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Dell S3222DGM Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Aug 09, 2021 at 10:35 am
Dell S3222DGM Picture
7.0
Mixed Usage
7.3
Office
7.7
Gaming
7.1
Media Consumption
7.1
Media Creation
3.7
HDR
Size
32"
Resolution
2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
165Hz
Pixel Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDR10
No

The Dell S3222DGM is a decent monitor overall with a 32 inch, 1440p VA panel. Like most VA monitors, it has excellent contrast, resulting in deep blacks in a dark room, and it has decent black uniformity. It also has excellent gray uniformity, a superb SDR color gamut, and impressive gradient handling. Colors out of the box are a bit oversaturated, and there's no sRGB mode, but it's alright overall. Motion handling is excellent, with an excellent response time at the max refresh rate with very little overshoot. It's still plagued by the same issues that normally affect VA monitors, though, as there's significant black smearing in dark scenes, which can be distracting. Unfortunately, the image washes out at an angle, and the stand can't swivel or rotate to a portrait orientation, which limits its versatility a bit.

Our Verdict

7.0 Mixed Usage

The Dell S3222DGM is a decent monitor for most uses. The 32 inch, 1440p screen has a great amount of screen real estate for office use or media creation and delivers a more immersive gaming experience. It's a great gaming monitor, with a fast response time, low input lag, and a few extra gaming features, including support for variable refresh rate technology. It's a bit limited for some uses though, as the image degrades at an angle, and it doesn't support HDR.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast.
  • Very good peak brightness.
  • Fantastic low input lag.
Cons
  • Image washes out when viewed at an angle.
  • Doesn't support HDR.
  • Stand can't swivel or rotate to a portrait orientation.
7.3 Office

The Dell S3222DGM is a decent office monitor. The 32 inch, 1440p monitor is great for multitasking, but it has just satisfactory text clarity and the pixel density is a bit low. It has excellent gray uniformity, decent reflection handling, and very good peak brightness, so glare shouldn't be an issue. Unfortunately, although it should be easy to place in a comfortable viewing position, the stand can't rotate to a portrait orientation and it can't swivel. The monitor also has disappointing viewing angles, so you can't really share your screen with someone else.

Pros
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Very good peak brightness.
  • Superb SDR color gamut.
  • Fantastic low input lag.
Cons
  • Image washes out when viewed at an angle.
  • Stand can't swivel or rotate to a portrait orientation.
7.7 Gaming

The Dell S3222DGM is a great gaming monitor. It has an excellent response time at the max refresh rate, fantastic low input lag, and it supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) technology. Like most VA panels, it doesn't look as good in dark scenes, as there's significant black smear, and the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so it's not a good choice for co-op gamers. It has decent reflection handling and very good peak brightness, though, so glare shouldn't be an issue, and it has excellent contrast.

Pros
  • Excellent response time at the max refresh rate.
  • Fantastic low input lag.
  • Fast refresh rate.
Cons
  • Image washes out when viewed at an angle.
  • Black smearing in dark scenes.
7.1 Media Consumption

The Dell S3222DGM is a decent monitor for watching videos. The large screen is great for watching movies, and it looks great in a dark room thanks to its excellent contrast and decent black uniformity. It also has excellent gray uniformity, a superb SDR color gamut, and impressive gradient handling. It's not a very good choice for watching videos with a friend, though, as it has disappointing viewing angles and can't swivel.

Pros
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Excellent contrast.
  • Fantastic low input lag.
Cons
  • Image washes out when viewed at an angle.
  • Doesn't support HDR.
  • Black smearing in dark scenes.
7.1 Media Creation

The Dell S3222DGM is decent for media creation. The large screen makes it easier to see more of your work at once. It has excellent gray uniformity, excellent contrast, and decent black uniformity. It also has a superb SDR color gamut, but its Adobe RGB coverage might be too low for some creators. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, and the stand can't swivel or rotate to a portrait orientation, so it's not ideal if you often have to share your screen with your colleagues or clients.

Pros
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Excellent contrast.
  • Very good peak brightness.
  • Superb SDR color gamut.
Cons
  • Image washes out when viewed at an angle.
  • Stand can't swivel or rotate to a portrait orientation.
  • No sRGB clamp.
  • 7.0 Mixed Usage
  • 7.3 Office
  • 7.7 Gaming
  • 7.1 Media Consumption
  • 7.1 Media Creation
  • 3.7 HDR
  1. Updated Jul 04, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Updated Aug 09, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Aug 05, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
Yes
Curve Radius
1800R

The Dell S3222DGM has a simple design that looks great in any setting. It has thin bezels on three sides, great for multimonitor setups. It looks identical to the smaller version, the Dell S2722DGM, but has a slightly less-aggressive curve. There's a fixed-color ambient downlight feature on the bottom bezel, but no RGB bias-lighting on the back.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Dell S3222DGM has decent build quality. It's made of plastic, but feels pretty solid, with no noticeable flex to any of the panels. The bezels feel solid, and we didn't notice any issues. Unfortunately, the stand isn't as stable as the Dell S2722DGM, as there's significantly more wobble.

6.3
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
3.9" (10.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-22.5° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
No
Swivel Range
No swivel
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The Dell S3222DGM has an okay height adjustment and an amazing tilt range, but it can't rotate to a portrait orientation or swivel, which limits its versatility. You shouldn't have any issues placing it in an ideal viewing position. The back of the monitor is identical to the Dell S2722DGM. There's no bias-lighting, which is a bit disappointing. There's a cutout in the stand for basic cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
11.4" (29.0 cm)
Base Depth
9.3" (23.5 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
7.8" (19.8 cm)
Weight (With Display)
21.4 lbs (9.7 kg)

The stand is okay. It has a small overall footprint and still allows you to place small objects in front of the monitor. Unfortunately, it doesn't support the monitor very well and wobbles a lot, even when gently nudged. It wobbles worse than the Dell S2722DGM, which would only wobble when the height adjustment was near the maximum extension.

Design
Display
Housing Width
28.0" (71.0 cm)
Housing Height
16.7" (42.3 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
5.3" (13.5 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
16.3 lbs (7.4 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.3" (0.8 cm)
Design
Controls

There's a joystick control on the back for navigating the OSD. There are also four quick access buttons that can be assigned to different options. The power button is located on the bottom bezel of the display.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
Internal

  • User manuals
  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Power cable

Picture Quality
8.5
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
4,365 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

As expected for a VA panel, the Dell S3222DGM has excellent contrast, resulting in deep blacks in a dark room. These results are higher than we expected, as Dell advertises a typical native contrast ratio of 3000:1 for this model, but it can vary between units. We ran a few sanity checks on these results, and all of our measurements were within the same ballpark.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Dell S3222DGM doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only, so you can see how the backlight on this display performs and compare it to a similar product with local dimming.

7.8
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
322 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
334 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
334 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
334 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
334 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
333 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
334 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
334 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
333 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
334 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
333 cd/m²
ABL
0.000
Minimum Brightness
32 cd/m²

The Dell S3222DGM has very good peak brightness in SDR. There's no noticeable variation in peak brightness with different content, and it's close to the advertised typical peak brightness of 350 cd/m².

These measurements were taken after calibration, in the 'Game 1' Picture Mode, with the backlight at max. The peak brightness can change depending on which mode you're using. We used different settings than the Dell S2722DGM with this monitor, as these settings are the most accurate on this model.

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

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

5.9
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
27°
Color Washout From Right
28°
Color Shift From Left
70°
Color Shift From Right
70°
Brightness Loss From Left
28°
Brightness Loss From Right
30°
Black Level Raise From Left
14°
Black Level Raise From Right
15°
Gamma Shift From Left
13°
Gamma Shift From Right
14°

As expected for a monitor with a VA panel, the Dell S3222DGM has disappointing horizontal viewing angles. Colors remain accurate to a wide angle, but if you move even slightly off-center the black levels rise and gamma shifts, causing the entire image to appear washed out. This can be an issue if you share your screen with someone else, or even if you sit close to the screen. The curved screen can help compensate for this, but our testing doesn't currently account for that.

5.3
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
26°
Color Washout From Above
27°
Color Shift From Below
38°
Color Shift From Above
45°
Brightness Loss From Below
26°
Brightness Loss From Above
28°
Black Level Raise From Below
12°
Black Level Raise From Above
13°
Gamma Shift From Below
11°
Gamma Shift From Above
15°

As expected for a VA monitor, the Dell S3222DGM has disappointing vertical viewing angles. In general, colors remain accurate to a very wide angle, but shift ever so slightly beyond our threshold for accuracy at a moderate angle. Like the horizontal viewing angle, black levels rise and gamma shifts at a narrow angle, causing the image to appear washed out.

8.2
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.660%
50% DSE
0.135%

The Dell S3222DGM has excellent gray uniformity. The corners and sides of the screen are a bit darker than the center, but there's very little dirt screen effect. This can vary between units, but it's rarely an issue on current monitors.

7.4
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.057%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Dell S3222DGM we bought has decent black uniformity, but this can vary between units. There's almost no clouding, but there's some backlight bleed along the top and bottom of the screen.

6.6
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Game 1
sRGB Gamut Area xy
123.7%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
3.29
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,982 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.13
Color dE (Avg.)
3.04
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
75
Measured Brightness
168 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The Dell S3222DGM has alright accuracy out of the box. There are some noticeable inaccuracies in many colors, and as there's no sRGB clamp, the image is oversaturated. White balance is off mainly in brighter scenes, and the color temperature is a bit cool. Gamma is nearly flat close to 2.1, so most scenes are too bright.

9.6
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Game 1
sRGB Gamut Area xy
97.7%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.49
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,536 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.19
Color dE (Avg.)
0.63
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
Gain (97-100-94), Offset (52-49-52)
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
39
Measured Brightness
101 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

After calibration, the Dell S3222DGM has nearly perfect accuracy. Gamma follows the sRGB target curve almost perfectly, white balance has no noticeable issues, and the color temperature is almost exactly on our target. Any remaining inaccuracies in colors aren't noticeable, and the image is no longer oversaturated.

9.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
98.1%
sRGB Picture Mode
Game 1
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
81.9%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Game 1

The Dell S3222DGM has a superb color gamut in SDR. It covers pretty much the entire sRGB color space used by most desktop and web content. It has great coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, but it might not be good enough for professional content creators. If Adobe RGB coverage is important to you, check out the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM instead.

9.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
98.2%
sRGB Picture Mode
Game 1
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
87.7%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Game 1

This monitor has superb SDR color volume. Despite the relatively high contrast ratio, it still can't produce saturated colors at low luminance levels very well, but this is hardly noticeable.

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

This monitor 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

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.4%
Indirect Reflections
3.2%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.2%

This monitor has decent reflection handling. The matte finish reduces the intensity of direct reflections, so glare shouldn't be an issue for most people, unless you have really bright lights or a window opposite the monitor.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Subpixel Layout
RGB

The Dell S3222DGM has decent text clarity. It's a bit worse than the Dell S2722DGM, as the larger screen results in a lower pixel density. We recommend running the Window ClearType wizard if you're on a PC; otherwise, there are some text clarity issues with diagonal lines, as shown in the bottom photo.

8.3
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The Dell S3222DGM has great gradient handling. There's some banding in all shades, and as it can only accept an 8-bit signal, there's 8-bit banding in our 10-bit test image.

Motion
8.5
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
N/A
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
N/A
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
DisplayPort, HDMI

The Dell S3222DGM has a very fast refresh rate. It's advertised as a FreeSync monitor, but we were also able to use it with G-SYNC, but only over DisplayPort. It has a wide effective refresh rate range for FreeSync and G-SYNC, but over HDMI it's limited to 144Hz.

7.4
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Super Fast (Freesync On)
Rise / Fall Time
4.7 ms
Total Response Time
10.6 ms
Overshoot Error
2.8%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
15.5 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
25.9 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
18.6%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
Freesync-FastChartTablePhoto
Freesync-Super FastChartTablePhoto
Freesync-ExtremeChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
Super FastChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

The Dell S3222DGM has a decent response time at the maximum refresh rate. Unlike most monitors, there's a significant difference in response time performance with FreeSync enabled. With FreeSync enabled, the 'Super Fast' Response Time setting delivers the best results overall. 'Extreme' has a much faster rise/fall time, but there's way too much overshoot, resulting in an intense trail of inverse ghosting behind fast-moving objects. With FreeSync disabled at the max refresh rate, the rise/fall time advantage of the 'Extreme' setting isn't as significant, and there's still way too much overshoot, so 'Super Fast' is still the best setting.

Like most VA monitors, transitions from dark scenes to brighter ones are significantly slower than most other transitions. It causes a noticeable trail behind fast-moving objects, commonly known as black smear.

Note: There's also a fourth response time setting, 'MPRT', but this isn't actually a response time setting, it just enables the black frame insertion feature. This setting is only available if the refresh rate is between 120Hz and 165Hz.

7.2
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Super Fast (Freesync On)
Rise / Fall Time
4.5 ms
Total Response Time
12.8 ms
Overshoot Error
5.4%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
14.3 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
26.2 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
24.4%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
Freesync-FastChartTablePhoto
Freesync-Super FastChartTablePhoto
Freesync-ExtremeChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
Super FastChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

The response time performance with FreeSync enabled at 120Hz is nearly identical to the max refresh rate. However, there's a big difference with FreeSync disabled at 120Hz, as there's now no noticeable overshoot with the 'Extreme' setting, meaning it delivers the best results with FreeSync disabled at a refresh rate of 120Hz or lower.

6.4
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Super Fast (Freesync On)
Rise / Fall Time
4.0 ms
Total Response Time
20 ms
Overshoot Error
8.9%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
8.9 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
38.2 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
30.4%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
Freesync-FastChartTablePhoto
Freesync-Super FastChartTablePhoto
Freesync-ExtremeChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
Super FastChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

Like at higher refresh rates, the 'Super Fast' Response Time setting delivers the best results with FreeSync enabled, as there's way too much overshoot with the 'Extreme' setting. Again, there's a difference between the response time performance with FreeSync enabled. With FreeSync disabled, 'Extreme' is slightly better than 'Super Fast', as it has a slightly faster total response time and very little overshoot. Like most VA monitors, transitions from dark scenes to brighter ones are significantly slower than most other transitions. It causes a noticeable trail behind fast-moving objects, commonly known as black smear.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Yes
Maximum Frequency
165 Hz
Minimum Frequency
120 Hz
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
170 cd/m²
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
170 cd/m²
Pulse Width Control
No
Pulse Phase Control
No
Pulse Amplitude Control
No
VRR At The Same Time
No

Refresh RateMotion Blur Photo
165HzPhoto
120HzPhoto

The Dell S3222DGM has an optional backlight strobing feature that can be enabled by setting the Response Time to 'MPRT'. Enabling this feature locks the overdrive settings. The timing seems very good, with no noticeable crosstalk, but there's still a noticeable blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Unfortunately, it's only available in a narrow refresh rate range and doesn't work at lower refresh rates. Like most monitors, this feature can't be enabled at the same time as the variable refresh rate (VRR) feature. Note that our scoring is based only on the refresh rate range that supports BFI, not how well it works.

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

The backlight is completely flicker-free, which is great as it can reduce eye strain.

Inputs
8.8
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
4.5 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
5.6 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.8 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
6.2 ms

The Dell S3222DGM has fantastic low input lag.

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
31.5"
Screen Area
425 in²

The 32 inch, 1440p screen is great for multitasking, but some people might find the pixel density a bit low.

3.0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
PS5 doesn't output 1440p
1440p @ 60Hz
PS5 doesn't output 1440p
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
No
VRR
No
5.8
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
No
VRR
Yes
Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.0)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
3.5mm Microphone In
No
Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
0
USB-A Rated Speed
No USB-A Ports
USB-B Upstream Port
No
USB-C Ports
0
USB-C Upstream
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Rated Speed
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Power Delivery
No USB-C Ports
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No USB-C Ports
Thunderbolt
No
Inputs
macOS Compatibility

Unfortunately, there are a few issues when using this monitor with recent MacBooks, and it behaves inconsistently. It sometimes defaults to YCbCr color format with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, and when changing the color format to RGB, the screen goes black. At other times it defaults to RGB and supports up to 165Hz. The variable refresh rate feature works well but flickers at low frame rates. Windows return to their original positions when the computer wakes from sleep, but not if you just close the lid.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
RGB Illumination
Fixed (On/Off)
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
No

The Dell S3222DGM has a few additional features, including:

  • Timer: Displays a countdown timer on-screen.
  • FPS Counter: Displays the current frame rate the monitor is receiving from the source.
  • Dark Stabilizer: Adjusts gamma to make it easier to spot other players/enemies in shadows.
  • Display Alignment: Displays gridlines on the screen to help align multiple displays.
  • Downlight: Dell has added an ambient downlight on the bottom bezel. It's a fixed blue light that can't be changed, it can only be turned on or off.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 32 inch Dell S3222DGM, which is part of Dell's S Series of gaming monitors. It's also available in a 27 inch size, but the smaller size has a slightly different panel with a different curve, so this review isn't valid for that size.

Model Size Native Resolution Max Refresh rate Panel Type Curve
S2522HG 24.5" 1920 x 1080 240Hz IPS No
S2722DGM 27" 2560 x 1440 165Hz VA 1500R
S3222DGM 32" 2560 x 1440 165Hz VA 1800R
S3422DWG 34" 3440 x 1440 144Hz VA 1800R

If you come across a different type of panel or your Dell S3222DGM 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 was manufactured in May 2021; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Dell S3222DGM is a great gaming monitor with excellent motion handling and low input lag at the max refresh rate. It's not immune to the issues that usually plague VA monitors, though, including black smear. Unless the high contrast ratio is really important to you, most IPS monitors deliver a better overall experience.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 32-inch monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best 1440p monitors.

Dell S3220DGF

The Dell S3220DGF is better than the Dell S3222DGM overall, but the differences might not matter to everyone. The S3220DGF supports HDR, it has better ergonomics, and it has better connectivity, with a built-in USB hub. For gaming, the S3222DGM is a better choice, as it has an optional black frame insertion feature and a faster response time.

Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T

The Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T is much better than the Dell S3222DGM. The Samsung supports HDR and has a faster refresh rate and a faster response time, so motion looks clearer with less noticeable blur. The Samsung also has a more versatile black frame insertion feature, and the stand has better ergonomics with a better height adjustment and can rotate to portrait orientation and swivel.

LG 32GN650-B

The Dell S3222DGM is slightly better than the LG 32GN650-B. The Dell has a faster response time, especially when gaming at 60Hz, but the LG has a slightly better stand, as it can switch to a portrait orientation. The LG supports HDR, but can't display a true HDR experience, so this doesn't add much.

Dell S3221QS

The Dell S3221QS and the Dell S3222DGM target different users, so which one is best depends on your needs. The S3221QS is better for office users or media creators, as it has a high-resolution screen with fantastic text clarity, and it supports HDR. The S3222DGM is better for gaming, though, with a much faster refresh rate, a better response time, lower input lag, and an optional black frame insertion feature.

Gigabyte M27Q

The Gigabyte M27Q and the Dell S3222DGM use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses, but overall, the Gigabyte is a much better monitor. The Gigabyte has much better viewing angles, supports HDR, and has a faster response time. The Dell looks better in a dark room, as it has much better contrast and better black uniformity.

HP OMEN 27c

The Dell S3222DGM and the HP OMEN 27c are both great 1440p gaming monitors. The HP has a higher 240Hz refresh rate than the 165Hz on the Dell, and even though the Dell has a quicker overall response time, there's more black smearing. They both have VA panels with a high native contrast ratio, and the HP has a local dimming feature, which the Dell doesn't have, but it performs terribly and worsens the contrast. The HP also supports HDR, which the Dell doesn't, but once again, it doesn't add much as it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop.

MSI Optix G27CQ4

The Dell S3222DGM is better than the MSI Optix G27CQ4. The Dell has better ergonomics, making it easier to place in an ideal viewing position. The Dell is also much better for gaming, as it has a much faster response time, especially when gaming at 60Hz.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM

The Dell S3222DGM and the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses, but the ASUS is much better overall. The ASUS has better viewing angles, better ergonomics, and much better colors. The ASUS also supports HDR, and it has much better gradient handling. Finally, the ASUS has better motion handling, with a faster response time and no black smearing behind dark objects.

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