We all want $1,000 to burn a hole in our back pocket to blow air on the new gaming monitor. But back to the real world, Dell S3222DGM Want to crack the budget that most of us actually have.
This is a 32-inch beast with a VA panel, running at up to 165Hz, and providing 2560 x 1440 pixels. Yes, the tried-and-tested 1440p resolution, according to many people, is the best choice for real-world games, with a perfect balance between performance and visual details. The problem is that it usually applies to the entire contents of the 27-inch model. 32 inches? In terms of pixel density, this makes the 1440p panel very large.
Put the actual numbers on it, and you see only 93 pixels per inch. Holding this idea.
The perfect foundation is the gentle 1800R panel curve. For this type of display, this is a strange but not unique feature. The curvature is more suitable for ultra-wide displays. On a traditional 16:9 panel? We still need a little persuasiveness.
As for the finer details, most of them are meaningful when you consider the overall terms of reference. This is a game-centric display without any HDR support, but based on VA panel technology. Therefore, the peak brightness is 350 nits, the static contrast ratio is as good as 3,000:1, and it has the official AMD FreeSync Premium certification.
Panel size: 32 inches
Panel technology: will
Original resolution: 2,560 x 1,440
aspect ratio: 16:9
Refresh rate: 165 Hz
Response time: 1ms MPRT, 2ms GtG
High dynamic range: Do not
colour: 99% sRGB
brightness: 350 cd/m2
Video input: Display port 1.2 x1, HDMI 2.0 x2
other: AMD FreeSync Advanced Edition
Price: 330 USD | GBP 350
Interestingly, it is actually very helpful that Dell does not just quote a pixel response data. It rates the response based on the overload level of the application, from gray to gray for 8 milliseconds in “fast” mode, 4 milliseconds from gray to gray in “ultra-fast” mode, and 2 milliseconds from gray to gray in “extreme” mode , Finally, and a bit confusing, 1ms gray to gray in “MPRT” mode.
Anywho and Dell S3222DGM provide you with two HDMI 2.0 ports and a separate DisplayPort 1.2 slot, ultra-thin frame design. And a stand that provides height and tilt adjustment, but cannot be rotated or rotated to portrait mode. You can buy all of this for around US$350 or £350. So, on paper, this is not the steal of this century. But this is a very reliable value proposition for one of the largest brands in the industry.
So, how does it actually perform? The initial impression is medium to mediocre. This is not the brightest or most powerful panel we have seen, even considering the expectations set by the modest specification list. On the other hand, there are actually no problems, no banding, and no signs of compression. In terms of color and inherent visual popularity, it is not immediately exciting.
Add some actions, pictures, and puns to the program to make it clearer. The “extreme” overload setting can be said to be a bit too much, and some overshoot can actually be seen in the game, not just detectable in the test image. For us, the “MPRT” setting is impossible because it reduces the brightness so comprehensively. Then it is “super fast”, the result is good, but not absolutely good response, no overshoot. Considering the “super fast” 4 millisecond rating, this is almost what you would expect.
But with a 165Hz refresh, you have a very convincing display suitable for responding to critical online shooting games. To be sure, if this is your first priority, then you’d better use a 1080p IPS monitor with a higher refresh rate and faster response speed. However, if you want a wider range of uses, Dell S3222DGM does a good job of low latency.
But what about the games that catch the eye? Do you know cyberpunk, the Witcher 3, or arcade racing games like the Forza series? It is undeniable that there is a lack of visual impact visually, and there is a clear lack of 4K clarity and hissing on a similarly proportioned 32-inch panel. But, again, S3222DGM is okay. The same applies to strategy titles. Ideally, 4K will allow for finer details of troop movement and provide more space for menus and other interface items, but 1440p is almost unlimited.
We also have no problem with panel curvature. Did it add anything? This is controversial. But it does not detract, after all, it is a fairly soft curve. So, the first issue that cannot be ignored here is that if you want a larger panel, 4K is not an all-out victory. Considering the current state of mind in the graphics card market, it carries a huge additional GPU load, which in turn requires a huge investment in high-quality graphics cards.
In fact, the place where low pixel density suffers the most is actually in Windows. If you like clear fonts and a lot of desktop space, this is not the right monitor for you. For everyone else, this boils down to the value proposition. There are faster monitors. There are displays with excellent IPS-driven image quality. No monitors with various HDR support were found here. And other aspect ratios with more pixels or more eye-catching.
It’s worth remembering that the pricing for this type of display-a 32-inch 165Hz 1440p panel-has been as high as $800 in the Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165. Therefore, although the Dell S3222DGM is not that exciting from a technical point of view, it is very convincing in terms of money.