Dell, which first showed off its new UltraSharp 32 6K monitor at CES 2023 in January, started selling the well-equipped display Thursday for $3,199.99 — a solid $1,800 below the cost of Apple’s similar 6K Pro Display XDR ($4,999).
The new Dell has high resolution and plenty of features. But it’s not equivalent to Apple’s top display for a few reasons.
Dell UltraSharp 32 6K U3224KB Monitor
The new Dell 6K display the company announced at CES has similar resolution and the same screen size as Apple’s top display, but that doesn’t mean they’re identical.
The Dell’s resolution is 6144 x 3456 pixels, slightly higher than Pro Display XDR (6016×3384). But the Dell brings a contrast ratio of 2,000-to-1. Apple’s display sports a million-to-1 ratio.
Brightness is another difference in Cupertino’s favor. Pro Display XDR sustains 1,000 nits of brightness and peaks at 1,600 nits. The Dell is a DisplayHDR 600 monitor, meaning it gets about 600 nits of brightness.
And as an LG Display IPS Black panel, Dell’s display does not appear to offer full-array local dimming like Apple’s display can.
The Dell also sports a bit of an odd, top-heavy look, as it builds in the webcam and sound bar above the screen.
But, while $3,200 is a lot of money for the Dell 6K, it’s a lot less than Apple’s base 6K price tag of $5,000. And with Apple, you pay substantially more for Nano Texture Glass ($1,000) and a Pro Stand ($999). The Dell comes with a stand.
Dell 32 6K features:
- Built-in 4K HDR webcam
- Dual 14-watt speakers
- Echo cancellation microphones
- USB hub: Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C port, USB-C downstream port, four USB-A ports and a 2.5Gb ethernet port
- Thunderbolt 4 provides 140W PD to laptop
- HDMI 2.1 and Mini-DisplayPort 2.1 video connectivity (lacks DisplayPort 2.1)
- Built-in KVM to control 2 computers with 1 keyboard and 1 mouse and display content from both machines
- Refresh rate of 60Hz
- Comes with Vesa stand.
Where to buy: Dell
UltraSharp 38 curved display available, too
Alongside the 6K display, Dell rolled out its new UltraSharp 38 U3824DW Curved USB-C Hub Monitor. It features a 37.5-inch display with 3840 x 1600 pixel resolution. It features a built-in KVM and up to 90W of laptop. You can get it as of June 22 for $1,529.99.