Dell goes where Apple won’t with 32-inch 8K UltraSharp Monitor for $4,999.99

“The recent rise of ‘4K’ (or more accurately, Ultra-HD at 3840×2160) monitors has shown that there is a demand for high resolution interfaces beyond a smartphone,” Ian Cutress reports for AnandTech. “24-inch UHD displays can be had for as little as $350. We may see history repeat itself with 8K monitors from today.”

“As always, the first Dell monitors off the production line are designed to be high-end professional monitors,” Cutress reports. “Overall an 8K monitor offers 33.2 megapixels of coverage, which in a 32-inch (31.5-inch) form factor gives 280 pixels per inch. 33.2 megapixels is four times that of UHD, which is 8.3 megapixels.”

Dell’s UP3218K is now available to purchase on Dell’s website for $4999,” Cutress reports. “From 2013 to 2016, the prices of UHD monitors fell from $3500-$5000 to $350-$500. Extrapolating this, users wanting an 8K panel on their desk in a more comfortable price bracket might have to wait until 2020 or so to get one.”

Dell's $4,999 UltraSharp 8K display (UP3218K)
Dell’s $4,999.99 UltraSharp 8K Monitor (UP3218K)

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Now, besides $4,999.99 + shipping + tax (where applicable), all you need is a piece of black electrical tape and you’ll be good to go!

Also, as we wrote early last month:

Apple ceding the display business damages the Apple brand. Apple does not lead in an essential personal computing component and other companies logos are destined to be in Mac users’ faces all day long. Not smart. Cook & Co. should reconsider their decision and make and sell Apple-branded displays. Direct profits aren’t the issue, ancillary profits are; smart executives like Cook should be able to recognize the power of perception.

Not making Apple-branded, Apple-designed displays is an example of Compaq thinking, Tim.

UltraUgly: Apple pulls LG UltraFine 5K Display from stores – February 13, 2017
LG fixes UltraFine 27-inch 5K display’s WiFi interference problems; new units unaffected – February 3, 2017
UltraUgly: Apple’s recommended LG UltraFine 5K display can become unusable when near a router – January 30, 2017
Apple censoring reviews of LG UltraFine 5K display due to poor ratings? – January 25, 2017
A real, honest-to-Jobs Apple display with built-in eGPU could be a smart move – January 19, 2017


  1. You need more than that. You also need a video card capable of feeding this monitor. I have to assume such a beast exists?? I’m almost afraid to hear what it costs though. :-p

      1. And the Nvidia Titan X. Nvidia is my card of choice – gee, too bad Apple doesn’t offer us the option even in a so-called “pro” machine. (True pro design = versatile, upgradeable and malleable by the pro user related to purpose and software choices.)

        1. The Nvidia’s Shield line has nothing to do with this top professional desktop 8K monitor on Macs or on PCs.

          I could only guess AMD won Apple entire GPU business on price and convenience a few years ago, and Nvidia was left out. But who were really left out were the high end professional Mac users needing a top Nvidia GPU and their CUDA technology.

          1. If the next Mac Pro (if there is one) announced at WWDC in June (if that happens) doesn’t allow Nvidia & CUDA solutions I will be switching to a PC Workstation for my pro needs and doubtful I will ever come back to Mac.

            How can Apple be so dumb as to ignore pro preferences in their supposed pro machine? We are gasping for user preferences & options air and they seem to laugh it off. To their peril. If sales drop as a result they will just make the wrong conclusions instead of admitting their incredibly blind mistakes.

            1. I’m in total agreement with you. If Apple does not upgrade the Pro Mac in 2017 and make it customizable and expandable — I have no choice — except to switch to a more powerful Windows machine with OPTIONS.

              Can hardly believe I just wrote that after all these decades of support from the very beginning of the first Apple desktop computer revolution. The only revolution at present is leaving Apple behind.

              “They seem to laugh it off. To their peril.”

              Yes, they certainly do and are tone deaf, as well. I can sum it up in one word: arrogance.

              “If sales drop as a result they will just make the wrong conclusions instead of admitting their incredibly blind mistakes.”

              Absolutely and well said. The smug arrogantati are slowly degrading Apple from within and the only reason is profit …

          1. The situation with Samsung is more likely Apple’s need for the scale and quality Samsung can deliver overrides any dislike they have for other parts of Samsung. The same can’t be said of Nvidia where Apple feels the competition has sufficient graphics capabilities to make them the alternate choice.

    1. This is not for watching 8K Movies… it’s for PRODUCING 4K Movies with room. Or producing 4k 360 VR stuff. Lots of useful applications in the Pro market.

  2. I had Dell monitor for 2 years, now 4k Lenovo 27″. One customer walked in, looked at my set up and said:”Hey, I didn’t know that Lenovo also makes this kind of cool looking computer”, while tapping my MacPro. “Yes, and it also runs macOS which is great”, what am I to spoil his fantasy.

  3. 8K is pretty ridiculous as a consumer format. Most cable boxes today aren’t even capable of true 1080p (more 1080i/720p) and 4K online suffers from low bandwidth compression. I see 8K as a complement to 4K final production. Also why did Dell not make this a more useful 42-45″ 8K monitor? 32″ is chump change. No thanks.

  4. Apple’s monitors never cost this much and where is the market for such a display? And as noted, what video card will actually drive it, assuming there is one, its probably over 1K too, so your looking at $6K+ to even try to use this display,

    To toss rocks at Apple over this display I think is just foolish. MDN needs to get some perspective..

      1. Apple’s monitors have always been sourced from other manufacturers With a little customization and marked with the Apple logo. If Apple bundles/sources high quality monitors from LG, Dell, or others, why should I care that they do not have an Apple logo? Sure, I would like them to have some aesthetically pleasing compatibility with my Apple hardware. But top performance and quality are my top priorities. Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Apple CRT monitors were sourced from Sony – the Trinitrons were the best available at the time.

        The mistake that Apple made recently with LG is that LG monitors were not good enough to promote as being worthy of bundling with Macs. Dell, on the other hand, has offered high quality and reasonably priced monitors for years. Perhaps they would be more worthy of the Apple Store.

        1. Sure, but you can still control certain setting on your Mac through your Apple branded display. No so with a 3rd party one. It’s not just a logo. I the ability to put your computer to sleep, boot the computer and get feed back like a pulsating light when your machine is sleeping.

        2. Apple never made the display PANELS. Apple most often did the electronics supporting those panels, and Apple made the housings as well as assembled the entire display. Further, Apple often had selection/rejection rights on those panels to make sure they met Apple’s above average specifications and requirements.

          Most of Dell’s monitors are run of the mill. Some are downright horrible. A few are above average. Over the years one or two have stood out.

    1. Apple’s introduction of the 30″ cinema display was at $3,300 back in 2004. Bring that forward with the U.S. inflation rate, that’s about $4,300 today. So, yes, Apple has shipped very expensive monitors before — you know, back when Apple sold monitors and the typical Apple monitor was considerably above average, and in some cases the very best available.

      Besides, if you’re going to be a person who would actually USE a monitor like this, going from $5k for the monitor to $5, 700 for monitor and graphics card is really not that big a deal. (The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is “only” $700.)

      The simple fact that Apple has abandoned the monitor market is irrefutable proof that Apple is not interested in the true Pro market. Apple keeps talking about the full “ecosystem” but abandons key segments.

      Apple should have shipped an Apple variant of this monitor first with the capability to properly calibrate it.

  5. Are these even compatible w/ Apple’s gear? I don’t think Apple does DP1.4 on any of their machines.

    As has been the story of late, Apple’s following, not leading.

    1. Nothing that Apple currently ships can drive this with native hardware. You can build a machine that can drive this from the 2012 Mac Pro machine with the appropriately modified video cards to drive this. But it takes some doing and a tiny bit of luck to not screw things up.

  6. If Apple had produced this the cry would be that you could get it cheaper elsewhere.

    I’m g,ad Apple is out of the monitor business. There are many great monitors out there. Apple doesn’t have to build everything.

    1. Well that is a good example of Apple’s lazy Mac marketing. The Cinema Display was never just a display. It was a complete dock for MacBooks, including FaceTime camera, mic, and speakers, and also a USB hub and power supply for your Mac laptop. Few competing displays at any price offer the whole package.

      Add it all up and on first release, Apple displays were good bargains! The problem is Apple didn’t inform users of the features, they were not kept technically up to date, and Apple hardly ever adjusted prices as the competition did.

      This is complete mismanagement of a business line. Every Mac user knows it.

  7. Apple. Apple!
    you dropped gorgeous laser Printer biz.
    you dropped gorgeous Screens biz.

    is there anything uglier than MacPro with dull Dell screen (no Apple logo quality display)?!

  8. “Not making Apple-branded, Apple-designed displays is an example of Compaq thinking, Tim.”

    Who knows, perhaps he’s grooming Carly Fiorina to succeed him at the helm once his options are in the money?

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