Is Dell delivering a high-resolution monitor positioned to go against Apple's ProXDR and Studio Displays?
Having a color-accurate monitor for color grading or just a general post-production workflow is a crucial part of your toolkit. Not only do you gauge the changes you are making more accurately, but you will know what you will be delivering. However, such tools can be extremely expensive.
This is why Dell has announced a new high-performance 6K monitor that could be a viable alternative to the Apple Pro XDR, which costs upwards of $6,000, and you still have to pay for a stand. The Dell 6K 32" UltraSharp monitor has a resolution of 6144 x 3456 and promises up to 1.4x higher contrast than the standard IPS display, with more accurate colors and deeper black levels.
So, is it a good enough tool to consider for your post-production setup?
Deeper Blacks, More Accurate Colors
The UltraSharp 6K 32" monitor is the first display to harness Dell’s IPS Black technology. It offers a 2000:1 contrast ratio for 41 percent deeper blacks and better color accuracy with over 1.07 billion colors, especially when dealing with deeper gray shades. According to Dell, this is about 1.2 times better than conventional IPS displays.
The monitor is HDR600 certified and has a DCI-P3 rating of 99 percent, an sRGB rating of 100 percent, and supports ComfortView, which filters out harmful blue light that can cause eye fatigue. The latter feature is not a necessity for color grading, but it will save your eyesight when doing anything else.
Additionally, the UltraSharp monitor has a 45-degree viewing angle, a multi-axis adjustable stand, and an optional VESA stand. This will also enable the monitor to rotate into either landscape or portrait positions. It can rotate 90 degrees vertically in either direction, tilt 21 degrees backward, 5 degrees forward, swivel 30 degrees in either direction and raise and lower up to 160 millimeters. Best part? Users won't have to pay thousands extra for an over-engineered way to mount it.
The UltraSharp monitor is also connectable to two separate computer sources with picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture support and is compatible with Mac and Windows operating systems. There is also an automatic KVM function when working with multitasking hardware situations.
Hi-Res Camera, Mics, and Speakers
As post-production work moves more and more toward the cloud, remote working scenarios will soon be part of every workflow. The new Dell display includes a dual gain HDR 4K webcam to help with this, which has an adjustable axis of up to 20 degrees and provides automatic audio echo cancellation.
The camera utilizes a dedicated CMOS image sensor and multi-element lens for crystal-clear images and leverages AI to track and keep the subject in the frame during conferencing. There are also dual noise-canceling microphones, two 14 watts speakers for stereo audio, and an automatic Safe shutter for security.
Impressive I/O options
There are a pair of hidden USB-C ports in the front and a single USB-A port. Dell says that the pop-out feature provides easy access to ports to connect accessories and provides less stress on cables without having to move around the monitor to connect on the backend.
Dell’s impressive rear-mounted I/O hub has two Thunderbolt 4 ports, three USB-C ports, and two USB-A ports. The rear hub also has connections for a mini DisplayPort 2.1, HDMI 2.1, and 2.5Gb Ethernet, and is capable of charging laptops with 140 watts of power.
Is This A Tool For You?
Although there is no word on a retail price yet, Dell has stated that the UltraSharp 6K 32" monitor will be available in the first half of 2023. A 34" curved USB-C hub monitor. A 43" 4K monitor was also announced and will be available at the end of January 2023. But is this a tool for you?
If you are a content creator, the need for color-accurate displays is now more of a need than a want. While this monitor probably won't cut the cake if you are grading films in a dedicated space, it will be more than enough for videographers and filmmakers on a budget.
But only if that price is right.
What do you think about this new monitor for Dell? How would you use it? Let us know in the comments!
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February 2, 2023 at 7:07AM