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Dell S2716DG Review: Affordable 1440p 144Hz 1ms G-SYNC Gaming Monitor

By November 24, 2018 No Comments
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Introduction

If you have a PC rig capable of running 144Hz at 1440p, it would be a shame not to have a display that can fully utilize that power.

The Dell S2716DG offers the best value/price for 1440p 144Hz 1ms gaming if you wish to really squeeze all the goodness you can get out of your GeForce card.

Keep in mind that the Dell S2716DGR is the exact same monitor where the extra ‘R’ stands for ‘Retail model’ whereas the S2716DG is sold directly from Dell.

Image Quality

Now, the image quality of the Dell S2716DG 27″ gaming monitor is not its strongest asset, but it’s also not intended to be.

What this display delivers is a flawless performance for competitive fast-paced video games thanks to its quick response time, among other things.

In order for a monitor to provide a response time speed of only 1ms, it’s based on a TN (Twisted Nematic) panel which unlike other panel types (IPS and VA) has narrow viewing angles.

The viewing angles will cause the image to shift in color and contrast when you’re looking at the screen from any angle other than being directly in front of the screen.

However, thanks to the fully adjustable stand with tilt, height, and swivel ergonomics, you can always adapt the screen to your viewing position.

Another thing is that TN panels have the worst color quality in comparison to IPS and VA panels. So, if you’re okay with sacrificing image quality for performance, the Dell S2716DG is for you.

While the colors may be a bit off and certain black shades a bit grayish, the monitor does deliver a bright and crisp image quality mainly due to its 2560×1440 WQHD resolution which ensures a high pixel count per screen inch.

The Dell S2716DG calibration settings need to be adjusted out of the box for the optimal image quality. As each display unit is at least slightly different, try out a few different color settings and Dell S2716DG ICC profiles.

Performance

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While the 1ms response time speed eliminates ghosting and motion blur of fast-moving objects allowing you to focus on your fleeing targets, the Dell S2716DG input lag performance of only 4.5ms ensures instantaneous response to your commands.

For the most responsive and fluid fast-paced competitive gameplay, a 144Hz refresh rate does wonders as it refreshes your screen more than twice as fast than regular displays, therefore reducing input lag and screen tearing.

Moving on, the Dell S2716DG monitor offers a variable refresh rate for NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible graphics cards.

Enabling G-SYNC will allow the display to change its refresh rate according to the GPU which fully eliminates screen tearing and stuttering at virtually no (less than 1ms) input lag cost within the 30-144Hz/FPS range.

Alternatively, you can use ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) feature which inserts black frames between the regular frames in order to reduce trailing and ghosting.

This technology works only at fixed refresh rates (85Hz, 100Hz, and 120Hz) and can’t be used at the same time as G-SYNC.

Those with AMD graphics cards will be able to use the monitor, but no the ULMB nor G-SYNC features and should look for a monitor with AMD FreeSync technology instead.

Features

The monitor’s hotkeys and the power button are uncomfortably tiny, clunky, and hard to press but considering that its ultra-thin design, the Dell S2716DG wouldn’t look as nice if the buttons were any bigger.

Luckily, the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu is intuitive and easy to navigate. Available standard settings include contrast, brightness, color temperature, RGB, and input source selection.

You will also find the Response Time setting with Normal and Fast options. We recommend using the Normal option as ‘Fast’ introduces pixel overshoot.

Since enabling ULMB reduces monitor’s brightness, there’s a feature called ULMB Pulse Width which changes the sensitivity of backlight strobing. So, you can increase the brightness but at the cost of more motion blur, and vice versa.

Design & Connectivity

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The Dell S2716DG G-SYNC gaming monitor offers excellent build quality with a wide range of ergonomics including 26° tilt, +/- 45° swivel, 90° pivot, and up to 130mm height adjustment.

It’s also VESA mount compatible, has an anti-glare coating, a cable management hole, and thin bezels.

Display connectors include a DisplayPort 1.2 and an HDMI 1.4. Only the DisplayPort supports 1440p at 144Hz and G-SYNC while the HDMI port maxes out at 1440p at 60Hz.

You will also find two USB 3.0 ports and an audio line-out (for external speakers) at the back of the monitor as well as additional two USB ports and a headphones jack on the side of the monitor.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Dell S2716DG price amounts $453 MSRP which makes it one of the most affordable G-SYNC monitors. Similar 27″ 1440p 144Hz 1ms G-SYNC monitors by ASUS and Acer can cost up to $150 more yet they are essentially identical.

On Amazon, you will also find the 24-inch version of the monitor, the Dell S2417DG, with the same specs and an overclockable refresh rate to 165Hz.

If you are looking for a 27″ 1440p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor without G-SYNC, check out the more affordable Pixio PX276.

In case you’re after a 1440p 144Hz monitor with an IPS panel check out the Acer XB271HU with G-SYNC and the Pixio PX277 with FreeSync.

Conclusion

The Dell S2716DG gaming monitor ensures a perfect performance for hardcore competitive gaming thanks to its 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time speed, and low input lag.

Furthermore, the addition of NVIDIA’s G-SYNC and ULMB technologies as well as a versatile design and rich connectivity options at a reasonable price make this monitor a great bang for the buck.

Dell S2716DG Specifications

Screen Size27-inch
Resolution2560×1440 (WQHD)
Panel TypeTN
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time1ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncG-SYNC
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4
Other Ports4x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack, Audio Line-Out
Brightness350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

What We Loved

  • Reasonably priced G-SYNC monitor
  • Excellent performance
  • Full ergonomic support
  • Rich connectivity

What We Didn’t Like

  • Calibration out of the box is required

Writer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time on writing for DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.

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