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Dell Unveils Ridiculous 32” Monitor with 8K Resolution & 100% aRGB Coverage

By Bing Putney on January 8th 2017

At CES in Las Vegas, Dell introduced a new 32” monitor with 8K resolution (7680×4320) and full (yes, 100%) coverage of the AdobeRGB color space. That’s over 33 million pixels and more than 1 billion colors. The UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD features aluminum construction, 2 display ports and 3 USB 3.0 ports. The expected price of the unit will be around $5,000.

Impressive, right? The headline feature here is clearly the ridiculous resolution numbers and I use the word “ridiculous” quite deliberately. Who among us has been working on their 4K or 5K monitors and thought to themselves “I wish this monitor was sharper.” Anyone? Bueller?

The pixel density of the new monitor will be 280ppi, which is approaching the sharpness of high quality prints. The difference, of course, is viewing distance. If you have near-20/20 vision, you’ll need to examine your work on this monitor from about 12 inches away to appreciate its full resolution. Hold your hand a foot away from your face. Now imagine that it’s a 32” monitor instead of a hand. Feels pretty close, right? I’m sure there are some photographers, video editors, graphic designers, etc. who may prefer to physically move closer to a monitor rather than just zoom in to a particular area, and assuming they have five grand handy, their monitor has arrived.

I believe that the true emerging trend that this monitor showcases is the inclusion of its wider color gamut. With monitors, as with cameras, we’ve been obsessed with resolution for a very long time, and I believe that we’ve reached the point of diminishing returns. Rather than dedicating extra data to producing ever-more pixels, we could choose instead to expand the color depth in our images, and gain deeper, brighter, truer colors, and smoother gradients.

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It’s also worth noting that you’ll need a computer with an incredibly powerful graphics card to make the most of this unit. In fact, PC World reported that, according to Michael Turner, product launch manager for displays at Dell, “[8K] is not practical, not yet.” GPUs are just not capable of supporting 8K at a reasonable refresh rate. Turner added “When the next round of graphics cards refresh, they’ll get to the point where 8K is mass consumable.”

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Bing is a professional portrait and on-set still photographer who lives in Los Angeles, and frequently travels the world to explore new and interesting cultures and pastries.

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  1. gaming monitor

    I am also using the same screen as you share, I find very satisfied about it, the picture quality

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  2. Dave Haynie

    A coworker of mine, a mechanical designer, has a 65″ 4K monitor (ok, it’s a TV) on his desk. That’s pretty crazy. Then again, I have three monitors, totalling 8,560×1440… so maybe I could imagine 8K… but could it larger and curved? Not sure I need that many more pixels in the same space. And many of the GPUs that push 4K pixels won’t support 8K. It’s not the power of the GPU, it’s just the size of the video registers.

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  3. Josh Leavitt

    I’d rather have an 8K resolution on a larger screen so the detail is easier to discern. My dream display would be an 8K monitor in 3:2 native aspect ratio (about 55″ diagonal at 48″x32″).

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  4. Valters Pelns

    And I am sitting here with 34″ and only 1440p :(
    But,wow 7680×4320 = 33MP picture, so at least D800 is a must for owner of this screen.

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  5. James Ogden

    Wow, I’d like to try this out but I don’t think that I’d like being that close to the screen.

    I am pretty happy with my BenQ SW2700PT 27″ screen though.

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