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Dell’s new UltraSharp UP3221Q 4K HDR monitor has a direct mini-LED backlight with 2K dimming zones

By Ng Chong Seng - on 7 Oct 2020, 5:40pm

Dell’s new UltraSharp UP3221Q HDR monitor has a direct mini-LED backlight with 2K dimming zones

Dell UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor Monitor UP3221Q. (Image: Dell.)

First seen at CES in Jan, Dell has now announced that its 31.5-inch UltraSharp UP3221Q monitor will go on sale in the U.S. starting 5th Nov for US$4,999.99. In Singapore, the monitor will be available from 6th Nov for S$5,899.

Specially designed for content creators, the UP3221Q uses a 4K IPS LCD panel. But that’s not the biggest headline feature: rather, it’s the fact that it has a direct mini-LED backlight unit with 2,000 dimming zones. That puts it ahead of ASUS’ ProArt PA32UCX that has 1,152.

(Quick primer: What's the deal with mini-LED displays? With much smaller LEDs, a mini-LED backlit display can cram far more LEDs into the backlight unit, and this leads to more precise local dimming. You get OLED-like qualities such as high-contrast, enhanced response time and better power efficiency — all without traditional OLED concerns like burn-in and insufficient peak brightness for HDR.)

With its near S$6K price tag, the UP3221Q is also set to compete with Apple’s Pro Display XDR in the market. While Apple’s display has fewer dimming zones (576), it offers a higher resolution (6K) and higher peak brightness (1,600 nits vs. 1,000 nits on the UP3221Q).

Here’s a quick rundown of the UP3221Q’s key specs:

  • 31.5 inches (diagonal), 4K resolution, 60Hz refresh rate
  • Mini-LED backlight with 2K dimming zones
  • VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certified, 1,000 cd/m2 peak HDR brightness
  • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio (HDR on), 1,300:1 (typical)
  • 99.8% DCI-P3, 93% Adobe RGB, 83% BT.2020 coverage
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 ports (one upstream, one downstream)
  • 2 x HDMI 2.0 ports, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 port, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1/2 ports
  • CalMAN calibration with built-in colorimeter
  • Pivot, swivel, tilt and height adjustable

Source: Dell.

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