Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q Review: Truly in a class of its own

Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q Review: Truly in a class of its own

Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q detailed review

Screen resolution is a curious thing; the internet is teeming with arguments for and against 4K, but our experience with the superlative Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q puts us very firmly in the court that says 4K should be as mandatory as a fundamental right (for PC users only, in this context ) and those who claim otherwise really don’t know what they’re talking about.

The Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q is the first IGZO display to grace our test center and it caused quite a stir when it arrived. For those unaware, IGZO stands for Indium-Gallium-Zinc-Oxide, a semiconductor compound “used in the TFT backplane” of flat panel displays. Without going into technicalities, this semiconductor allows for a faster transfer of electrical current and this is important because it allows manufacturers to build displays with higher pixel density (or better refresh rates).

Use case aside at this point, the monitor itself performs on a par with any IPS panel in its class. As also measured by our Spyder 3 calibration, the contrast ratio came out at a very decent 545:1, brightness was also good at around 300 cd/m2. In fact, the monitor scored quite well in just about all of our monitor tests, scoring well above average in everything.

One area where the monitor stands out is its build quality. It’s a very large and somewhat heavy monitor, but it’s exceptionally well built and very stable for its 32-inch frame. The Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q’s OSD is also the easiest we’ve come across and was a joy to use (the buttons are touch sensitive). All the connectivity ports are neatly stacked on the back panel and hooking or disconnecting wires from any of the peripheral ports isn’t too cumbersome. One thing we did notice is that the top of the monitor can get extremely hot, but the screen itself doesn’t generate too much heat, making for a more enjoyable viewing experience.

Basically what we’re saying is that this monitor is great and if you’re looking for a 4K monitor for work or play it really is one of the best out there, no question about that. If you can afford it, buy it.

However, there are some serious issues with the technology built around 4K that make it a bit tricky to use if you’re the type that plays a lot of games or just generally changes resolutions a lot. Our test setup consisted of an Intel Core i7 3960x, 32GB DDR3 RAM at 2400MHz and a GTX760 GPU. This rig was specifically chosen with the GPU as the bottleneck to demonstrate the effect of 4K on a very capable mid-range GPU. From our testing, we found that many games were playable (at around 25-35 fps in games like Bioshock Infinite), but we had to turn the settings to medium or lower to achieve that holy grail of 60 fps. Obviously you’ll need a solid rig if you’re going to be gaming on this screen.

While someone with a more powerful GPU (or multiple GPUs) could get around this, the main issue we encountered was related to the way 4K is handled by Windows 8.1, the software on your PC, and your GPU drivers. First, you’ll need a DisplayPort 1.2-ready GPU and cable if you want to run your display at 60Hz (otherwise it defaults to 30Hz, which is painful). Second, almost every time your PC goes into sleep mode, half the panel won’t wake up and you’ll either be stuck with half the panel at one resolution and the other half at another, or half the screen. panel off and the other, on (an artifact of the 4K production process).

Either way, it’s extremely frustrating to use a PC like this, especially if you have to spend a few minutes resetting your monitor every time your PC goes into sleep mode. The problems don’t end here. Since most apps are designed for up to 1080p, font and image scaling doesn’t happen correctly on many third-party apps, including uTorrent and even Chrome (until update 36).

Obviously, all of the above “problems” are software issues that will be fixed over time but right now these issues are a bit frustrating to fix when they arise. That said, when it comes to doing real work, the real pleasure of a 4K display has to be experienced to be believed.

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