Same price, different niche: New Dell UltraSharp matches Studio Display at $1,600

enlarge / We checked out the Dell UltraSharp U3223QZ in person in January.

Sharon Harding

On Tuesday, Dell listed the UltraSharp U3223QZ monitor for $1,600. The monitor hopes to justify its price with a large 32-inch IPS panel that claims twice the contrast ratio of a typical IPS monitor, an integrated 4K webcam, and 4K resolution. The four-figure asking price, along with the built-in camera, USB-C connectivity, and sleek looks make it a perfect match for Apple’s 27-inch 5K Studio Display. Both monitors offer unique options for those looking for higher image quality on a larger budget, especially Mac users. But despite the same price tag, their optimal audiences are very different.

Dell UltraSharp U3223QZ and Apple Studio Monitor Specifications

While Dell’s UltraSharp monitor line appeals to Windows users of ultra-light PCs with USB-C power connections, it also appeals to Mac users thanks to USB-C Power Delivery (PD), sleek silver, and thin bezels that complement Apple’s aesthetic. very popular.

But a quick overview of the specs of these two monitors already gives you an insight into the different experiences you can expect from a $1,600 monitor (note that all specs are claimed by the manufacturer):

Specification Dell UltraSharp U3223QZ apple studio monitor
size 31.5 inches 27 inches
Resolution 3840×2160 5120×2880
refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
Panel Type and Backlight IPS black, LED IPS, LED
Panel Type and Backlight IPS black, LED IPS, LED
Compared 2,000:1 undisclosed
maximum brightness 400 nits 600 nits
color 98% DCI-P3, 100% sRGB, 100% Rec. 709 show P3
port HDMI 2.0
DisplayPort 1.4, DisplayPort out
USB-C upstream (90 W PD), USB-C upstream, USB-C downstream (15 W PD)
3.5mm jack
Thunderbolt 3 (96 W PD)
3 USB-C downstream

Studio Display for conference monitors?

When you hear “Studio Display,” there’s a good chance you’re thinking 5K as well. After all, it’s the most touted feature on Apple’s display. In contrast, the U3223QZ with 4K resolution has a built-in webcam as its primary attribute, along with other features for frequent video streaming or meetings.

U3223QZ vs. Studio Display webcam comparison

The U3223QZ has a 4K webcam that supports up to 4K video capture at 30 frames per second (fps). It’s equipped with a Sony Starvis CMOS sensor and has artificial intelligence features like automatic framing and the ability to adjust colors to handle “harsh lighting,” as Dell puts it. It also uses 3D and 2D video noise reduction to combat motion blur, though we’ll have to try it for ourselves to see how well it works. You can also set the camera to automatically log in or out via Windows Hello, depending on whether it senses your presence.

U3223QZ webcam.
enlarge / U3223QZ webcam.

The integrated webcam means you don’t have to sacrifice port or bezel space, and it’s adjustable. According to Dell, you can tilt it 0-20 degrees for a 65, 78 or 90 degree field of view. The webcam also has a physical shutter, which is said to work in video conferencing apps, but we didn’t know if it was reliable until we tried it.

Finally, Dell provides a Peripheral Manager application (Windows 10 and later) for adjusting the webcam image.

The webcam app has customization options.
enlarge / The webcam app has customization options.

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