The Dell S3219D is a decent 1440p VA monitor with mediocre picture quality. It has a high native contrast ratio that can deliver deep blacks in a dark room but cannot get very bright to fight bright room glare. It does not support HDR, and has disappointing viewing angles and poor out-of-the-box color accuracy. On the upside, the S3219D has excellent color gamut for normal use, good gray uniformity, and good reflection handling. It responds quickly to your actions due to its low input lag, and you can only see a small blur trail behind fast moving objects due to the fast pixel response time. It supports FreeSync for a tear-free gaming experience, but the refresh rate is limited to 75Hz, which will deter most serious gamers. Overall, it is a good entry-level gaming monitor.
The design of the Dell S3219D is decent. The entire design does not resemble a typical Dell monitor and looks plastic. It has a sturdy stand coated with a silver finish that supports the monitor well, and the overall build quality is good; you should have no issues with it. Unfortunately, the ergonomics are bad and you will have a hard time positioning the monitor comfortably. It is a very thin monitor, and it is a good choice if you plan to VESA mount it as it will not protrude at all.
The back of the monitor is plain. All of the inputs are housed in the opening where the stand is attached to the monitor. Cable management is serviced by the small opening on the back of the stand, as you can see here.
The picture quality of the S3219D is mediocre. It has a high native contrast ratio that allows it to display deep blacks in a dark room and good gray uniformity, which is great for browsing the web. Unfortunately, it cannot get very bright to fight room glare, and the viewing angles are disappointing, as expected from most VA panel monitors. The color gamut is very good for normal use, but not enough for those professionals in the publishing and printing industries. There is no support for HDR.
Just like most VA monitors, the native contrast ratio of the S3219D is very good. The monitor has good dark room performance with deep blacks that enhance the picture quality, just like in the case of the Samsung CF398.
Mediocre SDR peak brightness for the Dell S3219D. It is remarkably constant at delivering the same brightness levels regardless of the window size and this is great. However, if you plan to place it in a very bright room, it will not be able to fight glare.
The measurements were made on the the "Custom Color" picture mode.
HDR is not supported.
The S3219D has disappointing horizontal viewing angles. As soon as you move off the center axis, the image loses accuracy. Anyone looking at the monitor from the side will see a much different image from someone who is sitting directly in front. If you are a gamer and you sit up close, you will notice the uniformity issues at the edges.
The vertical viewing angles are just as lacking as the horizontal ones on this Dell S3219D. If you sit up close, the edges will look darker.
The Dell S3219D has excellent gray uniformity. It is slightly brighter at the center of the screen than the edges, but it is not noticeable under normal use, and there is almost no dirty screen effect.
In dark scenes, the uniformity is even better, and there are no issues. This is very similar to the Samsung CF398.
The Dell S3219D has poor out-of-the-box color accuracy. The best results are obtained with the "Cool" picture mode, although the "Standard" picture mode is also acceptable and has a better color temperature. The color temperature in the "Cool" mode is very cold, way above the target of 6500K, and the white balance dE and color dE are high enough that most people will notice the inaccuracies. Gamma doesn't follow the target curve and some scenes will be brighter, whereas others will be darker.
After calibration, the S3219D is almost perfect. Gamma follows the target curve very closely, and the color temperature is almost right on the 6500K target. Color and white balance errors are almost entirely corrected and it is virtually impossible to spot any inaccuracies without a colorimeter.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit, even for the same model, due to manufacturing tolerances.
s.RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color (calibrated) Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color
The color gamut of the Dell S3219D is excellent. It almost entirely covers the s.RGB color space, which is great for normal use. However, if you are a professional in the publishing industry, the coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space is not enough.
Our test was able to detect some slight image retention even after 4 mins of recovery. However, you will not notice it in normal use and it should not worry you.
Excellent gradient banding on this monitor. The transition from a darker shade to a lighter one is smooth. The monitor was tested at 60Hz refresh rate, as it supports 10-bit color depth at this rate. However, at 75Hz the monitor cannot display a 10-bit color depth and switches to 8-bit.
Great motion handling on the S3219D. The pixel response time is fast, and thus the monitor only displays a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Its backlight is completely flicker-free, and there is no option to insert flicker to make the image crisper. It supports FreeSync from both HDMI and DisplayPort.
Very good response time on the S3219D. Only a small blur trail is visible behind fast moving objects. The best Overdrive setting is the "Normal," as the "Response Time Fast" one creates significant overshoot. If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, you will notice that if you switch the Overdrive to "Response Time Fast," it does not affect the response time and the image looks exactly the same as in the "Normal" setting. This is not the case if you have a Radeon graphics card.
The Dell S3219D has a flicker-free backlight, which is great. Unfortunately, it does not have an optional flicker feature to make motion look crisper. This very similar to the LG 32UD59-B.
The refresh rate of the S3219D is 75Hz. This is great for most people, but it will disappoint the more serious gamers that are looking for something faster. It supports FreeSync VRR on both the HDMI and the DisplayPort, although its range is not very wide. You do not have to do anything to enable FreeSync, as it is automatically enabled.
With the NVIDIA GTX1060 6Gb, FreeSync works perfectly.
Update 28/02/2019: The FreeSync range was incorrectly listed as 40-75 Hz. The actual FreeSync range is 48-75 Hz.
The Dell S3219D has a large 32-inch 1440p screen, which is excellent for almost any use and helps if you frequently multitask. It also has very low input lag, which will satisfy most people except competitive gamers. It has plenty of input ports and can also serve as a USB hub.
Excellent low input lag on this Dell S3219D. The input lag remains low when the monitor is at 60Hz and while it is in FreeSync mode, and this is great. Most non-native resolutions are not supported at 75Hz.
Excellent size and resolution on this monitor. The large screen size and the high resolution allows you to display most of the details of your project.
This monitor has a multitude of inputs. One of the two USB 3.0 ports supports the BC 1.2 fast charging standard, and there is also a USB B upstream port that allows the monitor to serve as a USB hub. The analog audio out port is essentially a line out, as there is no option on the monitor to control its volume.
This is a very basic monitor without any additional features other than the speakers. There is no HDR10 support.
We tested the Dell S3219D, which is the only size of this monitor available.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Dell S3219D doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.
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Note: The Dell S3219D we purchased was manufactured in September 2018.
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The Dell S3219D and the Dell D3218HN have different panel types so they are better in different aspects. The Dell D3218HN has an IPS panel and wider viewing angles, so it favors collaboration, whereas the Dell S3129D has a VA panel and a better dark room performance. The Dell S3219D also has higher resolution and supports FreeSync, which is great for gaming.
The LG 32GK850G is better than the Dell S3219D. The LG 32GK850G has better ergonomics, and you can position it comfortably easier. It also has a faster pixel response time, lower input lag, and a much faster refresh rate, all of which contribute to a much better gaming experience. Also, the LG 32GK850G can get brighter, so it's more suitable for a bright room as it can easily fight glare.
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The LG 32GK650F-B is better than the Dell S3219D. The LG has better ergonomics but slightly worse viewing angles. The LG is also much better for gaming, with lower input lag, an optional black frame insertion feature, and a much faster refresh rate. On the other hand, the Dell S3219D is much better at displaying gradients.
The Dell S3219D and the HP V320 are of different types, and they are better suited for different conditions. The HP V320 has an IPS panel and wider viewing angles that favor collaboration. On the other hand, the Dell S3219D has a VA panel with higher resolution that can display deep blacks in a dark room, supports FreeSync for tear-free gaming, and can handle reflections better.