Dell G3223Q: Two Minute Review
While the Dell G3223Q gaming monitor doesn’t have wild specs, it brings 4K/144Hz to a big, bright screen at a respectable price, at least when discounted below Dell’s suspicious MSRP.
The best gaming monitors have some amazing options, and new technologies are shaking up the field, like the QD-OLED panel featured in Alienware’s recent AW3423DW. Unfortunately, Dell’s G3223Q falls short of many of these trends and the price is hard to justify.
The Dell G3223Q is available for $1,099 (£659 / AU$1,499) which is very expensive for what you get, although Dell has slashed this price by as much as 30% on its site. Whether you can get a lower (and more justified) price is another matter, and getting a good price shouldn’t be a matter of luck.
What feels so egregious about the high MSRP is that the Alienware QD-OLED monitor costs just $200 more and offers groundbreaking display technology. And LG’s 42-inch C2 OLED isn’t far on that point either.
Dell G3223Q Key specs
Panel Size: 32 inch
Panel type: Fast IPS
Brightness: 600 nits
Pixel response: 1ms GtG
Refresh rate: 144Hz
entrances: 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 swapped for the target. But it also swaps ports, increasing the bandwidth for display connections to support the faster refresh rates needed for gaming, but ditching USB-C, the KVM switch, and the outgoing DisplayPort connection for daisy-chaining monitors.
Instead of a 32-inch business display, we’re looking at a 32-inch 4K/144Hz display with a response time of 1 ms GtG pixel, pre-calibrated colors covering 95% of the DCI-P3 color space, DisplayHDR 600 for extra brightness, and FreeSync Premium Pro. But this monitor still shakes an IPS panel with the typical pain points that come with the technology.
However, don’t write it off too quickly. Between the wide color gamut, sharpness and in-your-face brightness of the display, the images can be downright stunning when HDR kicks in to push brightness and colors to their limits, especially for close proximity to a monitor.
But the contrast is as flawed as it’s ever been on an IPS display. When displaying HDR test images that combine a bright and colorful subject with a black background, the panel stumbles hard. Not only is all that black area elevated to a striking gray, but the corners are lifted even more so the black space doesn’t seem uniform, making it all the more distracting.
Pitch black is something to look at, but it’s not the ultimate in a handy monitor. The Dell G3223Q looks great when displaying lots of bright, colorful content. This also applies to working with multiple windows. Text is sharp, there is no kidding with clarity. And even with HDR enabled in windows, the screen doesn’t seem to get confused about what should be white and what should be nearly white.
Then there are the chops for gaming. 4K, or Ultra HD to be more specific, lets a lot of detail shine through, and the 32-inch panel does a great job filling our field of view an arm’s length away. The 144Hz refresh keeps it all flowing smoothly, be it DisplayPort 1.4 or the two HDMI 2.1 ports that can also serve 4K/120Hz from consoles.
Gaming peripherals can also be neatly connected to the two USB ports that act as hubs on the monitor (handily close to the front of the monitor rather than behind the display ports). During action, there’s a bit of motion blur with moving objects, and super fast movement can leave a trail, but there’s not too much in the way of ghosting or coronas. Turning the overdrive to Super Fast or Extreme introduces coronas behind moving objects, but doesn’t noticeably improve motion blur. While FreeSync Premium Pro is available to make frames look clean, we think the monitor also plays well with G-Sync on an Nvidia graphics card.
All of this is built on a fairly adjustable stand, albeit one that likes to wiggle a bit. And on the back, the monitor has a bit of bias lighting.
Ultimately, the Dell G3223Q is a great-looking monitor in the right conditions, and well-balanced when it comes to features. It has some weaknesses that can crop up in specific situations, but it’s still on the pricey side for gaming monitors. If you can get it under $800/£700/AU$1,100 we can recommend it, but at its full MSRP it’s a pass.