Dell announced today that it is refreshing its lineup of UltraSharp monitors—part of the lineup, anyway—with new models arriving now and more trickling out through December.
The most mainstream of the big new introductions is probably the UltraSharp 24 USB-C Hub Monitor (U2421E), which is available to order starting today at $449.99. As the name suggests, it’s meant to double as a hub, so it can deliver up to 90W of power to your connected laptop, and it can daisy-chain with up to two additional monitors.
Notably, the U2421E has a 16:10 aspect ratio as opposed to the usual 16:9 for a lot of monitors like this. The resolution is 1,920×1,200, and the refresh rate is 60Hz. Dell claims 99 percent sRGB coverage, a maximum brightness of 350 cd/m2, and a 1,000:1 typical contrast ratio. Ports include DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 1.4, USB-C, and USB.
Cut from a similar cloth is the UltraSharp 34 USB-C Hub Monitor (U3431WE). It offers generally similar hub functionality, specs, and ports (but with HDMI 2.0, thankfully) in an ultrawide, 3,440×1,440 resolution and curved display. This one won’t be available until December 1, and it’ll retail at $1,199.99.
Finally, the 32-inch UP3221Q is aimed at content-creation professionals, and it competes directly with the similarly priced Pro Display XDR from Apple, along with a very small cadre of similar monitors serving that same crowd. It’s a 4K, 60Hz monitor that claims 98.8-percent DCI-P3 color space coverage and a maximum HDR brightness of 1,000 cd/m2. SDR maximum brightness is just 350 cd/m2, though, of course. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio and features one DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, and two Thunderbolt 3 (one upstream, one downstream), as well as USB and a colorimeter port.
What really makes the UP3221Q stand out, though, is its use of mini-LED direct backlit dimming zones. The result is a claimed typical contrast ratio of ostensibly 1,000,000:1 in HDR as well as a still-good-but-more-normal 1,300:1 in SDR. It goes on sale this November 5 for $4,999.99.
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