Another PC vendor has joined the 4K display club. Dell is showing off its upcoming UltraSharp 32 at the Siggraph professional graphics conference in Anaheim, California. The 32" monitor features an IGZO panel with an "Ultra HD" 3840x2160 display resolution, just like recently announced 4K screens from Asus and Sharp.
According to Engadget, which has published pictures of the monitor, the UltraSharp 32 offers a wide gamut with 1.07 billion colors. The display will come with Dell's own color calibration software and will ship in the fourth quarter of this year. No price is mentioned, but you can bet this monster won't be cheap. The Asus PQ321Q sells for $3,500, and Sharp's 4K monitor is even pricier.
The UltraSharp 32 reportedly sports dual DisplayPort inputs (one full-sized and one mini) along with an HDMI port. An SD reader and USB hub are both included, as well. The panel itself has a matte coating, and Engadget says that Dell has "made some tweaks there to reduce any grainy results that may creep in." Interesting. Clearer colors are just about the only advantage glossy displays have over their matte counterparts.
After years of smartphones, tablets, and notebooks getting all the high-PPI love, it's nice to see ultra-high-resolution displays coming to desktop PCs. If only they weren't so expensive. You could buy three 30" 2560x1600 monitors for less than it would cost to purchase just one of Asus' 4K displays. The resulting three-screen array would offer 50% more pixels than the single 4K monitor, albeit at a lower pixel density and while consuming considerably more desktop real estate. If I had that kind of cash to spend, I'm honestly not sure which route I'd take.