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Dell S2419HGF Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 11, 2019 at 07:53 am
Dell S2419HGF Picture
Test Methodology v1.0
7.2
Mixed Usage
7.1
Office
8.1
Gaming
6.8
Multimedia
7.0
Media Creation
5.4
HDR Gaming
Size 24"
Resolution 1920x1080
Refresh Rate 120 Hz
LCD Type
TN
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Dell S2419HGF is a decent 1080p gaming monitor. It has a TN panel that delivers a very fast response time, a low input lag, and a high refresh rate, which is great for gaming. It supports FreeSync for a nearly tear-free gaming experience but has a mediocre overall picture quality mainly due to its low contrast ratio, lack of local dimming, and bad black uniformity. On the upside, this monitor has decent brightness and can be placed in an average lit room without issue, but the viewing angles are bad and you must sit straight in front to enjoy an accurate image.

Our Verdict

7.2 Mixed Usage

Decent monitor for mixed usage. The Dell S2419HGF has a passable picture quality as it can get fairly bright for an average room. However, it fails to deliver deep blacks in a dark room or fight the glare of a very bright room. It has a remarkably fast response time, a very low input lag, a fast refresh rate, and supports FreeSync for tear-free gaming. All these make it an attraction to gamers.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.1 Office

The Dell S2419HGF is a decent monitor for office use. Its 24" screen size and 1080p resolution might be limiting for multitasking, but good enough if your main use is word processing and email correspondence. Unfortunately, the poor viewing angles don't make it easy to share your work with a colleague, but this is slightly counterbalanced thanks to the great ergonomic adjustments of the stand. This monitor can get decently bright and is better suited for an average lit room.

See our Office recommendations
8.1 Gaming

This is a very good gaming monitor. It has an extremely fast response time and delivers fast-moving content with almost no blur trail. The input lag is very low and the refresh rate can be pushed to 144Hz so that motion looks crisp. Thanks also to FreeSync support this monitor delivers a great overall gaming experience.

See our Gaming recommendations
6.8 Multimedia

The Dell S2419HGF delivers a decent experience when consuming multimedia. The 1080p resolution and 24" size can be limiting at times when the source content has to be downscaled so that it can be displayed. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are poor, as with most TN panel monitors. On the upside, this monitor has great ergonomics and you can adjust it to a comfortable position with ease.

See our Multimedia recommendations
7.0 Media Creation

The Dell S2419HGF is an okay monitor for media creation. Its resolution and size might be slightly limiting as they prevent you from displaying many details on your screen. The poor viewing angles don't favor working in groups but, on the upside, the ergonomics are great. Finally, the low input lag gives off a very responsive media editing experience.

See our Media Creation recommendations
5.4 HDR Gaming

This monitor does not support HDR.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
  • 7.2 Mixed Usage
  • 7.1 Office
  • 8.1 Gaming
  • 6.8 Multimedia
  • 7.0 Media Creation
  • 5.4 HDR Gaming
Pros
  • Remarkably low input lag.
  • Excellent response time.
Cons
  • Bad black uniformity.
  • Image loses accuracy when viewed from the side.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)
Weight (with stand)
10.8 lbs (4.9 kg)

The Dell S2419H has a great design. It's mainly made of good quality plastic and has the typical sturdy Dell stand which prevents most wobble. The ergonomics are great and allow you to position the monitor comfortably on your desk. The entire construction is well-built without any issues but doesn't feel premium.

Design
Stand
Width
9.7" (24.6 cm)
Depth
7.3" (18.5 cm)

The stand of the Dell S2419HGF is very sturdy. It supports the monitor well and only allows minimal wobble.

8.4
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.4" (13.7 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape Yes
Swivel Range -40° to 40°
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

The stand has great ergonomic adjustments. You should have no issues placing this monitor in a comfortable position.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is made of plastic and looks fairly plain. There is one opening at the back where all the ports are. The stand has a hole on its pole to help with cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.8" (2.0 cm)

The borders are slightly thick, and although they won't bother you in normal use, they don't favor a multimonitor setup.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
4.8" (12.2 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
1.9" (4.8 cm)

Although the stand is slightly tilted, the overall thickness of the monitor doesn't vary significantly.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the Dell S2419HGF is good. The entire construction is robust and there are no gaps or loose ends. The stand is sturdy and prevents most wobble.

Picture Quality
5.9
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
928 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

Just as expected from a TN monitor, the contrast ratio of the Dell S2419HGF is disappointing. Blacks tend to look more like gray in a dark room.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The S2419 doesn't have a local dimming feature and the above video is provided for reference only.

7.1
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
248 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
300 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
302 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
303 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
304 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
304 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
300 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
302 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
303 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
304 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
304 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.001

Decent peak brightness. As long as you don't place the monitor in a very bright room you should have no issues with its brightness levels.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

5.0
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
25 °
Color Shift from Right
26 °
Brightness from Left
44 °
Brightness from Right
45 °
Black Level from Left
25 °
Black Level from Right
24 °
Curve Radius N/A

Just like most TN monitors, the S2417HGF has poor horizontal viewing angles, making it not ideal for co-op gaming.

6.4
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
9 °
Color Shift from Above
39 °
Brightness from Below
13 °
Brightness from Above
64 °
Black Level from Below
26 °
Black Level from Above
44 °

The vertical viewing angles behave typically as in most TN monitors. When looking from above, the image retains its accuracy for fairly large angles but when you look from below, the image is completely inaccurate as you can also see in the video above. This causes the upper part of the images in many of our photos to look darker.

7.4
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
7.890 %
50% DSE
0.116 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.989 %
5% DSE
0.074 %

Decent gray uniformity for the Dell S2419HGF. There is no significant dirty screen effect but the terrible viewing angle from below causes serious uniformity issues at the top of the screen.

3.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.874 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The black uniformity is bad just like with most TN monitors. The clouding on the screen, however, is usually only noticeable when watching dark scenes in a dark room.

6.8
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom Color
Luminance
241 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
75
Contrast Setting
75
RGB controls
100-100-100
Color Temperature
6424 K
White Balance dE
3.76
Color dE
3.35
Gamma
2.43

The Dell S2419HGF has decent out of the box color accuracy. Enthusiasts will notice the inaccuracies in grays and colors, but for most people, this will go unnoticed. The gamma doesn't follow the curve well and most scenes are darker than they should.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom Color
Luminance
102 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
27
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Controls
93-95-100
Color Temperature
6478 K
White Balance dE
0.69
Color dE
0.81
Gamma
2.17

The Dell S2419HGF has exceptional accuracy after calibration. Most inaccuracies are corrected, and not even enthusiasts will be able to spot any remaining ones. Gamma follows the target curve well, and the color temperature is very close to the target of 6500K.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

8.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
95.1 %
Adobe RGB xy
74.1 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: custom color (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: custom color

Excellent SDR color gamut for the S2419HGF, very similar to the BenQ Zowie XL2411P. The standard sRGB color space used by most desktop content is covered almost entirely. Unfortunately, the wider Adobe RGB color gamut used mostly by professionals has only limited coverage.

8.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
94.6 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
78.0 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: custom color
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: custom color

Excellent SDR color volume. Unfortunately, the monitor can't reproduce the darker shades of colors mainly limited by its low contrast ratio.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A

HDR is not supported.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
N/A

HDR is not supported.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention on the Dell S2419HGF, even right after displaying our high-contrast, static test image for 10 minutes. However, this varies between units, so let us know in the discussions below if your unit shows signs of image retention.

8.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

Excellent gradient handling for the Dell S2419HGF. Some color banding is visible since this monitor has an 8-bit color depth but it's hardly noticeable.

9.9
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel row error
0.004 %
Pixel column error
0.011 %

This monitor has no noticeable signs of color bleed with regular content.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections

The reflection handling of this monitor is good. Just like the LG 24GL600F, glare might be an issue when in a bright room, but for average lit rooms, this should not be the case.

Motion
9.8
Motion
Motion Blur
80% Response Time
2.9 ms
100% Response Time
8.7 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal

Response Tim Setting Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo
Normal Chart Photo
Fast Chart Photo
Super Fast Chart Photo

The Dell S2419HGF has a remarkably fast response time that only leaves a small blur trail behind fast-moving content. We recommend that you leave the Response Time setting to 'Normal' as the two faster options don't significantly improve response time, but instead they create noticeable overshoot in most transitions as you can see in the graphs. We measured the response time at the native refresh rate of 120Hz.

7.5
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

The Dell S2419H is flicker-free at all brightness levels and this is great. Unfortunately, there is no option to introduce flicker to help make motion appear clearer.

9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
120 Hz
Factory Overclock
144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
VRR Maximum
120 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
144 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The monitor has a native refresh rate of 120Hz. It is, however, advertised as a 144Hz monitor, which is the refresh rate the monitor achieves when overclocked. It supports FreeSync with a VRR range of 144Hz to less than 20Hz both through the HDMI and the DisplayPort connectors.

Inputs
9.2
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
5.1 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
9.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
8.4 ms
10 bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

The input lag is remarkably low at the monitor's native refresh rate and native resolution. When overclocked to 144Hz the input lag @ 1080p is even lower at 4.3ms, and when in VRR @ 144Hz the input lag remains very low at 4.8ms.

7.1
Inputs
Resolution and Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density 92 PPI
Screen Diagonal 24.0 inches
Screen Area 247 sq inches

For a 24" monitor the native resolution of 1080p is good, especially for gaming. However, it can be limiting if you wish to multitask or display more details of your work on the screen.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB 2 (USB 3.0)
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm 1
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal
Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
HDR10 No
Multiple input display
No

There are no additional features on this monitor. You can, however, change the 'Black Stabilizer' to adjust the black level, and you can change the 3.5mm Analog Audio Out volume level.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

The controls are located on the right side of the underside and are easy to use.

Features
In The Box

  • HDMI Cable
  • Power Cable
  • USB-A-to-USB-B
  • User Manual

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 24" Dell S2419HGF, which is the only size available. Some retailers offer some variants that include the DisplayPort cable instead of the HDMI one, but we expect the review to be valid for those as well.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their S2419HGF doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

The Dell S2419HGF we reviewed was manufactured in December 2018.

Compared to other monitors

The Dell S2419HGF is a budget gaming monitor, with impressive gaming performance. It has a low input lag, supports FreeSync, and delivers a decent performance in most uses just like most gaming monitors. See also our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best budget gaming monitors, and the best 1080p monitors.

BenQ Zowie XL2411P
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The Dell S2419HGF is slightly better than the BenQ Zowie XL2411P. Both monitors have an excellent refresh rate of 144Hz, even though the Dell has to be overclocked to get there. The Dell, however, also supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate for an almost tear-free gaming experience. Both monitors are flicker-free, which is great, but the BenQ offers an optional black frame insertion feature to help make motion crisper.

LG 24GL600F
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The Dell S2419HGF is better than the LG 24GL600F. The Dell has a more versatile stand that allows many adjustments so you can place it in a comfortable position with ease and can also serve as a USB hub. Both monitors have an excellent 144Hz refresh rate, although the Dell has to be overclocked to get there. Both monitors are flicker-free, but the LG has an optional black frame insertion feature to make motion crisper.

ViewSonic XG2402
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The ViewSonic XG2402 is somewhat better than the Dell S2419HGF. Both monitors have a very fast refresh rate of 144Hz, although the Dell has to be overclocked to get there. The ViewSonic displays more uniform blacks when in a dark room. It also gets slightly brighter and has better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for a brighter room as well. The Dell, on the other hand, has a bit more versatile stand and allows you to position it comfortably with ease.

ASUS VG245H
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The Dell S2419HGF is a bit better than the ASUS VG245H. The Dell has a much faster refresh rate, which is great for a smoother gaming experience. The Dell is also more versatile when it comes to connectivity, as it supports DisplayPort and HDMI and has two USB 3.0 ports. The ASUS, on the other hand, has only one HDMI port and a VGA port for compatibility with older setups.

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