Dell Unveils World's First 32" 8K Monitor

Dell Unveils World's First 32" 8K Monitor

Dell recently introduced their first 8K monitor at CES 2017 last week. This new monitor has 7680x4320 resolution with 280 PPI. However, the price will also be as high as its resolution.

The new Ultrasharp 32" 8K monitor, offers 100-percent sRGB, 100-percent Adobe RGB, and 100-percent Rec709 color space coverage along with 2 DisplayPorts and 4 USB 3.0 ports on the outside of the monitor. Like the most recent Dell monitors, the new UP3218K has a Premier color panel and thin bezel, as the company targets professionals who deal with color-critical processes. The design has an aluminum finish and the frame has a narrow bezel, which creates a modern look similar to Dell's recent Ultra Premier color series monitors. The 8K (7980x4320) resolution is 4 times that of 4K and 16 times that of 1080p resolution. According to Dell, the new monitor will be available for sale on the 23rd of March with a $5,000 price tag. 

On the other hand, this new monitor would be exciting for most consumers; however, it's so hard to use this monitor with recent GPU technology. At this point, we can assume that Dell is targeting consumers in specific industries, such as architects, movie editors, and photographers. What do you think about this new monitor? Would you buy it, or would you buy four 4K monitors instead? Please share in the comments section below. 


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Anonymous's picture

I'd pick up a couple of 4k monitors before I blew $5k on a single unit.

You need 4x4k to match 1x8k

Anonymous's picture

I realize that. However I rarely edit photos and video at full res so my 2x4 is sufficient until the price comes down a little on those 8ks.

Dan Lubbers's picture

Honest question and no sarcasm: Seriously, what is the benefit to 8k or even 5k? I have a 5k iMac at home and run it at 3200 x 1800. I find the 5k makes all the text and everything on the screen just to hard to read. . I'm a photog/retoucher and just don't see the benefit. In our studio we have dual monitor Eizo's CX271's and those aren't even 4k. The only benefit I see is screen space with the higher resolution. So, is there a reason to use 5k or get an 8k that I am not aware of? Thanks!

Leigh Miller's picture


I'm an early 4K monitor adopter...Sharp 32: 4K that I obtained with a Mac Pro machine...

It's nice to have but not really necessary in today's photo/video workflow environment.

Richard Sykes's picture

What's not mentioned is this monitor requires dual DisplayPort 1.3. The only GPU today that currently support DP1.3 are nVidia Quadro Pascals (5000/6000), which cost almost the same as this monitor. Would be interesting to see Nikon D810 or Canon 5DS R at close to 1:1 on this 33.2MP display. Then again zooming isn't that difficult hey?

Michael DeStefano's picture

That's interesting I haven't looked into this yet but I do know that the Nvidia 1080 and 1070 support DP 1.3 as well are 1.4 ready. So I wonder if its that they don't have Dual ports to support the monitor or that the monitor doesn't support DP 1.4 which only requires one cable and port?

Robert Sakowski's picture

I´m an architect and I have no Idea why some of us would need that at the moment. As a Movie editor or full time retoucher I would take one.

Anonymous's picture

This doesn't seem unreasonable to me from a price perspective. EIZO already has a 4k Color Edge at this size that costs over $5,000.

Photo Kaz's picture

Agreed, seems reasonable considering the specs.

Photo Kaz's picture

I recently gave up on my Dell 4K monitor and went with a BenQ QHD screen instead. I loved the 4K res but Lightroom runs like a DOG at that resolution. I don't think it's my hardware either.

Skylake 6700K overclocked to 4.9GHz
Lightroom catalog and previews on NVMe SSD (3200 GB/s throughput)
Photos on SSD
AMD R9 390 GPU

Ligtroom runs perfect with a 1920x1080 monitor, runs very well on QHD (2560x1440), but runs like crap on 4k. You notice it immediately when switching between images. It also slows down the sliders, adjustment brush, and a few other tools. I just couldn't stand the delays, and it slowed down editing enough that I had to ditch the 4K panel. Too bad.

An 8K panel would be useless for Lightroom.

Burak Erzincanli's picture

I've never worked on 4K screen, so this is a useful info, thanks!

That's what keeps me from buying any 4K monitor.

Wayne Carey's picture

Hmmm... Sounds promising but what? No Rec2020 color space? That's a waste.