Dell P3223PE Review: A Large, Well-Calibrated USB-C Office Monitor

Ergonomics

Dell P3223PE screen, both sober and elegant.

Dell P3223PE screen, both sober and elegant.

The design of the P3223PE is quite classic, and the only touch of originality lies in the aluminum base, which clearly gives a premium side to the whole. The finishes are impeccable and the various settings are made fluid, without any problems.

Height and tilt adjustment, as well as switch to portrait mode.

Height and tilt adjustment, as well as switch to portrait mode.

The rotation can be up to 180 ° on both sides.

The rotation can be up to 180 ° on both sides.

The monitor stand allows tilt adjustment between -5 ° and + 21 °, height above 15 cm and even rotation above ± 30 °. In addition, it has a swivel joint to switch to portrait mode.

Aluminum foot.

For a 32-inch screen, the stand is relatively compact. On the other hand, it is very heavy, which makes it possible to stabilize the screen perfectly.

The back of the screen.

No surprise on the back, it is very classic. The matte plastic is of good quality. The connectors are downward oriented and the base has the basic cable management system. The screen is compatible with VESA 100 x 100 brackets.

The two USB 3.0 ports on the edge.

The two USB 3.0 ports on the edge.

The connection.

The connection consists of an HDMI input, a DisplayPort input, a DisplayPort output (for chain monitors), a USB-C port that provides 90 W, two USB 3.0 ports and a Gigabit Ethernet port. On the edge, there are also two USB 3.0 ports, which are very convenient for connecting a USB key for example. The screen does not have speakers, it will be necessary to turn to a PC speaker set.

Power button and joystick for accessing settings.

Power button and joystick for accessing settings.

In addition to the screen’s dedicated on / off button, Dell operates a four-way clickable joystick, which is the most efficient way to navigate the menus. The menus are precisely clear and the navigation fluent. On the other hand, the screen does not give access to all settings: impossible to change e.g. gamma or color temperature.

Dell P3223DE on our desktop.

Dell P3223DE on our desktop.

With its 32-inch panel, this screen fills a good part of our standard 140 cm wide and 60 cm deep desk. With a depth of 23 cm, the stand is quite compact and leaves enough space for a mouse and keyboard. Note that with a 32-inch panel and a Quad HD definition, the resolution requires only 92 pixels per second. still empty some distance in office automation (at least 1 meter). On a 32-inch panel, we now prefer an Ultra HD definition, perfectly controlled by modern operating systems and allowing us to enlarge the work area.

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Colors and contrast



Right out of the box, the picture quality is very good, with perfectly respected color temperature and gray levels (gamma) that are in line with the video standard. The average delta E measured at 3 guarantees colors that are faithful to those sent by the source. Remember that above the threshold of 3, the human eye perceives colorimetric drifts. By lowering the brightness to 39% to achieve a white close to 150 cd / m², the image is generally identical. Calibration using a probe significantly improves color reproduction with an average delta E, which drops to 1.3, but the drift on blue is still noticeable. You can download the color profile by following this link.

Dell P3223PE: a large, well-calibrated USB-C office monitor

Contrast

Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

1200: 1

With a built-in 1220: 1 contrast, the panel on this Dell monitor is one of the best IPS on the market. It competes with Asus TUF VG27AQ (1220: 1) and AOC 27G2U (1250: 1). However, this contrast is still far from the contrast found on the best VA monitors on the market, such as the Philips Momentum 436M6 or MSI Optix MAG271CR (more than 4000: 1). In a dark room, blacks appear grayish or washed out. On the other hand, it has little influence in broad daylight or in an illuminated room.

The average difference in white homogeneity is 9% on this 32-inch panel. Thus, there is no variation in the brightness that can be felt before the eye. We did not notice any light leaks around the corners or anything ambiguity (cloud effect) on our test model. IPS technology also offers very wide viewing angles with little color and brightness variation as you move away from the screen.

Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

Reactivity

The Dell P3223DE monitor does not use Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to vary the light intensity, a feature commonly known as flicker-free. It is therefore not affected by the flickering phenomenon that can cause headaches for the most sensitive people. It embeds a software blue light filter, which reduces the color temperature for a warmer reproduction.

This monitor is not compatible with FreeSync or AdaptiveSync, a technology that prevents image drift and jerking. It is therefore not the best companion for games.

Dell P3223PE: a large, well-calibrated USB-C office monitor

Reactivity

Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

12 ms

We measured the afterglow time to 12 ms withexaggerate set to Medium. This basic setting limits ghost (track effect behind the image) while avoiding off reverse ghost (a negative track) displayed with the “Fast” setting. This reactivity is also not very suitable for reactive video games, such as FPS or competitive games. You can also perceive a slight blurring effect behind moving objects, even in the least demanding games. Finally, we measured the display delay (input lag) at only 9.6 ms (at 60 Hz). Therefore, there is no delay between the action of the mouse and its impact on the screen, but it is the only advantage of this screen that is resolutely facing office automation.

Strengths

  • Very comfortable screen size.

  • Foot with many adjustments (height, inclination, rotation, pivot).

  • Full connection.

  • USB-C port that delivers 90 W.

  • USB ports on the edge.

  • Post processing.

  • Reduced consumption.

Weak points

  • Medium resolution (32-inch Quad HD).

  • No FreeSync / AdaptiveSync.

  • Very average afterglow time.

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