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Review of the DELL U3219Q - 4K monitor

 


Review of the 32-Inch DELL Ultrasharp U3219Q - UHD monitor
Published on December 07, 2018

 

4K displays make many of us dream for their display finesse because their pixels become almost invisible. This Dell U3219Q is the first Dell 4K I've tested below 1000 dollars so the simple question that comes to mind is: what is it worth and is it a good deal?


This new Dell display is rather high-end at Dell since it has a 32-inch panel from the Ultrasharp series that displays the 4K (3840 x 2160 - 16:9 - pitch 0.17 - 140 ppi). Its panel is matt, with IPS technology (white LEDs), 10-bit LUT table and sRGB gamut. A classic in 2018. The finish and ergonomics are in line with this. Finally, it can be noted that this screen has the famous connector technology full of future: USB-C.

 

 
 

In a few words...

 

DELL U3219Q

$849.99

Here is finally the 32-Inch - 4K screen under the 1000 dollars I was expecting! It is a favorite even if it is not yet an Eizo but perfection in 4K costs more than 5000 dollars... - Read my conclusion  

 
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Introduction to the Dell U3219Q monitor

Here are, to begin with, some illustrations of this beautifully finished display as well as the latest Dell creations:

   
Vertical movement of the Dell U2719DC   Dell U3219Q's dual orientation
Dell U3219Q Grommets   Dell U3219Q Connectors
   
  Technical specifications
  Dell U3219Q Average price: $850.00
Size / Resolution
32-Inch - 16:9 - 3840 x 2160 - 140 ppi
 
Panel technology
IPS white LED (New matt panel)
  Color gamut sRGB / Rec 709
 
Brightness/contrast
400 Cd/M2 / 625:1 measured
 
LUT table
10 bits
  Response time 8 ms (Normal) - 5 ms (Fast)
 
Item dimensions
712.5 x 468.7 x 220 mm (with stand)
  Border width 6 mm only!
  Color calibration soft No
  Connectivity DP 1.4 + HDMI 1.4 + USB-C + Hub USB 3.0
  VESA compatibility Yes - 100 mm
  hood No
  Warranty 3 years - Dell USA
  Company dell.com
 
 

What's in the box...

The monitor is sold with:

  • The power cord...!
  • The DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable
  • The USB-C to USB-C cable
  • The USB 3.0 upstream cable (enables the USB port on the monitor).
   
 
 

Important note! Dell displays do not have an built-in colorimeter

This DELL U3219Q does not have an integrated colorimeter so you will need to use your sensor or buy one.

My purchasing advice: ColorMunki Display or Spyder5Pro at least.


Test colorimètre Colormunki Display

 
     
   
 

The screen and its panel - New

1 - Definition/resolution - This is a new IPS matt panel measuring 3840 x 2160 pixels (16:9 ratio) and 27.36 inches wide. Its resolution is therefore 140 ppi. Pixels are almost invisible for a "normal" viewing distance. The backlight is a white LED diode type.

Remark! I wanted to calibrate this monitor on the graphics card integrated in an Intel Core i5 and I encountered real contrast problems. I couldn't get past 125: 1 on my Mac Pro / D700, everything went back to normal.

DELL U3219Q monitor
 

2 - The panel and its anti-glare coating - The matt panel has received a very discreet anti-reflective coating that does not "mark" the pixels. It is therefore a striking quality of this panel. I like it very much because (and believe me on word!), even at the end of 2018, not all screens are in the same boat.

   
Dell U3219Q buttons
 

3 - The internal LUT table

It is in 10 bits and this can be seen on the grayscale created in Photoshop without calibration. It is really very "clean" and progressive.

   
 

Without calibration, the grayscale (from black to white) created in Photoshop is very progressive and unfortunately, this compressed photo does not honour it. So you'll have to trust me on my word! In reality, there is no colour band (magenta or green).

 

Screen edge thickness - New!

They measure 6 mm on each side. So we are not far from the 5 mm record measured on the little brother Dell P2419H. This thinness favours multi-screens.

   
Dell U3219Q Display Edge Thicknesses
   
 

To be read!
My advice to choose your photo monitor  

Improved ergonomics!

The ergonomics of the latest Dell displays are truly state-of-the-art. You will find on this Dell U3219Q many movements, moreover, offering a great amplitude. There's nothing wrong with that. On the contrary, it is good to report it! For example, it is possible to raise or lower the screen by 5 inches in order to, for example, rotate them vertically. Yes, even on this 32"! The handling is also very pleasant because the movements are slowed down just the right way. Perfect!

   

The Dell U3219Q can be oriented in landscape or vertical

Dell U3219Q Movements

   
 

The buttons of the screen menu

The keys of the screen menu are classic, i. e. via small buttons under the screen on the right. The ON/OFF button is illuminated.

 

Details of the DELL U3219Q and its menu buttons


The Dell U3219Q connectivity

This 32-inch of the new Ultrasharp 2018 range features the classic HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2 and the famous USB-C, so practical. So it was very good at the end of 2018, when this screen was launched.

 

DELL U2719DC Connectivity

 

 

What is the Dell U3219Q monitor worth after calibration with the i1 Display Pro?

I calibrated this screen - like all the screens I test - with the best current sensor (except the superlative and very expensive Discus) in an excellent price/quality ratio: the i1 Display Pro + i1Profiler software (version 1.8.2) in order to be able to locate this new panel compared to the other screens on the market. I connected it with the HDMI to HDMI cable on the PC and DP to DP on the Mac.

Note on display quality before calibration - This is increasingly a noticeable quality of Dell Ultrasharp series displays: their color display is already more than correct at the factory, as evidenced by the factory calibration report. I must admit I was less impressed with this screen. The calibration really did him good so the purchase of a calibration sensor is necessary here.

I choose the following screen settings:

  • Color mode: Standard
  • Brightness: 29% for 90 Cd/m2 targeted,
  • Contrast: 75%.


Adjusting the brightness of the Dell U3219Q to 90 Cd/m2

 

Essential! Be sure to reset the factory settings AND choose the generic profile of your computer before calibrating on Mac or sRGB on PC!


And as target values in i1Profiler (1.8.2 at the time of this test) in advanced mode...

  • Display technology: white diodes,
  • D65 or possibly a little less if you want a slightly warmer screen. (Note that at D55, the screen turns yellow rather than warm, unlike high-end displays),
  • Luminance : 90 Cd/m2 or more depending on your main use (printing or web) and especially the brightness of your room,
  • Contraste : Native,
  • Gamma : 2,2 – Standard curve,
  • ICC norm: V2 (to avoid incompatibility problems with some image viewing software (images too dark) and obviously V4 if you know what you are doing).

And the result is?

First subjective impressions after this calibration...

Even out of the box, the panel displays neutralized grays so it can only be even better after calibration but the base is "healthy" even if it lacks a hair of homogeneity without it being really embarrassing on my test copy.

What does the final report say after calibration:


Final report after calibration of the DELL U3219Q with the i1Display Pro


The colour temperature (CT) of 6505 K for 6500K target represents an excellent score, even on a medium/high range display! The 614:1 contrast is in the "low" range of white LED panels but a black dot at 0.15 cd represents an already deep black. That said, to retouch photos is also perfect.

Now, let's move on to the famous Delta E after calibration according to the 2000 standard which I use for the calibration of all the screens on this site:

 

Delta E after calibrating the DELL U3219Q with the i1Display Pro

 

The average Delta E standard 2000 is 0.72 so very good without being exceptional but really, everything is fine!

The Delta E of 2.33 for the worst patch is, in the absolute not insignificant for a high-end screen or Ultrasharp but there is nothing to worry about in practice because a single patch lowers the overall average a little (see below)!, this color is not a flesh or sky color. And strangely enough, only this patch is really in the wind. All the others are in an excellent average.

 

As on this Dell P2419H, the worst colored patch is this kind of blue. Strangely enough, all the other patches are well below 1.0.


Now the luminance uniformity tests:

Important! It is essential to activate the "Uniformity Compensation" option in the OSD menu of the screen, otherwise we will not obtain such results.

 

Uniformity compensation on Dell U3219Q display

 

Luminance uniformity after calibration of the DELL U3219Q

 

The last Dell Ultrasharp tested hadn't gotten me used to such results! We're at the level of the Eizo screens. On a 32-inch Dell it's a big surprise, but, I repeat, only if you activate the "Uniformity Compensation > Calibrated" function of the screen correctly, otherwise the results are the same as those of a standard office screen.

... and the color temperature:

 

Color temperature uniformity after calibration of the DELL U3219Q

 

This time, the results are significantly worse... without this being embarrassing in any way. But since Man loves to classify... So if we compare them with Eizo it is significantly less homogeneous and regular but if we compare them with the other Dell Ultrasharp 2018 that I tested, it is really very good or even excellent because always below 2 (highest value: 1.87), threshold of sensitivity of the human eye. Yet another great achievement for this Dell U3219Q.

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  Dell Ultrasharp U3219Q  
Color fidelity 8,5/10
Uniformity of the panel 9,0/10
Resolution 10/10
Ergonomic design 10/10
Inputs 10/10
Manufacturing quality 10/10
Value for money 9,5/10
  I like it very much...  
 
  • A 32-inch 4K screen displaying beautiful colors with precision,
  • A really homogeneous panel in luminance and chrominance as long as you use the "Uniformity > Calibrated" menu on the screen,
  • Very nice discreet anti-reflective coating so, certainly, it is a 4K but it is really very beautiful all the same,
  • Matt IPS panel,
  • HDMI + DP + USB-C + USB 3.0 Hub
  • Very nice look and very good quality finish,
  • Particularly thin edges (6 mm) for multi-screens.
  • State-of-the-art ergonomics,
  • VESA 100mm.
  • 32'' 4K favorite under $1000!
 
  I regret...  
 
  • The panel is homogeneous only by using the "Uniformity" function of the screen so how long will it last?
  • "Only" sRGB but is it really a problem?
 
     
  My overall rating...  
  9,5 / 10... My favorite!  
     
  My conclusion...  
 

I had been waiting a long time to test a large screen (at least 27''), 4K, of quality, under $1000 where the superlative Eizo CG319 is at more than $5000! Well, I found the screen I could recommend without fear. It's a favorite product!

 
     
   
 
Dell Ultrasharp U3219Q

$849.99

$849.99
CDN$ 1,133.05
$919.99
 
     
 
 
Here is my full review of the DELL U3219Q monitor
 
- Full review of the DELL U3219Q
 

- Introduction to the DELL U3219Q monitor
- What is the DELL U3219Q worth after calibration?
- My rating and my conclusion

 

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