Dell UltraSharp U3224KB 32-inch 6K Monitor Review: 21 Megapixels Of Flexible Productivity

Dell’s UltraSharp U3224KB is a 6K (6144x3456, 21.23MP) IPS 32-inch monitor with wide gamut color, HDR 600, KVM functions and a built-in webcam with microphone.

Dell UltraSharp U3224KB
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The U3224KB supports HDR10 signals through all three of its video inputs. It’s a DisplayHDR 600 screen, so it won’t quite match the searing brightness of a Mini LED panel, but it is still brighter than most OLEDs and many LCDs too.

HDR Brightness and Contrast

The U3224KB easily surpasses its 600-nit claim with almost 620 nits of total output. This was measured with a full-field white pattern. The Mini LED screens were measured with window patterns to hit their maximums. There is plenty of juice here, for sure.

A field-dimming feature lowers HDR black levels and increases dynamic range. That resulted in a respectable 12,523.2:1 score in my test. Though I found the HDR image very good, I can imagine how much better this monitor would be with a Mini LED backlight. Seriously though, it looks fantastic showing HDR video and playing HDR games thanks to its accuracy and superb color.

Grayscale, EOTF and Color

I tried all four HDR modes and settled on DisplayHDR 600 as the U3224KB’s best. The grayscale is a little warm, but the EOTF tracks well with a tone-map transition at 70%. There is some room for improvement here, so access to the RGB sliders would be welcome.

The gamut test shows a reasonable level of oversaturation in blue, magenta and red. This is typical of the wide-gamut displays I’ve tested in the DCI-P3 and Rec.2020 tests. In the latter, you can see where the U3224KB runs out of color at around 90% saturation. This is also typical performance. Hues track well in both charts and overall HDR color is well saturated with a natural look.

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Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.