alley.

In any other case, alternate options embrace the LG Ergo 32UN880 with related specs, or the LG 32UP550 at nearly half the value, should you’re keen to sacrifice the IPS panel’s high quality for a less expensive VA unit.

How lengthy will it final?

Dell covers the P3222QE with a Three-year advance exchange-service guarantee, which implies that they’ll ship a brand new one to your workplace or dwelling earlier than choosing the previous one up — and in my expertise, they’re very swift with it too. That is nice for when you’ll be able to’t be with out a monitor for lengthy.

Past the guarantee interval, the P3222QE ought to final a minimal of 5 years too, if not longer. The LED lighting isn’t susceptible to failure, and there aren’t some other complexities that may detract from its probably helpful lifespan.

Ought to I purchase it?

Sure, should you’re on the lookout for an enormous 4K monitor to make use of together with your laptop computer that has the comfort of a single-cable connection, the Dell P3222QE is for you. It’s a tad costly at $899, however you get loads of high quality and equipment for the cash, so the value is justified.

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