It was almost two months ago when Dell announced their first gaming monitor, the Dell S2716DG, but it had some mixed reactions. Now that the release date, October 20 in the United States, is closing in, we thought we would introduce this monitor to you. It may actually be a great buy and if you already have an eye for the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q (by the way, check our ASUS PG278Q review), as they are both 144Hz G-SYNC monitors with TN panel technology and 1ms response time. There are also some major differences though. First of all, the overall design of the S2716DG is more minimalistic and simple, much like Dell’s other monitors. It will be interesting to see how well this model competes with the PG278Q, which was the best gaming monitor in 2014.
The 144Hz refresh rate is most likely the key seller point for this monitor. Nothing beats a fluid 144Hz refresh rate with a 144FPS in any game and gives competitive players an advantage, as their screen gets refreshed faster much faster than a standard 60Hz display. This will help in the player’s response time, which is why all competitive players in games that require fast response times, such as CS:GO, have a 144Hz monitor. The second key seller point is the NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, which syncs the refresh rate of your monitor with the number of frames per second that your GPU produces, and thus effectively eliminates screen tearing without any performance hit. It is truly a wonderful technology and combine that with a 144Hz display and you have got yourself a super great gaming display. The G-SYNC range on the Dell S2716DG is 30-144Hz. The final key seller point is the resolution. As it is a 27-inch monitor, a 1080p resolution is simply unacceptable and this monitor passes that requirement, as it boasts a 1440p (WQHD) resolution. The PG278Q was known for its low input lag and it also looks like this one will have a low input lag as it uses a similar panel. The main disadvantage, however, is the TN panel. IPS panels these days are simply so good that you shouldn’t really consider a TN monitor anymore, partly due to their low response times of just 4ms these days.
Design-wise, this gaming monitor has an ultra-thin bezel, making it a great candidate for multi-monitor setups, ideally an IPS monitor to supplement this monitor and to be used with other tasks. The stand is fully adjustable with height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustment options. VESA mount holes are also found in the back. Other noteworthy specifications include a Flicker-Free LED backlight, 350 cd/m2 typical brightness, 8-bit color depth and an anti-glare screen coating (glossy, but with reduced glare – sort of medium-matte).
Connection options are rich, unlike the PG278Q. The Dell S2716DG features a wide range of connectivity features, such as a DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, four USB 3.0 ports (1 upstream), Audio line-out and Headphone-out. The DisplayPort 1.2 port has to be used in order for G-SYNC to function.
The Dell S2716DG gaming monitor will be released in October 20 on Dell.com and will have a retail price of $799.99. The 27-inch curved model, Dell SE2716H, which was announced on the same day as this screen, is already available right now and can be purchased on a range variety of retailers. If the demand for this monitor is high enough, we’ll make sure to get a review copy, but we doubt it will draw much attention, simply because of the TN panel technology.