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Dell 32 4K UHD 16:9 Gaming Monitor (G3223Q) – Review

Choosing a gaming monitor is very much like choosing a new TV, you almost need a degree in bullsh*t to be able to wade through all the different “marketing” terms that different brands use, that actually mean the same thing.

I find that one of the hardest things to get a clear & concise answer about, is the true refresh rate of a display panel. Unless the refresh rate states it as a “Native” rate, you can bet your bottom dollar that the actual refresh rate is half of whatever is stated on the spec sheet, and then bumped up using software AI.

On top of that, there are different versions of the physical HDMI and Display Port connectors that can make or break your gaming experience. To the uninformed, navigating the tech specs for just those two things, can be daunting. I don’t really have an easy answer for those that are not aware, except to say research, research & research. And if you need to ask someone, try to ask someone you trust that is knowledgeable in this area, don’t put your trust in the sales person.

In saying that, the general rule is that stands true is “you get what you pay for”.

The Dell 32 4K UHD 16:9 Gaming Monitor (G3223Q) isn’t cheap but isn’t what I would call expensive either. At AU$1369, my opinion is that it is well worth the price. I got really angry at myself a little bit ago because I want to get a G3223Q for my own, and at the time I looked on the Dell site, it was on sale for around the AU$900 mark. I was set to click the “buy” button the following day, but clearly I waited one day too long and the sale was over.

Dell, I am waiting for another sale, so please let me know 😊

I know I haven’t spoken about specs yet, but specs only tell half the story when it comes to deciding to buy or not to buy, so I gave you my opinion first.

You can check out the specs below, but having now used this display daily for a couple months for work and play, it is certainly as good as one could hope for. A true 4K 144hz panel with DP & HDMI ports that fully support the full native resolution and refresh rate is not just great for PC gaming, but also allows you to make full use of the current XBOX Series X & PS5 in supported games. Using it for work, I set the Windows 11 resolution to 3840 x 2160 144hz with scaling set to 100%, HDR OFF & the hardware preset mode set to “creator”.

By using the above settings, this gave me the best picture for IT related work and kept fonts and command line type work crisp, clear and bright. For gaming, I simply set the Windows option “Auto HDR” to ON which in turn, overrode the “creator” preset mode and gave me the best gaming picture it could offer. Just be sure to download and install the Dell monitor driver and ICC profiles to be sure you are getting the most out of your new monitor.

Now, you can’t always have your cake and eat it too, so if I am to pick on something, it would be that the brightness could be a little brighter, 400nits typical / 600nits peak, and the contrast ratio could be a little better than 1000:1. It is after all, and LED/LCD monitor and not OLED and contrast has always been a difficult thing to balance, but while OLED is great for contrast, it also adds to that price tag.

Combine it all together with a fast 1ms response time in extreme mode, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro & an anti-glare screen, and it all adds up to a worthy gaming display at a realistic price that isn’t necessarily out of reach for most gamers and creators.

It is hard to judge and / or recommend any display, be it a gaming monitor, creator monitor or television. Everyone has different preferences and different opinions about what looks good and what doesn’t. I feel that this monitor may not be bright enough for many as it does seem somewhat dull when compared to the laptop display on the ASUS Z13 (500 nits) I am currently using.

One can’t forget though that at this price point, you get 32 inches of 4K/144hz greatness with only a somewhat minor sacrifice in brightness and contrast. I am still buying one next time I catch it on sale though!!

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Tech Specs


General

Display Type

LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix

Diagonal Size

32″

Viewable Size

32″

Adaptive-Sync Technology

AMD FreeSync Premium Pro Technology

Built-in Devices

USB 3.2 Gen 1

Panel Type

Fast IPS

Aspect Ratio

16:9

Native Resolution

3840 x 2160 at 144Hz (with HDMI 2.1)
3840 x 2160 at 144Hz (with DP 1.4)

Pixel Pitch

0.1845 mm

Pixel Per Inch

138

Brightness

400 cd/m2 (typical) ; 600 cd/m2 (peak)

Contrast Ratio

1000:1 (typical)

Colour Support

1.07 billion colours

Colour Gamut

95% DCI-P3, 99% sRGB

Response Time

1ms (gray to gray) in Extreme Mode

Gaming

Yes

Horizontal Viewing Angle

178

Vertical Viewing Angle

178

Screen Coating

Anti-glare

Backlight Technology

LED edgelight system

Features

ComfortView Plus (TÜV Rheinland certified – Low Blue Light Hardware Solution), Blue Back light strip ; Delta E Less than 2 (sRGB (min.))

Dimensions (WxDxH)

72.6 cm x 6.86 cm x 42.7 cm – without stand

Weight

6.03 kg


Connectivity

Interfaces
  • 2 x HDMI 2.1 (supports 4K 144Hz @10bit 4:4:4 with DSC)
  • 1 x DP 1.4
  • 2 x SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen1) downstream port [Front bottom, one with BC1.2 charging capability at 2A (max)]
  • 1 X SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen1) upstream port (rear)
  • 1 x Headphone-out port (bottom)

Mechanical

Display Position Adjustments

Height, swivel, tilt

Tilt Angle

-5/+21

Swivel Angle

60

Height Adjustment

100 mm

VESA Mounting Interface

100 x 100 mm


Miscellaneous

Features

ComfortView Plus (TÜV Rheinland certified – Low Blue Light Hardware Solution), Blue Back light strip ; Delta E Less than 2 (sRGB (min.))

Cables Included
  • 1 x DisplayPort (DP to DP) cable
  • 1 x HDMI Cable
  • 1 X USB 3.2 Gen1 (5 Gbps) upstream cable
Compliant Standards

RoHS, BFR-reduced, PVC-reduced, Arsenic free glass and mercury free for panel only

Security Slot Type

Security lock slot (based on Kensington Security SlotTM)


Power

Input Voltage

AC 100-240 V (50/60 Hz)

Power Consumption (Max)

121 Watt

Power Consumption Stand by

0.3 Watt

Power Consumption (Off Mode)

0.3 Watt

On / Off Switch

Yes


Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions & Weight Details
  • With stand: W: 28.6 in D: 9.7 in H: 18.07 inches~22.01 inches Weight: 20.3lb
  • Without stand: W: 28.6 in D: 2.7 in H: 16.8 in Weight: 13.3lb

Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)

Shipping Weight

13.25 kg


Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support

Limited warranty – 3 years – response time: next business day

Bundled Services

3-Year Advanced Exchange Service and Premium Panel Exchange


Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature

0 °C

Max Operating Temperature

40 °C

Humidity Range Operating

10 – 80% (non-condensing)

The Good

  • Value For Money
  • 32" Display Size
  • Native 144hz Refresh
  • Great For Consoles

The Bad

  • Contrast Could Maybe Be Higher Ratio
  • Brightness Could Maybe Be Brighter
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Written by: Kurt Frohloff

A Founder of MKAU, a gamer, a family man. I have a love of all things gaming and a wish of mine is to have more time to actually play the games we review here!

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