The Dell UP3218K will be the world’s first commercially available professional monitor with an 8K resolution which equates to a jaw-dropping 280 PPI pixel density for unbeatable detail and clarity. In the wake of the cancellation of the OLED prodigy, the UP3017Q, the world now looks to this product to move the industry and its technologies forward.
Dell UP3218K Specifications
- Screen Size: 32 Inches
- Resolution: 7680 x 4320 8K
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- Response Time: 6ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1300:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 400 cd/m²
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes (-5°/+21°)
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – Yes
- VESA Compatibility: Yes
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.4 x 2, USB 3.0 x 4, 3.5mm Audio Jacks
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 28.4″ x 24.3″ x 8.5”
Design and Features
Much like every Dell UltraSharp product we have seen, the Dell UP3218K sports the familiar but well-loved black and powder coated silver design which gives the company’s products their unassuming but sophisticated looks. One thing we like about the looks of the Dell UP3218K is its Infinity Edge design for a virtually borderless appearance.
The included mechanism for the stand offers an excellent array of flexibility. You get tilt swivel and height adjustments, but you can also pivot the massive screen to get a perfect view of your content according to your needs.
The Dell Up3218K’s cabinet looks like one of the thinnest we have seen when compared to other 32-inch options, giving the product a svelte figure which matches its premium personality. Everything else is pretty standard, including the cable management hole on the neck of the stand plus VESA compatibility.
Another distinctive aspect of the Dell UP3218K is it’s I/O layout. The typical features such as USB 3.0 slots and a 3.5mm audio port is included, but what changed with this new model is that it now includes of two DisplayPort 1.4 receptacles. This standard has been awaited by so many enthusiasts since it opens the way to higher resolution or refresh rate display due to its increased bandwidth.
Display and Performance
The Dell UP3218K boasts a brilliant 8K IPS panel with a 7680 x 4320 resolution at a refresh rate of up to 60Hz. The expansive viewing space equates to sixteen 1080p screens put together, providing users with an ample workspace for massive projects or multiple windows. The screen can shine as bright as 400cd/m2, and contrast levels go up to 1300:1, which is a bit lower than the previous spec we caught which was at 3000:1.
The screen can only go as fast as 6ms in gray to gray performance which is a bit dismal for games, but really, who in the world right now has the rig to play games at 8K? Not to mention that there are currently no titles that can support the resolution natively.
At this point, we have to consider that the Dell UP3218K is strictly for professional applications. The specs also point in the same direction since this monitor can display 100% coverage of the sRGB and Adobe RGB gamuts, 98% DCI-P3, and 100% REC 709 standards.
If these specs were 100% accurate, then this product would become one of the flagship go-to devices for content creators, filmmakers, and editors in the five grand price bracket. As if these numbers weren’t impressive enough, the Dell UP3218K is also compatible with calibration gadgets such as the X-rite iDisplay Pro colorimeter, giving its future owners impressive levels of control and optimization according to their needs.
Finally, the Dell UP3218K will ship out pre-calibrated from the factory, with each unit carrying certificates or calibration reports which prove that colors will be accurate and vibrant as soon as you unpack and plug this beast into your workstation.
The Dell UP3218K is an impressive monitor indeed from its stunning 8K resolution all the way to its array of industry standards guaranteed to attract creators and professionals despite the hefty price tag. On the contrary, some enthusiasts may find it difficult to fight their disappointment that we are getting this model instead of the OLED-equipped UP3017Q.
But if you think about it, having double the resolution of current top-end products is still moving forward in technology even if it’s another direction to progress. We have yet to review this product, but we can say that the best and most exciting thing about it is it will surely hit the stores soon. It’s not yet available on retailers such as Amazon at the time of this writing, but if you check the Dell website, it says that the Dell UP3218K will start to ship by the first week of May for $4,999.00.