Dell G3223Q: Two Minute Review
While the Dell G3223Q gaming monitor isn’t coming with amazing specs, it does bring 4K/144Hz to a big, bright screen at a respectable price, at least when it’s discounted below Dell’s suspicious MSRP.
The best gaming monitors have some impressive choices among them, and new technologies are shaking up the field, like the QD-OLED panel showcased on Alienware’s recent AW3423DW. Unfortunately, Dell’s G3223Q lags behind many of these trends and makes its price difficult to justify.
The Dell G3223Q is available for $1,099 (£659 / AU$1,499), which is pretty expensive for what you’re getting, although Dell has reduced that price by as much as 30% on its website. Whether you can get a lower (and more justifiable) price is another matter, and it shouldn’t be a matter of luck if you get a good value.
What seems so egregious about the high MSRP is that the Alienware QD-OLED monitor is just $200 more and packs in game-changing display technology. And LG’s 42-inch OLED C2 isn’t far off at that point either.
Dell G3223Q Core Specifications
panel size: 32 inches
Panel type: fast IPS
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Shine: 600 nits
Pixel response: 1ms GtG
Update rate: 144Hz
Appetizer: 2 x HDMI 2.1, 1 x DP 1.4, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1 x Audio Out (3.5mm)
Meanwhile, Dell’s G3223Q gaming monitor is a kind of gaming version of the Dell G3223QE with the panel changed for that purpose. But it also swaps ports, increasing the bandwidth for display connections to support the faster refresh rates needed for gaming, but discarding USB-C, the KVM switch, and the DisplayPort connection output for daisy-chain monitors.
Instead of a commercial 32-inch display, we’re looking at a 32-inch 4K/144Hz display with 1ms GtG pixel response time, pre-calibrated colors covering 95% of the DCI-P3 color space, DisplayHDR 600 for extra brightness, and FreeSync Premium Pro. But this monitor is still rocking an IPS panel with the typical pain points that come with the technology.
Don’t write too quickly, though. Between the wide color gamut, sharpness and brightness of the screen, visuals can be stunning when HDR arrives to push brightness and colors to the extreme, especially for close proximity to a monitor.
But the contrast is as bad as ever on an IPS display. When displaying HDR test images that combine a bright, colorful subject with a black backdrop, the panel stumbles hard. Not only is this entire black area raised to a noticeable gray, but the corners are raised even higher, so the black space doesn’t look uniform, making it even more distracting.
Pitch black is something to behold, but it’s not the end of everything for a useful monitor. The Dell G3223Q looks great when displaying a lot of bright, colorful content. This includes working with multiple windows. The text is crisp, there is no weirdness with the brightness. And even with HDR enabled in Windows, the screen doesn’t seem to get confused about what should be white and what should be almost white.
Then there are your gaming chops. 4K, or Ultra HD to be more specific, allows a lot of detail to shine through, and the 32-inch panel does a great job of filling our field of view from an arm’s length away. The 144Hz refresh also keeps everything flowing smoothly, either through DisplayPort 1.4 or the two HDMI 2.1 ports that can also serve 4K/120Hz from consoles.
Gaming peripherals can also neatly connect to the two USB ports that serve as a hub on the monitor (conveniently close to the front of the monitor rather than back with the display ports). During the action, there’s a bit of motion blur for moving objects, and super-fast movement can leave a trail, but there’s not much in the way of ghosts or coronas. Switching overdrive to Super Fast or Extreme introduces coronas behind moving objects, but does not noticeably improve motion blur. While FreeSync Premium Pro is available to keep frames clean, we’ve found that the monitor also works well with G-Sync on an Nvidia graphics card.
All of this comes built into a pretty adjustable stand, though I like to wiggle it around a bit. And on the back the monitor has a bit of bias lighting.
All in all, the Dell G3223Q is a fantastic looking monitor in the right conditions and well balanced when it comes to features. It has some weaknesses that can come up in specific situations, but it’s still expensive for gaming monitors. If you can get it for under $800 / £700 / AU$1,100 we can recommend it, but at its full MSRP it’s a pass.