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Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019 , Simon Barbier, Yannick Khong

Dell S3219D
MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

Test Benches:

  • 1.0: Fall 2017
6.9
Mixed Usage
Score components:
Size : 32 "
Resolution : 2560x1440
Refresh Rate : 75 Hz
LCD Type
What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
:
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
:
FreeSync

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.

Test Results
Design 7.0
Picture Quality 6.3
Motion 8.0
Inputs 8.8
Pros
  • Good dark room performance
  • Excellent resolution and size
Cons
  • Poor out-of-the-box color accuracy
  • Image degrades at an angle
Update 2/28/2019: The FreeSync range was incorrectly listed as 40-75 Hz. The actual FreeSync range is 48-75 Hz.

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7.0

Design

Score components: Subjectively assigned
Dell S3219D Design Picture
Curved : No
Curve radius : N/A
Weight (without stand)
What it is: The weight of the monitor when mounted. This is with the stand removed, and if necessary any VESA mounting bracket attached.
When it matters: When choosing a mount for a monitor/
:
16.8 lbs (7.6 kg)
Weight (with stand)
What it is: The weight of the monitor including the stand any any input covers.
:
22.0 lbs (10.0 kg)

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.

Stand
Dell S3219D Stand picture
Width
What it is: The width of the stand.
When it matters: When using a small desk, for those who require a monitor with a small footprint.
:
10.1" (25.7 cm)
Depth
What it is: The depth of the stand.
When it matters: When using a small desk, for those who require a monitor with a small footprint.
:
7.8" (19.8 cm)

The stand is plastic with a flat base and a metal finish. It feels quite sturdy, provides good support to the monitor, and prevents wobbling.

1.7 Ergonomics
What it is: How much the position of the screen can be adjusted to match the viewing preference of the user.
When it matters: All usages, but especially office and gaming use.
Score components:
  • 46% Height Adjustment
  • 18% Switch portrait/landscape
  • 18% Swivel Range
  • 18% Tilt Range
Dell S3219D Ergonomics picture
Height Adjustment
What it is: The amount of vertical travel or adjustment of the display.
:
N/A
Switch portrait/landscape : No
Swivel Range : N/A
Tilt Range : -10° to 5°

The ergonomics of the S3219D are terrible. Your only option is tilting and that is available only within a narrow range. You may have a hard time positioning the monitor in a comfortable position.

Back
Dell S3219D Back picture
Wall Mount : VESA 100x100

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.

Borders
Dell S3219D Borders picture
Borders
What it is: The distance from the left edge of the display to the start of the image.
When it matters: When using multiple monitors side-by-side.
:
0.5" (1.3 cm)

The borders of the monitor are of average thickness and they will not please those who plan a multi-monitor setup. The glossy finish is prone to fingerprints.

Thickness
Dell S3219D Thickness picture
Thickness (with stand)
What it is: How far the front of the screen protrudes when placed as far back as possible against a wall.
When it matters: When the monitor is placed back against a wall.
:
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
What it is: How far the front of the screen protrudes when the stand has been removed. For monitors which require a bracket to VESA mount this measurement includes the thickness of the bracket.
When it matters: When mounting a monitor with the stand removed.
:
1.9" (4.8 cm)

The S3219D is a thin monitor. Both with the stand and without the stand, it ranks among the thinnest monitors we have tested so far. It will not protrude if you decide to VESA mount it.

7.5 Build Quality
What it is: How well built and sturdy the monitor is, and how good the materials used to build it are.
When it matters: All usages.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Dell S3219D Build Quality picture

The build quality is good. Although entirely plastic, there are no gaps or loose ends, and just like most Dell monitors you should have no issues with it.

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.

7.8 Contrast
What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
Dell S3219D Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
:
2904 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with local dimming turned on (maximum) with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
:
N/A

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.

0 Local Dimming
What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
:
No
Backlight
What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit monitors have more uniform blacks than some full-array monitors.
:
Edge

Local dimming is not supported on the Dell S3219D. The above video is for reference only.

6.4 SDR Peak Brightness
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene
What it is: The maximum luminosity the monitor can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. Our Real Scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurements are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming on, max backlight and with an SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies and TV shows in SDR.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
223 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time
:
223 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time
:
223 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
223 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
222 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
221 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent during a scene.
:
223 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent during a scene.
:
223 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
222 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
222 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
221 cd/m²
SDR ABL
What it is: The standard deviation of the SDR sustained brightness, after linearizing for noticeable differences in luminosity
When it matters: Content with large bright areas, such as for PC or video game use, and sports such as hockey
:
0.001

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.

0 HDR Peak Brightness
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with HDR content.
When it matters: HDR content
HDR Real Scene
What it is: The maximum luminosity the monitor can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more realistic movie condition. All measurements are made with the monitor set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over HDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in HDR.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
What it is: TThe maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
N/A
HDR ABL
What it is: The coefficient of variation of the HDR sustained brightness, after linearizing for noticeable differences in luminosity
When it matters: HDR content with large bright areas, such as HDR gaming
Good value: <0.07
Noticeable difference: 0.01
:
N/A

HDR is not supported.

5.3 Horizontal Viewing Angle
What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
Dell S3219D Horizontal Color Shift Picture
Color Shift from Left
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your left
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
38 °
Color Shift from Right
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
39 °
Dell S3219D Horizontal Brightness Picture
Brightness from Left
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your left.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
48 °
Brightness from Right
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
49 °
Dell S3219D Horizontal Black Level Picture
Black Level from Left
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
13 °
Black Level from Right
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
13 °
Curve Radius : N/A

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.

5.3 Vertical Viewing Angle
What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the top or bottom.
Dell S3219D Vertical Color Shift Picture
Color Shift from Below
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
28 °
Color Shift from Above
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor when standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
29 °
Dell S3219D Vertical Brightness Picture
Brightness from Below
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
33 °
Brightness from Above
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor while standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
34 °
Dell S3219D Vertical Black Level Picture
Black Level from Below
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
13 °
Black Level from Above
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor while standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
13 °

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.

8.8 Gray Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
Dell S3219D 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
2.511 %
50% DSE
What it is: Dirty Screen Effect. High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
:
0.102 %
Dell S3219D 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
0.938 %
5% DSE
What it is: Dirty Screen Effect. High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
:
0.077 %

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.

6.0 Black Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
Dell S3219D Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: <2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
1.987 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks with Local Dimming enabled
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: <2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
N/A

Decent black uniformity for the Dell S3219D. In a very dark room, you will notice a few flashlighting spots if you are sitting directly in front. In general, the black uniformity is among the best we've measured so far.

4.3 Pre Calibration
What it is: Monitor's color accuracy before a full calibration. The measurements are taken with out of the box 'factory setting'.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
Dell S3219D Pre Calibration Picture Dell S3219D Pre Gamma Curve Picture Dell S3219D Pre Color Picture
Picture Mode
What it is: The picture mode that was used to do the pre-calibration reading. We usually go for the picture mode that gives us the more control over all the picture quality setting.
:
Cool
Luminance
What it is: The luminance at which the pre-calibration reading was done. This represents the luminance of the monitor when it is at the factory default settings.
:
141 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
What it is: The luminance settings, often named 'Brightness' on monitors, usually range from 0 to 100.
:
75
Contrast Setting
What it is: The monitor contrast setting, usually ranging from 0 to 100.
:
75
RGB controls
What it is: This is the value for each color (red, green, and blue) used in the monitor internal RGB cuts/gains controls. If the monitor does not have an internal RGB cuts/gains controls, then the color temperature setting will be used instead, and the color temperature that gives us the best result will be used.
:
N/A
Color Temperature
What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color for PC monitors and also for the sRGB color standard.
When it matters: When you care about color reproduction and accuracy.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
:
7310 K
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
6.72
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
4.59
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.18

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.

9.7 Post Calibration
What it is: Monitor's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All graphics and video content on a monitor that has been professionally calibrated.
Score components:
Dell S3219D Post Calibration Picture Dell S3219D Post Gamma Curve Picture Dell S3219D Post Color Picture
Picture Mode
What it is: The picture mode that was used to do the calibration reading. We usually go for the picture mode that gives us the more control over all the picture quality setting.
:
Custom Color
Luminance
What it is: The luminance at which the calibration was executed. We aim for a luminance level of 100 cd/m².
:
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
What it is: The luminance settings, often named 'Brightness' on monitors, usually range from 0 to 100.
:
40
Contrast Setting
What it is: The monitor contrast setting, usually ranging from 0 to 100.
:
73
RGB Controls
What it is: This is the value for each color (red, green, and blue) used in the monitor internal RGB cuts/gains controls. If the monitor does not have an internal RGB cuts/gains controls, then the color temperature setting will be used instead, and the color temperature that gives us the best result will be used.
:
88-92-100
Color Temperature
What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color for PC monitors and also for the sRGB color standard.
When it matters: When you care about color reproduction and accuracy.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
:
6512 K
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.41
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.50
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.19

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.

8.8 SDR Color Gamut
What it is: The palette of colors the monitor can display
When it matters: General content consumption or production
Score components:
Dell S3219D Color Gamut sRGB Picture
sRGB xy
What it is: Coverage of the sRGB colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Almost all content. Includes websites, standard windows environment and SDR movies
Good value: > 95%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
98.3 %
Dell S3219D Color Gamut ARGB Picture
Adobe RGB xy
What it is: Coverage of the Adobe RGB colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Professional photography.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
77.0 %

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.

9.2 SDR Color Volume
What it is: How much of the SDR color spaces the monitor can reproduce
When it matters: General usage and SDR media creation
Score components:
Dell S3219D sRGB Color Volume ITP picture
sRGB in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the sRGB colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: Most content, including web, SDR video games, and SDR media creation
:
98.8 %
Dell S3219D Adobe RGB Color Volume ITP Picture
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the Adobe RGB colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness.
When it matters: Professional media creation
:
84.5 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: User
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: User

Excellent color volume. The monitor can display its excellent s.RGB gamut within a large luminance range. The Adobe RGB volume, though, is not as good due to its limited gamut.

0 HDR Color Gamut
What it is: The monitor's ability to reproduce HDR color spaces
When it matters: HDR content consumption or media creation
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
What it is: Whether the monitor can support wider color gamuts
When it matters: HDR content and media creation
:
No
DCI P3 xy
What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy
When it matters: When consuming or producing HDR content.
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: When consuming or producing HDR content.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
N/A

HDR is not supported.

0 HDR Color Volume
What it is: How much of the HDR color spaces a monitor can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content consumption and production. Includes streaming services, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Score components:
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness output.
When it matters: HDR content.
Good value: 80%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness output.
When it matters: HDR content.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
N/A

HDR is not supported.

5.9 Image Retention
What it is: How much a static image is retained on a monitor screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When working or playing video games on your PC monitor.
Dell S3219D Image Retention Picture
IR after 0 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.09 %
IR after 2 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.02 %
IR after 4 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.05 %
IR after 6 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.02 %

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.

9.8 Gradient
What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Dell S3219D Gradient Picture
Color Depth
What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like HDR video games or HDR UHD movies. Won't matter for regular Blu-ray movies, SDR video game or desktop environment content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
:
10 Bit

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.

10 Color Bleed
What it is: How much the color from one area of the screen affects the color in another area of the screen.
When it matters: All usages, but especially media creation.
Score components:
Dell S3219D Color bleed horizontal
Pixel row error
What it is: The amount of bleed that appears across the screen horizontally.
When it matters: General usage of a PC monitor, can appear when browsing the web or with media creation like graphics.
Good value: <0.2%
Noticeable difference: 0.1%
:
0.001 %
Dell S3219D Color bleed vertical
Pixel column error
What it is: Amount of color bleeding that appears across the screen vertically.
When it matters: Most uses of a PC monitor. Can appear while browsing the web or when editing images or graphics.
Good value: <0.2%
Noticeable difference: 0.1%
:
0.000 %

There is no noticeable horizontal or vertical bleed when large areas of uniform color are displayed, which is great.

7.5 Reflections
What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Dell S3219D Average room Dell S3219D Average room off picture Dell S3219D Bright room off picture

Decent reflection handling, similar to the LG 32GK850G and the BenQ EW3270U. Reflections are diffused due to the matte finish, but if there is a large bright source, like a window, right behind you, reflections might become annoying.

8.0

Motion

Score components:

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.

8.1 Motion Blur
What it is: The performance of the pixel response time. Poor response time causes trails to follow moving objects. Response time is one of a few sources of motion blur.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Score components:
Dell S3219D Motion Blur Picture Dell S3219D Response Time Chart
80% Response Time
What it is: How quickly pixels can reach 80% of a full transition from one color to another.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Good value: < 8 ms
Noticeable difference: 4 ms
:
7.2 ms
100% Response Time
What it is: How quickly pixels can fully transition from one color to another.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Good value: < 20 ms
Noticeable difference: 10 ms
:
13.8 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
What it is: If the monitor has adjustable pixel overdrive settings, which one produces the best response time with minimal overshoot.
When it matters: When adjusting the monitor's settings to get the least possible motion blur.
:
Normal

Response Time Normal
Response Time Fast

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.

7.5 Image Flicker
What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Nearly all the time during PC monitor use, but especially during fast movement such as video games
Dell S3219D Backlight Picture
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz). Frequencies that are multiples of 60Hz are better.
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in motion
Good value: Yes
:
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
What it is: Highest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye-tracking blur in motion
Good value: Matches the native refresh rate
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
:
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye-tracking blur in motion
Good value: 60 Hz
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
:
N/A

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.

8.0 Refresh Rate
What it is: How frequently the monitor can refresh and show new frames, and whether it can vary its refresh rate in real time using technologies like G-sync and FreeSync.
When it matters: Mostly for gaming, but does provide a little better motion during normal usage.
Native
What it is: The frequency at which the monitor is capable of displaying images every second
When it matters: General usage, but better results are most important for gaming
Good value: >100 Hz
Noticeable difference: 15 Hz
:
75 Hz
Factory Overclock
What it is: The frequency at which the monitor's can be boosted to using its internal menu.
When it matters: Gaming and other usages where high frame rate content is consumed.
Good value: >100
Noticeable difference: 15
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
:
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
What it is: We test for FreeSync compatibility with an NVIDIA GTX1060. We check for any excess blur, screen blanking, or excess tearing, and confirm the variable refresh rate range.
When it matters: If you have an NVIDIA graphics card.
Good value: Yes
:
Yes
VRR Maximum
What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature of the monitor.
When it matters: Any time the VRR feature is enabled.
Good value: Matches Refresh rate
Noticeable difference: 10 Hz
:
75 Hz
VRR Minimum
What it is: The lowest frequency covered by the monitor's Variable Refresh Rate feature.
When it matters: When using the VRR feature of the monitor at lower frame rates.
Good value: 30 Hz
:
48 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature when the monitor's overclocking feature is used.
When it matters: When both the overclocking and VRR features are used.
Good value: Matching the overclocked refresh rate.
Noticeable difference: 10 hz
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : DisplayPort, HDMI

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.

8.8

Inputs

Score components:

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.

9.0 Input Lag
What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: General usage of the mouse and gaming.
Native Resolution
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying its native resolution at its native refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage and while playing video games.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
8.2 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
What it is:

Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an alternative resolution at its native refresh rate. The non-native resolution tested depends on the native resolution of the monitor, following this pattern unless otherwise specified in the Input Lag text:

Native Resolution Non-Native Resolution Tested
4k UHD QHD
QHD FHD
FHD 1600x900
3440x1440 2560x1080
2560x1080 1920x1080
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying its native resolution at a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
9.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is using its Variable Refresh Rate feature at its native resolution.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
8.6 ms
HDR
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an HDR signal at its native resolution and refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when BFI is enabled and the monitor is displaying a signal at the highest supported BFI refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
N/A

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.

8.5 Resolution and Size
What it is: The number of pixels the monitor can display, and the surface area of its screen.
When it matters: All usages, but especially for office and media editing.
Score components:
Native Resolution : 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Megapixels : 3.7 MP
Pixel Density : 92 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 32.0 inches
Screen Area : 438 sq inches

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.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort : 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort : No
HDMI : 2 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI : No
VGA : No
DisplayPort Out : No
USB : 2 (USB 3.0)
USB C : No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Microphone In 3.5mm : No
Digital Optical Audio Out : No
Analog Audio Out RCA : No

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.

Features

This is a very basic monitor without any additional features other than the speakers. There is no HDR10 support.

Additional Features
What it is: Additional features found on the monitor
Speakers
What it is: Whether or not the monitor features standalone speakers.
When it matters: When using your computer without headphones or a dedicated pair of speakers.
:
Yes
HDR10 : No

The monitor has a set of speakers whose volume you can control through the menu, but no other additional features.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls
Dell S3219D Controls picture

The buttons are easy to access and quite intuitive.

In The Box
Dell S3219D In The Box picture

  • Safety information booklet
  • HDMI cable
  • USB 3.0 type B
  • Power cable

Differences between Sizes and Variants

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.

Model Size Native Resolution Refresh rate Notes
S3219D 32" 1440p 75Hz FreeSync support
S2719DGF 27" 1440p 144Hz FreeSync support

Note: The Dell S3219D we purchased was manufactured in September 2018

Compared to other Monitors

Dell S3219D Group Shot Picture
Left: Acer Dell D3218HN. Middle: Dell S3219D. Right: LG 32GK850G.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Dell S3219D is a good monitor for gaming and supports FreeSync variable refresh rate to ensure a tear-free gaming experience. See our recommendations for the best 28-32 inch monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best budget gaming monitors.

Dell D3218HN

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.

LG 32UD59-B

The LG 32UD59-B is significantly better than the Dell S3219D. The LG has a better 4k resolution and can display more detail on your screen, and has a better out-of-the-box color accuracy. On the other hand, the Dell S3219D has a slightly higher refresh rate and marginally lower input lag, great for gaming.

LG 32GK850G-B

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 is more suitable for a bright room as it can easily fight glare.

HP V320

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.

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6.9Mixed Usage
Score components:
This is a decent monitor for mixed usage. It can display deep blacks but cannot get very bright, so it is more suitable for a darker room. It has low input lag and good motion handling with FreeSync support, and it is a good monitor for casual gaming. Unfortunately, it has bad ergonomics which will not make it easy for you to place it comfortably on your desk.
The Dell S3219D is a decent monitor for office use. It has good size and resolution that allows you to easily multitask, but its viewing angles are lacking. Sharing your work with a colleague is not easy, as they will not see the same quality image as you unless they stand directly in front. The bad ergonomics do not allow any swiveling to make things better.
This is a good monitor for gaming, unless you are a competitive gamer. It has a large screen size, high resolution, and a low input lag that makes it very responsive. A little motion blur is present in fast-moving content, but nothing too bad. It supports FreeSync for tear-free gaming sessions on both HDMI and DisplayPort.
The Dell S3219D is a decent monitor for consuming multimedia. It has a large screen size and its 1440p resolution is enough to display most content at its native resolution. It is a very responsive monitor due to its low input lag and it is more suitable for use in a darker room where it will display deep and relatively uniform blacks.
Decent monitor for media creation. The Dell S3219D has a large screen and 1440p resolution so you can display more of your work on the screen. Unfortunately, it does not favor collaborative work, as the viewing angles are disappointing and the ergonomics are terrible, so sharing your work is an issue. It has low input lag and good motion handling, and it is more suitable for a less bright room.
The Dell S3219D does not support HDR. For a decent HDR gaming monitor, take a look at the Samsung CHG70.

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