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Reviewed on Dec 10, 2018

Dell U3219Q MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.8
Mixed Usage
8.0
Office
7.7
Gaming
7.9
Multimedia
7.9
Media Creation
7.0
HDR Gaming
Size : 32"
Resolution : 3840x2160
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
LCD Type
:
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No

The Dell U3219Q is a good 4k IPS LED monitor with good picture quality. It has great SDR peak brightness, good for most bright rooms, but its contrast ratio and bad local dimming do not make it a good choice for a dim room. The large size and excellent resolution allow you to easily multitask. The U3219Q can display HDR content decently but cannot deliver the creators intent, as it cannot reach the necessary HDR brightness levels and its color volume is limited. It has a low input lag and it is very responsive but only has a maximum 60Hz refresh rate and no VRR to please serious gamers. It has excellent ergonomics and you can easily position it comfortably.

Test Results
Design 7.5
Picture Quality 7.5
Motion 6.6
Inputs 9.1
Pros
  • Excellent resolution and size
  • Excellent ergonomics
Cons
  • Poor dark scene perfomance
  • Not flicker-free

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7.5

Design

Curved : No
Curve radius : N/A
Weight (without stand)
:
12.6 lbs (5.7 kg)
Weight (with stand)
:
20.1 lbs (9.1 kg)

The design of this monitor is very good and resembles the design of most Dell monitors. The U3219Q comes with a sturdy stand that supports the monitor very well. The ergonomics are excellent, despite the size of the monitor, and you will be able to place it to a comfortable position with ease. The build quality is also very good and you should have no issues with this monitor.

Stand
Width
:
10.6" (26.9 cm)
Depth
:
8.7" (22.1 cm)

The stand looks like the typical Dell stands with the rectangle base and the flat pole that holds the monitor. It is very sturdy, supports the monitor well, and does not allow for much wobbling.

8.5 Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
:
5.7" (14.5 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : Yes
Swivel Range : -30° to 30°
Tilt Range : -20° to 5°

The Dell U3219Q has excellent ergonomics, which is great for this size. You can set it with ease to a comfortable position, and you can swivel, rotate, tilt or adjust the height according to your current needs.

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is plain, which is typical of Dell monitors. There is no texture or grooves and there is provision for cable management through a hole in the stand as you can see here.

Borders
Borders
:
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders of the Dell U3219Q are thin. On the top border, we can see a small groove that serves as a vent that in previous models used to be in the back of the monitor.

Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
:
6.1" (15.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
:
1.8" (4.6 cm)

The thickness of the monitor when the stand is attached is average within its size category. However, when the stand is removed the monitor is quite thin and will not protrude much if VESA mounted.

7.5 Build Quality

The build quality of the monitor is good. It is mostly made of plastic, but there are no gaps or loose ends and you should have no issues with it.

7.5

Picture Quality

The Dell U3219Q has good picture quality. The contrast ratio is decent and among the best for IPS monitors. Unfortunately, blacks are hurt by the poor black uniformity and the bad local dimming. The very good SDR peak brightness, the good reflection handling, and the wide viewing angles make it suitable for working collaboratively in a well-lit office. Performance in HDR mode is decent, however, the color space coverage is good only for normal use. If you are professional in the printing or publishing media, you might be better off looking at other options.

6.6 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
1413 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

The Dell U3219Q has a decent contrast ratio which is among the best of the IPS monitors we've tested so far and very similar to the Dell 2718Q. The monitor has an option to enhance the uniformity called Uniformity compensation. Unfortunately, when turned on, it hurts the contrast ratio performance as the monitor can only achieve a contrast ratio of 817:1. This is why we recommend that you leave it deactivated.

The U3219Q does have a local dimming feature, but it is only active in HDR, and does not have any significant impact on the contrast ratio.

1.0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
Yes
Backlight
:
Edge

The Dell U3219Q supports local dimming only in its HDR modes. The HDR mode in which local dimming is more effective is called 'HDR reference'. In the other modes, local dimming is very subtle. The reference video was filmed in the 'HDR reference' mode, and you can see that the performance is bad. As the bright object traverses the screen, you can observe the wide vertical blooming bands that follow its movement. At times, these bands get stuck and turn off (fade out) only after a few seconds. This is one of the worst local dimming implementations we have seen so far. If you find that it bothers you, then change it to a different HDR picture mode.

8.1 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
:
382 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
385 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
385 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
386 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
386 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
386 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
384 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
385 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
386 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
386 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
386 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.000

The brightness is great. It can get bright enough for most bright rooms and the brightness remains constant regardless of the size of the illuminated area on the screen. This result is in line with the Dell U2515H.

7.1 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
:
471 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
419 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
468 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
470 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
473 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
474 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
417 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
467 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
469 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
472 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
474 cd/m²
HDR ABL
:
0.008

HDR mode: Standard - HDR reference

Decent HDR brightness for the Dell U3219Q. Brightness remains relatively constant across window sizes except when the monitor is displaying small highlights where it experiences a small drop. Unfortunately, the brightness level is not enough to deliver the creators intent when watching HDR movies. If you are looking for a monitor with better HDR performance check out the Acer Predator X27.

7.0 Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
:
35 °
Color Shift from Right
:
34 °
Brightness from Left
:
43 °
Brightness from Right
:
42 °
Black Level from Left
:
75 °
Black Level from Right
:
75 °
Curve Radius : N/A

The Dell U3219Q has decent horizontal viewing angles. Just like the Dell U2718Q, black levels remain good no matter the angle at which you look at the monitor, whereas brightness fades and colors lose accuracy as angles approach 40 degrees.

8.0 Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
:
26 °
Color Shift from Above
:
27 °
Brightness from Below
:
34 °
Brightness from Above
:
34 °
Black Level from Below
:
75 °
Black Level from Above
:
75 °

Great vertical viewing angles on the Dell U3219Q. The image remains quite accurate within the first 25 degrees. At larger angles, colors start to shift and then a decline in brightness becomes more apparent. Fortunately, the monitor's ergonomics have a good tilt range that allows you to adjust its position to minimize potential vertical viewing angle issues.

8.7 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
3.144 %
50% DSE
:
0.105 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
0.375 %
5% DSE
:
0.069 %

The gray uniformity of the Dell U3219Q is excellent. The 50% test picture displays some slight uniformity issues at the sides that appear a little darker. However, these issues are minor and hardly noticeable in normal use. There is very little noticeable dirty screen effect, and this is great for browsing the web or viewing videos.

In the 5% gray test uniformity picture, it is very hard to spot any uniformity issues or any dirty screen effect. This means that dark scenes will be free from clouding just like the Dell U2515H.

The monitor has a Uniformity compensation option that we recommend leaving deactivated as explained in the contrast box of this review.

5.0 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
2.648 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

The Dell U3219Q has disappointing black uniformity. Clouding is visible all over the image and there is some backlight bleed on the top edge. This is a similar result to the Dell Alienware AW3418DW and the Samsung CF391.

8.2 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Standard
Luminance
:
336 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
75
Contrast Setting
:
75
RGB controls
:
N/A
Color Temperature
:
6339 K
White Balance dE
:
2.79
Color dE
:
1.77
Gamma
:
2.20

The out of the box accuracy of the Dell U3219Q is great. The 'Standard' Picture mode is the most accurate one.

The white balance and color dE are both under our threshold of 3, and thus most people will not notice any inaccuracies. The color temperature is slightly warm, and the gamma is following the target curve very closely and thus scenes are displayed at the right brightness.

9.5 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Custom Color
Luminance
:
101 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
15
Contrast Setting
:
75
RGB Controls
:
96-99-100
Color Temperature
:
6529 K
White Balance dE
:
0.97
Color dE
:
0.57
Gamma
:
2.18

After calibration the color accuracy of the Dell U3219Q is excellent. We set the Picture mode to 'Custom Color' as this mode gave us full control on the internal RGB controls. The color temperature was adjusted closer to the desired 6500 K, and both the white balance dE and the color dE are further diminished to levels that make it very difficult to notice inaccuracies. Finally, the gamma continues to follow the target curve closely except in the very high luminosities where the image is slightly brighter than expected.

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.

9.1 SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
:
99.7 %
Adobe RGB xy
:
82.8 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color

The Dell U3219Q has an excellent SDR color gamut. The coverage of the standard s.RGB gamut which is used by most is nearly perfect. However, the coverage of the Adobe RGB color gamut that is used by professionals in print and media is limited. If you are looking for an excellent Adobe RGB coverage, check out the Acer Predator X27.

9.3 SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
:
98.2 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
:
88.2 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color

Excellent color volume. The Dell U3219Q can display a great number of colors in various levels of luminance. Unfortunately, it cannot display the dark shades well due to the not so great contrast ratio.

7.3 HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
Yes
DCI P3 xy
:
76.5 %
Rec. 2020 xy
:
69.8 %

DCI P3 Picture Mode: Standard - HDR reference
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: Standard - HDR reference

The Dell U3219Q has a decent HDR color gamut and can display rich, saturated colors when in HDR mode. HDR is supported both via HDMI and DisplayPort.

6.9 HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
:
69.1 %
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
:
68.6 %

DCI P3 Picture Mode: Standard - HDR reference
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: Standard - HDR reference

Decent HDR color volume. The lack of high contrast ratio limits the color volume, especially in the dark shades of colors.

10 Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
:
0.00 %

There is no temporary image retention present on the IPS panel of the Dell U3219Q even after our 10-minute high contrast torture test.

9.3 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit

Great performance for the Dell U3219Q on our gradient test as there is no significant banding in any color or shade.

10 Color Bleed
Pixel row error
:
0.000 %
Pixel column error
:
0.000 %

When displaying large bands of a single color no color bleed issues can be seen.

7.0 Reflections

The reflections handling of the Dell U3219Q is decent and very similar to the Dell U2718Q. It has a very light-matte finish which only somewhat diffuses the reflection across the screen. Overall, it should be fine for an average-lit room, but some might find reflections a bit distracting in a bright room.

6.6

Motion

The Dell U3219Q monitor has decent motion handling. It has a fast pixel response time that displays fast motion with little blur. Unfortunately, this monitor is not flicker-free, and this might bother some people. Finally, the monitor supports a refresh rate up to 60Hz and does not have any implementation for variable refresh rate that would please gamers.

8.4 Motion Blur
80% Response Time
:
5.7 ms
100% Response Time
:
14.0 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
:
Normal

Response Time Normal
Response Time Fast

Very good pixel response time, great for playing video games with fast-moving content or for watching sports on your monitor. In our test, there is just a short blur trailing the moving logo, and this is great. The best results were obtained with the 'Response Time Normal' setting which was fast and did not cause as much overshooting as the one observed in the 'Response Time Fast' mode. For that reason, we recommend selecting the 'Response Time Normal' setting. Overall, the response time is very similar to other IPS Dell monitors like the U2717D or the U3417W. If you are looking for a faster response time for gaming check out the Acer Predator XB271HU.

2.4 Image Flicker
Flicker-free : No
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
200 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
:
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
:
N/A

Unfortunately, this Dell monitor is not flicker-free. There is a very high-frequency flicker, as well as a 200Hz wobble. The high-frequency flicker isn't noticeable, but the 200Hz wobble can be noticed on our moving RTINGS logo pattern when the backlight is turned down. If you find that flicker is bothering you then set the backlight to 100% where there is no noticeable flicker.

6.7 Refresh Rate
Native
:
60 Hz
Factory Overclock
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No
G-SYNC Compatible
:
No
VRR Maximum
:
N/A
VRR Minimum
:
N/A
VRR Maximum With OC
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : N/A

Just like the Dell U3417W, the U3219Q has the very common native refresh rate of 60 Hz. There is no variable refresh rate feature like FreeSync or G-Sync, and while this might not be an issue to most users, those who enjoy competitive gaming might find it limiting.

9.1

Inputs

The Dell U3219Q has excellent low input lag, at all input resolutions. The large screen and the excellent 3840x2160 resolution is great for multitasking. There is an abundance of inputs, and you will be able to connect the most recent devices to it without issue. The monitor also provides the option to use it as a USB hub.

9.0 Input Lag
Native Resolution
:
8.8 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
:
8.7 ms
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
:
8.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A
10 bit HDR
:
9.0 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
N/A

Excellent low input lag regardless of resolution, good enough for serious gaming. The input lag remains very low when in HDR mode.

9.2 Resolution and Size
Native Resolution : 3840 x 2160
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Megapixels : 8.3 MP
Pixel Density : 140 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 31.5 inches
Screen Area : 424 sq inches

This is a large monitor with ample resolution to allow you to see more of your work. It is very good for those who wish to multitask or those who wish to use it for watching 4k movies.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort : 1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort : No
HDMI : 1 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI : No
VGA : No
DisplayPort Out : No
USB : 4 (USB 3.0)
USB C : 1 (USB, USB PD, DP Alt Mode)
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Microphone In 3.5mm : No
Digital Optical Audio Out : No
Analog Audio Out RCA : No
Power Supply : Internal

The Dell Ultrasharp U3219Q can be used as a USB hub. The USB ports can be left powered on when the monitor is off. Two of the ports support BC1.2 fast charging, with a maximum capacity of 2A.

Features

The monitor supports HDR but does not have any other additional features or internal speakers.

Additional Features
Speakers
:
No
HDR10 : Yes
Multiple input display
:
PIP + PBP

The Dell U3219Q supports HDR both via HDMI and via DisplayPort. This is an enhancement compared to the Dell U2718Q which only supported HDMI.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls

The controls of the monitor are conveniently placed and easy to use.

In The Box

  • Manual
  • USB C cable
  • USB 3.0 cable (type A to type B)
  • DisplayPort cable
  • Power cable

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the Dell U3219Q monitor which is part of the Ultrasharp series. 

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Dell U3219Q 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 Resolution Refresh Rate
U2518D 25''
2560x1440
60Hz
U2718Q 27'' 3840x2160 60Hz
U3219Q 32'' 3840x2160 60Hz

The Dell U3219Q we reviewed was manufactured in August 2018.

Compared to other Monitors

Left: Dell U2718Q. Middle: Dell U3219Q. Right: LG 32UD99.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Dell U3219Q is overall a very good monitor that will keep you happy in any usage. See our recommendations for the best 28-32 inch monitors, the best monitors for MacBook Pro, the best 4k gaming monitors, and the best large monitors.

LG 32UD99-W
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The LG 32UD99 is somewhat better than the Dell U3219Q. The LG 32UD99 is flicker-free and has a better black uniformity, which is great for dark scenes. Also, the LG 32UD99 supports FreeSync, which is great if you're a gamer. The Dell U3219Q, on the other hand, has much better ergonomics that allow you to place it comfortably with ease.

LG 32UL950-W
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The LG 32UL950 is slightly better than the Dell U3219Q. Both deliver very similar overall picture quality, but the 32UL950 supports FreeSync, which is great for gaming, and has more inputs. The U3219Q has better ergonomics, making it slightly more versatile.

BenQ EW3270U
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dell U3219Q is better than the BenQ EW3270U for most people. If you care more about dark scene performance, then the BenQ EW3270U is a better choice as it has better contrast and better black uniformity. The BenQ EW3270U is also flicker-free. On the other hand, the Dell U3219Q has much better ergonomics, so you can place it comfortably and much better viewing angles so that the image remains accurate when you view it from the side.

Dell U3417W
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dell U3219Q is better than the Dell U3417W. The Dell U3219Q has lower input lag which is great for gaming and if you want you can rotate it to portrait. The Dell U3219Q also supports HDR content and has a better resolution so it can display more on its screen. The Dell U3417W, on the other hand, is flicker-free, has a wide aspect ratio, and has a curved screen.

Dell Alienware AW3418DW/1900R
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Dell U3219Q is marginally better than the Dell Alienware AW3418DW. The Dell U3219Q has a significantly better ergonomics and supports HDR content. The Dell U3219Q also has a better resolution so you can see more of your work on your screen. The Alienware is flicker-free, handles reflections better, and has a lower input lag and support for G-SYNC, which is great for gaming.

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7.8 Mixed Usage

The Dell U3219Q is a very good monitor for mixed usage. It has a large screen size and excellent resolution that makes it a very good choice for office use, multimedia or gaming. It has a low input lag that makes it very responsive and a fast pixel response time that allows it to display fast moving content with very little blur trail. The wide viewing angles allow you to share your work with someone next to you with ease. And the excellent ergonomics help you place the monitor to a comfortable position easily.

8.0 Office

The Dell U3219Q is a great monitor for office use. You can easily do many things at the same time on this monitor due to its large size and excellent resolution. It makes it easy to work side-by-side with a colleague due to its excellent ergonomics and wide viewing angles that ensure the image is accurate for both. The Dell can get bright enough to fight glare in most bright rooms and has a decent handling of reflections so that the presence of many small light sources will not distract you from your tasks.

7.7 Gaming

The Dell U3219Q is a good monitor for gaming. It has a very low input lag and fast pixel response time which makes fast motion look good with only a little blur. It is a large monitor with a 4k resolution that displays more details of your game giving you an advantage when gaming against other players. Unfortunately, the monitor does not support any variable refresh rate technology to prevent tearing. It has wide viewing angles so if a friend sits next to you while you play, they will enjoy the same accurate image as you. Finally, the excellent ergonomics can help you place the monitor to your liking without much effort.

7.9 Multimedia

The Dell U3219Q is a very good monitor for consuming multimedia since it has a large size and an excellent 4k resolution. It has a very low input lag that makes it very responsive and decent reflection handling so that the presence of small light sources will not be too distracting when you watch online movies or Youtube. It has good gray uniformity, so the web pages are free from clouding or shadows. Unfortunately, blacks look gray in a dark room, and thus the monitor will deliver its best picture quality in brighter rooms where it can easily fight glare.

7.9 Media Creation

The Dell U3219Q performs well when it comes to media creation. This is mainly because of its large size and 4k resolution that allow you to see more of your work on the screen. At the same time, you can easily position the monitor according to your preferences due to the excellent ergonomics. The low input lag makes it very responsive, and the wide viewing angles allow you to show your work without worrying about the accuracy of the image for those who will be watching from the side. Unfortunately, if you are a professional in the print or publishing media, you might find that the coverage of the Adobe RGB color space is not adequate for you.

7.0 HDR Gaming

This is a decent monitor for playing HDR games. Unfortunately, the contrast ratio is not very high so blacks look gray in a dark room, where most HDR gaming happens, and this hurts the picture quality. Local dimming is bad and cannot help improve this, so you are better off placing the monitor in a brighter room. The large size and excellent resolution along with the excellent low input lag in HDR mode can enhance your gaming experience.

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