When a company proudly adds “USB-C Hub” to the name of a monitor, we anticipate some cool USB-C hub functionality, such as perhaps an integrated KVM. But either the business simply assumed no one would notice, or Dell forgot to include an upstream port in the Dell P3222QE USB-C Hub. The Dell P3222QE USB-C Hub, another higher mid-range 4K display, has practically all the necessary components to be a fantastic productivity monitor. It has a tonne of functions for increasing productivity, a good, minimalist look, a flexible stand, and a decent panel with excellent visual quality.
However, if we’re paying $899 (£744, AU$1,200), we unquestionably want to see more than just the essentials. You may upgrade to something like the BenQ PD3220U DesignVue Designer Monitor for a few hundred dollars more, which has a tonne of ports, much greater colour coverage, and some really cool features that multitaskers and productivity hounds will love. The Dell P3222QE feels like an overlooked middle child as things are right now. It completes the task, but it doesn’t do anything noteworthy to actually draw attention. And to make matters worse, the USB-C hub, a feature of which it appears most proud, hasn’t been implemented adequately.
With a matte black surface and a sparkling black Dell logo on the rear, this 31.5-inch panel does, however, blend wonderfully in an office environment. Three ultra-thin bezels at the top, sides, and bottom add additional contemporary detail. A practical element is a pretty simple joystick on the back that is used to explore the OSM. But in all honesty, we’ve seen monitors with more user-friendly controls. The stand is a stylish aluminium square cylinder with an angled slit for cable management near the bottom, allowing for a more organised arrangement. Additionally, the base to which it is mounted is sturdy and, thankfully, doesn’t take up much desk space.
Dell P3223DE review: Design
Given that the Dell P3223DE monitor is so plain, I would have liked to go into the design section of this review with some amazing WOW introduction, but I had nothing to work with. The display has a similar appearance to other monitors from Dell.
The Dell P3223DE differs significantly from earlier Dell monitors in my opinion because of its bezels. These bezels, including the bottom bezel, are thinner all the way around. It’s good that the front no longer sports the Dell logo. The monitor is primarily built of plastic with a few metal components, and the screen itself has a matte, anti-glare coating. The stand is strong and durable and features a -5° to 21° tilt, a -5° to 45° base swivel, and a 150mm height adjustment.
Once more, the display’s back is bare and uninteresting. You have your stand mount, and the plastic back has the Dell brand imprinted into it. On the bottom right are the power button and joystick for navigating the menu. The traditional location for connectivity is there. The placement, hidden behind the stand and under the back, doesn’t appeal to me much. Overall, the Dell P3223DE wasn’t designed to draw notice based solely on appearance. It has a simple appearance, which isn’t at all a bad thing. Excellent build quality and superb adjustability are also present. There isn’t much more you could want from a work presentation.
Dell P3223DE review: Image quality
The P3223QE has exceptional image quality with vivid, clear colours and fine detail. The peak brightness, which I measured to be 335 candela per metre square (cd/m2), is sufficiently bright for most usage but not quite as bright as some. Despite the sRGB colour gamut’s limitation on this monitor, which prevents it from supporting the larger Adobe RGB or Rec.709 colours, the colour is crisp and vibrant.
The fact that it can’t display the same range of colours as a typical UHD TV makes it problematic for photo or video use, even though it’s fine for everyday use. Video edited on this monitor will appear very differently when viewed on your TV. You can watch movies on it, but the subdued greens and blues won’t seem natural.
The concept behind this monitor is that you connect the USB-C cable to your laptop and it takes care of everything: it supplies power to recharge the laptop and manages video and other attachments. When you reach home, you simply plug in the one USB cable, and the display turns on, establishes connections with your external mouse, keyboard, and other devices, and simultaneously charges your laptop.
The concept is appealing, and it functions fairly well. The majority of my tests with the P3223QE and a Microsoft Surface Studio laptop went well the first time. A few seconds later, the video started playing on the monitor, the laptop recognised my wireless keyboard and mouse as being connected by USB dongles, my external hard drive was found, and the laptop began charging.
The Ethernet connector was the sole component that wasn’t plug-and-play; for some reason, this required an additional driver. Though that wasn’t a significant issue to solve. Because the USB to Ethernet chip that Dell used isn’t one of those whose drivers are already built into Windows 11, a right-click on this in the device management and selecting search for an updated driver located the proper one and installed it.
Dell P3223DE review: Display and Performance
The 32-inch IPS panel of the Dell P3223QE has a 2560 x 1440 resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate, with an 8ms typical response time. The highest backlight intensity is 350 cd/m2, and, like other IPS panels, the maximum contrast is 1000:1. Another significant distinction between this model and the U3223QE is that it lacks the IPS Black panel, which eliminates the extended contrast offered by the latter.
Although its pixel density is relatively similar to that of a 24-inch 1080p monitor, 1440p panels at this size aren’t as sharp as 4K ones. The higher pixel count is still present, though, thus images still have more details and crispness than the later. A QHD model is still a good choice, especially when you take into account its cheaper price, even though 4K is arguably superior if you’re buying a 32-inch monitor. Rich and vibrant colours are possible thanks to the Dell P3223QE’s rendering of over 100% sRGB and 87% DCI-P3. Despite being billed as a professional or business display, it is not as accurate right out of the box as its UltraSharp competitors. The deltaE average of 3. 88 won’t be noticeable to most users, but it will be to content editors and creators.
For improved colour integrity and a more realistic appearance, calibration brought the deltaE average down to 0.65. However, in order to accomplish something like this, a colorimeter is required, and no amount of replicating a preset template can provide the same outcomes. Because each panel has unique colour characteristics, only a colorimeter can produce findings that are nearly comparable.
In well-lit spaces with plenty of windows, its backlight, which is 348 cd/m2 at 100%, can prevent glare. It is significantly superior than other IPS displays in this area because the monitor’s contrast ratio increased to 1277:1 at 60% brightness. Dark scenes will however still appear washed out or yellowish when viewed in the dark because it is still unable to create deep blacks like VA or OLED monitors.
There were no significant backlight leaking or clouding issues with the P3223QE sample panel’s uniformity. There was some variation in the top quadrants of the display, but it was only apparent in low-light situations and at night. There are better and worse units available, but keep in mind that this can vary between every P3223QE produced owing to tolerances.
Dell P3223DE review: Price and availability
Dell currently has its 32-inch 4K P3223QE monitor in stock. The cost is £585, $759, or $1,191 AUD. Check out our Dell coupon codes for ways to save money on your purchase. you can buy this product from Dell’s official store.
For workplace use, the Dell P3223DE is excellent. Two windows can be opened simultaneously on the 32-inch screen with ease, and the 1440p resolution provides respectable font clarity. Wide viewing angles allow you to share the screen with someone sitting next to you while still ensuring that they receive an accurate image thanks to the amazing ergonomics that make it simple to set the screen however you like.
If you wish to use it in a room with a few lights around, it has acceptable peak brightness and reflection control, but it struggles in extremely bright environments.