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How to Buy a PC Monitor: A 2022 Guide

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The monitor is the window to your PC’s soul. Without the right display, everything you do on your system will seem lackluster, whether gaming, viewing/editing photos and video or just reading text on your favorite websites.

Hardware vendors understand how the experience changes with different display specs and features and have flooded the market with a plethora of options. But which features and specs are most valuable for how you use your monitor? For example, should you get 4K, 1440p, 1080p or just plain HD resolution—and what’s the difference anyway? How much do refresh rates and response times matter? Are things like flicker-free, low blue light mode, G-Sync and FreeSync crucial? And how should your priorities change if your focus is gaming versus professional applications versus general use?

Before we get started, if you’re looking for recommendations, see our Best Computer Monitors page or gaming-specific Best Gaming Monitors list. We also have high-res picks on our Best 4K Gaming Monitors and Best Budget 4K Monitors pages and break down HDR displays in our How to Choose the Best HDR Monitor article. 

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  • Determine your monitor’s main purpose: gaming, professional or general use. Generally, gamers should prioritize fast refresh rates and low response times, professionals should prioritize color accuracy and general use users have less specific needs but will often opt for a monitor with a high-contrast VA panel.
  • The higher the resolution, the better the picture. A monitor’s resolution tells you how many pixels a monitor has in width x height format. 1920 x 1080 (also known as 1080p, Full HD (FHD) and HD) is the minimum you need. But you’ll get sharper images with QHD and even sharper with 4K.  
  • Size matters too. Pixel density has a big impact on monitor quality, and our sweet spot is 109 pixels per inch (ppi). A larger monitor will have low pixel density if it’s a lower resolution. For viewing from typical desktop distances, 32 inches is plenty ‘big.’ It’s not hard to find a 32-inch gaming or general use monitor at 4K resolution for under $1,000.
  • Refresh rates: bigger is better. This tells you the number of times your monitor updates with new information per second and is measured in hertz (Hz). Bigger numbers equal better, smoother, less choppy images. Refresh rate is especially important for gamers, who’ll want a monitor with at least 75 Hz (most monitors designed for gaming offer at least 120 Hz), combined with the lowest response time you can find. If you’re not gaming, a 60 Hz refresh rate should do.
  • Response times: Shorter is better, but it’s not a big priority unless you’re gaming.  Response time tells you how long a monitor takes to change individual pixels from black to white or, if its GTG response time, from one shade of gray to another. Longer response times can mean motion blur when gaming or watching fast-paced videos. For gaming monitors, the highest response time you’ll likely see is 5ms, while the fastest gaming monitors can have a 0.5ms response time.
  • Panel tech: For image quality, TN < IPS < VA. TN monitors are the fastest but cheapest, due to poorer image quality when viewing from a side angle. IPS monitors have slightly faster response times and show color better than VA panels, but VA monitors have the best contrast out of all three panel types. For more on the difference between panel types, see the dedicated section below.
  • Consider a curved monitor. Curved monitors are supposed to make your experience more immersive with a large field of view and are said to be less eye-straining. However, they can be prone to glare when viewing from certain angles (light sources are coming from various angles instead of one). Effective curved monitors are usually ultrawide and at least 30 inches, which both point to higher costs.

If you do buy a curved monitor, understand curvature specs. An 1800R curvature has a curved radius of 1800mm and a suggested best max viewing distance of 1.8 meters — and so on. The lower the curvature (as low as 1000R), the more curved the display is. 

Monitor resolutions

Images on an LCD panel are comprised of millions of tiny dots. Each pixel consists of three sub-pixels, one for each primary color. A monitor’s resolution provides a screen’s length x width in pixels.  The more pixels you can pack into each square-inch of a monitor, the more realistic and smooth the image. A higher resolution (QHD  or better) is important if you want a monitor that’s bigger than 27 inches.

You can tell how many pixels a monitor has based on the name of its resolution. Some resolutions have multiple names. Below are the most common monitor resolutions you’ll encounter from best (highest number of pixels) to worst (least number of pixels). Except where noted, we’re talking about a 16:9 aspect ratio.

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5K resolution 5120 x 2880
4K resolution 3840 x 2160 (typical monitor resolution) / 4096 x 2160 (official cinema resolution)
Ultra HD (UHD) resolution 3840 x 2160
Quad HD (QHD) aka Wide Quad HD (WQHD) aka 1440p resolution 2560 x 1440
2K aka 1440p resolution 2560 x 1440 (typical monitor resolution) / 2048 x 1080 (official cinema resolution)
WUXGA resolution   1920 x 1200
Full HD (FHD) aka 1080p aka HD resolution 1920 x 1080
HD aka 720p resolution 1280 x 720

While more pixels is generally better, two things can make you second-think getting a monitor with QHD or better resolution.  

The first is your PC’s graphics card. The more pixels you have, the more processing power your graphics card needs to alter those pixels in a timely fashion. Images on 4K monitors look stunning, but if your system isn’t up to the task of driving 8.3 million pixels per frame, your overall experience will suffer and that extra resolution will actually become a hindrance, particularly if you’re gaming. 

The second thing that can hold back a high-res monitor is your operating system’s font-scaling capabilities. Windows is best at a pixel density of 90-110ppi. If a monitor has a pixel density much greater than that, objects and text will look extremely small and potentially impossible to read. When reviewing 27-inch 5K monitors, we’ve been forced to use DPI (dots per inch) scaling for any hope of reading text in our apps. The quality of scaling varies among monitors and isn’t always a sure fix when text is too tiny.

What resolution do I need for gaming?

For the best picture, more pixels are better. But when gaming, those pixels can also slow you down if you don’t have a beefy enough graphics card. Most video interfaces don’t support refresh rates faster than 60 Hz for 4K/UHD or 5K signals. That’s starting to change (for a premium), but you still need a very expensive graphics card to play at 4K and push past 60 frames per second (fps). The GeForce RTX 3080 can usually get there, as can the GeForce RTX 3090, but good luck finding one!

The current sweet spot seems to be QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution. With monitors up to 32 inches, you see good pixel density and a detailed image that isn’t too difficult for mid-priced graphics cards to handle.

If you want ultimate speed that’s also not too taxing on your GPU, FHD (1920 x 1080) delivers the highest frame rates (you won’t find gaming monitors today with lower resolution). But avoid stretching that resolution past 27 inches, as you may notice a dip in image quality, with pesky individual pixels being visible. 

Minimum graphics card requirements vary based on the game, but if you plan on buying a monitor for gaming at QHD resolution (and don’t want to have to turn the in-game settings down to low), you’ll want at least a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti or Radeon RX 6800.  

4K gamers should find the fastest card they can afford. The GeForce RTX 3070 might be sufficient for lighter games or if you turn down some settings, but the GeForce RTX 3080/3090 or the Radeon RX 6800 XT or Radeon RX 6900 XT would do you better. For more tips on picking a graphics card, see our Graphics Card Buying Guide, Best Graphics Cards and GPU Benchmarks Hierarchy pages. For help choosing a 4K gaming display, see our Best 4K Gaming Monitors page. 

What kind of panel do I need? TN vs. VA vs. IPS

There are three major LCD technologies used in today’s PC monitors: twisted nematic (TN), vertical alignment (VA) and in-plane switching (IPS). Each has several variations that offer different advantages. We won’t get into the intricacies of how these differing panels work. Instead, the chart below explains how each impacts image quality and the best use cases for each panel.

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Row 0 – Cell 0 TN VA IPS
Performance Fastest: low response times, highest refresh rates, minimal motion blur; Low input lag Longest response times typically; Higher refresh rates possible Slower response times than TN, faster response times than VA; Gaming-quality refresh rates are rare
Display Worst viewing angles;Worst color Viewing angles typically better than TN, worse than IPS; Good color; Best contrast;Best image depth Best viewing angles; Best color
Pricing Cheapest Pricier models can have performance comparable to TN Most expensive
Best Use Gaming General Use Professional

While that graph should be enough to make a quick decision on panel type, if you want to dive deeper, consider the following:

  • Contrast is the most important factor in image quality and reliability (5,000:1 is better than 1,000:1). As such, we consider VA panels to offer the best image quality among VA, IPS and TN.
  • We’ve reviewed plenty of TN screens that can hold their own in the color department with more expensive IPS and VA displays. While the general perception is that TN offers less accurate color and contrast than VA and IPS panels, there’s a chance you won’t notice the difference. Many gaming monitors use TN panels for their speed. We’ve found that color quality differs by price more than it does by panel tech.

Gaming monitors: Which features matter?

There are many confusing choices and even more confusing marketing terms to sift through when buying a new gaming monitor. Let’s break down the features that actually benefit gamers. Note that some factors depend on a player’s skill level.

For our top gaming monitor recommendations, check out our Best Gaming Monitors page. And for 4K stunners, see our Best 4K Gaming Monitors page. 

Competitive gamers should prioritize speed, which calls for high refresh rates (144 Hz or more), as well as the lowest response time and input lag (see our gaming monitor reviews) possible. This will likely limit you to 25 or 27 inches, possibly with lower pixel density and without extended color or HDR.

But maybe you’re a casual gamer who won’t notice the difference between 60 fps or 144 fps. You can settle for 75 Hz or even 60 Hz coupled with FreeSync or G-Sync (more on that below) and prioritize things like strong image quality, pixel density and  30 inches or larger. If your budget allows, this could also allow for more saturated color or even HDR.

What should my gaming monitor’s refresh rate and response time be?

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Ideally, you want a monitor with at least a 75 Hz, combined with the lowest response time you can find. Refresh rate is particularly important for gamers, so most gaming monitors have a refresh rate of at least 120 Hz, (the fastest availabile is 360 Hz), and you’ll want a maximum response time of 5ms.

However, there are some worthy 60 Hz gaming monitors, and many 4K ones are limited to 60 Hz. If you opt for a 60 Hz display and plan to game, G-Sync or FreeSync is a must (more on that below).  

Lower resolution + good graphics card = faster refresh rates. Look at the on-screen display (OSD) above from the Acer Predator Z35 curved ultrawide. Its resolution is low enough where a fast graphics card can hit a 200 Hz refresh rate with G-Sync enabled. If you’re buying a monitor for the long-term, remember that the graphics card your PC uses 1-3 years from now may be able to hit these speeds with ease.

Worried about input lag? Input lag is how long it takes your monitor to recognize output from your graphics card or when you’ve pushed a button on your keyboard or mouse and is something gamers should avoid. High refresh rates generally point to lower input lag, but input lag isn’t usually listed in specs, so check our monitor reviews for insight. Sites like DisplayLag also offer unbiased breakdowns of many monitors’ input lag.

Should I get a G-Sync or FreeSync monitor? 

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Gaming monitors usually have Nvidia G-Sync (for PCs with Nvidia graphics cards) and/or AMD FreeSync (for running with PCs using AMD graphics cards). Both features reduce screen tearing and stuttering and add to the price tag; although, G-Sync monitors usually cost more than FreeSync ones.

Another thing to keep in mind is that G-Sync relies on DisplayPort, while FreeSync works with both HDMI and DisplayPort. For more on which port is best for gaming, see our DisplayPort vs. HDMI analysis. And for more on the two popular Adaptive-Sync flavors, see our G-Sync and FreeSync pages in the Tom’s Hardware Glossary.

Regardless, if your budget only has room for a low to mid-speed graphics card, you’ll certainly want a monitor with either G-Sync or FreeSync that works at a low minimum refresh rate.

So, should you opt for G-Sync or FreeSync? Here’s what to consider:

  • Which hardware do you already have? If you’ve already nabbed a shiny new RTX 3080, for example, the choice is clear.
  • Team Nvidia or Team AMD? If you’re not tied to either, remember that G-Sync and FreeSync offer comparable performance for the typical user. We learned this when we tested both against each other in our Nvidia G-Sync vs. AMD FreeSync faceoff.
  • What’s the Adaptive-Sync’s lowest supported refresh rate? G-Sync monitors operate from a 30 Hz refresh rate up to the monitor’s maximum, but not all FreeSync ones do. FreeSync monitors usually support Adaptive-Sync up to a monitor’s maximum refresh rate, but it’s the lower limit you must note. We’ve reviewed screens that bottom out at as high as 55 Hz. This can be problematic if your graphics card can’t keep frame rates above that level. Low frame rate compensation (LFC), which G-Sync kicks in at below 30 Hz, is a viable solution but will only work if the max refresh is at least 2.5 times the minimum (example: if the maximum refresh rate is 100 Hz, the minimum must be 40 Hz for LFC to help).
  • Many FreeSync monitors can run G-Sync. Nvidia has tested and certified some of these as G-Sync Compatible. Many non-certified monitors can also run G-Sync too, but performance is not guaranteed. See our article on how to run on G-Sync on a FreeSync monitor for more. 

If you plan on doing a lot of competitive gaming with HDR content, consider getting a G-Sync Ultimate or FreeSync Premium Pro display. Both features are certified for lower input latency and include additional benefits for HDR titles. 

Do I need overdrive or motion blur reduction?

Overdrive and motion blur reduction are available in many gaming monitors (under various brand names). To understand their value, you’ll first need to understand ghosting. Ghosting is that blurry trail a moving object creates on the screen sometimes. That’s caused by uneven pixel transition, or when it takes a monitor’s pixel longer to change from Color A to Color B than from Color B to Color A.

Overdrive reduces ghosting by speeding the rate at which pixels transition through higher voltages. When done correctly, the pixel reaches that level quickly, then changes for the next frame before voltage gets too high.

Meanwhile, motion blur reduction, also known as ultra low motion blur (ULMB in the photo below), maintains motion resolution when on-screen action becomes more intense.

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Here’s what to consider before deciding for or against the two:

  • Overdrive can create inverse ghosting artifacts, so check our reviews to learn how good a monitor’s overdrive feature is. You can test your own monitor’s overdrive by using the BlurBusters UFO test. Watch the UFO while switching between your monitor’s different overdrive options. When you see a white trail behind the saucer, you’ve gone too far.
  • You typically can’t use motion blur reduction and G-Sync / FreeSync at the same time. (There are rare exceptions, like the Asus ROG Strix XG27AQ.) Gamers should opt for Adaptive-Sync every time. A fast graphics card running at 60 fps and higher with G-Sync or FreeSync will pretty much eliminate any need for motion blur reduction.
  • Motion blur reduction reduces overall brightness. We’ve tested monitors that cut brightness by over 60% if blur reduction is on.

What’s a good gaming monitor deal?

Gaming monitors often go on sale, but it’s hard to tell if you’re actually getting a good deal. The first way to find out is to check reviews to make sure it’s the right monitor for you.

You can also tell if you’re getting a good sales discount on a name-brand monitor with the following guidelines: 

  • 144 Hz at 1080p (27 inches or more): $200 or less
  • 60 Hz at 4K: $250 or less

Finally, we love PCPartPicker.com and, for Amazon listings, CamelCamelCamel for tracking the price history of specific monitors. 

General use monitors: Which features matter?

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Both gaming and professional monitors are more than qualified to serve as general use displays. But if you want to avoid spending extra money on a specialized monitor, you need something that works well for every kind of computing, entertainment and productivity. Here’s how to decide what’s best for you:

  • Contrast is king, so VA panels are too. We consider contrast the first measure of image quality, followed by color saturation, accuracy and resolution. When a display has a large dynamic range, the picture is more realistic and 3D-like. VA panels typically offer 3-5 times the contrast of IPS or TN screens. If you place a VA and IPS monitor next to each other with matched brightness levels and calibration standards, the VA screen will easily win in terms of image quality.
  • Consider flicker-free if you’ll be staring at the screen for over 8 hours. They won’t flicker at any brightness level, so even those particularly sensitive to flickering will be pleased.
  • Low blue light isn’t a buying point. Most operating systems, including Windows 10, have modes for reducing blue light, based on the theory that blue light interferes with sleep. But although many monitors offer this feature, it’s not necessary. Low blue light can make a computer image less straining on your eyes, but so can accurate calibration. And since reducing blue brightness also affects all other colors, you may experience an unnatural look in graphics and photos. This is especially distracting in games and videos. There’s no need to prioritize low blue light, but it’s becoming harder to find monitors without it.

Professional monitors: Which features matter?

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Professional users have special needs. If you’re a photographer, print proofer, web designer, special effects artist, game designer or someone that needs precise color control, this section’s for you. Here’s what to know:

  • Monitors vendor-certified as color accurate cost more but are worth it. If you want a monitor that’s accurate out of the box, this is your best choice. It’s especially important for monitors without calibration capabilities. Professional monitors should come ready for work with no adjustment required. A DeltaE (dE) value of 2 or lower is a good sign. A dE under 3 is typically considered invisible to the human eye. 
  • You want calibration options. There are two ways to accomplish this: the on-screen display (OSD) and software. Check our reviews for monitor-specific calibration recommendations.
  • Calibration options should include choices for different color gamuts, color temperatures and gamma curves. At minimum there should be sRGB and Adobe RGB standards, color temperatures ranging from 5,000 to 7,500K and gamma presets from 1.8 to 2.4. Monitors used for TV or movie production should also support the BT.1886 gamma standard.
  • Flicker-free goes a long way if you’re spending eight hours or more in front of a computer screen. Many pro monitors today offer this.

What bit-depth do I need?

  • Higher is better, and professionals need at least 10-bits. An 8-bit panel won’t cut it for most professional graphics work. If possible, opt for 12-bit. For more, see our article on the difference between 10 and 12-bit.
  • A deep color monitor won’t do you any good if your graphics card can’t output a 10- or 12-bit signal. Yes, the monitor will fill in the extra information, but only by interpolation. Just as with pixel scaling, a display can’t add information that isn’t there in the first place; it can only approximate. Many consumer-grade graphics cards are limited to 8-bit output.

No matter what PC you have, your monitor choice has a dramatic effect on everything you do. That makes buying a new monitor a worthy investment and one that can benefit you immediately, whether your playing games or doing work, with the right selection. Just make sure you don’t waste money on a screen with excess features or without the specs you need to help your PC shine. 

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Scharon Harding has a special affinity for gaming peripherals (especially monitors), laptops and virtual reality. Previously, she covered business technology, including hardware, software, cyber security, cloud and other IT happenings, at Channelnomics, with bylines at CRN UK.

Dell S3222DGM QHD 165 Hz Gaming Monitor Review: Solid Color and Lots of Contrast

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Dell’s S3222DGM is a 32-inch curved VA/QHD gaming monitor with 165 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, extended color and a surprisingly low price.

Editor’s Choice

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Tom’s Hardware Verdict

Aside from its omission of HDR, the Dell S3222DGM has no flaws of consequence. For a surprisingly low price, it delivers premium quality gaming performance with 165 Hz and Adaptive-Sync through a high-contrast curved VA panel with a wide and accurate color gamut.


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    + Sharp image with vivid and accurate color

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    + Premium level contrast

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    + Solid video processing

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    + Excellent build quality

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Today’s best Dell S3222DGM deals

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There is no shortage of fast QHD monitors appearing in manufacturers’ lineups these days, many of which are among the best gaming monitors that we’ve reviewed. As the ideal balance of price and performance, it’s no wonder that gamers are snapping them up in quantity. The best deals are usually in the 27-inch size, but if you can have the same performance in a 32-inch screen for around the same price, wouldn’t you be interested?

The Dell S3222DGM is a close match on specs in many regards to S2722DGM, which we recently reviewed. The sale prices of the monitors are within $5 of each other – $295 for the former, $300 for the latter. At that price, you get a VA panel, QHD and 165 Hz with Adaptive-Sync. While the monitor lacks HDR, it delivers 85% coverage of DCI-P3 and outstanding contrast. With the solid build quality that we’ve come to expect from Dell along with impressive overall performance, the S3222DGM represents a tremendous value for gamers shopping in the 32-inch category.

Dell S3222DGM Specifications

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Panel Type / Backlight VA / W-LED, edge array
Screen Size / Aspect Ratio 32 inches / 16:9
Row 2 – Cell 0 Curve Radius: 1800mm
Max Resolution & Refresh Rate 2560×1440 @ 165 Hz
Row 4 – Cell 0 FreeSync: 48-165 Hz
Row 5 – Cell 0 G-Sync Compatible
Native Color Depth & Gamut 8-bit / DCI-P3
Response Time (GTG) 2ms
Brightness (mfr) 350 nits
Contrast (mfr) 3,000:1
Speakers None
Video Inputs 1x DisplayPort 1. 2
Row 12 – Cell 0 2x HDMI 2.0
Audio 3.5mm headphone output
USB None
Power Consumption 28.4w, brightness @ 200 nits
Panel Dimensions WxHxD w/base 27.9 x 17.95-21.89 x 9.35 inches (709 x 456-556 x 237mm)
Panel Thickness 3.24 inches (82mm)
Bezel Width Top/sides: 0.31 inch (8mm)
Row 19 – Cell 0 Bottom: 0.75 inch (19mm)
Weight 16.4 pounds (7.45kg)
Warranty 3 years
  • Dell S3222DGM (32-inch) at Dell for $299.99

The Dell S3222DGM starts with a VA panel (see IPS versus VA panels) rated by Dell for 3,000:1 contrast. My sample measured closer to 4,000:1, and that is a difference easily seen in a side-by-side comparison. The color gamut is also visibly larger. Where the 27-inch hits 75 percent of DCI-P3 gamut, the 32-incher covers more than 85 percent, which is about average among all the extended color monitors I’ve tested. The only thing not here is HDR, but you won’t feel you’re missing out when you see the SDR image.

As confirmed by my tests, video processing comes in the form of FreeSync over a 48-165 Hz range and G-Sync compatibility (see FreeSync vs G-Sync), though the Dell S3222DGM has not yet been certified by Nvidia. In addition to a three-level overdrive, you get a backlight strobe for blur reduction. You’ll also find countdown timers and a frame counter as gaming enhancements. However, there are no aiming points, which might dissuade a few FPS newbies.

Build quality is typical Dell, which means that it punches above its price class. The chassis is solid with a wobble-free stand and a panel that feels ready for long-term use. A small lighting feature is included too, a soft blue LED bar that shines on the desktop. And there’s the curve with an 1800mm radius; just right for gaming but not so severe that images are distorted. At 32 inches in the 16:9 aspect ratio, you’ll get an immersive effect in the horizontal and vertical planes. While some may prefer a 21:9 ultra-wide, there’s no denying the impact of that extra height.

The Dell S3222DGM may just be the bargain of the century with everything one needs for a high-performance gaming experience.

Assembly and Accessories for Dell S3222DGM

Dell’s now familiar and appreciated clamshell box opens to reveal the S3222DGM securely packed in molded pulp with just enough non-crumbly foam to protect the curved screen. The stand and base mate with a captive bolt, then snap onto the panel. If you’d rather use an aftermarket arm, there’s a 100mm VESA bolt pattern with the fasteners included. Bundled cables are of higher quality than the norm, with thick wiring and soft, flexible insulation. You get HDMI and DisplayPort along with an IEC cord for the internal power supply.

Product 360: Dell S3222DGM

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The S3222DGM’s styling could be called understated, but the gaming intent is there. The hexagonal base flares up ahead of the upright’s attachment point, creating a slick effect with a few louvers molded in. When the blue LED is on, it glows softly, illuminating only the base and a small area ahead. You can turn the light off in the OSD if you wish. The panel has an 8mm thin bezel around the top and sides and a 19mm strip across the bottom with the Dell logo front and center. On the right side, a tiny power LED glows white, steady when the power is on, and breathing in standby mode.

The curve looks pronounced in photos but is not that extreme in practice. Though not subtle, it isn’t tight enough to cause image distortion. Viewing static photos or text looks about the same as a flat screen. The Dell S3222DGM is perfectly usable as a workday monitor, and you’ll appreciate that extra screen area. 

A 32-inch, 16:9 monitor is my favorite because it’s wide and tall. QHD resolution means the pixel density is 92ppi, which is enough that you won’t see individual pixels unless you sit very close. A monitor this large is best enjoyed from three to four feet away.

In the back, you’ll see the familiar Cylon shape (Battlestar Galactica reference) surrounding the upright’s attachment point. The Dell logo has a neat holographic effect that changes color as light hits it from different directions. OSD buttons are visible here as well. A joystick handles most of the navigation duties along with four control keys. Two of them can be programmed by the user.

The stand is super solid with 3.9 inches of height adjustment along with 5/21 degrees tilt. There is no swivel built into the base, but the upright includes a small hole for cable management.

The input panel is tucked well up and under, but I had no problems plugging in cables with large connectors. There are two HDMI 2.0 ports and a DisplayPort 1.2 along with a 3.5mm audio jack. There are no internal speakers, so you’ll have to derive audio from headphones or some sort of external system.

OSD Features of Dell S3222DGM

The Dell S3222DGM’s OSD is identical to the one in the S2722DGM. However, some image settings are different. I’ll explain everything below. To bring up the full menu, press the joystick. The control keys access specific functions, and two of them are programmable.

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The Game menu starts with 12 picture modes. Standard is the default and is reasonably accurate out of the box. For the best possible picture, though, I selected Custom Color and calibrated the two-point white balance sliders. Unlike with  the S2722DGM, you can’t improve the image by only selecting Custom Color.

The three Game modes also allow calibration and let you create individual combinations of the overdrive and Dark Stabilizer controls. Dark Stabilizer is a gamma tweaker that raises the black level to make shadow detail more visible. Also in this sub-menu are the FreeSync toggle, overdrive, and the Game Enhance options which include countdown timers and a frame counter. There are no aiming points available.

In Custom Color mode, you can adjust the two-point white balance sliders, gain and offset, and hue and saturation sliders. The same controls are available in the three Game modes along with Response Time and Dark Stabilizer.

Under the Response Time heading are three overdrive options plus MPRT, a backlight strobe. It cancels out Adaptive-Sync but delivers slightly better motion resolution. The cost in brightness is small, and if you can keep the action above 150fps, it’s a good alternate video processing option.

Calibration Settings for Dell S3222DGM

In the Dell S3222DGM’s Standard picture mode, color, gamma and grayscale tracking are good enough that calibration is not required. The white point is a tiny bit cool but, in most content, that will not be visible. Color is definitely in the DCI-P3 realm, with 85% coverage measured. There is no sRGB mode. 

Calibration is possible to a very high standard in Custom Color or the three Game modes. Below are the settings I used, and remember that there is no HDR mode available. Also, note that you shouldn’t just use Custom Color without adjusting it or otherwise the image will look flat.

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Picture Mode Custom Color
Brightness 200 nits 81
Brightness 120 nits 53
Brightness 100 nits 41
Brightness 80 nits 29
Brightness 50 nits 12 (min. 33 nits)
Contrast 74
Color Temp User Gain – Red 98, Green 100, Blue 95
Row 8 – Cell 0 Bias – Red 52, Green 51, Blue 50

Gaming and Hands-on with Dell S3222DGM

The debate between 27 or 32-inch sizes for a QHD monitor will come down to how picky you are, how good your vision is, and how close to the screen you plan to sit. Since the S3222DGM is about gaming performance, its QHD resolution is a major plus over a same-sized Ultra HD display because that 165 Hz refresh rate makes a real difference in motion resolution.

For static images, I could just see the pixel structure at a two-foot viewing distance but pulling back to three feet made it disappear. If I spent all my time working in Photoshop, Ultra HD would be my choice. But for general workday tasks, the S3222DGM is more than adequate. Its superb contrast, saturated color and sharp image serve well for getting through a few hours of writing or blitzing through a spreadsheet full of data. I use the word blitz because that vast screen area means a lot less scrolling. This is also the case when browsing the web. You can see so much more information in one glance.

Watching video is big fun on a curved 32-inch screen. The Dell S3222DGM adds just enough extra color to make everything from YouTube to Netflix pop like a premium television. The curve is a definite asset for entertainment. And so is the 4,000:1 contrast ratio. I didn’t miss HDR thanks to deep blacks, detailed highlights and shadows, and broad dynamic range.

Gaming was a similarly excellent experience. Though I couldn’t dial up HDR in Doom Eternal, color was vivid with deep, fiery reds, textural earth tones and shiny highlights that made the image look three-dimensional. I didn’t miss HDR a bit.

Trying out the different video processing options proved that the Dell S3222DGM is a versatile display. The overdrive works best at its middle setting, Super Fast. Extreme produced slight ghosting. The blur reduction, called MPRT, didn’t look that great when running Blur Busters test patterns, but I didn’t see the same phasing artifacts in actual content.

I was able to play Doom Eternal and Call of Duty WWII with no visible downsides. It made motion a tad smoother and sharper without reducing brightness. However, I did notice a slight drop in contrast due to a rise in black levels. It’s subtle, but during the nighttime missions in Call of Duty WWII, the shadow areas were a little brighter.

My takeaway from the MPRT versus Adaptive-Sync question was that the two options are both usable; they just look different. One is not better than the other, and they are equal in performance. You’ll have to decide which one suits you better.

Of course, color and contrast were always exemplary. There is nothing better than a high-contrast VA panel, and the Dell S3222DGM is one of the best I’ve seen. It strikes a rare balance between gaming performance and image quality. Yes, you can go faster and smoother but then you’ll be giving up contrast. If you want a solid all-around gaming monitor that looks good doing everything, this is it.

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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom’s Hardware US. He’s a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.

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Monitor Acer 27 “KA272UBIIPX Black IPS LED 1MS 16: 9 HDMI M/M Matte 250CD 178g/178g 2560×1440 75hz DP 2K 5.


Code of Product: 1494217
Manufacturer: ACER

Manufacturer code: UM.HX2EE.013
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Price: 19010 ₽

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EAN code 4710180933482
Dimensions without stand 612x68x366mm
Key Features
Screen size 27″ (68. 6cm)
Matrix type IPS
Screen aspect ratio 16:9
Approval 2560×1440
Viewing angles 178/178
Response time 1 ms
Response time (GTG) 4 ms
Screen brightness 250 cd/m2
Pixel pitch 0.233×0.233px
Screen surface matt
LCD panel LED backlight Yes
Update rate 75 Hz
Static contrast to 1 1000
Dynamic contrast to 1 100000000
Screen tilt YES
Built-in speaker Yes
Number of speakers 2
Single speaker power 2W
Connectors and interfaces
HDMI connector Yes
Number of HDMI connectors 2
DisplayPort Connector Yes
Number of DisplayPort connectors 1 piece
Headphone output YES
Headphone connector 3. 5 mm
Power supply
Power supply type internal
Power consumption 36 W
Standby power consumption 0.5 W
Stand color black
Frame color black
Dimensions with stand 612x453x200mm
Body cover matt
Product weight 5. 24 kg
Weight (without stand) 4.35 kg
VESA mount size 100×100
HDTV support Ultra HD 2K (1440p)
AMD FreeSync YES

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560 x 1440, Quad HD (QHD), achieves superb image quality and clarity, allowing you to see the smallest details. The 16:9 aspect ratio of the wide screen provides plenty of room for work and window placement, and allows you to enjoy games and movies in their native resolution.


AMD’s FreeSync technology synchronizes the refresh rates of your GPU and monitor, making your gaming experience smoother and more immersive. The gamer will appreciate the low input lag and high image quality in fast-paced games.

Large screen size

Large screen size gives you more space to use applications, increasing your productivity. For resolutions equal to or higher than QHD, the large screen size provides high pixel density, eliminating the need for scaling. Break the chains – immerse yourself in movies/games on huge displays!

IPS panel

The IPS panel provides excellent visibility with true-to-life yet bright and accurate colors. Colors look the same regardless of the viewing angle of the display.

Low Blue Light

Short wavelengths of blue light may cause visual impairment.