DELL S3422DW Review | Why It’s Currently Not Worth it.

Our Conclusion

For the prices it is being sold at today, the Dell S3422DW is only a good choice if you really need a wide range of connectors, as it will deliver rather average results for the rest. Cheaper ultrawide displays with better features, such as the MSI Optix MAG342CQR and the LG 34WN750-B, are easily available.

Pros

Wide connectors

 1440p crisp images

 2x 5w Out speakers

 VESA support

Cons

✘ VA panel

 Poor cost-benefit ratio

To kick off this month with a breath of fresh air, we previously reviewed two excellent ultrawide monitors for the year, the MSI Optix MAG342CQR and the LG 34WN780-B, both of which offer excellent features for professional or even casual use.

In today’s post, we’ll look at a 2021 ultrawide Dell release with mid/high-end prices and see if its features meet them.

So, if you need an ultrawide monitor but aren’t sure if the DELL S3422DW is the best option right now, keep reading to find out who this monitor’s target buyers are. Let’s get started on the DELL S3422DW Review without further ado.

Design

At first sight, this monitor doesn’t look like any other Dell monitor; it looks like an ultrawide result of a combination of some models such as the Dell P3221D and the Dell S2721HN, but it’s still quite unique.

To our surprise, this monitor also includes the 3-color style, which we saw in our last monitor review (LG 32UN550-W) and which I had no idea Dell used for their releases. It has a white finish on the rear, a gray stand, and matte black bezels. 

Unlike the stand of the majority of ultrawide displays, the one of the dell s3422dw includes two options of support: tilt and swivel, which are two of the most typical adjustments for ultrawide monitors in this price range.

To match the colors of the bezel, the bottom part of the stand was completed in a black pattern.

The DELL S3422DW is a curved monitor with a 1800R of curvature, which is slightly higher than typical for 34-inch ultrawide displays like this one. 

They also managed to make this display quite thin, with dimensions of only 31.82 x 8.27 x 19.27 inches. Finally, you’ll see that this monitor features two 5W out speakers, which aren’t the best on the market but are adequate for the job.

Connectors

You can rest assured if you need a good number of connectors and USB ports as this monitor has:

  • 2 x HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
  • 1 x USB 3.0 upstream
  • 1 x USB 3.0 downstream
  • 1 x USB 3.0 downstream with BC 1.2 charging
  • 1 x Audio line out

Features

Panel type

So far, we’ve seen some nice aesthetics and external characteristics for this display, but now it’s time to look at one of the display’s most significant elements: the panel type.

Even with mid/high-end costs, they elected to use the VA panel for this monitor, which surprised us. This is an excellent choice for those who require a high contrast ratio, as it typically exceeds the average when compared to other panels.

However, it is not recommended for professionals because it has a lower color fidelity than an IPS panel. Still, the VA panel is more commonly found in lower-cost ultrawide screens, which is why we weren’t expecting this monitor to include one.

In the end, this panel can still provide you with vivid and vibrant colors, depending on the color gamut and supported colors number, which we’ll get further into in the image quality section.

Brightness

If the manufacturer chooses a VA panel for the display like Dell did for this one and decides not to put a lot of emphasis on display brightness, there’s a good chance it’ll have lower brightness than average, which is a major drawback. 

Knowing this, Dell decided to keep the ratio at a reasonable level, not too high but not too low. This monitor has a native brightness of 300 nits, which is a low/mid-range value for total display brightness. 

Even still, this brightness ratio doesn’t seem to match the monitor’s current costs.

In contrast, if you’ll use this monitor during the day, and sunlight will hit it, you may consider affording a 350 or 400 one, such as the Acer EI342CKR. In the other cases, this number will surely be enough for the most part of the customers.

Refresh rate and Response time

Things may start to improve from here on out, as we haven’t seen much matching to price features so yet. Starting with the refresh rate, keep in mind that the Dell s3422dw will provide you with a good figure for everyday usage, but not for competitive gaming.

100hz is a commonly used number for ultrawide displays, and it is mostly targeted for those who want smoothness in their daily lives but don’t need to play competitive games.

If that isn’t the case and you truly need an ultrawide monitor to compete, I recommend the Acer EI342CKR It’s even cheaper than this one, but it doesn’t have the same number of ports as the Dell S3422DW

The 4ms refresh rate is another element that confirms this is not a gaming display. This value is clearly not suitable for gaming, as it falls short of the 1ms speed typically used for gaming monitors. 

Indeed, the variations are barely perceptible for casual use, thus you should be more concerned with the refresh rate than with the response time. In general, despite its higher-than-average refresh rate, this monitor is still a casual one. 

Or is it a professional one? That’s what we’ll look for in terms of overall image quality.

Image Quality

The Dell S3422DW is a 32-inch 1440p monitor (3440 x 1440), giving a high amount of PPI and boosting visual sharpness with barely perceptible pixels.

They also chose to give the pixel pitch a plus focus, reducing the number to 0.23175 x 0.23175 mm, which is fantastic for the image’s overall clarity. So, in terms of image sharpness and resolution, this monitor is definitely worth the money.

When it comes to color fidelity, however, this monitor displays conventional values. It supports 16.7 million colors, which isn’t the finest number for this price range, but it gives you a decent color variety.

To reinforce this, they chose a color gamut of 99 percent RGB, which is clearly not the ideal choice for a VA display like this one since it produces less vibrant colors, which would be better for a contrast-focused panel like this one.

In addition, this monitor has a good contrast ratio of 3000: 1, offering contrasting colors to those who want it that way. As a result of all of this, we may conclude that this monitor either lacks professional features or lacks the characteristics that it should for its current price.

Final thoughts

When to buy it

Due to its 500 budget currently, we were expecting this monitor to highlight awesome features, but unfortunately, it wasn’t like that. The only reason you should afford the Dell S3422DW is if you really need its wide variety of ports, stand adjustments, and the out speakers. 

Other than that, I wouldn’t recommend you this display at least if it is not on sale at good prices. So if you need better choices with cheap prices and enhanced features, you can find it at some models like the MSI Optix MAG342CQR and the LG 34WN750-B

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