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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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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Dell 27" LED QHD GSync Monitor
    • DisplayPort cable
    • Software
    • SuperSpeed USB cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (980 out of 1039)

    Features


    2560 x 1440 resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio

    Delivers stunning high-definition visuals.

    Ultrafast 1 ms response time

    Allows pixels to change colors quickly to avoid streaking, blurring and ghosting in fast-moving scenes and video games.

    144Hz refresh rate

    This monitor delivers greater visual fluidity and awesome graphics no matter how quickly the in-game action unfolds.

    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.

    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.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1039 reviews

    94%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Gaming Monitor, Buy with Confidence

      Posted
      Lawyer4Ever
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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. INTRODUCTION 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. SPECIFICATIONS 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 Nvidia GSYNC 144 hz Refresh Rate 1 ms Response Time TN Panel 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. BUILD QUALITY 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. PERFORMANCE 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. CAVEATS 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. SUMMARY 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!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Quality 1440p Gaming Monitor

      Posted
      Jonas
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      If you are reading these reviews you are probably trying to figure out whether or not to buy this, or the Asus ROG Swift/Acer Predator monitor. I bet you have some questions like these: - Why is this monitor only $450 and the acer and asus 500-600. Is it bad quality? - I heard TN sucks and IPS is the only way to go. Is this true? - Why doesn’t this monitor look as cool as others? -Are there going to be dead pixels? Or will I have a horrendous experience? - Is G-sync really worth it? And can I even get 144hz at 1440p? Honestly those questions ran through my head, but I ended up going with this monitor. Why? Because this monitor has a vast majority of great reviews, dell has a great track record, and this monitor is perfect for what I need. PROS -144hz -1440p -Simple design -Works as advertised -great price when on sale -includes Display Port cable CONS -I think the adjustable height mount could be a little more secure. When pressing the power button on the bottom he screen flexes in the mount a little. -The monitor settings have a basic layout, but there are four buttons that control it all. Could be more simple like modern Samsung control button. I play mainly FPS games, and I really wanted a monitor that could have a high refresh rate, fast response time, and was at the 1440p resolution. Here was my initial impression coming from a Samsung 27” 60hz monitor from 7 years ago... Wow! 144hz is the real deal, and 1440p is incredible. TN panels are not what they used to be, and yes the viewing angle is tighter, but I’m not going to notice the difference between this and an ips when I’m playing doom on nightmare. This looks incredible compared to what I had before. If you are an IPS only fanatic then go with the acer predator model that is ips for $600. People rag on TN like it’s terrible, but for gaming and web browsing its awesome. Like why would TN models even exist if they were bad quality? It really doesn’t make sense. It’s like saying 144hz compared to 240hz is terrible. Both are great, but have different levels of visual quality. 144hz on a TN is enough for me but it won’t be for everyone. PRO TIP. Figure out exactly what you want to be doing with your PC and buy your parts accordingly. Don’t just buy the most expensive parts assuming they will yield the best results. There are diminishing returns in performance past a certain point. Examples: - buy a i5 8400 if you game mostly because it is a great processor for this. But buy an i7 8700k if you game, stream, or edit videos on one or multiple monitors. You’ll need the hyper threading for the multiple processes. -buy a 1080ti if you want to play every game at 1440p at 144hz or above. Buy a 1070 if you want to play every game at 144hz on 1080p. Buy a 1060 if you want to play 1080p at 60hz. Also look at what games you play and see if you even need a certain card to obtain you desired refresh rate. -Buy an IPS screen if you edit videos, are a graphic designer, or color recreation is of utmost importance to you. Buy TN if you want to game at a high response rate, you’re fine with a great TN monitor, and you don’t want to pay $100 extra for an IPS display. There is a reason why high quality 4K IPS displays are $1200. They are meant for video editing, not daily gaming or browsing. CONCLUSION: Do your research on what you need. This is a superb monitor with great quality build, and at this price point, in my experience, it makes it the one of the best TN monitors for purchase. Cheers

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Dimmed edge, replacement has gsync flicker

      Posted
      V1001

      Got the A09 latest revision monitor. Great colors out of the box. Monitor is very crisp in person, both the edges and screen. Great TN panel. Great price. No back-light bleed on the two I got, and no dead pixels. No vertical line issue that older revisions had, and banding seems OK. Not the best since it's a TN panel. It won't be as good as IPS, but if banding is very bad, get the latest revision or swap a new one. Easy to use monitor controls, navigation, etc. The input lag has been tested to be fairly minimal, which is great! Happy with it for shooter games. Overall, the monitor is a beauty and I'd recommend it IF you don't get one with issues... First one I got I noticed the left edge was slightly dimmed. I'm guessing the back light wasn't shining evenly. Yes I looked at it straight on, as TN panels have bad viewing angles. I replaced it with the same unit at BB after about 13 days. Left edge wasn't as bad this time around. Now I noticed if I have a refresh rate and FPS of 60 or less, I get the g sync flicker or PWM flicker where if I'm in a game menu or loading screen (or in-game if it drops to 60 or below), the screen slightly changes it's brightness or gamma up and down, creating a pulse/flashing effect in brightness. If the fps/refresh rate is more than 60, there's no flicker. If I turn off Gsync, there's no flicker. I assured my monitor settings were the same as before, read many gsync tips online, and no avail. I tried following tips from Dell that I've seen suggested to other users, and nothing is fixed. The first monitor I had, I did not notice this flicker. My old monitor has no flicker. Online shows others having this issue, as well as some with the same monitor that don't have the issue. I even bought a new DP cable, and that didn't change anything. I tried both cables in both directions, and tried different ports on my GPU (Asus 1080 TI) just to eliminate that being the issue. I understand there's some Gsync flicker at or below 35-40 refresh/FPS, but at 60? Unacceptable. I can't stand flickering in menus and loading screens for a monitor I'd like to keep for a long time. I also don't want the issue to become worse over time. Both monitors in "Fast" mode, for the "1ms" time, have severe ghosting or overshoot. Look it up online, many examples. You won't get the true speed that they market. Online has more than enough evidence and testing. That's ok, it's still very fast, and faster than IPS, which I prefer the TN for it's faster response time. Just look online if you're sensitive to this information. Watch comparison videos, in depth reviews, etc. It's reviewed great, and it is a great monitor, but again, when you have one without issues. There still is the deep sleep issue that many have discussed online. That doesn't bother me much, or at all. I just want the monitor to be working properly when it is on, awake, and running. I'm worried I can't swap out this monitor for a new one knowing that the first monitor I bought is past the return policy. Does the swapped one reset the return policy? I'd like to try a third one, but am hoping I don't get a different issue yet again. I'm willing to change my review if I get one that doesn't have these common issues.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        YourDellTeam

        V1001,

        We're sorry to hear about the flickering issues that you're experiencing on your Dell monitor. We'd recommend checking out your monitor's support page for articles related to the issues that you're facing, including Deep Sleep Mode: https://dell.to/2MBWoFx.

        Best,
        Bryan
        1-800-624-9896 Dell

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Monitor wasn't what I expected

      Posted
      justabuyer
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I’ve been using ASUS VG248QE for about the past 2 and a half years now and wanted to try a G-Sync monitor and decided on this Dell S2716DGR. I’ve been using 4 VG248QE monitors. Monitor size was great, color was great in movies and pictures. I’m not a photo expert but it did seem more vibrant than the VG248QE. Very minimal back light bleed, better than the VG248QE. Out of the box I had one stuck bright Red Pixel, I tried rubbing it out which made it disappear but after having a red color over it made it come back. I tried rubbing it several times and it would react the same way each time. Once after rubbing the area and it disappeared I’d let it sit four a couple hours on a black screen, also, tried turning off the monitor (unplugged it) for a couple hours in another attempt the stuck red pixel came back. I tried using “Dead Pixel Buddy” to see if that could get rid of it and it stayed. Also used another web-based pixel fixer and it didn’t help. Factory Reset didn’t help either. The only time I didn’t see the red pixel was when that area was white. Screen wasn’t as dark as the ASUS VG248QE though I couldn’t get it any darker. This is when using black color on the screen from “Dead Pixel Buddy”. It was more washed out (grayish). Playing Battlefield 1 the, dark scenes were very dark, I couldn’t see any other players at times. These were Zeebrugge, Neville maps and Prise de Thure. I tried turning up the Brightness and contrast to 100 on both, which made it possible to see but everything was washed out and when the death screen or any of the other screens or maps came up I would be blinded or would need to turn the brightness back down. I had put Brightness and Contrast back to default (I used the “Factory Reset” to change the setting back). and turned up the in-game brightness but it seemed to be similar where the everything would be to bright and washed out. I gave up after 4 days of trying to get it to be close to where I wanted an all-around brightness and contrast to be. The final push to return the monitor was after a second Red pixel showed up about an inch directly above the original one and it was brighter.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        YourDellTeam

        justabuyer,

        Thanks for your feedback and we're sorry that your new monitor did not work as well as you had hoped it would. If you experience similar pixel issues with a Dell monitor is the future you can always reach out to our Dell Technical Support Team here for assistance: http://dell.to/2sH7Qlm.

        Best,
        Bryan
        1-800-624-9896 Dell

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best G-sync value there is + one issue.

      Posted
      CyciumX
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I got my monitor (Rev. A08) and within 2 hours it seemed bricked. The power light was solid, on, but the screen was not turning on and my computer didn't even think there was a monitor connected. Even unplugging the power from the monitor didn't help and the white light stayed on! IF you encounter this issue, then do these simple steps: Unplug all your cables, usb / hdmi / display port while the monitor is plugged in and the white light is on. Unplug power from monitor. Press all the physical buttons on the monitor while it is unplugged and off and wait 30 seconds. Plug power cable back in. Turn monitor on and plug your cables back in. Immediately when the screen finally comes back on - disable the Deep Sleep Feature as suggested in many other reviews. this will use 15 watts of power even when the monitor and computer are in sleep mode since it will not turn off the G-Sync module in the monitor, but the old CRT monitors used on average 12 watts when asleep so no big deal. The Good: Everything else. This is a gaming monitor and I won't waste time sharing the pros and cons with color accuracy and contrast, blackness levels. If you aren't using this for gaming then do not buy this. You really don't need to know anything else. This is a gaming monitor for people wanting refresh rates faster than 60hz. Not for video work. Not for photo editing. It is for gaming at 144hz with a crisp image and quick response and no screen tearing. Follow the suggestions here and around the web for adjusting the monitors on-board settings as well as Nvidia's desktop override settings and then adjust to your preference. I'll be extremely real here. You will not get some random games colors to be 100% accurate to how they were designed. The whites might not be perfectly white. The Blacks might not be perfectly black. This is PERFECTLY FINE. These are games - not videos. These are fantasy, not photos. Having Junk rat's flame hair in Overwatch being 2% more orange than it would be on a properly calibrated IPS screen matter absolutely ZERO to us, the gamers. What matters is the images are crisp, clean - the blacks are black enough (They aren't grey by perception unless you place it next to an OLED TV) The whites - are white enough. In a nutshell: This monitor while playing games does in no way feel like you are giving up anything in terms of picture quality. It truly doesn't feel like a budget screen you are looking at. Buy it, turn off Deep Sleep, calibrate it to your liking and never look back unless its to see the money you saved not buy an IPS.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Just as good as an IPS

      Posted
      RyanPiv
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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" Brightness 50% Contrast 50% Gamma 0.72 Digital Vibrance 70% Hue 0 Dell S2716DG menu Brightness 43% Contrast 75% 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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent monitor for the price

      Posted
      roge

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very good gaming monitor for the price

      Posted
      Nelly
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend





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