Dell S3219D Review | A Multi-Purpose Monitor With Solid Specs!

Having recently seen another major discount, the Dell S3219D gaming monitor is now available at its lowest ever price. In which case, what better time to review this super affordable Dell QHD screen and see how it stands up against the competition?

The Dell S3219D monitor (check out other top Dell monitors) is a 2560 x 1440, 16:9, 60 Hz piece of gaming hardware that takes no prisoners.  Boasting a generous 32-inch screen, AMD FreeSync technology, and a solid 5ms response time, it certainly ticks all the right boxes on paper for this kind of price. As an added bonus, you also get two 5W speakers tuned by Waves MaxxAudio for your money, ComfortView technology to keep things comfortable when playing for hours on end and even a100 x 100mm VESA mount included in the kit to hang the whole thing on the wall.

Covering 99 percent of the sRGB color palette, the Dell S3219D monitor boasts a rock-solid 3,000:1 contrast ratio (CR), courtesy of a quality VA panel. Two HDMI 1.4, one DisplayPort 1.2, and three USB 3.0 ports and all the connectivity you will ever need, whether using it for work or gaming purposes. Also, if you want to explore other brands, we reviewed the top Samsung monitors, too.

Dell S3219D: Basic Specs (Refresh Rate, Response Time, Native Resolution Etc.)

Screen Size

32Inches

Resolution

2560 x 1440 QHD

Aspect Ratio

16:9

Panel Technology

Vertical Alignment(VA)

Refresh Rate

60Hz (75Hz Max)

Response Time

4ms

Contrast Ratio

3000:1

Brightness

300cd/m²

Speakers

Yes

VESA

Yes

Stand: Height

No

Stand: Tilt

Yes

Stand: Swivel

No

Connectivity

 DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 2, USB 3.0 x 3, 3.5mm Jack x 1

Dimensions

29.05” x 20.60” x 78”

Weight

22.33 lbs

Design and Features

I will try not to jump directly to the conclusion, but I would honestly recommend this in a heartbeat – it is a great monitor for almost no money.

At a glance, you get the idea you are looking at something premium – and you are. There is something slightly different about the exterior aesthetic of the Dell s3219d monitor, which combines a glossy black finish with relatively thin bezels and great overall build quality in general. Top to bottom, the panel of this Dell monitor is clearly a quality product and has been built to last, with excellent attention to detail and all the usual HDMI cable and VGA ports where you would expect them.

The Dell S3219D monitor is lightweight enough to be practical and convenient to handle but nonetheless feels reassuringly robust.

dell tilt

Along with DisplayPort 1.2 and dual HDMI 1.4 connectors for video signals, you also get a trio of USB 3.0 slots for accessories. This was my only slight issue with the design and layout of the monitor, as the USB ports are in a slightly awkward place on the rear chassis.

The in-built speakers of the dell s3219d monitor are more or less as you would expect – decent enough for work, movies, and gaming alike, but not exactly mind-blowing in terms of output of quality. Still, far better than nothing and definitely better than those you would find in many comparable monitors for this kind of price. And if you want to explore this feature more, check out our best monitors with speakers review.

Display Quality

For the most part, the spec sheet shows everything you need to know about the performance of the Dell S3219D. This low-cost monitor is fitted with a 32-inch VA panel with 2560 x 1440 resolution, which boasts a 60Hz refresh rate and approximate 4ms response time. The backlight of Dell S3219D goes as high as 300cd/m2 according to the manufacturer’s official specifications rundown, while its contrast ratio of 3000:1 is spot on.

The refresh rate can be pushed as far as 75hz, which should be more than enough to satisfy most gamers.

Pixel density is also pretty decent – QHD 2560×1440 been more than enough to pack the large screen with plenty of crispness. You basically get the same kind of picture quality and sharpness you would expect from a 1080p monitor with a 24-inch screen, which is by no means a bad thing.

Hardcore gamers shopping for a new monitor might not be satisfied with some of its features and specifications, but it is worth remembering how cheap the Dell S3219D is right now.

other side

Out of the Box Issues

Perhaps the most common criticism thrown the way of the Dell S3219D is how it doesn’t perform particularly fantastically right out of the box. Though to be honest, this isn’t what you’d call a deal breaker – especially when considering its low purchase price.

In any case, it is not exactly difficult to alter a few settings for an altogether better experience. Sort out the brightness, contrast, and so on manually with your own custom profile and you will be looking at an entirely better picture than when first powering it up.

This could be why there is a scattering of negative reviews here and there about the quality and performance of the Dell S3219D – it does leave a fair bit to be desired prior to being calibrated. Though again – and even if you don’t know the first thing about setting up and calibrating a gaming monitor – it really could not be easier with the Dell S3219D.

Gaming Performance

Whatever you use the Dell S3219D for, it looks fantastic. It covers every viewing angle you will ever need and has more than sufficient pixel density and brightness to provide a quality experience from start to finish.

For gaming, in particular, the picture quality and performance of the Dell S3219D are outstanding.  While the majority of VA panels may be prone to image retention and blurring, the S3219D handles motion way better than most screens available for this kind of price. Even when running the most demanding games, it has a snappy and punchy quality about it that’s hard to deny.

boy playing games

Then there is the welcome inclusion of ComfortView Technology, which is designed to bring things like flicker and blue light under control for a better and more comfortable viewing experience. Ideal for those planning to use the S3219D for hours at a time.

The only slight niggle with its performance (in my opinion at least) is how I found the screen to be slightly prone to glare. This was only the case in extremely bright daylight conditions, during which I would not expect a monitor for this kind of price to have performed any better.

In any case, a slight adjustment to the viewing angle here and there (courtesy of the convenient stand) is all it takes to bring this less-than major headache under control.

Final Thoughts on the Dell S3219D

Much as there is more to buying a new monitor than price alone, it is the affordability of this excellent screen that stands out more than anything else. Traditionally, shopping for a 32-inch QHD panel that was capable of handling even the most demanding games would have meant paying over the odds for the privilege. Monitors like these (with picture quality like this) were once priced well in excess of $1,000 – way out of reach for most gamers.

Today, the kind of money you’d expect to pay for a standard business/productivity monitor would easily net you a fantastic gaming screen. The Dell S3219D is one of an entirely new segment of affordable monitors for gaming, combining great features with a solid performance and a low price.

dell screen

If you ask me, the only reason the S3219D hasn’t received 5 Stars from every reviewer is that some people have OTT expectations. They want a $1,000 gaming monitor for $300 or less, which just isn’t going to happen.

When you consider the spec sheet of the Dell S3219D (a reminder below), what you get for such little money is great. Feel free to spend a fortune on a top-end gaming panel if you like, but personally, I would rather stick with something like this and keep more money in my wallet!

Full Specs and Hardware Features

Dimensions (WxDxH)

29.1 in x 7.8 in x 20.6 in – with stand

Display Type

LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix

Aspect Ratio

16:9

Native Resolution

QHD 2560 x 1440 at 60 Hz

Contrast Ratio

3000:1 / 8000000:1 (dynamic)

Color Support

1.07 billion colors

Horizontal Viewing Angle

178

Vertical Viewing Angle

178

Viewable Size

32″

Pixel Pitch

0.27675 mm

Panel Type

VA

Brightness

300 cd/m²

Screen Coating

Low haze 3H hardness

Backlight Technology

LED backlight

Vertical Refresh Rate

48 – 75 Hz

Manufacturer

Dell, Inc.

Interfaces

2 x HDMI

Display Port

USB 3.0 upstream

USB 3.0 downstream

USB 3.0 downstream with Battery Charging 1.2

Audio line-out

Built-in Devices

USB 3.0 hub

Flat Panel Mount Interface

100 x 100 mm

Image Brightness

300 cd/m2

Image Contrast Ratio

3000:1

Video Format (Non-standard)

QHD

Type

LED-backlit LCD monitor

About Dusan Stanar

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2 thoughts on “Dell S3219D Review | A Multi-Purpose Monitor With Solid Specs!”

  1. With this being a very recent review, do you know where I can find one of these? I already have 1, but would like to purchase a 2nd one as well and am having trouble locating one.

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