The Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q is a heavy-duty, 32-inch office display with a 4K resolution and a stunning array of gamut standards making it an excellent choice for studios and offices. Packing its functional features in a shell made of Dell’s signature design which we all love for its simplicity and durability, this display offers users a ton of versatility. Let’s find out if these inclusions can justify the hefty price tag this behemoth is asking.
Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q Specifications
- Screen Size: 32 Inches
- Resolution: 3840 x 2160 UHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- Response Time: 6ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 300 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: No
- Stand: Height – Yes (3.54 Inches)
- Stand: Tilt – Yes (-4°/+21°)
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, Mini DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 1, USB 3.0 x4, 5mm Audio Jacks
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 29.5″ x 22.5″ x 8.4”
- Weight: 24.64lbs
Design and Features
The Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q features Dell’s distinct matte black and powder coated silver exterior which to some, disguises their products as your typical run-of-the-mill office display. Like most of the UltraSharp products, this model looks clean and elegant, a look we prefer over gaudy or over-designed exteriors.
The Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q also looks rather modernistic thanks to its slim lines and clean edges. One downside to this monitor’s face is its thicker bezels which are almost an inch wide each. But if you ask us, it ‘s hard to focus on these pieces of plastic against a massive screen with jaw-dropping detail.
Since this product’s market focuses on productivity and versatility, the Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q features a plethora of connectivity options in its I/O suite. You get two DisplayPort 1.2 slots, one of which is a mini, an HDMI 2.0 slot plus four USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm audio line-out jack.
Curiously, the Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q does not have any built-in speakers. Instead, Dell opted to include mounting slots for the company’s proprietary sound bars in case anyone would want a discrete upgrade instead of a separate set. You can connect the separately purchasable gadget through the 3.5mm jack which provides audio output.
To access the OSD, you get four quick-access keys which are responsive and convenient. The OSD layout is user-friendly with plenty of options, plus its well-organized for easy access. Each particular setting is folded into sub-menus, making the feature look clean and straightforward.
Finally, the stand included looks like standard fare from the company, with its powder-coated finish and minimalist neck and base. You get a reasonable amount of articulation for ergonomics except pivot, which are sufficient for getting a perfect view angle and keeping the massive screen stable on your desk.
Display and Performance
The Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q boasts of a 32-inch IPS panel with a 4K native resolution, 60Hz refresh rate and an 8ms response time which can be boosted to 6ms. The screen utilizes a 10-bit interface with a 12-bit LUT which gives way to its fantastic gamut specs suitable for content creation.
The Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q displays 99.5% of the Adobe RGB gamut and 100% of the typical sRGB color space. If that’s not impressive enough, this model can also produce 100% of the REC 709 standard and 87% of the DCI-P3 gamut, making this product a must buy for photo-editors, filmmakers or animators.
The 32-inch viewing real estate mated to the 4K resolution will produce a stunning 138 pixels per inch for excellent crispness and detail, but some users might find text and other small objects to be too small. OS scaling is a must to avoid stress on your eyes and to retain the accuracy of your work.
Dell claims that the Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q is factory calibrated before shipping out to reach a Delta-E of 2.0, but upon checking this was not the case. This model came with its Zonal Color Space feature turned on which caused the issue, while also making the screen too warm for our tastes.
One solution is to set the Zonal Color Space preset off and select a suitable profile for your particular task. You can also adjust the color temp option in the OSD and set it to 6,500K for a fantastic and achievable image performance without using an external calibrator.
However, one caveat of doing these steps is you lose a bit of contrast, especially if you reduce the brightness level. Color uniformity across the large panel is also excellent, but we did notice a bit of variance in backlight consistency going to the corners of the screen. This result is probably due to the size, which is a challenge to manage on any monitor.
Finally, the Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q’s gaming performance is quite good despite its slow pixel response rate. Input lag stayed a bit below 10ms which made it suitable for most titles, but ghosting and interlacing become apparent in fast-paced scenes.
This isn’t a deal breaker per se since the monitor is intended more for serious business rather than the fun of playing PC games. It’s good to know that this product is still capable of providing a bit of pedigree when it comes to your post-work enjoyment sessions, making the Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q worth its premium price to some degree.
The Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q is a worthy product to include in the company’s long list of impressive monitors despite its minor shortcomings. The color specs are indeed impressive, and the acceptable response time which makes it suitable for casual playing even if it isn’t a gaming monitor is a level of value we appreciate here at Monitornerds.
But if you are looking for a better product or a display which requires less time spent on tinkering with settings to maximize its potential, you might have to look elsewhere. However, don’t be surprised if the candidate you find is a bit more expensive than this option since all the other products of that caliber will surely cost a bit more.