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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Gaming Monitor, Buy with Confidence

    Posted
    Lawyer4Ever
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    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
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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best G-sync value there is + one issue.

    Posted
    CyciumX
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    • 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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for a someone new to pc gaming

    Posted
    Plum
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    Lets see. This was nothing short of an experience. This was my first true gaming pc purchase. I saw the price pre black Friday and was excited to see it was in my range. I waited for days on the best buy website waiting for the sales to go up early. 2 days before black friday the sale went live for the pc and I ordered it. About 4 days later I recieved the pc from the delivery service. I was excited and opened it all carefully and plugged it in via the instructions provided. It worked! Within hours I had downloaded wow and began to play. The graphics looked good and I ran it on the highest settings. I turned it off for the night... The next morning in I woke in excitement and pushed the power button. The pc began to make strange noises. 3 long beeps followed by 3 short beeps. After 30 seconds it booted. I shut it down and it did not make the noise again. The next morning I booted it and it preceded to make the same beeping noise as the previous day. I began to worry. I googled and found results for error codes from hp's website. I had error codes and I called hp to figure what the problem was. They told me to unplug everything and reboot. I did. I did all this over technical support on the phone. The next morning I turned it on I got error codes again. I was so frustrated I brought the pc back to bestbuy and exchanged it for a brand new one. I had to travel about 20 miles past my closest store to find one in stock. My problems were going to be solved! Wrong! I got home and setup the new one I had picked up and what happened, ERROR CODES. again. Seriously. I called HP back and "politely" asked them what was going on since ive have tried to play on 2 different pc's and still the same error code letdown. Technical support said "Bestbuy got a bad batch, there was bad solder on the pcie slot" Long story short I had to get them to build me a new pc and send the other one back. I didnt actually have the finished pc until 2 days before xmas eve. I do not blame bestbuy. They were helpful and exchanged my first one with no questions asked. It was not their fault I had such a problem. Now, having an actual working computer, I will say the computer is good for someone new to pc's and pc gaming. The system is quick and boot times are fast. The cheap price justifies the lack of proper cooling. The system can run very hot, 80 plus degrees Celsius while playing on ultra settings. I installed an aio liquid cooler on the CPU and am currently in the process of upgrading fans, powr supply, lighting, and possibly another aio liquid cooler on the gpu. Just be aware. The 1060 inside is only a 3gb vram card. Which is Definetly basic. The motherboard does not have any RGB headers and does not have any extra USB headers except the one used for the front I/O. So yes, it can be slightly upgraded but realize only so much can be done without investing alot more money to buy extra accessories or even swapping out the motherboard to make it the pc you want. For the person who just cares to play games and can give two beeps about the look of the pc, then sure. Go for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor with a few minor issues

    Posted
    Taylor
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    First, I'll start by saying: do not pay the $599 tag for this monitor. When on sale for 350 to 400, it's a go. RESOLUTION: 1440p resolution is beautiful - after playing games at QHD, then setting the monitor to 1080p, the difference is amazing. 1440p is enough especially for gaming - it's the true sweet spot. 4K is nice, but the majority of gaming setups will struggle to push 4K beyond 60FPS. My 1080ti / 9700k rig maintains 144 frames at 1440p no problem. RESPONSE TIME: As for 1ms response time, I'm always skeptical, but even if it were only 4 to 7ms, it would be totally adequate. I find the response time of this panel to be great. COLOR: Out the box, this panel leaves much to be desired on the color front. Washed out with greyish blacks. However, adjusting the color profile to your liking will vastly improve the color depth and accuracy. Many forums can provide you with proven color profiles for both the monitor and the graphics card to make a huge difference. Out the box color is 6-7/10. Once adjusted, I give it an 8.5/10. It's a TN panel - color and viewing angles aren't the strengths of TN panels - what it lacks in this department it gains in input lag and refresh rate. REFRESH RATE / G-SYNC: If your PC is capable of pushing 144 frames, a 144hz monitor will be a MAJOR improvement for gaming. After gaming at 60 frames for the longest times, the jump to 144 frames made the biggest difference. I have definitely improved in first person shooters where high frame rate can improve the overall experience and responsiveness. 1440p is a bonus - jumping from 60HZ to 144HZ is a much more significant improvement than 1080p to 1440p. I'd would much prefer 1080p @ 144HZ over 4k or 1440P @ 60HZ. As for G Sync, this monitor shows some bugs when G Sync is enabled and using DisplayPort. My panel flickers on bootup and there's a delay on the monitor loading the color settings (does not when connected via HDMI) but I must deal with it to get that 144hz G-Sync goodness with DisplayPort. Once my PC is booted, it's smooth sailing and does not have any issues. BUILD QUALITY / AESTHETICS: Super solid build quality. Height and angles adjustments are nice. Size is ideal. 27" is the sweet spot IMO, it's large without feeling too huge - 32" and higher may be overkill for a desk setup. I greatly appreciate the understated, non-gamery design. Does not follow the typical gaming monitor design (like the Acer Predator) which I really like. The thin bezels and sturdy grey base and mount make this thing simple and beautiful. In short, at $350 there isn't a better gaming monitor in this class on the market - and I can accept it's shortcomings. At $600, I think there are better options, especially if jumping to the $700 range

    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

    Supperb! Nvidia must have

    Posted
    Jiberish
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I'm coming from an Acer 1080p monitor with a refresh rate cap of 75, and a GTX 1080 card. If you're wondering if the upgrade to 1440, 144 refresh, is worth it, ... the answer is ABSOLUTELY. I've been playing triple-A games for a year now with the 1080p monitor, and switching to a 1440, 144 refresh monitor, is amazing. You might not get the 120+ FPS that you used to get (with a GTX 1080 or below,definitely not), but what people wont tell you is that the refresh rate is definitely MUCH more important frame rate. A triple-A game playing at 1440p and 144 hz with just 60-80 frames, looks SOOO much more better than the same game running at 1080p and 120 FPS. Those frames mean nothing without a supperb refresh rate. Even with just 60 frames, at 144hz, you can spin around in an instant and lose nothing in sight. My old monitor was sporting a 4-5 ms response rate, and I saw ghosting all the time whenever I looked around in-game. With the 144hz, and 1ms response time of this monitor, I never see a single ghost or blurs no matter how fast an object moves. I couldn't even get a ghost to appear if I tried (and I did). Colors are bright and vibrant (with some tweaks to the default factory settings). Contrast is great. Brightness is brilliant. Sharpness is razor sharp (I can see the smallest of texts, and game graphic edges do not blur). And once again, the response and refresh is just amazing. The G-Sync worked pretty much automatically, without any need for set-up, and I have not seen even the slightest hint of tearing. Witcher 3 looks amazing. (75-85 frames with all Ultra, GTX 1080) The Evil Within 2 looks amazing. (60-80 frames with all Ultra) Reduce the setting some for higher frame if needed. This monitor is outstanding when on sell for ~ 350. If you're looking to upgrade, and you use Nvidia, don't pass up a deal with this monitor. My current settings.... Monitor: Brightness/Contrast = 55/75 R/G/B: 97/99/97 Response Time: Normal (from what I've seen this best, and I can confirm) Nvidia Control Settings: (Adjust Desktop Color Settings) Brightness/Contrast: 50/50 Gamma: 0.72 Vibrance: 50 Hue: 0

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good gaming monitor for the price

    Posted
    Nelly
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    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

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Dell has quality control issues with this model

    Posted
    MrHappy
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good monitor but has issues turning on

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

    Pros and cons at bottom This monitor has a sleek look on my desk, and after some tweaking, the picture quality looks good and is enjoyable to watch TV and play video games on. However, I am unable to use DisplayPort with this monitor because after I shutdown or put my computer to sleep, it no longer recognizes that the DisplayPort is plugged in and just says no signal (so I have to completely shut down my computer and unplug both it and the monitor for 30 seconds and restart it for it to find signal) which is very upsetting. I have it plugged into my computer using a DisplayPort to hdmi cable, but when I turn my computer back on, the monitor won’t wake up from sleep (my old monitor worked perfectly fine with this cable), and I have to turn the monitor off and on which takes about 4 pushes of the power button. Overall it’s a good looking monitor that works well when it’s on, but there’s too much hassle with this monitor. I got it on sale at $350 and WOULD NOT suggest spending any more on this monitor because it is so faulty. Pros: GSync (I have an nvidia 1060 graphics card so this is necessary) 144hz 1440p 1ms response time Okay picture quality after tweaking No or little white bleeding around the edges 27” display Good monitor when on sale at $350 or less Cons: DisplayPort doesn’t work at all HDMI port won’t wake up the monitor Too expensive at full price Picture will always look just a little bit washed out I would only recommend this monitor if you get it on sale and you need a monitor. If anyone has had these problems and knows how to permanently fix them, please let me know.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      YourDellTeam

      wootann,

      Thanks for your feedback on your monitor. Have you tried reaching out to Dell's Technical Support Team to see if they can help you with your monitor's settings? http://dell.to/2sH7Qlm.

      We'd also recommend checking out your monitor's Product Support Page if you have additional questions and concerns: https://dell.to/2mQDdIS.

      Best,
      Bryan
      1-800-624-9896 Dell

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Monitor Overall

    Posted
    JArc
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought this monitor while it was on sale for $449. Paying more for it may affect the way YOU feel about the product, but for sub-500 bucks, it's unbeatable. -- First off, for gaming, this monitor is awesome! The colors are pretty good for a TN panel (after toying with calibration for a bit and looking up other people's settings), the resolution is PERFECT for gaming in my opinion (2560x1440), and the refresh rate of 144hz (with the 1ms response time and G-Sync for you Nvidia gamers is AMAZING. Way better than VSync, mind you) is just amazing! But these are features you can find on any similarly made monitor. Let's talk build quality -- The whole display feels super solid and premium (My unit didn't come with any dead pixels/will update if I find one). The buttons on the bottom feel very clicky and not mushy, and the added 4 usb3.0 ports are a dream for those of you with special set-ups like me that don't want to have to walk around your desk to put in a flash drive. The stand of the monitor feels very nice, and sports a cable routing hole for cleaning up the desk a bit. It has Height adjustment (it's pretty tall, but it goes short if you need be), pivot, swivel, and rotation. * It's also worth noting that the stand manages to keep the monitor wobble-free when you're using it on a wobbly desk, or when you're gaming super hard * All in all, I'm loving this monitor!! Now, to those of you wanting to buy it RIGHT NOW, if you can find it sale, pull the trigger. It's worth the money when it's on sale, however, for a MSRP of $699, it's not the best monitor you can get for that price. Having paid just $530 for mine (after tax and the extended warranty), I couldn't be more happy with it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic first experience with G-Sync

    Posted
    DavidTravis_BBYSTAFF83
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember
    • Best Buy StaffStaff

    My previous monitor was a fairly plain 24" 1080p/60Hz IPS display, and while it was a solid performer for most day-to-day tasks, it often fell short when it came to gaming. I recently upgraded my graphics card to a GTX 1070, and wanted a monitor that could take advantage of the significantly higher performance I could achieve in games compared to the R9 270X it replaced. After weeks of deliberation and researching dozens of different monitors, I decided to give this one a try. Coming from an IPS panel, the TN panel sported by this monitor initially underwhelmed me, because the viewing angles were pretty weak compared to other panel types. That said, after calibrating the monitor's brightness/contrast and tweaking the color settings a little, the viewing angle did improve significantly. One key point to note is that if you're primarily doing multimedia content creation, I would probably recommend you look elsewhere. If you're wanting a monitor for Adobe CC content editing (Photoshop, Premiere, etc), the color accuracy on this monitor doesn't lend itself well to such tasks. Color accuracy is more than adequate for games, though less bold than you may be used to if you've never used a TN panel before. While the color accuracy isn't the greatest, G-Sync is well worth the compromise in my opinion. If you have yet to experience G-Sync, you need to see it in action to truly understand what a difference it makes when it comes to gaming. If you're sick of how noticeable framerate drops are during your gaming sessions, G-Sync is the cure. G-Sync adjusts the monitor's refresh rate on the fly to make dropouts significantly less perceptible, to the point that I don't think I can go back to a standard display type. 144Hz G-Sync is buttery smooth, and just too good. Dell nailed it with this monitor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Image Quality, Easy Setup

    Posted
    brm3
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This monitor has amazing image quality and was very easy to setup. Make sure you have a NVIDIA graphics card so you can enable the GSync feature that works tremendously. If you have an AMD graphics card, you should NOT buy this product. There is a much cheaper model of this monitor that has Freesync capability. If you did your research though, you will find two issues with this monitor. The first issue is that the Sleep Mode can randomly cause your monitor to never wake up/go black when in the Display Port setting. This did in fact happen to me when I was directly plugged into the Display Port of my ASUS Prime Z370-A motherboard. Even disabling the Sleep Mode did not fix the problem even though other forums have said that this does solve the issue. I tried trouble shooting the issue by turning the monitor off and on, but that did not work either. Once I got an NVIDIA 1080 Ti GPU, I no longer ran into this issue. The second issue with this monitor is that you could potentially receive older versions of the monitor which have color banding issues. The revision of your monitor is appended to the S/N as AXX. Supposedly the color banding issue was fixed with either rev A08 or A09. I have two rev A09 montiors and have seen no color banding issues. One last thing to note is that this monitor will randomly go on sale for $350 or less (excluding tax). So,if you’re big into saving $250 or more, then make sure to create a Best Buy account and subscribe to Reddit’s buildapcsales for deal alerts on this monitor as well as other PC products.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Feature packed monitor, unbeatable price

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

    This monitor regularly goes on sale for sub $400. That's when I got this and there is nothing else that compares feature wise and picture quality. 1440, gsync, overclock capable, glossy finish, and good colors. Gsync is literally game changing, I'll never get a monitor without it. Frame tearing is a thing of the past. The other thing that get overlooked that Dell does great is boxing and ease to assemble. The boxing for this is unmatched. Nothing else comes close. I've moved 3 times with this monitor and the box fits and protects it so well. All my other monitor boxes worry me when I move and I take extra care, even though this is my main monitor. Ease of assembly. No screws, no terrible plastic clips or other garbage quality snaps. Just the based with a little folding clip that allows you to turn without a flat head that goes into the arm and the monitor clips into the arm. Perfect. Haven't run into any other monitor that is as nice. Lastly, swivel, rotate, tilt, so on, all of that on this monitor so nicely. Another thing that gets overlooked because everyone focuses on the image quality and features. But none of that means anything if you can't get the monitor into the position you need it to be. This monitor nails everything I could possible want.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Gorgeous Monitor for a Fantastic Price!

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

    I had been browsing for a good 2K, 144mHz NVIDIA G-Sync monitor for a the last couple of months. Shopping both online and at local retail stores. Everything I looked at was in the high $500's to mid $600's minimum, and that was for TN panel models. IPS Panels were about $200 above that. With Black Friday only a month away, I was going to wait to see if any better deals came up. Best Buy had this on sale for $480 and I just to jump at the deal. While I have seen "AMD Free-Sync" monitors in this price range, I have never seen a price this low on an NVIDIA G-Sync model, unless it was some used one that someone was selling online. This monitor is beautiful to look at, the colors are amazing and text appears crisp and clean. I haven't notice any light bleed around any edges of the screen. Dell has a 3-Year Advance Replacement Warranty (they send you the new one before you send back the old) which is awesome. Aesthetically this monitor is exactly what I was looking for. A very thin bezel around the edge. The casing is a very sleek and elegant looking high gloss black. but not too flashy like some of the Acer and ASUS gaming monitors that I have seen. The monitor stand looks bright silver in the pics on Best Buy's web site, but in person it has a much darker titanium grey appearance with a NVIDIA G-Sync sticker on the front left corner. I have to mention how amazing the 144mHz G-Sync refresh rate looks in FPS games like "Battlefield 4" and "Gears of War 4". I wondered how noticeable it was going to be, and it was extremely smooth when moving your point of view around with the mouse, Final Thoughts... I just purchased a GTX 1070 about a month ago, and it was total overkill for a 1080 monitor. I had been using my ASUS 1920 x 1080 for easily over 4 years now. And that was just some $130 Black Friday special. So from that view point, this monitor is so much more superior. You truly get what you pay for. I would suggest that if your going to get this monitor for gaming make sure you have a GPU that can handle the 2560 x 1440 resolution.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Monitor, Especially if On Sale

    Posted
    SteveL

    Purchased this beauty a few days ago, loving it so far! I can attest to the following: No dead pixels (seems to be the case with most reviews, as well). No flickering/fading/light bleed. Colours are faded out of the box, however adjusting your monitor settings and driver settings fixes it right up: Nvidia Control Panel>Adjust desktop color settings: Brightness-50% Contrast-50% Gamma-0.60 Digital Vibrance-60%-70% (to your taste) Hue-0 Monitor settings: Brightness-30-50% (to your taste, I change mine depending if I'm gaming or watching a movie), Contrast-75%, Color>Custom Color: R-97% G-99% B-96% Despite these settings, dark colours/blacks are a little off and muddy/cloudy in games. You can compensate a bit, but it's not perfect. G-Sync works right away after hooking it up, no changes to settings required. Games run smoothly with no tearing. Obviously just make sure V-Sync is disabled in all of your games and turn off frame limiters. The stand is great, it adjusts very easily and seems to be weighted perfectly to vertical position very smoothly. There is ONLY ONE THING I can complain about, which is text ghosting. Scrolling through a web page causes the text to leave a grey trail behind it. It's pretty noticeable if you're looking for it and scrolling slowly. I did not remove a star from the rating as this is a gaming monitor, and I have not noticed any issues while gaming at all. However while browsing the web and using text editors and such, it is quite noticeable. The quality of the monitor very easily rivals an IPS display. If you can get it on sale, definitely go for it. Other than the minor issue listed above (which you may not even notice - try going into a store and testing it for yourself) this display is nearly flawless and absolutely amazing for gaming.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great QHD (2560x1440) Monitor

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

    While I wish the color reproduction was a little more accurate , overall this is a great monitor which I purchased mainly because I wanted a QHD monitor (2560x1440 resolution) to match with what I have available at work (I connect often via RDP to my work machine so it's nice to have the same resolution in both places that way the windows don't have to re-adjust themselves on my end if my home resolution were different). Additionally, since I purchased this with an Alienware Aurora Gaming Desktop too, it's of course nice that it supports G-Sync as well (this is my first powerful gaming desktop I've had in a long time...for the past few years I've been gaming off of my laptops). I initially returned my monitor to exchange it for another one of the same model because a green dot appeared which I'm pretty sure was a dead pixel. Once I brought the replacement from the back of the store to the Customer Service counter they said that there didn't seem to be a dead pixel according to them (which made me wonder if I was crazy or not when I saw it) since they said it went away after cleaning the monitor. They were nice though and let me exchange the monitor anyway just for peace of mind which I appreciated. I haven't noticed anything similar on the replacement monitor and so far everything's been great! One thing you have to keep in mind if you leave the default "Deep Sleep" option enabled is that to get your screen to come back on you have to press any of the other buttons aside from the monitor's actual power button to wake it back up. I had turned the deep sleep option off on the initial one I had, but left it on with the replacement and it seems to be working fine (when the monitor would go blank before you could still see the backlight was partially on, whereas with deep sleep you can see that it actually turns off which I like better).

    I would recommend this to a friend