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Dell S3221QS with curved 4K VA panel

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In our view, the ~32″ screen size is ideally suited to the ‘4K’ UHD resolution. It brings a distinct ‘UHD’ look to things without necessitating high levels of scaling. Whilst the size of the screen itself promotes an immersive experience. The Dell S3221QS offers this, with the simple homely aesthetics that many of the manufacturer’s models are well-known for. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, including a slender panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen. Plus a slim hard plastic outer component. The bottom bezel is a thicker matte black plastic. The stand neck and base has a satin-effect silver plastic finish. The OSD (On Screen Display) in controlled by pressable buttons towards the bottom right of the monitor.

A smart look

A 31.5″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) VA panel is used, likely a Samsung SVA (‘Super’ Vertical Alignment) part. This has a 1800R curvature to draw you into the experience a little and potentially improve viewing comfort. A light matte screen surface is employed, whilst a 3000:1 static contrast is specified alongside 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. The monitor has a 60Hz refresh rate and 5ms grey to grey response time specified – as usual, approach with caution. Adaptive-Sync is supported, including AMD FreeSync with an assumed 40 – 60Hz variable refresh rate range. 10-bit colour is supported (8-bit + FRC dithering assumed) and a flicker-free WLED backlight is used. This offers 90% DCI-P3 colour space coverage, or 99% sRGB using an sRGB emulation setting, plus a 300 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. A ‘ComfortView’ Low Blue Light (LBL) setting is included to enhance viewing comfort. The monitor will respond to HDR10 content and can use its 10-bit colour processing and put the colour gamut to good use. The luminance levels and lack of local dimming means only a very basic HDR experience is provided, however. The stand includes tilt and height adjustment (70mm or 2.76 inches). It can be removed using a quick-release mechanism, allowing an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution to be used. The ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.2a, a 3.5mm audio line-out and 2 USB 3.0 ports (one with BC 1.2 fast-charging). 2 x 5W speakers are included for potentially fairly powerful sound output.

Textured light-coloured rear

Further information can be found in a press release from the manufacturer. The monitor is listed with an RRP of $499.99.

Dell S3221QS