Dell’s 8K monitor- has unveiled a new 32-inch display with an accuracy of 8K and a price of 5,000 US dollars, known as Ultrasharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor or UP3218K,
on the sidelines of its participation in the CES 2017 in Las Vegas. American.
The American company intends to launch the new screen dedicated to four-fold 4K desktop computers and 16 times the resolution of Full HD screens,
on the market on March 23.
The new screen measures 31.5 inches with a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels and a density of 280 pixels per inch, with a refresh frequency of 60 hertz,
and a viewing angle of 178 degrees, with 1.07 million colors, and a coverage ratio of 100 percent for Adobe RGB, sRGB and Rec709,
with a coverage rate of 96 percent for DCI – P3.
The display comes with a brightness of 400 nits,
1300: 1 contrast ratio, two DP 1.3 ports, an internal and external audio port, and 4 USB 3.0 ports with a USB BC1.2 charging port.
One of the most striking things is the very thin edge of the side screen compared to its size and accuracy,
as Dell’s 8K monitor is a leader in dealing with thin side edges,
and the screen resolution makes it difficult for the user to distinguish the screen pixels even when it is very close to its interface.
The company intends to launch the screen
which has a thickness of 9.7 mm and covered with solid aluminum in 12 different countries around the world, and in limited quantities due to the high price,
but it may be very suitable for fans of games.
It can also be used to monitor and explore space with the desire of scientists
to obtain more in-depth details and video content creation professionals,
photographers and architects who need to see the finer details of the design.
The Dell’s 8K monitor UltraSharp 8K monitor is an incredibly impressive monitor,
and while it definitely won’t be for everyone,
in some ways it feels like it’s giving us a sneak peek at the future.
Dell’s 8K monitor resolution
Dell’s 8K monitor’s biggest selling point by far is the huge 8K resolution, which equates to 7,680 x 4,320 pixels. That’s a massive leap in resolution for most of us,
who are just about considering the upgrade to 4K (3,840 x 2,160), and are currently using 1080p (1,920 x 1,200)
or 1440p (2,560 x 1,440) displays.
So is an upgrade to 8K desirable for most people?
Straight off the bat we should say that this monitor
(and any other Dell’s 8K monitor monitor out there, although there aren’t many) probably isn’t aimed at you,
unless you’re a professional photographer, video editor or graphics artist.
There’s very little 8K content out there at the moment,
and if they are, you’ll need quite a powerful PC to run them at full 8K.
Price and availability
As with other screens in Dell’s UltraSharp range,
the UltraSharp UP3218K is aimed at professionals,
with PremierColor technology that meets many industry standards. Coupled with the huge resolution and large screen size,
you wouldn’t expecting this to be a cheap monitor. So, what’s the damage?
In the UK the UP3218K is available from Dell’s online store for £4,114.56. Meanwhile, the US Dell store has it on sale for $3,899.99
a much more reasonable price considering the exchange rate,
although still very expensive. In Australia, meanwhile,
the price hits AU$5,000.
This isn’t a monitor you’re going to buy on a whim, then, but if your work depends on accurate colors, and you need a large and high-resolution monitor,
the price may be worth it.
Even switched off the Dell UltraSharp UP3218K is a good-looking monitor, with the tool-free assembly that means it’s quick and easy to securely attach the screen to its base.
The base and neck of the monitor are made of durable-feeling brushed aluminum.
The screen is large at 32 inches, but compared to many of the ultra-wide monitors we’ve had in recently, like the Alienware AW3418DW from Dell’s gaming brand,
it doesn’t take up quite as much desk space as we’d feared. There’s no denying, though,
that this is still a large monitor that will dominate your work area.
With the screen attached to the base,
it can be adjusted 120mm vertically and swiveled 60 degrees. The screen can also be rotated 90 degrees
to switch between landscape and portrait orientation – very useful for image-editing.
Slim bezels around the sides of the screen help to keep the overall size of the monitor down. There’s a small Dell logo in the center of the bottom bezel,
with buttons for navigating the onscreen menu located on the underside at the bottom-right. Also along the underside of the screen,
towards the back, are the power connector,
two DisplayPorts, and an audio line out port, a USB upstream port and two USB downstream ports for using the monitor as a USB hub.
If you think that’s a slim selection of ports, with none of the HDMI, DVI or VGA ports usually found on monitors,
it’s because none of those will be able to handle 8K resolution at 60Hz. In fact,
the two display ports both need to be plugged into the same graphics card for the monitor to display at the full resolution.
So, don’t expect to plug a wide range of devices into the Dell UltraSharp UP3218K. You’ll also need to make sure you have a graphics card that has two DisplayPorts. Modern, powerful graphics cards usually do
and you’ll need a beefy GPU to make use of this monitor.
The ultra-high resolution, along with the color handling of the monitor, made the footage look incredible, and at some points the effect was almost 3D thanks to the detail on display. It’s definitely a step up over 4K, and just seeing some of those videos could be enough to make you start saving up for the UltraSharp UP3218K.
But 8K footage is still thin on the ground, and for the most part it’s simply demo footage that shows the potential of the standard
so don’t expect to watch 8K TV shows or movies just yet. From what we’ve seen, though, 8K video is going to look amazing,
and if you have the Ultra Sharp UP3218K you’ll be able to take advantage early on.
It’s worth noting that after a while the Dell UltraSharp UP3218 does become quite hot at the top of the body of the screen,
even when you’re doing relatively simple tasks.
It’s a side-effect of having to push so many pixels,
but it’s not much to worry about, and it didn’t impact our use of the monitor.
Overall, the Dell UltraSharp UP3218 provides stunning image quality,
albeit image quality that won’t be of much use to many people other than professionals or enthusiasts who want cutting-edge technology. If you’re one of those people,
then this will be an indispensable tool that offers amazing visuals. For the rest of us, it’s an encouraging indication of where monitor tech will surely go.
There’s no denying that the Dell UltraSharp UP3218 is capable of stunning image quality. The factory settings make it a visual treat right out of the box,
and if you take some time to configure it this is a superb monitor for photographers, video editors and digital artists.
The 8K resolution is impressive,
revealing details that lower-resolution monitors are likely to miss.
We didn’t like
Let’s be honest – the extremely high price tag means this is a monitor that should only be considered by professionals,
especially given the lack of native 8K content out there. And even if you are a professional, you may still find that you can’t justify the price when very good 4K monitors are becoming ever more affordable.
When judging the Dell UltraSharp UP3218 you have to bear in mind that this is a monitor aimed at professionals such as photographers and video editors,
and not at mainstream customers.
It’s recently been announced that Adobe Photoshop has been updated to support 8K displays, so if you want
to get yourself a future-proof monitor then the Dell Ultra Sharp UP3218 is the one to get – but expect to pay a lot of money.