Dell UltraSharp 32 8K embarrasses 4K monitors


— 10:00 AM on March 24, 2017

Does the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti's ability to play recent AAA games at 4K resolution make you long for the days when a 1600x1200 CRT could make a pair of 3dfx Voodoo2 accelerators beg for mercy? Maybe Dell's UltraSharp 32 8K monitor has what you're looking for. This monitor definitely isn't kidding around, packing 7680x4320 pixels onto a 32" IPS LCD display panel. That's a grand total of 33 million pixels, or four times the picture element count of a standard 4K display and 16 times the dots in a Full HD screen. Dell says the UltraSharp 32 8K can display 98% of the DCI-P3 gamut, further making it clear that this monitor is targeted at creative professionals.

The rest of the specifications are a bit more down-to-earth. Dell says the contrast ratio should hit 1300:1 and that brightness can go as far as 400 cd/m². Response time is 6ms on average. The only inputs on hand are a pair of DisplayPort 1.4 connectors, just enough for the monitor's native 60Hz refresh rate at its native resolution.

All those pixels cost a pretty penny. Dell is taking orders for the UltraSharp 32 8K for $5000, and expects shipments to start on April 17. The same cash could buy five of the LG 32" 4K displays we recently wrote about, but sometimes all the pixels have to live inside the same frame. That chunk of change also gets you an integrated three-port USB 3.0 hub and a stand that can tilt, swivel, and pivot the screen between portrait and landscape modes.

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