At CES 2017 today, Dell had something useful to almost nobody. Their UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor was built just because it was cool and Dell could do it — and hey, isn’t that what CES is all about?
8K resolution — 7680 x 4320 — is far beyond what most people need on a display. There’s even some argument that 4K doesn’t offer that much more than 1080p at 32″, let alone 8K. But, it’s not without its uses. I spoke with a Dell rep after the announcement, and he talked up some of its applications in hospitals and architecture. In those fields, incredibly high-resolution images (think reading a medical scan or zooming into a single part on a building) are necessary, and a monitor able to maximize use of those images is going to be desirable. But, he acknowledged that even some of those fields won’t be making the jump to this monitor — hospitals require monitors that meet medical standards, while architectural and modeling firms won’t necessarily be able to justify the (very high) cost. At the end of the day, it really is just Dell showing off!
For the rest of us, there’s not much point. Even if our eyes could tell the difference between 4K and 8K resolution, there’s absolutely no 8K content available, and there’s not going to be for another four years — the 2020 Olympics will likely be the debut. There are some interesting quirks about the monitor that are worth mentioning, anyway. The display can reproduce 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color spectrum, which is big for digital artists. It’s also interesting just to stare at — the picture is a lot shinier than it is on other displays. Apparently, that’s because haze reduction can’t be done at resolutions this high.
If you’ve got lots and lots of cash (and a super powerful computer that can support it), you can see for yourself! Dell is selling the monitor for $5,000 starting on March 23.