The latest trend in PC gaming monitors is that panels are getting more and more expensive, and the range of each panel is getting more and more ridiculous. Of course, we all like some micro (mini?) LED backlight or OLED displays, but how many of us can really afford to put one or more things on a shiny new display? Not a lot, I bet.
So it’s refreshing to see Dell-an always reliable display manufacturer-launching a more affordable 32-inch gaming monitor this year. What’s more refreshing is to see it discounted during Black Friday and now Christmas. Happy holidays, everyone!
The Dell S3222DGM is actually cheaper today than Black Friday weekend, and the discount was as high as $200 at the time. It’s less than $300 now, and it’s good value for money.
First of all, the 32-inch 16:9 display makes it feel large on the desktop; a few years ago, this was the standard living room TV size. The trade-off here is that the native resolution of 2560 x 1440 extends to a larger area than the 27-inch panel.
This makes the pixel pitch larger, which means it won’t be as sharp as a 4K 32-inch display, but you won’t pay for 4K here either. Only when you browse the Windows desktop can you really get noticed, and only when you put your nose on the screen.
However, when you are playing games, the wide display space and 165Hz refresh rate will attract your attention, and the VA panel is responsive and clear enough to make everything look great.
So, what are you missing at this end of the market? Not much if I am honest. Given its 350 cd/m2 peak brightness level, it lacks HDR support, but in a world where PC HDR support is generally uneven to say the least, this is not a big mistake. You also only get one DisplayPort 1.2 connection and a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports on the back.
This is important because you can only use DisplayPort to reach a peak of 165Hz. Without HDMI 2.1, you will be limited to 1440p, up to 144Hz.
But these are all compromises I’m willing to make in exchange for a great-value, beautiful-looking gaming monitor.