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I've been spoiled for a long time using no-name Korean knock off that used the same Panel as the 1440p iMac 27 inch, and it was time for 4k, and I wanted to go bigger. So, I tried my hand with two VA panels, and both were garbage, suffering massive color shift. So I stepped up to IPS, and after running around a lot of review sites, the two other front runnings, BenQ and LG, who both had models that various review sites like Rtings (LG) and PcMag, Tomshardware (BenQ) were marred by high failure rates. Dell's monitors run the full gamut of quality, but the Ultrasharps generally are good. I have a 14-year-old Ultrasharp 2405FPW that I paid $900 for back in 2005, which was my first large monitor, and it still works and looks great.
There's a lot to love about the U3219, colors are rich and even a bit too saturated (i dropped it a hair), the FRC helps a bit for HDR, and the viewing angles are pretty solid for 32 inches. When plugged into a MacBook Pro 15 inch, it even charges the bad boy which is cool (more on this).
That said, the backlighting.... when on a pure black screen it's pretty apparent its uniformity is pretty mediocre, and it comes through in very dark scenes in games/movies or photos, and there's a significant bevel shadow around the edges of the screen. Sadly this is about the best 32 inch display I've seen in person and also still disappointing. Running on a 2010 Mac Pro, the monitor works great, but it's simply marred by so-so backlighting.
Then there's the fate of my work MacBook Pro 2017. Two days ago, my MacBook Pro was functioning normally. Then yesterday morning, I tried to plug it into the monitor, and nothing happened. I tried it several more times, then went to get my MacBook Pro charger. I tried another... then went to the office and tried another. Turns out the ability to charge or use devices providing power stopped, and I handed my MacBook Pro to my office manager to take to Apple.
So now I'm also wondering if the USB 3.1c port fried my MacBook Pro or it just so happened to die? It was an 2017 MacBook Pro which haven't been known for their problem free existences. I can't prove it either way, but on the safe side, I've sent the monitor back. It very well could not be the fault. However, it remains the only new device that could have fried the ICs on the Thunderbolt 3 ports... or they just died. Now the question is, do I get another? Is there anything with a better picture under $1100? :(
/edit: Landed on the new BenQ PD3220U, and it is a significant upgrade. It's about twice the price but also doesn't insult my eyes. Since my original purchase, the Dell has dropped significantly in price, making it more appealing. It's not great, but it isn't terrible like many of the popular cheap 32-inch displays.
If they fixed the backlighting and bevel shadow on a later model, this would be the best sub $900 display hands down.
There's a lot to like about this monitor. Very slim edges, no dead pixels, consistent color. Unfortunately - and the reason I returned it - there is tremendous backlight bleed ('flashlighting') from the four corners. It really wrecks dark content. For the price, it should absolutely have more even backlighting. I've got back to my Dell U2415, which is still a better value despite being over half a decade old.
Called Dell and had very bad response time, finally had to get on there website and chat because no one called me back from voicemail I left. They emailed me a couple times about questions but when it came time to repair it the communication was lacking, was not even sure how they were going to fix it till we received a refurbished monitor for replacement. We ordered and paid for a new monitor. In less than 6 months the screen went bad and the monitor needed replaced. It was replaced with a refurbished monitor. So we paid for a new monitor, received one that was defective and ultimately got a refurbished monitor for the cost of a brand new monitor. That doesn’t seem right to me, especially if the monitor was still under warranty.
I'm not a gamer. So I review as a normal office person. Picture quality and color accuracy is good enough. But I have complaints about black uniformity. The backlight bleeding is strong. Another complaint is lack of customization on color and brightness, such as no control over gamma. I return it, and at the return center, I saw another guy returning U3219Q too
Image quality in ideal conditions is pretty great, but the blacks are all over the place (especially in a dark environment) and it tends to leak a lot of light.
Had to send one back and settled for the other, after amazon offered a decent discount.
On the plus side, single thunderbolt connection works great with the new MacBook Pro 16”, even when utilizing the monitor as a hub. A less powerful monitor it replaces (that worked great with less greedy 15” mbp), was having all kind of issues with the 16.
As others mentioned, this monitor has massive light bleed. Amazon should have shipped this with double packing but directly comes with the dell packing. I have an old dell u2415 (I think) next to this monitor and the picture quality just blows the old monitor out of the water. Everything looks really sharp and the colors are vibrant. Haven't gotten around to checking dark movies yet, but because of the backlight bleed, I'm guessing not that outstanding. Using rainmeter with this monitor and I'm in love with my desktop.