This monitor specially designed for videoconferencing is also entitled to a 4K camera, but the bill will be salty.
Dell has just launched pre-orders for its new UltraSharp 32 4K Conferencing Monitor, an impressive panel unveiled at CES earlier this year. And the machine has not stolen its name since we find 4K on all floors, from the slab to the webcam.
The latter promises to be impressive, and it’s not just about raw resolution. Dell has indeed announced that it will be equipped with a Sony Starvis CMOS HDR sensor loaded with features. Dell speaks in particular of automatic light adjustment and AI-assisted automatic framing. Plus, it’s specifically designed to work with Teams.
To assist this cyclops-looking webcam, Dell has also integrated audio equipment which should be sufficient on its own in conferences. This Conferencing Monitor will be equipped with a dual set of microphones with noise reduction function and 14 W speakers which should be enough to understand your interlocutors and speak clearly, even without having your nose glued to the screen. .
The latter also looks impressive. As mentioned above, it is equipped with a 32-inch 4K IPS panel. And the good news doesn’t stop there. The colorimetric performance should also be there with its 98% DCI-P3 coverage and its HDR 400 certification. However, it will have to settle for 400 nits of brightness.
A competitor for Apple’s Studio Display?
With a panel of this type, can Dell hope to compete with other star monitors in the category, such as the Studio Display d’Apple which is sold in the same price range? This will entirely depend on the end user. With its 32” of 4K surface area, Dell simply cannot compete with the exceptional pixel density of its competitor, which claims 5K resolution on a 27” screen. For artists or content creators who swear by image quality, Apple might comfortably win.
But the situation could change in a very connected or professional environment which seems to be the target of Dell. The monitor has the advantage with its 4K camera, but it also has a few other advantages, starting with its height-adjustable stand… for free. Because for those who are not in the know, as mind-blowing as it may seem, Apple felt that it was perfectly normal to charge the price of a mid-range smartphone in addition for the height-adjustable stand…
Another advantage of this Conferencing Monitor which could make the difference: it is equipped with a KVM switch which is always extremely useful for those who have a relatively sophisticated installation. Finally, on paper, Dell also has the advantage in terms of connectivity with 5 USB-A 3.2 ports, a USB-C port with 15W charging, a DisplayPort, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a 3.5 mm jack.
On the other hand, in practice, it will be necessary to qualify this advantage because of the positioning of the ports in question. Because it’s one thing to want to take yourself for Apple by conscientiously hiding the slightest orifice… it’s another thing to place them intelligently. And at this level, it is difficult to understand what Dell sought to do with this connector block placed vertically, behind the screen, in a compartment whose access will necessarily be complicated by the presence of the foot; as much to say that it will be necessary to prepare to crawl under the screen to connect the least USB key.
This UltraSharp 32 4K Conferencing Monitor therefore has a few arguments, but also limits which will simply be prohibitive for a large part of the public, knowing that the machine is still launched at the premium price of $1,599 from American retailers – i.e. the same price as the basic version of the Studio Display.