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Dell S3422DWG curved 144Hz VA UltraWide

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For both work and pleasure, the 3440 x 1440 UltraWide resolution has a lot to offer. The Dell S3422DWG is an addition to the S Series of gaming monitors, providing an UltraWide VA panel with high resolution. The monitor makes extensive use of matte black plastic and includes a polygon-shaped stand base. The company logo on the bottom bezel is shiny with a slight ‘rainbow’ effect. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen and a slim hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and accompanying buttons, at the rear running down the right side as viewed from the front.

Very wide with a moderate curve

This model adopts a 3440 x 1440 (21:9 UltraWide) VA panel. Possibly a Samsung SVA panel or similar CSOT part (related discussion). A 1800R (moderate) curve is included, designed to draw you in a bit and create extra immersion. Whilst potentially enhancing viewing comfort. A light matte anti-glare screen surface is used, with 3000:1 static contrast specified alongside 178°/178° viewing angles and true 8-bit colour support. The monitor runs at up to 144Hz, with Adaptive-Sync including AMD FreeSync Premium Pro – with a 48 – 144Hz VRR range plus LFC. A flicker-free WLED backlight delivers 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage and a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings including ‘ComfortView’ are included to create a more relaxing viewing experience. A 2ms grey to grey response time is specified using the strongest pixel overdrive setting, but as usual don’t put too much weight on this figure. A 1ms MPRT response time is specified using the ‘MPRT’ strobe backlight mode, too.

The monitor includes VESA DisplayHDR 400 support, the lowest level of HDR VESA certifies for. It is able to respond to HDR10 content and make use of a 10-bit colour signal, whilst putting its reasonably generous colour gamut to good use. This HDR level doesn’t require local dimming or a particularly high brightness by HDR standards. The rear of the screen is largely matte dark grey plastic, with passive cooling provided by ventilation slates. A manufacturer logo with similar ‘rainbow’ effect to the front logo is included. The included stand provides tilt and height adjustment (100mm or 3.94 inches) and attaches using a quick-release mechanism. It can be quickly removed and replaced by an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution, if preferred. The ports are down-facing and include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, 3.5mm audio output and 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (plus upstream). 2 of the USB ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack are found at the bottom of the screen. Separate from the main port areas, for easier access. One of these USB ports supports BC 1.2 fast-charging for connected devices.

The rear view

Further details are available on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$600 USD.

Dell S3422DWG