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Dell G2724D Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v2.0
Review updated Apr 25, 2024 at 02:39 pm
Dell G2724D Picture
7.3
PC Gaming
7.1
Console Gaming
7.9
Office
7.6
Editing
7.5
Brightness
7.8
Response Time
5.4
HDR Picture
7.2
SDR Picture
8.9
Color Accuracy

The Dell G2724D is an entry-level gaming monitor with a 27-inch screen and 1440p resolution. It has a 165Hz refresh rate, and it's designed for gamers who need a budget-friendly yet reliable gaming monitor. That said, it's hard to find through most retailers, but you can often find it on sale directly through Dell's website. It's newer than the popular Dell S2721DGF, and it sits below Dell's Alienware lineup that features similar 1440p options with more features, like the Dell Alienware AW2724DM. It's rather barebones in terms of features as it doesn't have a USB hub or even an audio jack, but you still have access to some of Dell's gaming features, like different virtual crosshairs. It also has FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and NVIDIA certifies it as G-SYNC as well.

Our Verdict

7.3 PC Gaming

The Dell G2724D is decent for PC gaming. It supports all common VRR formats to reduce screen tearing, and its 165Hz refresh rate is high enough for most gamers. It has low input lag for a responsive feel, and it has a consistently fast response time across its entire refresh rate range, but there's still some blur with fast-moving objects. While it provides a smooth feel while gaming, it has limited picture quality as it has low contrast that makes blacks look gray, and its local dimming feature that only turns on in HDR performs terribly.

Pros
  • 165Hz refresh rate.
  • Consistently fast response time across VRR range.
  • Low input lag.
  • Supports all common VRR formats.
Cons
  • Low contrast makes blacks look gray in dark rooms.
  • Terrible local dimming feature that's always on in HDR.
  • Still some motion blur with fast-moving objects.
7.1 Console Gaming

The Dell G2724D is decent for console gaming. Although it lacks HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and can't take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, it still supports most signals with both consoles, including VRR which reduces screen tearing. It has low input lag that makes gaming feel responsive, and motion looks sharp thanks to its fast response time, but there's still some motion blur. Unfortunately, games don't look life-like and realistic as the monitor has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, and colors aren't vivid, especially in HDR.

Pros
  • Consistently fast response time across VRR range.
  • Low input lag.
  • Supports all common VRR formats.
Cons
  • Low contrast makes blacks look gray in dark rooms.
  • Limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth.
  • Still some motion blur with fast-moving objects.
7.9 Office

The Dell G2724D is very good for office use. It features an extremely ergonomic stand that makes it easy to adjust, and its wide viewing angles help if you want to share your screen with someone else, as the image remains consistent from the sides. It also has a big enough screen to place two windows side by side, and text clarity is good. Lastly, it has good reflection handling, and it gets bright enough to fight glare, meaning it's a great choice to use in well-lit office spaces.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare in well-lit rooms.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Offers all kinds of ergonomic adjustments.
  • Good text and image clarity.
Cons
  • No USB hub.
7.6 Editing

The Dell G2724D is good for content creation. Its dedicated sRGB picture mode has fantastic accuracy even without calibration, and it also displays a wide range of colors. It has wide viewing angles and fantastic ergonomics, so it's an excellent choice if you often need to share your screen with a coworker or client, as they'll see a consistent image from the sides. Its 27-inch screen is big enough to open two windows side by side, and its 1440p resolution delivers good text clarity. However, it has limited picture quality due to its low contrast ratio and terrible local dimming feature in HDR.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare in well-lit rooms.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Offers all kinds of ergonomic adjustments.
  • Good text and image clarity.
  • Fantastic accuracy in sRGB mode.
Cons
  • No USB hub.
  • Low contrast makes blacks look gray in dark rooms.
  • Terrible local dimming feature that's always on in HDR.
7.5 Brightness

The Dell G2724D has good brightness. It gets bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit room, but its HDR brightness is limited, as small highlights don't pop against the rest of the image.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare in well-lit rooms.
Cons
  • Highlights don't pop in HDR.
7.8 Response Time

The Dell G2724D has a good response time. It remains fast over its entire refresh rate range, but while there isn't any noticeable inverse ghosting, there's still a bit of motion blur.

Pros
  • Consistently fast response time across VRR range.
Cons
  • Still some motion blur with fast-moving objects.
5.4 HDR Picture

The Dell G2724D has bad picture quality in HDR. It has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark. While it has a local dimming feature that's always on in HDR, it performs terribly, as its edge-lit dimming zones cause a ton of blooming.

Pros
Cons
  • Low contrast makes blacks look gray in dark rooms.
  • Terrible local dimming feature that's always on in HDR.
7.2 SDR Picture

The Dell G2724D has decent picture quality in SDR. Its biggest downside is that blacks look gray due to its low contrast ratio, but it displays a wide range of colors.

Pros
  • Displays wide range of colors.
Cons
  • Low contrast makes blacks look gray in dark rooms.
8.9 Color Accuracy

The Dell G2724D has fantastic accuracy. It comes with an extremely accurate sRGB mode, so you only need to calibrate it if you need the most accurate colors possible. Although it has good overall gray uniformity, the edges of the screen are darker, so the image isn't as accurate along the edges.

Pros
  • Fantastic accuracy in sRGB mode.
Cons
  • 7.3 PC Gaming
  • 7.1 Console Gaming
  • 7.9 Office
  • 7.6 Editing

Performance Usages

  • 7.5 Brightness
  • 7.8 Response Time
  • 5.4 HDR Picture
  • 7.2 SDR Picture
  • 8.9 Color Accuracy
  1. Updated Apr 25, 2024: Updated text throughout the review according to Test Bench 2.0, mainly in the Verdict and Motion sections.
  2. Updated Apr 24, 2024: Corrected and increased the PS5 Compatibility score because it supports VRR with the console.
  3. Updated Apr 19, 2024: We've converted this review to Test Bench 2.0. This includes new tests for VRR Motion Performance, Refresh Rate Compliance, Cumulative Absolute Deviation (CAD), and VRR Flicker. You can read the full changelog here.
  4. Updated Mar 28, 2024: Added that the Samsung Odyssey G5/G55C S27CG55 has better Contrast.
  5. Updated Dec 14, 2023: Added that the AOC Q27G3XMN is a budget monitor with a better Local Dimming feature.
  6. Updated Oct 26, 2023: Added that the Gigabyte M27Q (rev. 2.0) is another budget monitor that has a USB hub.
  7. Updated Sep 26, 2023: Review published.
  8. Updated Sep 21, 2023: Early access published.
  9. Updated Sep 15, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  10. Updated Aug 03, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  11. Updated Jul 28, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 27-inch Dell G2724D, which is the only size available for this monitor. There are other similar monitors in Dell's gaming lineup, like the Dell G3223D and the Dell S2722DGM, but they have a few differences, like the size and panel type, and this review isn't valid for those.

Model Size Panel Type Resolution Max Refresh Rate
G2724D 27" IPS 1440p 165Hz

Our unit was manufactured in April 2023, and you can see the label for it here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Dell G2724D is a decent entry-level gaming monitor that has the basics for gaming, like support for all common VRR formats, a fast response time, and low input lag. It offers great value against other 1440p monitors like the Dell Alienware AW2724DM or the LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B, especially if you're on a budget. However, it's rather basic in terms of extra features and picture quality, but this is the trade-off you need to make if you want a budget monitor, as you'll have to spend more on a higher-end monitor with better picture quality.

Also, see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors under $300, the best budget and cheap gaming monitors, and the best 27-inch gaming monitors.

Dell S2721DGF

The Dell G2724D is a newer monitor than the Dell S2721DGF, and they have many of the same features. They each have a 1440p resolution and 165Hz refresh rate, but the G2724D is an improvement in most areas. This is because the G2724D has a faster response time across its entire refresh rate range, and it has better compatibility with consoles. It can downscale 4k images, which the S2721DGF can't do, and it even supports VRR with the PS5. The G2724D also offers better picture quality with higher peak brightness and improved color accuracy. On the other hand, the S2721DGF has a USB hub, which the G2724D doesn't have.

Gigabyte M27Q (rev. 1.0)

The Gigabyte M27Q (rev. 1.0) and the Dell G2724D are both budget-friendly 1440p gaming monitors, with a few differences. The Gigabyte has extra features like a USB hub and KVM switch, making it a great choice if you need something versatile for different computers. However, the Dell has better text clarity due to its subpixel layout, and it's the better choice for gamers, thanks to its faster response time at any refresh rate.

LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B

The LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B and the Dell G2724D are both 1440p gaming monitors, with a few differences. The LG has an overclock feature that goes up to 180Hz. They have similar motion handling, but the LG has a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur. The LG has a few extra features, like a USB hub, but the Dell supports VRR with the PS5, which the LG doesn't.

AOC Q27G3XMN

The Dell G2724D and the AOC Q27G3XMN are both budget gaming monitors with a few differences. The AOC delivers better picture quality thanks to its Mini LED backlighting, which lets it get brighter in HDR and display deeper blacks. On the other hand, the Dell has a different panel type with wider viewing angles, making it better for co-op gaming. The AOC has a slightly faster 180Hz max refresh rate, but the Dell has an advantage with motion handling, as there's less black smearing.

MSI G274QPF-QD

The MSI G274QPF-QD and the Dell G2724D are both 27-inch gaming monitors. However, the Dell is the better monitor for most people. The Dell has far better black uniformity, so there's less cloudiness on the screen in a dark room. The Dell also gets brighter in HDR and SDR, so it's better at overcoming glare, and it also has a faster response time, so fast-moving objects look crisper. However, the MSI has a better HDR color gamut, so HDR colors look more realistic, and this monitor is the better choice if realistic HDR colors are important to you.

Gigabyte G27Q

The Dell G2724D is a better, low-cost gaming monitor than the Gigabyte G27Q. The Dell has a slightly higher refresh rate, but the main advantage is its better motion handling across the entire refresh rate range. The Dell also supports VRR with the PS5, which the Gigabyte doesn't. However, the Gigabyte has slightly better picture quality because it displays a wider range of colors in HDR, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature that causes blooming like the Dell has. The Gigabyte also has a few extra features, like a USB hub.

Dell Alienware AW2724DM

The Dell Alienware AW2724DM is a higher-end model than the Dell G2724D, but they perform very similarly. The AW2724D has an overclock feature of up to 180Hz and a USB hub, both of which the G2724D doesn't have, and it also displays a wider range of colors in HDR. On the other hand, the G2724D has better text clarity as it doesn't have the same color fringing issues as the AW2724D, but other than that, both monitors are very similar.

LG 27GR75Q-B

The LG 27GR75Q-B and the Dell G2724D are both 27-inch budget gaming monitors. However, the Dell is the better choice for most people. The Dell gets far brighter in HDR and SDR and is better at overcoming glare. The Dell also has better motion handling, so fast-moving objects look more crisp. Finally, the Dell supports VRR with the PS5, and the LG doesn't.

HP OMEN 27q

The Dell G2724D and the HP OMEN 27q are both entry-level gaming monitors with similar specs, but the Dell is better for gaming. This is because it has a faster response time at any refresh rate, leading to less motion blur. The Dell is also better for console gaming as it downscales 4k signals, which the HP can't do. Lastly, the Dell even has an advantage in office work thanks to its superior ergonomics and slightly higher peak brightness.

ASUS TUF VG27AQ

The Dell G2724D and the ASUS TUF VG27AQ are both budget 1440p gaming monitors, but the Dell is the better choice for most gamers. This is because the Dell has a much faster response time at any refresh rate, leading to crispier motion, and it supports HDMI Forum VRR, which the ASUS doesn't. The Dell also has an advantage regarding picture quality because it gets brighter, has better reflection handling, and has improved accuracy before calibration, leading to more life-like images. The ASUS does have an advantage if you don't want to use headphones, as it has built-in speakers, which the Dell doesn't have.

Gigabyte M27Q (rev. 2.0)

The Gigabyte M27Q (rev. 2.0) and the Dell G2724D are both budget-friendly gaming monitors, with a few differences. The Dell is better for gaming because it has a faster response time at any refresh rate, and it also supports HDMI Forum VRR, so its VRR support works with the PS5, which the Gigabyte doesn't support. The Dell also gets brighter and has better reflection handling, making it the better choice for use in well-lit rooms. On the other hand, the Gigabyte has a few more productivity features, like a KVM switch and USB-C port, making it easier to multitask.

Gigabyte M27Q P

The Gigabyte M27Q P and the Dell G2724D are both budget-friendly 1440p gaming monitors. While they have similar specs, like their native 165Hz refresh rates — which can be overclocked to 170Hz on the Gigabyte — there are a few differences in performance. The Dell is the better gaming monitor as it has better motion handling, and it also supports VRR with the PS5, which the Gigabyte doesn't. However, the Gigabyte wins out when it comes to extra features as it has a USB hub and KVM switch, which the Dell doesn't have, so it's easy to connect different devices and multitask with the Gigabyte.

Samsung Odyssey G5/G55C S27CG55

The Dell G2724D and the Samsung Odyssey G5/G55C S27CG55 are 27-inch gaming monitors. However, the Dell is the better monitor for most people. The Samsung has better contrast, and you may prefer it if you're gaming in a darker room. However, the Dell has better overall performance. The Dell gets considerably brighter and has better reflection handling, making it the better choice for brighter rooms. The Dell also has a far better response time, so fast-moving objects look crisp, and it has lower input lag for a more responsive feel. Additionally, the Dell has far better ergonomics, so it's easier to place in your preferred position for a long gaming session.

Gigabyte GS27QC

The Dell G2724D is a better budget gaming monitor than the Gigabyte GS27QC. This is mainly because the Dell has much better motion handling at any refresh rate, and it also supports VRR with the PS5, which the Gigabyte doesn't. The Dell is also better for co-op gaming because it has wider viewing angles and improved ergonomics, and it's even better for use in bright rooms thanks to its high peak brightness. However, the Gigabyte is better for dark rooms, as it has a higher native contrast ratio.

Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T

The Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T and the Dell G2724D are different types of 1440p gaming monitors. Besides the fact that the Samsung has a higher 240Hz refresh rate, they also have different panel types. The Samsung has a higher contrast ratio for deeper blacks, while the Dell has wider viewing angles. In terms of its gaming performance, the Dell has better motion handling with less smearing behind fast-moving objects, but the Samsung has a backlight strobing feature that the Dell doesn't have.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved
No
Curve Radius
Not Curved

The Dell 27 Gaming Monitor G2724D has a gamer-oriented design with an all-black plastic body, and it has some horizontal lines on the back. It also features a hexagonal stand, but unlike other Alienware monitors, it doesn't have any RGB lighting.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is decent. It's made with basic plastic materials that show some flex on the back panel, but that isn't a big concern unless you're pressing the back. The biggest downside is that the section where the stand attaches to the monitor isn't flush with the rest of the back when you tilt it to its max. You can see what it looks like normally here versus what it looks like when you tilt it here. While it feels and looks like it would fall off if you pull too hard, it's still securely attached to the stand.

9.3
Design
Ergonomics
Min Height To Top Of Panel
15.2" (38.7 cm)
Height Adjustment
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-20° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range
-45° to 45°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The ergonomics are fantastic, and it's very easy to adjust the monitor to an ideal position. While Dell advertises the swivel range to be -20° to 20°, we confirmed it supports a wider swivel range.

The majority of the back panel features a matte plastic, and there's a cutout in the stand for cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
10.8" (27.5 cm)
Base Depth
7.9" (20.0 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
6.4" (16.2 cm)
Weight (With Display)
12.2 lbs (5.5 kg)

The monitor wobbles a bit on an unstable table, but otherwise, the stand holds the screen well and doesn't take up much space, either.

Design
Display
Size
27"
Housing Width
24.1" (61.2 cm)
Housing Height
14.3" (36.2 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
2.8" (7.0 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.3" (0.7 cm)
Design
Controls

There are four buttons and a joystick to control the on-screen menu, and the power button is underneath the right corner.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
Internal

  • DisplayPort cable
  • DisplayPort to USB-C cable
  • Power cable
  • User guides

Picture Quality
6.6
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,420 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
1,379 : 1

The Dell G2724D has an okay contrast ratio. While blacks look gray next to bright highlights, it's at least better than most IPS monitors. Unfortunately, the local dimming feature brightens the entire image with most content, which results in a slightly worse contrast. If you care about better contrast, check out the Samsung Odyssey G5/G55C S27CG55.

1.5
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Edge

The edge-lit local dimming feature is terrible, and it's always on in HDR, as you can't disable it. While most content requires all eight dimming zones to turn on, dark scenes with small, bright highlights result in a ton of blooming as only certain zones turn on. This is distracting, and the algorithm doesn't keep up with fast-moving objects well, so it's clear when they transition between zones. Overall, the local dimming fails to improve the contrast, and it worsens the picture quality in HDR, especially in dark scenes. If you want a budget monitor with better local dimming, check out the AOC Q27G3XMN.

8.3
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
426 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
440 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
442 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
441 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
442 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
441 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
439 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
441 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
441 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
441 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
440 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000
Minimum Brightness
36 cd/m²

The SDR peak brightness is great. It easily gets bright enough to fight glare, and the brightness doesn't change across different content, which is great. These results are from after calibration in the 'Custom Color' Preset Mode with the Brightness at its max.

7.0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
DisplayHDR 400 - 1.0/1.1
Real Scene
428 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
454 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
457 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
457 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
457 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
458 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
454 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
456 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
456 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
457 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
458 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The HDR brightness is decent. It doesn't get much brighter than in HDR, and the local dimming feature fails to make small highlights stand out against the rest of the image. It also tone maps too aggressively as there's a slow roll-off towards its peak brightness, meaning it doesn't let highlights get the brightest they can. It performs the same even in Console Mode.

These results are in the 'DisplayHDR 400' Smart HDR mode, which automatically enables local dimming.

8.1
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
34°
Color Washout From Right
37°
Color Shift From Left
51°
Color Shift From Right
59°
Brightness Loss From Left
38°
Brightness Loss From Right
42°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
57°
Gamma Shift From Right
60°

The Dell G2724D has a great horizontal viewing angle. It's good enough to share your screen with someone next to you as the image remains consistent from the sides, but it gets darker at really wide angles.

6.4
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
28°
Color Washout From Above
30°
Color Shift From Below
30°
Color Shift From Above
39°
Brightness Loss From Below
32°
Brightness Loss From Above
35°
Black Level Raise From Below
45°
Black Level Raise From Above
49°
Gamma Shift From Below
29°
Gamma Shift From Above
31°

The vertical viewing angle is okay. While the image gets darker at wide angles, this isn't an issue unless you stand directly above the monitor and look down on it.

7.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.663%
50% DSE
0.145%

The gray uniformity is good. While the edges of the screen are a bit darker than the rest, there's minimal dirty screen effect in the center, which is great.

6.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.398%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
2.947%

The Dell 27 Gaming Monitor G2724D has alright black uniformity. The local dimming feature is automatically disabled in SDR, and while the black uniformity is okay like that, there's still backlight bleed towards the top left corner. Local dimming is always on in HDR, but it causes more blooming around bright objects in dark scenes, and there's still the same backlight bleed.

9.0
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
sRGB
sRGB Gamut Area xy
102.5%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
2.27
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,935 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.20
Color dE (Avg.)
1.45
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
Default
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
100
Measured Brightness
435 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The accuracy before calibration is fantastic. The dedicated sRGB mode has minimal color and white balance inaccuracies, and even gamma follows the target curve very well. The color temperature is a bit on the cold side, giving the image a blue tint, but it isn't very noticeable. Luckily, the sRGB mode only locks the color calibration settings, so you can still adjust other settings like the brightness and gaming settings. Other modes have oversaturated colors, so using the sRGB mode results in the best accuracy.

9.8
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Custom Color
sRGB Gamut Area xy
101.1%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.50
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,496 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.19
Color dE (Avg.)
0.33
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
98-100-98
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
24
Measured Brightness
100 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The accuracy after calibration is remarkable, and you won't notice any problems.

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
100.0%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
83.2%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

The Dell G2724D has an incredible SDR color gamut. It has perfect coverage of the common sRGB color space and decent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in professional publishing. However, greens are undersaturated, and reds and magentas are slightly oversaturated in Adobe RGB.

7.4
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
86.7%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
DisplayHDR 400
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
62.6%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
DisplayHDR 400

This monitor has a decent HDR color gamut. This is one of the bigger differences with the Dell Alienware AW2724DM, which has a much better color gamut. As for this monitor, its coverage of the common DCI-P3 color space is good, but it has tone mapping issues, as most colors are off, and it has limited coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space.

7.2
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI-P3 Coverage ICtCp
55.7%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
DisplayHDR 400
10,000 cd/m² Rec. 2020 Coverage ICtCp
28.2%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
DisplayHDR 400

The HDR color volume is decent. However, it's limited by its incomplete color gamut, and it can't display bright and dark colors well.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
IPS
Subpixel Layout
RGB

The text clarity is good. It's actually better than the Dell Alienware AW2724DM for this, as text is clearer with Windows ClearType (top photo) enabled, and it's what you'd expect for a 27-inch, 1440p monitor. These photos are in Windows 10, and you can also see them in Windows 11 with ClearType on and with ClearType off.

7.7
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.8%
Indirect Reflections
2.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.1%

The Dell G2724D has good reflection handling. While some strong light sources cause distracting glare, it also gets bright enough to fight glare in most well-lit office spaces.

9.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The gradient handling is outstanding; you won't notice banding with most content.

Motion
7.5
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
60 Hz

Due to bandwidth limitations, the max refresh rate is limited over HDMI, but you won't have issues reaching that max refresh rate over DisplayPort.

Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
DisplayPort, HDMI

NVIDIAVRR MinVRR Max
DisplayPort<20Hz165Hz
HDMI<20Hz144Hz

AMDVRR MinVRR Max
DisplayPort<20Hz165Hz
HDMI<20Hz144Hz

On top of supporting FreeSync VRR and G-SYNC compatibility, this monitor also supports HDMI Forum VRR. Although this is a feature of HDMI 2.1, it doesn't require extra bandwidth.

7.9
Motion
VRR Motion Performance
Recommended VRR OD Setting
Extreme
Variable Overdrive Advertised
No
Avg. CAD
165
Best CAD
158
Worst CAD
183

Refresh RateCAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
164HeatmapChartPhoto
144HeatmapChartPhoto
120HeatmapChartPhoto
100HeatmapChartPhoto
80HeatmapChartPhoto
60HeatmapChartPhoto

The Dell G2724D has very good motion handling across its refresh rate range with VRR enabled. The 'Extreme' Response Time setting has the best motion handling with most refresh rates, but there's more inverse ghosting at lower refresh rates. If that bothers you, the 'Super Fast' setting is more consistent at any refresh rate but has worse motion handling than 'Extreme' at high refresh rates.

7.9
Motion
Refresh Rate Compliance
Compliance @ Max Hz
49%
Compliance @ 120 FPS
65%
Compliance @ 60 FPS
78%

The refresh rate compliance is very good. Like most LED-backlit LCD monitors, its response time isn't fast enough to make full color transitions at its max refresh rate, but it gets better at lower refresh rates. All three Response Time settings perform similarly, but 'Extreme' has the best compliance with most refresh rates.

7.7
Motion
CAD @ Max Refresh Rate
OD Transition Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Extreme
Avg. CAD
158
Best 10% CAD
81
Worst 10% CAD
277

Overdrive Mode (VRR On)CAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
FastHeatmapChartPhoto
Super FastHeatmapChartPhoto
ExtremeHeatmapChartPhoto

The CAD with VRR enabled at the max refresh rate of 165Hz is good. The 'Extreme' overdrive setting has the quickest response time without any noticeable overshoot, so motion looks good, but there's still some blur. These results are with VRR on, but the overdrive settings perform differently with VRR disabled, especially at the max refresh rate, as you can see below. There's more inverse ghosting with 'Extreme,' and 'Super Fast' has the lowest CAD.

Overdrive Mode (VRR Off)CAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
FastHeatmapChartPhoto
Super FastHeatmapChartPhoto
ExtremeHeatmapChartPhoto

Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Extreme
First Response Time
6.3 ms
Total Response Time
6.5 ms
RGB Overshoot
0 RGB
Worst 10% First Response Time
12.3 ms
Worst 10% Total Response Time
12.3 ms
Worst 10% RGB Overshoot
3 RGB

Overdrive ModeVRRFirst Response HeatmapTotal Response HeatmapRGB Overshoot Heatmap
FastOnHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
Super FastOnHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
ExtremeOnHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
FastOffHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
Super FastOffHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
ExtremeOffHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap

7.7
Motion
CAD @ 120Hz
OD Transition 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Extreme
Avg. CAD
160
Best 10% CAD
79
Worst 10% CAD
273

Overdrive Mode (VRR On)CAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
FastHeatmapChartPhoto
Super FastHeatmapChartPhoto
ExtremeHeatmapChartPhoto

The CAD with VRR enabled at 120Hz is good. The 'Extreme' overdrive setting has the fastest response time, leading to the lowest CAD, but the 'Fast' and 'Super Fast' settings perform similarly. Unlike at the max refresh rate, disabling VRR results in similar motion handling, as you can see with the results below. The 'Extreme' setting has the lowest CAD even with VRR disabled, but motion handling is still worse than with VRR enabled.

Overdrive Mode (VRR Off)CAD HeatmapRT Chart
FastHeatmapChart
Super FastHeatmapChart
ExtremeHeatmapChart

Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Extreme
First Response Time
5.8 ms
Total Response Time
6.9 ms
RGB Overshoot
1 RGB
Worst 10% First Response Time
11.2 ms
Worst 10% Total Response Time
11.4 ms
Worst 10% RGB Overshoot
8 RGB

Overdrive ModeVRRFirst Response HeatmapTotal Response HeatmapRGB Overshoot Heatmap
FastOnHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
Super FastOnHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
ExtremeOnHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
FastOffHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
Super FastOffHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
ExtremeOffHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap

7.6
Motion
CAD @ 60Hz
OD Transition 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Super Fast
Avg. CAD
170
Best 10% CAD
85
Worst 10% CAD
282

Overdrive Mode (VRR On)CAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
FastHeatmapChartPhoto
Super FastHeatmapChartPhoto
ExtremeHeatmapChartPhoto

The CAD with VRR enabled at 60Hz is good. Unlike at higher refresh rates, the 'Super Fast' overdrive setting has the lowest CAD because 'Extreme' has more overshoot, leading to inverse ghosting. The overdrive settings perform similarly with VRR disabled, as you can see with the results below, but motion handling is worse overall than with VRR enabled.

Overdrive Mode (VRR Off)CAD HeatmapRT Chart
FastHeatmapChart
Super FastHeatmapChart
ExtremeHeatmapChart

Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Super Fast
First Response Time
6.4 ms
Total Response Time
7.7 ms
RGB Overshoot
1 RGB
Worst 10% First Response Time
11.1 ms
Worst 10% Total Response Time
17.7 ms
Worst 10% RGB Overshoot
5 RGB

Overdrive ModeVRRFirst Response HeatmapTotal Response HeatmapRGB Overshoot Heatmap
FastOnHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
Super FastOnHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
ExtremeOnHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
FastOffHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
Super FastOffHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
ExtremeOffHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
No BFI
Maximum Frequency
N/A
Minimum Frequency
N/A
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Pulse Width Control
No BFI
Pulse Phase Control
No BFI
Pulse Amplitude Control
No BFI
VRR At The Same Time
No BFI

The Dell G2724D doesn't have a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur.

9.1
Motion
VRR Flicker
Dark Gray Flicker
0.5 RGB
Middle Gray Flicker
1.2 RGB
Light Gray Flicker
1.2 RGB

The Dell G2724D has minimal VRR flicker with changing frame rates, which is fantastic.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight remains flicker-free at all brightness levels, which helps reduce eye strain if you're sensitive to flicker.

Inputs
9.0
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
3.3 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
4.5 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.0 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
N/A

This monitor has low input lag for a responsive feel and doesn't significantly increase at low refresh rates either.

7.5
Inputs
Resolution
Native Resolution
2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
3.7 MP
Pixel Density
109 PPI
7.1
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes

There aren't any compatibility issues with the PS5, except for the fact that it doesn't support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for 4k @ 120Hz signals. With Console Mode enabled, it can downscale 4k images, which are more detailed than native 1440p. The monitor also works with HDMI Forum VRR, which is the VRR format that the console supports.

7.1
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes

Besides the lack of HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, there aren't any compatibility issues with the Xbox Series X|S. With Console Mode enabled, it can downscale 4k images, which is useful because the Xbox only supports HDR with 4k signals.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
2 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
1 (HDMI 2.0)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
No
3.5mm Audio In
No
HDR10
Yes
3.5mm Microphone In
No

The Dell G2724D doesn't have an audio jack, and it doesn't have speakers either, so you'll have to connect your speakers or headphones to your computer instead.

Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
0
USB-A Rated Speed
No USB-A Ports
USB-B Upstream Port
No
USB-C Ports
0
USB-C Upstream
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Rated Speed
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Power Delivery
No USB-C Ports
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No USB-C Ports
Thunderbolt
No

As this monitor doesn't have any USB ports, you aren't able to update its firmware. If you want a budget monitor with a USB hub, check out the Gigabyte M27Q (rev. 2.0).

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The Dell 27 Gaming Monitor G2724D works well with macOS with a USB-C to DisplayPort cable. There aren't any issues with VRR, but HDR looks washed out and dim. If you're using a MacBook, windows return to their original position when waking the laptop up from sleep, but some of them don't return to their position after reopening the lid of the laptop.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
RGB Illumination
No
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
No

The Dell G2724D comes with a few extra features, including:

  • Console Mode: Optimizes the monitor for use with the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S as it downscales a 4k image.
  • Dark Stabilizer: Adjusts the gamma in dark scenes so that you see opponents better.
  • Game Enhance Mode: Settings page that includes the Frame Rate, Timer, and Display Alignment options.
  • Vision Engine: Provides different crosshairs and vision modes, including 'Night,' 'Clear,' and 'Chroma,' to see opponents better. Your game's anti-cheat tool won't detect this, giving you a competitive advantage.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)