Delve deep into your favorite games with this Dell gaming monitor. Nvidia G-Sync technology minimizes stuttering and screen tearing for smooth graphics, and the adjustable display lets you customize your gaming setup for optimum comfort and visibility. Boasting a 27-inch screen, this Dell gaming monitor makes it easy to see minute details as you play.
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Allows pixels to change colors quickly to avoid streaking, blurring and ghosting in fast-moving scenes and video games.
27" widescreen flat-panel LED monitor
Provides a large viewing area and clear images.
G-SYNC technology for smooth gameplay
NVIDIA G-SYNC synchronizes the refresh rates between the GPU and display, eliminating screen tearing and minimizing display stutter and input lag.
HDMI and DisplayPort inputs
Allow you to set up DVD players and other AV sources for a clear, high-quality audio and video signal.
4 USB 3.0 ports
Let you access data stored on a compatible flash drive or connect a mouse, keyboard or other peripheral.
170° horizontal and 160° vertical viewing angles
Ensure a clear view of the monitor from multiple vantage points.
1,000:1 contrast ratio
Provides a high number of shades between black and white. This range enables accurate color reproduction when displaying images with extreme differences between light and dark for excellent picture quality.
350 cd/m² brightness
Offers an enhanced view, even in low lighting.
ENERGY STAR certified
Designed to use less energy and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.
Excellent Gaming Monitor, Buy with Confidence
Posted by: Lawyer4Ever from: on
I recently purchased three of these monitors for my triple screen set up after thoroughly researching them. I also finally had a chance to see one operate in person at the Best Buy store here in town. Here are my thoughts. In summary, this is an excellent gaming monitor that will serve you well, particularly if you get it on sale at $400-$550.
I will say out of the box that I am a Dell guy when it comes to monitors. To date, the best monitor I have ever owned when you take into account quality, longevity, etc. is the legendary Dell 24 Inch WFP 2408 monitor. I bought one in 2008 and used it, along with two others I later purchased, until early 2016!!! I finally decided it was time for an upgrade but I was limited on funds and so I got three of the moderatly priced but nonetheless excellent Dell 27 Inch S2715h IPS monitors. They have have served me well, in fact I am typing this review on one of them right now. But it wasn't long before I became aware of Dell's first gaming monitor, the S2716DG.
After reading about this monitor extensively, including feedback from many iRacers, I finally pulled the plug on purchasing three of these from Best Buy when they went on sale for $499 each. The purchase was well worth it.
This monitor has all of the right specifications for sim racing and PC gaming generally. Here are the specs that mattered most to me:
27 Inch Size
QHD - 2560 X 1440 Resolution
144 hz Refresh Rate
1 ms Response Time
DisplayPort and HDMI Connectors
Matte Coated Screen
VESA 100 x 100 Mount
HDMI and DisplayPort Cables Included
3 Year Warranty with Advanced Exchange from Dell
Now some of you might be concerned already - a TN panel? Yep, that is exactly what I thought, but to be fair, this is no ordinary TN panel. Yes, IPS panels do have better colors out of the box but Dell has done something very special here - they have managed to give us the benefit of IPS like colors but in a TN panel.
OUT OF BOX IMAGE QUALITY
As to image quality, the out of the box default calibration is not good. The image looks washed out. However, I was able to quickly rectify that by changing the following settings. First, in the monitor controls, I reduced the Brightness to 26% (I now have it at 30%) and I adjusted R to 97, G to 99 and B to 96. Second, I made the following adjustments to desktop color settings in the Nvidia driver: Gamma .60 and Digital Vibrance 80% (I now have it at 75%).
These settings have made all of the difference but I will tell you that picture appearance on a monitor is very subjective and so your mileage can and likely will vary based on what you like. I personally prefer darker, more striking colors, with less brightness. That being said, most folks will likely find the default settings to be unsatisfactory because of the brightness and so even if you just reduce that, you probably will see great improvement.
I came from glossy monitors and there is no question that matte is the way to go. That probably explains why most monitors are matte, not glossy.
Dell monitors have always enjoyed great build quality in the ten years plus I have been buying them and this monitor is no exception. The stand is very solid and clamps nice and tight to the monitor. The monitor has an understated appearance to it, with no fancy gamer marketing logos, etc. like you see with the competing Asus ROG and Acer Predator line of PC gaming products.
I know my picture doesn't show build quality very well, but you can see that the monitors have very thin bezels and an understated appearance. I personally don't mind the fancy ROG and Predator stuff, but some may prefer the much plainer Dell approach.
The screens have a nice anti-glare coating. My only slight complaint is the piano black finish on the back, which shows dust and fingerprints quite well.
To get the best performance out of the monitor, YOU HAVE TO USE THE DISPLAYPORT connection, otherwise no Nvidia GSYNC. Also, the monitor may not give you the 144 hz refresh rate over the HDMI connection.
Once I got the settings right, I was amazed at the beauty of the picture. In iRacing, for example, the colors at the tracks I tested including Silverstone and Auto Club just pop. No pictures can do them justice. The reds at Silverstone and blues at Auto Club are so vibrant.
But the real difference here is the Nvidia GSYNC and 144 hz refresh rate. I have a GTX 1080 GPU and a Core i7 6700k CPU and so in iRacing, I am able to average anywhere between 100 and 143 FPS at the triple screen resolution of 7680 X 1440, which means I get incredible visuals, that are running silky smooth. If iRacing were the only game that these monitors worked for, that would be good enough for me, since iRacing is my primary sim and game. The downside here, however, is that to get the most out of these monitors, particularly because three of them run at a resolution that is higher than 4k, you have to have quite a rig or you have to adjust your settings in game downward to get the most out of the high refresh rate.
Of course I did not stop at iRacing. I also tested Project CARS and Assetto Corsa, both of which look and run absolutely amazing with these monitors, even at 7680 X 1440. Raceroom Experience and F1 2016 also look good, but are not quite as pretty and smooth. F1 2016 runs at lower FPS at 7680 X 1440 and so it does not have quite the same smoothness as iRacing, Project CARS and Assetto Corsa.
I also tried Automobilista. The good news is it runs very smoothly, but for whatever reason, the colors are washed out no matter what I tried. I have read that some games, Automobilista apparently one of them, will override the Nvidia desktop color settings.
I also tested many of my other games, including Witcher 3, Deux Ex Mankind Divided, Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered, Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty Black Ops III, Far Cry 4, Doom, Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider. I found that with each of these games, in order to get the "Ultra" eye candy plus the higher FPS of at least 70+, that I had to switch to one monitor running at 2560 X 1440. That was not a problem for me, as I am not wedded to triple screens for non racing games. Each of these games runs silky smooth, and look amazing. I will say that I prefer 2560 X 1440 with higher FPS on these monitors over 4k on my Samsung 40 inch 4K TV!
I also tested some other games, including Battlefield 1 and GTA V that I prefer on triple screens and they did not disappoint. Very smooth and beautiful.
I cannot comment on the 1 ms response time spec and whether it makes any difference. I have read that it matters most in FPS games and that is why TN panels are preferred by gamers, since only TN panels have the 1 ms response time spec. If that matters to you, there you go.
As I already mentioned, there are some caveats that come with this monitor, which I think also overlap with other gaming monitors that include this cutting edge technology. First, as previously mentioned, the out of the box settings are not good, and Dell's failure to include a Gamma adjustment in the monitor menu is questionable. So, know that if you go with this monitor, chances are that you will need to fuss with the settings on the monitor AND in the Nvidia control panel. Second, as previously mentioned, you need a powerful rig to get the most out of these monitors, particularly if you run the ideal triple screen resolution of 7680 X 1440. That is a lot of pixels, more than 4k. Also, GSYNC does work all the way down to 30 FPS, but in order to get the silky smooth images, you really need to average at least 70-80 FPS, which is not easy. And, these monitors are not cheap. They list for $699, which is more competitive than the comparable Acer and Asus monitors, but my research over the last few months has revealed that the monitors are usually on sale somewhere between $400 and $550.
I also will mention Dell's support. The 3 year warranty is nice but my experience with Dell's support in the past has been mixed. To be fair, it has been at least 5 years since I have contacted Dell support and so their customer service may have improved. I have never had to use Dell's support for the many Dell monitors I have purchased. That says something. That being said, I did have to get support for both Dell computers I bought in the past and it was a hassle.
And finally, I personally do not like to buy a monitor sight unseen. If you can, view these monitors in person at your local Best Buy or whatever local retailers you may have that have an operating display model of this monitor. Ideally, go see the competing Acer and Asus models as well. I was able to see the monitor in action at Best Buy before I took delivery and that helped cement my decision to purchase, but Best Buy has a great return policy and so there is little risk. Online retailers have the PIA RMA process and so I am glad I would have avoided that if I had decided to return these monitors.
So, as you probably can tell if you have read this far, I am very satisfied with my purchases. The Dell 27 Inch S2716DG is a solid gaming monitor that will serve you well. Buy from Best Buy with confidence!
22 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Just as good as an IPS
Posted by: RyanPiv from: on
This monitor does not conform to the standard TN stereotype (imo, Dell has a lot to do with that). As others have said, 144hz, Gsync, 1440p, 1ms response for under $500? Unheard of.
For the current time you won't find all of that for this price point and from my understanding the IPS equivalent would be ~$650+. I've been keeping an eye out for a year now and this is finally it; I picked up two.
I also find strange how no one has mentioned the thin bezel and flat/minimal design of this monitor. Great looking piece of hardware if you're seeking a modern PC setup. A requirement for me at this point.
It's a great monitor and my first high quality display. I'll never go back under 144hz or 2560x1440 (also g sync is incredible). It will look like absolute bad out of the box but you can fix that easily.
Nvidia Control Panel > Adjust desktop color settings
Select "Use NVIDIA settings"
Digital Vibrance 70%
Dell S2716DG menu
Set a custom color and play with it, this is what I have.
R 97% G 99% B 96%
This is a good starting point.
35 out of 40 found this review helpful.
Excellent monitor for the price
Posted by: roge from: brooklyn on
Some people say Asus or Acer are better than this one. Let me tell you something. For $449 (today as black friday early access) no other gaming monitor beats this one. After calibration you will love it. Make sure your Nvidia card is a 970 or higher otherwise you won't get 144Hz. See calibration settings in the pictures below for Nvidia control pannel + 55 brightness and 75 contrast on the monitor itself. You will love this monitor. By the way, it is true that Asus look sharper but that's because they have a technlogy called vivid pixel which when enabled delivers sharper images. It makes a difference but not for the price this monitor has right now. I had a MG279Q side by side with this monitor with Vivid Pixel enabled it is true it looks better when they don't have back light bleed or any defects (IPS monitors suffer from this a lot). Note that Asus MG279Q is an IPS monitor. The only difference in terms of colors after calibration was the blues. Blue colors tend to look a bit darker but only the blues. The rest are the same I can tell you. This is a TN monitor and even so it has great viewing angles and excellent colors. Not to mention G-sync and refresh rate of 144 Hz. No match for this beast at $449.
24 out of 29 found this review helpful.
Incredible monitor for an incredible price
Posted by: cobalt from: on
While on my honeymoon, I was able to convince my wife to let me buy this monitor when it went on sale for this incredible price. After a few color tweaks on the monitor and in the nvidia control panel, the monitor looks incredible and feels so smooth.
- 144hz is great for my main game, CS:GO
- GSync will change your world. Even with my puny 2gb GTX 960, I'm able to play most of my games at 1440p and high to ultra settings smooth as butter.
- The monitor is very understated and attractive.
- My second monitor (1080p, 60hz) looks like absolute garbage now.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Dell has quality control issues with this model
Posted by: MrHappy from: on
I never do reviews. But, feel like I had to this time. Not the fault of Best Buy at all. Its Dell that has a serious quality control issue. First one received developed a dead pixel with in 24-48 hrs of owning it. I would have kept it if the pixel was off to the side or not noticeable. This one decided to develop right in the middle of the screen. Highly annoying against light backgrounds.
Especially white. Your eyes would just be drawn to it. Best Buy sent me another new replacement. Fire it up. Low and be hold. This new replacement has a smudge behind the screen. No way to remove. Its physically with in the screen. I could not believe it. 2 bad ones in a row. All the while Best Buy was being pretty awesome about it. They apologized. When this last monitor was sent out.
They sent it out before me even shipping out the other bad one. They have also provided shipping labels for the returns. So, this one is going back as well for a refund. I give up. Best Buy told me they would flag the product and investigate further. I think they got a bad batch in personally. Both builds was revision A03 May 2016. The one star rating reflects on Dell and not Best Buy.
For the amount of money this monitor costs. Especially when not on sale. Its completely unacceptable. Best Buy gets 5+ for handling it well. In the end. If you happen to get a good one. Its a great monitor. I really enjoyed it when I did get to use it. Gaming was amazing with a GTX 1080 powering the monitor. G-Sync was buttery smooth as well. I have 2 other Dell monitors that are highly rated and reliable.
They are the Dell U2412M and Dell U2415. I have had zero problems with those monitors. I hope Dell resolves the quality issues with this Dell S2716DG
13 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Great gaming monitor, mediocre calibration OOB
Posted by: Dimitri from: on
Using this monitor is a pleasure: build quality is nice & aesthetics are miles ahead from the childish (in my opinion) "gaming" monitors from Asus, Acer and others. The USB 3.0 hub works great, and so does the headphone pass-through.
Gameplay is butter-smooth thanks to G-Sync and 144Hz. I personally find the 1440p PPI perfect for a 27in if you plan doing more than gaming on it. 4K just doesn't work yet with legacy UI.
In a nutshell this is a great monitor with two major shortfalls are the "Deep sleep" mode it often cannot be woken up from (on by default), and the mediocre to bad calibration from the factory.
This is a very bright LED panel and the factory settings have brightness pumped up too high, washing out blacks and killing contrast. Once you calibrate the monitor or at least tweak it manually, it is drastically improved. I bought this monitor to replace a U2711 IPS / 1440p 60Hz monitor and it holds its own pretty well color-wise when hardware calibrated. Viewing angles are nothing great, but to be honest if you sit in-front of the panel there are zero issues with it.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Very good gaming monitor for the price
Posted by: Nelly from: on
I did a vast amount of research before I bought this monitor. I have a ips 60hz monitor I used for gaming. After proper calibration and tinkering with the brightness the monitor is actually really great considering its a TN panel. My model I got had no dead pixels, no back light bleed, no gamma problems etc. It did take some research afterwards to find a proper calibration setting but now the picture looks stunning. The gsync is very lovely on it. I have a high sensitivity to screen tearing and it works like butter( granted you have a graphics card that supports it). I can't notice the difference honestly in 100ish fps to 144 fps but the monitor does support it. The stand is surprisingly quite good I have it set on a stable desk. It looks very clean and professional, not red and black and gaming badges all over it. I wouldn't buy it on full price since the full price puts it in territory of the likes of asus and acer ips panels that have g sync and 144hz support. But at 450 sale it's a heck of a performance to price monster. Overall I quite enjoy the monitor no serious flaws, and while it's not as great as the leading 1440p ips monitors in picture quality it's still pretty close to it plus it benefits from very very low input lag. At 450 it's hard to beat.
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great gaming monitor
Posted by: Bruce from: on
I bought this to be used for gaming. Every game I play looks awesome.The G-sync function works just as it should to enhance the picture .The colors are not washed out and look to be very accurate.The screen doesn't show a glare from lighting.The viewing angle is excellent.Whether viewing windows 7 or windows 10, fonts are easy to read.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Don't let the fact that it's TN scare you away
Posted by: Matt from: on
If $300 more for an IPS is worth it to you then go for it but I have this monitor and I think it's great. I had a 1440p 27" BenQ IPS next to it for a week and the difference to me wasn't worth an extra 300.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Bad QC from Dell
Posted by: Kaoko from: on
S2716DG/S2716DGR Returns list:
1) Penny sized light color spot in the middle of the screen visible on light backgrounds. Looked like a bleach stain.
2) Slight light bleed nothing major. Could not play any HDCP protected content on the monitor.
3) S2716DGR, obvious dead pixel
4) S2716DGR, again, obvious dead pixel and the display kept flickering and disconnecting from the PC.
5) S2716DGR, none of the problems stated above but the metallic Dell logo on the bezel is off center by an inch to the left. An obvious manufacturing defect.
Great stuff from Dell.