Same price, different niche: New Dell UltraSharp matches $1,600 Studio Display

Enlarge / We checked out the Dell UltraSharp U3223QZ in person in January.

Charon Harding

On Tuesday, Dell listed the UltraSharp U3223QZ monitor for $1,600. The display would like to justify its price with a generously sized 32-inch IPS panel that boasts twice the contrast of typical IPS monitors, a built-in 4K webcam and 4K resolution. The four-figure asking price, plus the built-in camera, USB-C connectivity and sleek finish put it in company with Apple’s 27-inch Studio 5K Display. Both monitors offer unique options for people with larger budgets who want high image quality, especially Mac owners. But despite identical prizes, their best audiences differ significantly.

Dell UltraSharp U3223QZ vs Apple Studio Display Specs

While appealing to Windows users with ultralight PCs with USB-C power connections, Dell’s UltraSharp line of monitors are also popular among Mac owners due to USB-C power delivery (PD), a sleek silver color and thin bezels that complement the Apple aesthetic.

But a quick look at the specs of both monitors already gives a glimpse of the different experiences you can expect from the $1,600 displays (note that all specs are manufacturer claims):

Specification Dell UltraSharp U3223QZ Apple Studio screen
Cut 31.5 inches 27 inches
Resolution 3840×2160 5120×2880
Refresh rate 60Hz 60Hz
Panel type and backlight IPS Black, LED IPS, LED
Panel type and backlight IPS Black, LED IPS, LED
Contrast 2000:1 Not disclosed
Maximum brightness 400nits 600nits
Color 98% DCI-P3, 100% sRGB, 100% Rec. 709 P3 display
Ports HDMI2.0
DisplayPort 1.4, DisplayPort out
USB-C upstream (90W PD), USB-C upstream, USB-C downstream (15W PD)
5x USB-A
3.5mm jack
Thunderbolt 3 (96W PD)
3x USB-C downstream

The Studio Display of conference monitors?

When you hear “Studio Display”, chances are you also think of 5K. After all, it’s the most touted feature on the Apple monitor. On the other hand, the U3223QZ with its 4K resolution has an integrated webcam as its main attribute, among other features, for video streaming or frequent conferences.

U3223QZ vs Studio Display webcam

The U3223QZ features a 4K webcam that supports video recording up to 4K at 30 frames per second (fps). It’s equipped with a Sony Starvis CMOS sensor and has AI power features, like autoframe and the ability to tweak the color to deal with “harsh lighting,” as Dell puts it. It also uses 3D and 2D video noise reduction to combat motion blur, although we’ll have to try it in person to see how effective it is. You can also configure the camera to automatically log you in or out via Windows Hello, depending on whether or not it detects your presence.

Webcam U3223QZ.
Enlarge / Webcam U3223QZ.

The built-in webcam means you don’t have to sacrifice a port or bezel space, and it’s adjustable. You can tilt it from 0 to 20 degrees for a field of view of 65, 78, or 90 degrees, according to Dell. The webcam also has a physical shutter that’s supposed to work in video conferencing apps, but we won’t know if it’s reliable until we try it out.

Finally, Dell offers its Peripheral Manager application (Windows 10 and later) to fine-tune the webcam image.

The webcam app has customization options.
Enlarge / The webcam app has customization options.

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