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Dell P3223DE Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed May 17, 2022 at 12:15 pm
Dell P3223DE Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
8.0
Office
6.1
Gaming
7.0
Media Consumption
7.5
Media Creation
3.2
HDR
Size
32"
Resolution
2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
60Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDR10
No

The Dell P3223DE is a 1440p office monitor in Dell's P Series lineup. With a 32 inch screen, it's the largest monitor in the lineup. It has a few features to improve your workflow, like the USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 90W of power delivery, allowing you to display an image from a compatible device and charge it at the same time. You can also daisy chain a second monitor with a DisplayPort connection if you work in a multi-monitor setup. It even has an Ethernet port that you can use if your laptop or computer doesn't have an Ethernet port. Lastly, the included stand offers all common ergonomic adjustments, making it easy to find the ideal position.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

The Dell P3223DE is okay overall. It's great for office use thanks to its big screen that makes it easy to multitask, and the 1440p resolution offers decent text clarity. It also has good SDR peak brightness and reflection handling if you work in an office with a few lights around. It's good for content creators because the incredible ergonomics make it easy to share your screen with a coworker. Sadly, it isn't a good choice for watching multimedia content in dark rooms as it has a low contrast ratio, and it's mediocre for gaming since it doesn't have any gaming features and the motion handling is poor.

Pros
  • 32 inch screen good for multitasking.
  • Incredible ergonomics.
  • Good brightness and reflection handling.
Cons
  • Struggles in really bright rooms.
  • Mediocre out-of-the-box accuracy.
  • Slow response time.
8.0 Office

The Dell P3223DE is great for office use. The 32 inch screen makes it easy to open two windows side-by-side, and the 1440p resolution delivers decent text clarity. It has incredible ergonomics that make it easy to adjust the screen how you want, and it has wide viewing angles so you can share the screen with someone next to you and they'll see an accurate image. It has good peak brightness and good reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights around, but it struggles in really bright rooms.

Pros
  • 32 inch screen good for multitasking.
  • 1440p resolution with decent clarity.
  • Incredible ergonomics.
  • Good brightness and reflection handling.
Cons
  • Struggles in really bright rooms.
  • Mediocre out-of-the-box accuracy.
6.1 Gaming

The Dell P3223DE is mediocre for gaming. It doesn't have any gaming features like variable refresh rate support, and it's limited to a 60Hz panel, so you can't use it to play high-frame-rate games. It also has a disappointing response time that makes motion look blurry, but it has low input lag for a responsive feel.

Pros
  • Low input lag for casual gaming.
Cons
  • No VRR support.
  • Slow response time.
  • Limited to 60Hz panel.
  • Blacks look gray in the dark.
7.0 Media Consumption

The Dell P3223DE is decent for media consumption. The large 32 inch screen, wide viewing angles, and incredible ergonomics make it a great choice for watching content with a few friends because they'll see an accurate image from the sides and the screen is easy to adjust. The 1440p resolution also delivers decently crisp images, but you can't watch the latest 4k movies. Sadly, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark.

Pros
  • Incredible ergonomics.
  • Good brightness and reflection handling.
Cons
  • Mediocre out-of-the-box accuracy.
  • Blacks look gray in the dark.
7.5 Media Creation

The Dell P3223DE is good for content creators. The large screen is big enough to view a lot of your video timeline without scrolling too much, and it has decent text clarity. It also has incredible ergonomics that make it easy to turn your screen to show a coworker or client. Sadly, it has mediocre out-of-the-box accuracy, meaning you'll need to get it calibrated for the most accurate colors, and it doesn't support HDR at all.

Pros
  • 32 inch screen good for multitasking.
  • 1440p resolution with decent clarity.
  • Incredible ergonomics.
Cons
  • Struggles in really bright rooms.
  • Mediocre out-of-the-box accuracy.
3.2 HDR

The Dell P3223DE doesn't support HDR.

  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 8.0 Office
  • 6.1 Gaming
  • 7.0 Media Consumption
  • 7.5 Media Creation
  • 3.2 HDR
  1. Updated May 17, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated May 11, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
No
Curve Radius
Not Curved

The Dell P3223DE has a simplistic design with a black body and silver stand. There's nothing fancy about it, and it fits in nicely with any office environment.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is good. It's all plastic and it's well-put-together for the most part. The back panel flexes a bit, the bottom bezel isn't flush to the screen so you can squeeze it a bit, and the screen wobbles a bit when you shake the table, but none of these are big problems nor should you worry about them too much. The stand feels solid and the screen stays in place when you make adjustments, but it's also hard to put down when the screen is at the max height.

9.3
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.9" (15.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-21° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range
-30° to 30°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The Dell P3223DE has incredible ergonomics as you can easily adjust the screen to your liking. The stand is sturdy, but it locks in place when you have the screen at the max height adjustment, so it's a bit difficult to put back down. The back is simple and there's a cutout in the stand for cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
11.8" (30.0 cm)
Base Depth
9.1" (23.0 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Weight (With Display)
24.8 lbs (11.3 kg)

The stand doesn't take up much space and since the base is flat, you can still put stuff on top. It supports the screen well, but there's a bit of wobble when shaking the table.

Design
Display
Housing Width
28.1" (71.3 cm)
Housing Height
16.5" (41.8 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
2.1" (5.4 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
15.8 lbs (7.2 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.3" (0.7 cm)
Design
Controls

Unlike other Dell monitors, the power button is in the back, and you only have the joystick to control the on-screen menu.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
Internal

  • DisplayPort cable
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • Power cable
  • Cable management tie
  • User guides and manuals

Picture Quality
6.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,294 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The Dell P3223DE has a low native contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the monitor so you can compare the backlight performance with a monitor that has local dimming.

7.9
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
333 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
344 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
346 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
347 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
348 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
348 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
344 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
346 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
347 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
348 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
348 cd/m²
ABL
0.001
Minimum Brightness
34 cd/m²

The Dell P3223DE has very good SDR peak brightness. It gets bright enough to fight glare in rooms with a few lights around, but not from strong light sources like windows with sunlight on them. These results are from the 'Custom Color' Preset Mode after calibration with the brightness at its max.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
No Certification
Real Scene
N/A
Peak 2% Window
N/A
Peak 10% Window
N/A
Peak 25% Window
N/A
Peak 50% Window
N/A
Peak 100% Window
N/A
Sustained 2% Window
N/A
Sustained 10% Window
N/A
Sustained 25% Window
N/A
Sustained 50% Window
N/A
Sustained 100% Window
N/A
ABL
N/A

The Dell P3223DE doesn't support HDR.

8.2
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
46°
Color Washout From Right
44°
Color Shift From Left
50°
Color Shift From Right
55°
Brightness Loss From Left
47°
Brightness Loss From Right
47°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
44°
Gamma Shift From Right
53°

The Dell P3223DE has a good horizontal viewing angle. The image remains accurate when viewing from the sides, making it a good choice if you often need to share your screen with a coworker or client.

7.2
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
34°
Color Washout From Above
33°
Color Shift From Below
39°
Color Shift From Above
47°
Brightness Loss From Below
38°
Brightness Loss From Above
39°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
34°
Gamma Shift From Above
34°

The vertical viewing angle is decent. The colors start to wash out a bit when viewing from below, but other than that the image remains accurate.

8.1
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.969%
50% DSE
0.137%

The Dell P3223DE has great gray uniformity. The edges of the screen are a bit darker, which you'll notice with large areas of uniform colors, like on a webpage, but there's minimal dirty screen effect in the center.

6.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.557%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The black uniformity is okay. There isn't too much clouding or blooming throughout, which is good, but the screen looks blue due to the low contrast.

6.3
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Custom Color
sRGB Gamut Area xy
127.2%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
2.87
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,910 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.34
Color dE (Avg.)
4.24
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
75
Measured Brightness
256 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The Dell P3223DE has mediocre out-of-the-box accuracy. It doesn't have an sRGB mode to lock the colors to the sRGB color space, meaning some colors are over-saturated. The color temperature is on the cold side, giving the image a blue tint, and gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve at all, resulting in images that are too dark.

9.6
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Custom Color
sRGB Gamut Area xy
97.3%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.50
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,504 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.18
Color dE (Avg.)
0.48
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
100-99-97
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
22
Measured Brightness
100 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The accuracy after calibration is fantastic. Besides blue, there aren't any remaining color inaccuracies, and the white balance and color temperature are nearly perfect. Gamma is better too, but it's still not perfect.

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
98.9%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
86.6%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

The Dell P3223DE has an incredible SDR color gamut. It has perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used in most web content. It also has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing, but greens and reds are off. It oversaturates reds and it doesn't saturate greens properly, which isn't ideal if your work often requires these two colors.

9.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
96.9%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
90.7%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

The color volume is fantastic. It displays colors as bright as pure white, but it struggles to display dark colors well due to the low contrast.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
N/A
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

The Dell P3223DE doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

The Dell P3223DE doesn't support HDR.

7.9
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.6%
Indirect Reflections
2.9%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.7%

The reflection handling is very good. The matte finish absorbs light well and you won't get mirror-like reflections, but it still struggles with strong light sources.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Subpixel Layout
RGB

This monitor has decent text clarity. Enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) helps improve the text clarity, especially with diagonal lines.

9.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The gradient handling is incredible. You won't notice banding in most scenes. However, you'll see more banding over HDMI because it's limited to 8-bit color depth, so you need to use a DisplayPort connection for 10-bit signals.

Motion
6.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
60 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
60 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
60 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
N/A

Over HDMI the color depth is limited to 8-bit because you can't lower the refresh rate to achieve a higher color depth, so if you need 10-bit color depth, use a DisplayPort connection.

Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC
No
VRR Maximum
N/A
VRR Minimum
No VRR
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR

The Dell P3223DE doesn't support variable refresh rate technology.

5.2
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
7.7 ms
Total Response Time
22.4 ms
Overshoot Error
8.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
9.9 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
36.2 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
35.2%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
NormalChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto

The response time is disappointing, and motion looks blurry. There's also a bit of overshoot in some transitions, leading to inverse ghosting. The 'Fast' Response Time setting performs even worse because there's more overshoot, so it's better to leave it on 'Normal'.

not tested
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No 120Hz Refresh Rate
Rise / Fall Time
N/A
Total Response Time
N/A
Overshoot Error
N/A
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
N/A
Worst 3 Total Response Time
N/A
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
N/A

This monitor doesn't support a 120Hz refresh rate.

5.2
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
7.7 ms
Total Response Time
22.4 ms
Overshoot Error
8.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
9.9 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
36.2 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
35.2%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
NormalChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto

As the Dell P3223DE has a 60Hz refresh rate, the response time at 60Hz is the same as its max refresh rate.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
No BFI
Maximum Frequency
N/A
Minimum Frequency
N/A
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Pulse Width Control
No BFI
Pulse Phase Control
No BFI
Pulse Amplitude Control
No BFI
VRR At The Same Time
No BFI

There's no optional backlight strobing feature.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The Dell P3223DE has a completely flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce image duplications.

Inputs
8.2
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
9.5 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.5 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
N/A

The input lag is low enough that you won't notice any delay during regular desktop use.

7.9
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
3.7 MP
Pixel Density
93 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
31.6"
Screen Area
427 in²

As this monitor has a large screen, it has worse pixel density compared to other 27 inch, 1440p displays.

2.0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
PS5 doesn't output 1440p
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
No
VRR
No

The Dell P3223DE has limited compatibility with the PS5. It can't downscale a 4k image, so you can only use it for 1080p games at 60 fps.

2.5
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
No
VRR
No

The monitor can only play 1080p and 1440p games at 60 fps from the Xbox Series X.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
1 (HDMI 1.4)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
DisplayPort Out
3.5mm Audio Out
No
3.5mm Audio In
No
3.5mm Microphone In
No

The Dell P3223DE has an RJ45 Ethernet port, allowing you to connect directly to the monitor if your laptop doesn't have an Ethernet port, and it works without issues.

Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
4
USB-A Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-B Upstream Port
No
USB-C Ports
1
USB-C Upstream
Yes
USB-C Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-C Power Delivery
90W
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
Yes
Thunderbolt
No

The DisplayPort Alt Mode from the USB-C port allows you to display an image from a compatible device and charge it at the same time, so you only have one wire connected. The 90W of power delivery is enough to charge thin and light work laptops, but not enough for those with dedicated GPU.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The Dell P3223DE doesn't have any issues with recent MacBooks. The USB hub works as intended, allowing you to connect your keyboard and mouse to the monitor, and the USB-C port delivers enough power to charge the laptop. Windows also returns to the proper screen when waking up from sleep, and you can close the lid to your MacBook and continue working on the monitor.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
RGB Illumination
No
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
No

The Dell P3223DE has a few extra features to improve your workflow. It has a USB-C Prioritization setting that you can set to 'High Resolution' or 'High Data Speed', but if you're using the monitor on its own, the resolution stays at 2560x1440 with either setting and the only thing that changes is the USB transfer speeds. However, if you daisy-chain a second monitor via USB-C or DisplayPort you need to set it to 'High Resolution' so that each display gets a 1440p resolution. If you set to 'High Data Speed' then the second monitor is limited to 1280x720.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 32 inch Dell P3223DE, and the results only apply to this variant. There are similar 24 and 27 inch monitors, which are similar, but not exactly like this one. The P3223DE is part of the P Series lineup, and you can see the differences between them below.

Model Size Resolution Connectivity
P2423D 24" 2560x1440 USB 3.0
P2423DE 24" 2560x1440 USB-C, USB 3.0, LAN
P2723D 27" 2560x1440 USB 3.0
P2723DE 27" 2560x1440 USB-C, USB 3.0, LAN
P2723QE 27" 3840x2160 USB-C, USB 3.0, LAN 
P3223DE 32" 2560x1440 USB-C, USB 3.0, LAN

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their unit doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit of the Dell P3223DE was manufactured in December 2021; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Dell P3223DE is a great 32 inch, 1440p office monitor that has a few office features like the USB-C hub and incredible ergonomics. It's good if you need something for the office and you want the 32 inch screen, but there are other 4k office options available in the same price range.

See our recommendations for the best 1440p monitors, the best office monitors, and the best 32-inch monitors.

Dell U3223QE

The Dell P3223DE and the Dell U3223QE are different types of 32 inch office monitors. The U3223QE has a much higher 4k resolution that delivers sharper text. While both have similar USB hubs, the U3223QE has two more USB-C ports and a KVM switch, allowing you to connect a keyboard and mouse and control two devices with them. The U3223QE also supports HDR, which the P3223DE doesn't, but the HDR experience isn't the best anyways. On the other hand, the P3223DE has much better reflection handling if you want to use it in a bright room.

Dell U3219Q

The Dell U3219Q and the Dell P3223DE are both 32 inch office monitors with a few differences. The U3219Q has a higher 4k resolution that delivers sharper images than the 1440p resolution on the P3223DE. The U3219Q also has a local dimming feature and HDR support, both of which the P3223DE doesn't have, but neither are very good on the U3219Q. Even though the U3219Q gets a bit brighter, the P3223DE is better for well-lit rooms because it has much better reflection handling.

LG 27GP850-B

The LG 27GP850-B and the Dell P3223DE are different types of 1440p monitors. The LG is a gaming monitor with a high 180Hz refresh rate and VRR support for a tear-free gaming experience. Because of that, it also has a quicker response time for smoother motion handling. On the other hand, the Dell is an office monitor with two more USB 3.0 ports compared to the LG, it has a USB-C input, and it has much better ergonomics that make it easier to place in an ideal position.

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