Dell S2716DG: 144Hz G-SYNC WQHD 1ms Gaming Monitor

By October 16, 2015 7 Comments

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.

Dell S2716DG

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 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.

Dell S2716DG
Buy online on Amazon
Screen Size27"
Resolution2560 x 1440
Panel TypeTN
Aspect Ratio16:9
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time1ms
Adaptive SyncG-SYNC

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  • carnetarian

    $800 is way too expensive for this monitor; the PG279Q is going to outclass it in every way that matters and sell for the same price. Even if you prefer the 1ms response time, why not get a PG278Q, which is exactly the same except with fewer inputs, but sells for $175 less?

  • kreesholva

    Why not get a PG278Q? Because it is a QA nightmare. I just went through a couple, both with uneven screen lighting (dark on top, bright on bottom, left corner noticibly brighter than the right corner), dark smudge sections the size of a thumb on the bottom right hand corner, and pixel inversion. I’d gladly pay the extra $175 to get a good quality monitor that match the ROG Swift specs, assuming that DELL QA is better than Asus, which i hope it is.

  • ben

    who is buying this ??? LOL, seriously the sales are going to be so bad in this market.

  • djodars

    Hey, just letting you know the model is written wrong in the title (D2716G instead of S2716G).

  • Thank you very much. We’ve fixed all incorrect model name mentions in the article

  • Alex

    I purchased one, mainly because I cant see the point in paying ridiculous money for overly priced IPS montors with bad ips glow and poor quality control issues from the likes of Asus and Acer. When OLED hits the market it will be worth it. But a decent TN panel with G sync and 144hz refresh is good enough for me. I got mine for 430 quid so not massively expensive and still a decent upgrade from my old 1080p monitor. Dell quality control is arguably better than Asus etc, so RMA wont be an issue if needed..

  • Arnoud van Lieshout

    Everybody cries about how good IPS is while most of them suck bigtime