Dell's new 8K monitor is $4,999 of awesome


— 4:14 PM on January 5, 2017

When I got my first 1080p monitor, I felt like I had so much room for activities. How could you ever need more space than that? Now, Dell is offering up 16 times more pixels with its new UP3218K display, the company's first 8K screen—and probably one of first on the market.

Aside from the almost unbelievable 7680x4320 resolution, the UP3218K sports a pretty impressive look and set of specs. Dell says the 10-bit display covers 100% of the Rec.701, sRGB and Adobe RGB color gamuts, and that matches up with the audience it's aiming for. Professionals in visual industries like design, architecture, and video editors working with 8K raw footage will be able to take advantage of this screen. Gamers, on the other hand, will want to wait—and not just because this display is incredibly expensive.

Product manager Michael Turner acknowledged flat-out that 8K gaming "is not practical, not yet," when speaking to PC World. The current batch of GPUs might be able to draw 8K images, but they take their time doing it. Turner implied that the next geneartion of GPUs, based on Nvidia's Volta and AMD's Vega archictures, might be able to handle the high resolution much more deftly.

The display offers a pair of DisplayPort 1.2 ports on the back, and that's it. HDMI 2.1, which brings proper 8K support to HDMI, was only just announced at CES 2017 and won't be on the market until later this year. The display also packs four USB 3.0 ports. The aluminum build, small bezel around the four sides, and the ability to adjust both angle and height all make sure the monitor is as attractive and flexible as anything else on the market.

Dell says the display will ship in limited quantities on March 23, and the cost is almost as high as the resolution: $4,999.

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