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  1. Table of Contents
  2. Intro
  3. Design
    1. Stand
    2. Ergonomics
    3. Back
    4. Borders
    5. Thickness
    6. Build Quality
  4. Picture Quality
    1. Contrast
    2. Local Dimming
    3. SDR Peak Brightness
    4. HDR Peak Brightness
    5. Horizontal Viewing Angle
    6. Vertical Viewing Angle
    7. Gray Uniformity
    8. Black Uniformity
    9. Pre Calibration
    10. Post Calibration
    11. SDR Color Gamut
    12. SDR Color Volume
    13. HDR Color Gamut
    14. HDR Color Volume
    15. Image Retention
    16. Gradient
    17. Color Bleed
    18. Reflections
  5. Motion
    1. Motion Blur
    2. Image Flicker
    3. Refresh Rate
  6. Inputs
    1. Input Lag
    2. Resolution and Size
    3. Inputs
    4. Total Inputs
  7. Features
    1. Additional Features
    2. On-Screen Display (OSD)
    3. Controls
    4. In The Box
  8. Sizes and Variants
  9. Compared
  10. Conclusion
  11. Q&A
Reviewed on Feb 09, 2018 , Ian Cumming, Mehdi Azzabi, Eric Bousquet

Dell S2716DG
MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
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Test Benches: test

  • 1.0: Fall 2017
7.4
Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 30% Office
  • 30% Multimedia
  • 25% Gaming
  • 10% Media Creation
  • 5% HDR Gaming
Size : 27 "
Resolution : 2560x1440
Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
LCD Type
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What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
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TN

The Dell S2716DG is a great 27 inch TN-type G-Sync monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate and a high 1440p resolution. Its low input lag and a slew of motion features make it a particularly great choice for PC gaming. Unfortunately, its flexibility is greatly limited by its narrow viewing angle and low contrast ratio, reducing its picture quality in a dark room.

Test Results
Design 7.5
Picture Quality 5.9
Motion 9.4
Inputs 9.0
Pros
  • G-Sync support
  • Fast 144 Hz refresh rate
Cons
  • Blacks are cloudy
  • Picture quality deteriorates when viewed at an angle

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7.5

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Dell S2716DG Design Picture
Curved : No
Curve radius : N/A
Weight (without stand) : 9.6lbs (4.4 kg)
Weight (with stand) : 15.2lbs (6.9 kg)

The design of the Dell S2716DG is very similar to other Dell monitors, such as the U2415H. It has a flat rectangular base which supports the monitor well, and the stand also allows for easy ergonomic adjustment to find the most comfortable gaming position. Like other Dell monitors, the build quality is good.

Stand
Dell S2716DG Stand picture
Width : 11.5" (29.2 cm)
Depth : 7.9" (20.0 cm)

The stand of the Dell Gaming S2716DG is simple, with a flat rectangular base similar to the U2715H. It doesn't take up a lot of desk area but still provides a stable support which is good.

8.3 Ergonomics
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What it is: How much the position of the screen can be adjusted to match the viewing preference of the user.
When it matters: All usages, but especially office and gaming use.
Score components:
  • 45% Height Adjustment
  • 18% Switch portrait/landscape
  • 18% Swivel Range
  • 18% Tilt Range
Dell S2716DG Ergonomics picture
Height Adjustment : 5.0" (12.7 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : Yes
Swivel Range : -45° to 45°
Tilt Range : -20° to 5°

The Dell S2716DG provides a great range of ergonomic adjustments, which makes it easy to find a comfortable arrangement for any setup.

Back
Dell S2716DG Back picture
Wall Mount : Vesa 100x100

The rear of the monitor is very simple, with a two-tone gray and black plastic finish. The inputs are relatively easy to access from the rear and the stand allows for cables to be routed through the back.

Borders
Dell S2716DG Borders picture
Borders : 0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders of this Dell monitor have an average thickness and look good. There is a small gap between the border of the display and the start of the pixels.

Thickness
Dell S2716DG Thickness picture
Thickness (with stand) : 6.2" (15.7 cm)
Thickness (without stand) : 2.2" (5.5 cm)

The monitor has an average thickness when viewed from the side. The small footprint of the stand means that it can sit quite close to a wall, and when VESA mounted the monitor doesn't stick out much.

7.5 Build Quality
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What it is: How well built and sturdy the monitor is, and how good the materials used to build it are.
When it matters: All usages.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Dell S2716DG Build Quality picture

The build quality of the Dell Gaming S2716DG is good. Like other Dell monitors, it is entirely made of plastic but still feels well constructed.

The Dell S2716DG has a disappointing picture quality. The poor contrast ratio and terrible black uniformity ruin dark room performance, as most dark content looks washed out and blacks tend to look gray. When used in a brighter room, which is recommended for this monitor, the S2716DG fares better but even then, it might struggle to overcome the glare. Viewing angles are passable at best, especially when the monitor is viewed from a higher position.

Gray uniformity is decent though, and dirty screen effect is not really a problem here, which is good. The out of the box accuracy could be better, but this can be fixed if the monitor is calibrated. Finally, the S2716DG does not support HDR nor more advanced features like local dimming, but for the SDR standard, it does a good job and covers the sRGB color space well.

5.2 Contrast
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What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
Dell S2716DG Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
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634 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with local dimming turned on (maximum) with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
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N/A

The Dell S2716DG has a poor contrast ratio. In comparison, the S2716DG is the Dell monitor with one of the lower contrast ratio that we measured in 2017. Unfortunately, dark room performance is really disappointing, as it can't display deep black and this results in washed out dark scenes. For this reason, the S2716DG is better suited for a well-lit environment, as the ambient light will make the low contrast ratio effect less apparent.

0 Local Dimming
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What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
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What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
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No
Backlight
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What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit monitors have more uniform blacks than some full-array monitors.
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Direct

The Dell S2716DG does not have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.

7.3 SDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. Our Real Scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurements are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming on, max backlight and with an SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies and TV shows in SDR.
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275 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time
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288 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time
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288 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
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288 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
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288 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
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288 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent during a scene.
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284 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent during a scene.
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286 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
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286 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
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286 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
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287 cd/m2
SDR ABL
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What it is: The standard deviation of the SDR sustained brightness, after linearizing for noticeable differences in luminosity
When it matters: Content with large bright areas, such as for PC or video game use, and sports such as hockey
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0.0

The SDR peak brightness is decent. While the Dell S2716DG will get bright enough to suit most environments, direct light sources such as windows might cause reflections too strong for the monitor to remain usable.

0 HDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with HDR content.
When it matters: HDR content
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

HDR is not supported on this monitor.

5.5 Horizontal Viewing Angle
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What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
Dell S2716DG Horizontal Color Shift Picture
Color Shift from Left
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your left
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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31 °
Color Shift from Right
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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37 °
Dell S2716DG Horizontal Brightness Picture
Brightness from Left
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your left.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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50 °
Brightness from Right
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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53 °
Dell S2716DG Horizontal Black Level Picture
Black Level from Left
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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25 °
Black Level from Right
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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25 °
Curve Radius : N/A

Poor horizontal viewing angle. Most noticeable are its raised black levels which shift with fairly small lateral movements. The brightness fares a bit better, but users shouldn't expect the Dell Gaming S2716DG to remain accurate off-axis.

6.3 Vertical Viewing Angle
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What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the top or bottom.
Dell S2716DG Vertical Color Shift Picture
Color Shift from Below
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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7 °
Color Shift from Above
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor when standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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39 °
Dell S2716DG Vertical Brightness Picture
Brightness from Below
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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12 °
Brightness from Above
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor while standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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66 °
Dell S2716DG Vertical Black Level Picture
Black Level from Below
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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23 °
Black Level from Above
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor while standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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49 °

Mediocre vertical viewing angle. As is typical of TN-type LCD monitors. the picture deteriorates very rapidly when viewing the monitor from below. Colors shift to an inverted state and the screen dims significantly. Picture quality is retained decently when viewed from above.

7.1 Gray Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
Dell S2716DG 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
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6.52 %
50% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
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0.162 %
Dell S2716DG 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
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1.109 %
5% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
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0.093 %

The S2716DG has a better than average gray uniformity, as seen in our test pictures. Looking at the 50% gray uniformity picture, we can see that the top part and the edges are a bit darker than the center of the screen but overall, it is not too bad and a dirty screen effect is not noticeable, making this monitor suitable for content with even colors like sports or generated graphics.

The monitor fares a bit better in our 5% gray uniformity test picture, as no major issues show themselves at this intensity, matching the low result in our standard deviation and DSE calculation.

2.8 Black Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
Dell S2716DG Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: <2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
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4.154 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks with Local Dimming enabled
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: <2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
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N/A

The Dell S2716DG black uniformity is awful and is one of the worse we have measured. The edges of the monitor are all a bit brighter than the rest of the screen, and they even have a blue tint. There is also a strange rectangular zone near the center of the screen, where clouding is more prominent. All this results in a poor dark room performance, as those come up when displaying very dark content, and this is particularly striking when the monitor is used in a dark room.

6.5 Pre Calibration
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What it is: Monitor's color accuracy before a full calibration. The measurements are taken with out of the box 'factory setting'.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
Dell S2716DG Pre Calibration Picture Dell S2716DG Pre Gamma Curve Picture Dell S2716DG Pre Color Picture
Picture Mode
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What it is: The picture mode that was used to do the pre-calibration reading. We usually go for the picture mode that gives us the more control over all the picture quality setting.
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Standard
Luminance
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What it is: The luminance at which the pre-calibration reading was done. This represents the luminance of the monitor when it is at the factory default settings.
:
254 cd/m2
Luminance Settings
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What it is: The luminance settings, often named 'Brightness' on monitors, usually range from 0 to 100.
:
75
Contrast Setting
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What it is: The monitor contrast setting, usually ranging from 0 to 100.
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75
RGB controls
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What it is: This is the value for each color (red, green, and blue) used in the monitor internal RGB cuts/gains controls. If the monitor does not have an internal RGB cuts/gains controls, then the color temperature setting will be used instead, and the color temperature that gives us the best result will be used.
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N/A
Color Temperature
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What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color for PC monitors and also for the sRGB color standard.
When it matters: When you care about color reproduction and accuracy.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
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6354 K
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
3.98
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
3.64
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.07

Out of the box, this Dell monitor accuracy could be better. The most accurate picture mode was the 'Standard', but with a white balance dE of almost 4 and a color dE of over 3, most enthusiast out there could notice there is something wrong with the accuracy. The color temperature is not far from our target of 6500k, but when it comes to the gamma, if we look at the target curve, we see that the S2716DG undershoot it considerably.

After the 'Standard' picture mode, the 'Warm' picture mode is the second most accurate one, followed by the 'custom Color' and finally the 'Cool' picture mode.

9.6 Post Calibration
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What it is: Monitor's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All graphics and video content on a monitor that has been professionally calibrated.
Score components:
Dell S2716DG Post Calibration Picture Dell S2716DG Post Gamma Curve Picture Dell S2716DG Post Color Picture
Picture Mode
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What it is: The picture mode that was used to do the calibration reading. We usually go for the picture mode that gives us the more control over all the picture quality setting.
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Custom Color
Luminance
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What it is: The luminance at which the calibration was executed. We aim for a luminance level of 100 cd/m².
:
101.8 cd/m2
Luminance Settings
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What it is: The luminance settings, often named 'Brightness' on monitors, usually range from 0 to 100.
:
19
Contrast Setting
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What it is: The monitor contrast setting, usually ranging from 0 to 100.
:
75
RGB controls
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What it is: This is the value for each color (red, green, and blue) used in the monitor internal RGB cuts/gains controls. If the monitor does not have an internal RGB cuts/gains controls, then the color temperature setting will be used instead, and the color temperature that gives us the best result will be used.
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87-96-100
Color Temperature
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What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color for PC monitors and also for the sRGB color standard.
When it matters: When you care about color reproduction and accuracy.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
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6526 K
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.45
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.82
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.18

After the calibration, which was done on the 'Custom Color' picture mode, the Dell S2716DG accuracy is excellent. Both the white balance dE and color dE are both under 1, which is very good since, at this level, inaccuracies are almost not perceivable at all. The color temperature is now almost on target (6500k) and the gamma, which was too low before calibration, is now also almost on target for both the value and the curve.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here.

8.3 SDR Color Gamut
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What it is: The palette of colors the monitor can display
When it matters: General content consumption or production
Score components:
Dell S2716DG Color Gamut s.RGB Picture
s.RGB xy
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What it is: Coverage of the s.RGB colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Almost all content. Includes websites, standard windows environment and SDR movies
Good value: > 95%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
93.4 %
Dell S2716DG Color Gamut ARGB Picture
Adobe RGB xy
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What it is: Coverage of the Adobe RGB colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Professional photography.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
72.4 %

Good reproduction of standard color gamuts. s.RGB is well represented by the S2716DG, giving no issue displaying most content. Unfortunately, its coverage of the Adobe RGB gamut is a bit lackluster.

8.2 SDR Color Volume
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What it is: How much of the SDR color spaces the monitor can reproduce
When it matters: General usage and SDR media creation
Score components:
Dell S2716DG s.RGB Color Volume ITP picture
s.RGB in ICtCp
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What it is: How much of the s.RGB colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: Most content, including web, SDR video games, and SDR media creation
:
89.9 %
Dell S2716DG Adobe RGB Color Volume ITP Picture
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
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What it is: How much of the Adobe RGB colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness.
When it matters: Professional media creation
:
73.6 %

Good SDR color volume. The Dell S2716DG can reproduce the great majority of the ubiquitous s.RGB volume. Like most monitors, it doesn't properly support the larger Adobe RGB colorspace leading to unsatisfactory coverage. In either cases though, a big limitation is the screen's low contrast ratio which renders it unable to display very dark tones.

0 HDR Color Gamut
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What it is: The monitor's ability to reproduce HDR color spaces
When it matters: HDR content consumption or media creation
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
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What it is: Whether the monitor can support wider color gamuts
When it matters: HDR content and media creation
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No
DCI P3 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy
When it matters: When consuming or producing HDR content.
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: When consuming or producing HDR content.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
N/A

HDR gamuts are not supported.

0 HDR Color Volume
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What it is: How much of the HDR color spaces a monitor can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content consumption and production. Includes streaming services, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Score components:
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness output.
When it matters: HDR content.
Good value: 80%
Noticeable difference: 5%
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N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
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What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness output.
When it matters: HDR content.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
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N/A

HDR volumes are not supported.

10 Image Retention
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What it is: How much a static image is retained on a monitor screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When working or playing video games on your PC monitor.
Dell S2716DG Image Retention Picture
IR after 0 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0 %
IR after 2 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0 %
IR after 4 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0 %
IR after 6 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0 %
IR after 8 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0 %
IR after 10 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0 %

Perfect score on our image retention test for the Dell S2716DG, as no retention could be picked up by our image analysis.

8.2 Gradient
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What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Dell S2716DG Gradient Picture
Color Depth
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What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like HDR video games or HDR UHD movies. Won't matter for regular Blu-ray movies, SDR video game or desktop environment content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
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8 Bit

The Dell S2716DG can display our gradient test image very well, and besides the 8-bit banding due to the panel limitation, not much comes up while looking at the test picture. Some really small issues can be seen in the darker color, but they are really minimal and overall, this is a good result.

9.8 Color Bleed
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What it is: How much the color from one area of the screen affects the color in another area of the screen.
When it matters: All usages, but especially media creation.
Score components:
Dell S2716DG Color bleed horizontal
Pixel row error
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What it is: The amount of bleed that appears across the screen horizontally.
When it matters: General usage of a PC monitor, can appear when browsing the web or with media creation like graphics.
Good value: <0.2%
Noticeable difference: 0.1%
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0.000 %
Dell S2716DG Color bleed vertical
Pixel column error
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What it is: Amount of color bleeding that appears across the screen vertically.
When it matters: Most uses of a PC monitor. Can appear while browsing the web or when editing images or graphics.
Good value: <0.2%
Noticeable difference: 0.1%
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0.032 %

The S2716DG produces an insignificant amount of color bleed. You're unlikely to notice its presence when displaying large vertically oriented elements of uniform color or fine grid pattern.

7.5 Reflections
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What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Dell S2716DG Average room Dell S2716DG Average room off picture Dell S2716DG Bright room off picture

The reflection handing of the Dell Gaming S2716DG is good. The light-matte finish diffuses reflections across the screen, which reduces their intensity but also produces a slight haze. This should be fine for a dark or average room, but in a bright room, reflections may be distracting.

9.4

Motion

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Motion looks excellent on the Dell S2716DG. It has an extremely fast response time, a flicker-free backlight, a high 144 Hz refresh rate and supports Nvidia's G-Sync variable refresh rate. Most of these are a boon for almost any usage but are especially good for gaming.

10 Motion Blur
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What it is: The performance of the pixel response time. Poor response time causes trails to follow moving objects. Response time is one of a few sources of motion blur.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
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Dell S2716DG Motion Blur Picture Dell S2716DG Response Time Chart
80% Response Time
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What it is: How quickly pixels can reach 80% of a full transition from one color to another.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Good value: < 8 ms
Noticeable difference: 4 ms
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2.4 ms
100% Response Time
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What it is: How quickly pixels can fully transition from one color to another.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Good value: < 20 ms
Noticeable difference: 10 ms
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4.0 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
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What it is: If the monitor has adjustable pixel overdrive settings, which one produces the best response time with minimal overshoot.
When it matters: When adjusting the monitor's settings to get the least possible motion blur.
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Normal

Response Time Normal
Response Time Fast

Outstanding pixel response time, good enough for even the fastest motion. Most of the blur in the photo is due to 144 Hz persistence; barely any ghosting trail can be seen following the moving logo at all, which is excellent. The 'Response Time Normal' overdrive setting was the best; the 'Fast' setting had very bad overshoot and is not recommended. Overall, this response time is very fast, even better than most gaming monitors.

9.4 Image Flicker
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What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Nearly all the time during PC monitor use, but especially during fast movement such as video games
Dell S2716DG Backlight Picture
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
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What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz). Frequencies that are multiples of 60Hz are better.
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0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
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What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in motion
Good value: Yes
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Yes
Dell S2716DG BFI Picture Dell S2716DG BFI Frequency Picture
BFI Maximum Frequency
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What it is: Highest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye-tracking blur in motion
Good value: Matches the native refresh rate
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
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144 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
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What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye-tracking blur in motion
Good value: 60 Hz
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
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85 Hz

The Dell S2716 has a flicker-free backlight, which is great. However, it can also add optional flicker that matches the input frame rate, using Nvidia's ULMB feature. This improves the look of motion by making moving objects sharper, as seen in the photo above. There is also a 'Pulse Width' option that can change the pulse width of the flicker, which can make motion even clearer by sacrificing brightness. Unfortunately, activating ULMB adds some overshoot to pixel transitions, which can be seen as inverted ghosts following the pattern in the photo as well as in this response time plot; however, this shouldn't be too noticeable in normal usage.

9.2 Refresh Rate
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What it is: How frequently the monitor can refresh and show new frames, and whether it can vary its refresh rate in real time using technologies like G-sync and FreeSync.
When it matters: Mostly for gaming, but does provide a little better motion during normal usage.
Native
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What it is: The frequency at which the monitor is capable of displaying images every second
When it matters: General usage, but better results are most important for gaming
Good value: >100 Hz
Noticeable difference: 15 Hz
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144 Hz
Factory Overclock
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What it is: The frequency at which the monitor's can be boosted to using its internal menu.
When it matters: Gaming and other usages where high frame rate content is consumed.
Good value: >100
Noticeable difference: 15
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N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
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What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
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G-Sync
VRR Maximum
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What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature of the monitor.
When it matters: Any time the VRR feature is enabled.
Good value: Matches Refresh rate
Noticeable difference: 10 Hz
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144 Hz
VRR Minimum
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What it is: The lowest frequency covered by the monitor's Variable Refresh Rate feature.
When it matters: When using the VRR feature of the monitor at lower frame rates.
Good value: 30 Hz
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< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
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What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature when the monitor's overclocking feature is used.
When it matters: When both the overclocking and VRR features are used.
Good value: Matching the overclocked refresh rate.
Noticeable difference: 10 hz
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N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : DisplayPort

The Dell 2716DG has a high native refresh rate of 144 Hz, which will benefit almost any usage but especially gaming. The monitor also has G-Sync variable refresh rate technology, supporting a very wide range of frequencies; this is great when gaming on this monitor using an Nvidia graphics card. Although the monitor does have an HDMI port, it is unfortunately limited to 2560x1440 @ 60 Hz and does not support G-Sync.

9.0

Inputs

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The Dell S2716DG has a large 27" 1440p panel, which will please during almost any usage. It also has excellent low input lag, good enough for even competitive gamers.

9.5 Input Lag
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What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: General usage of the mouse and gaming.
Native Resolution
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying its native resolution at its native refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage and while playing video games.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
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4.4 ms
Non-Native Resolution
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What it is:

Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an alternative resolution at its native refresh rate. The non-native resolution tested depends on the native resolution of the monitor, following this pattern unless otherwise specified in the Input Lag text:

Native Resolution Non-Native Resolution Tested
4k UHD QHD
QHD FHD
FHD 1600x900
3440x1440 2560x1080
2560x1080 1920x1080
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
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N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying its native resolution at a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
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12.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is using its Variable Refresh Rate feature at its native resolution.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
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4.8 ms
HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an HDR signal at its native resolution and refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
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N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when BFI is enabled and the monitor is displaying a signal at the highest supported BFI refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
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10.2 ms

BFI frequency tested: 120 Hz

Excellent low input lag, good enough for even competitive gamers. The G-Sync input lag is roughly equal to the native 144 Hz input lag, which is great; using the ULMB backlight flicker feature adds a little bit more input lag, but it's still fairly low. Unfortunately, during testing we couldn't get any non-native resolutions to work over DisplayPort, although the monitor's manual says that it can support 1024x768, 800x600 and 640x480 at 60 Hz. This isn't a concern for most people though as most graphics cards will handle the upscaling themselves and send a 2560x1440 signal anyway.

8.4 Resolution and Size
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What it is: The number of pixels the monitor can display, and the surface area of its screen.
When it matters: All usages, but especially for office and media editing.
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Native Resolution : QHD, 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Megapixels : 3.7 MP
Pixel Density : 109 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 26.9 inches
Screen Area : 310 sq inches

The Dell 2716DG has a sharp 1440p resolution and a large 27" size, which are great for almost any usage.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort : 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort : No
HDMI : 1 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI : No
VGA : No
DisplayPort Out : No
USB : 4 (USB 3.0)
USB C : No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 2
Microphone In 3.5mm : No
Digital Optical Audio Out : No
Analog Audio Out RCA : No

One of the 3.5mm analog audio out ports is a headphone port with adjustable volume, while the other is a fixed volume line out port.

Features

The Dell S2716DG uses Dell's well organized on-screen display and has all the standard features expected of a monitor such as adjustable color and overdrive settings. It also has a 'Monitor Deep Sleep' feature for extra power saving.

Additional Features
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What it is: Additional features found on the monitor
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Speakers
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What it is: Whether or not the monitor features standalone speakers.
When it matters: When using your computer without headphones or a dedicated pair of speakers.
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No
HDR10 : No

The Dell Gaming S2716DG has a 'Monitor Deep Sleep' option to let it save even more power when it is in sleep mode.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls
Dell S2716DG Controls picture

The monitor's buttons are on the underside of the screen. They're unfortunately quite shallow, making them hard to press at times.

In The Box
Dell S2716DG In The Box picture

  • Manual and drivers
  • Power cable
  • USB cable
  • Displayport cable

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We've tested the 27" S2716DG, another size is available.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Dell S2716DG 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.

Size Model
24" S2417DG
27" S2716DG

Compared to other Monitors

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The Dell S2716DG is a good monitor overall. It excels as a gaming monitor thanks to its many related features. It's priced quite competitively too, so it tends to be a good choice if you're looking for a gaming monitor.

Samsung CHG70

The Samsung CHG70 is a curved 144 Hz HDR monitor with a better than average picture quality and good gaming features. It uses a VA-type LCD panel that makes it produce a higher contrast ratio. Much like the S2716DG, it supports a variable refresh rate for smooth gaming. While its motion is slightly better on the Dell, the added versatility and better picture of the Samsung makes it a better monitor overall.

Acer Predator XB271HU

Acer's Predator XB271HU is a high-end gaming monitor with an IPS-type LCD panel. It shares the same 144 Hz refresh rate and G-Sync support. The main difference between these two monitors is the viewing angle. If this is not an issue for you, the cheaper S2716DG is the better buy of the two.

AOC AGON AG271QX

The Agon AG271QX is a 144 Hz gaming monitor from AOC with a TN panel. It is quite similar to the S2716DG, except that it supports Adaptive Sync instead of G-Sync. As this is the biggest difference between these two displays, pick whichever works with your system (AMD or NVIDIA graphics).

Dell U2717D

The U2717D is a productivity-oriented LCD monitor from Dell. Unlike the S2716DG, it does not come with gaming features like high refresh rates and G-Sync. In exchange, however, it comes with wider viewing angles that make it more useful in an office setting where the screen will be shared with others or if color accuracy is important. They are both similarly priced but aim totally different usages, so pick whichever suits you best.

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7.4Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 30% Office
  • 30% Multimedia
  • 25% Gaming
  • 10% Media Creation
  • 5% HDR Gaming
The Dell S2716DG is a decent monitor for a mixed set of usages. Its ergonomic stand, decent brightness, and great gaming features can make it quite enjoyable to use. However, its narrow viewing angle and poor overall picture quality make it less useful in an office or for watching movies.
This is a decent monitor for office use. The S2716DG's high resolution and brightness make it a good fit for more productive tasks. While its viewing angle is unfortunately quite unforgiving, its flexible stand allows you to easily move the monitor to orient it towards your colleagues. It also gets bright enough to fit the harsher lighting of offices.
The Dell S2716DG is a remarkable gaming monitor. G-Sync support helps the monitor stay responsive, and its BFI feature provides very clear motion. With its low input lag and high 144 Hz refresh rate as well as its high resolution, most people will be pleased with its gaming performance.
This is an average monitor for consuming a variety of media. While the Dell Gaming S2716DG uses a high 1440p resolution and is decently accurate out of the box, its low contrast and blotchy blacks mean it won't look great in the dark. Furthermore, it also doesn't support HDR or wider color gamuts. Due to its very limited viewing angles, it also means that corners of the screen can show color fringing and darkening with only slight position changes.
This is a decent monitor for media creation. The S2617DG's 1440p resolution makes it easy to use with 1080p projects. Unfortunately, its narrow viewing angle and lack of support for HDR and wide color gamuts limit its usefulness for more professional settings.
Unlike the competing Samsung CHG70, the Dell S2716DG does not support HDR.
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Need to try out the Asus PG278Q (Original ROG Swift), same panel I believe but better. You'll knock 2ms off the response time and have a better picture. It's the version of this panel that deserves testing. Dell did a good job but if you want to review this panel right you gotta test the Asus version. I all but guarantee it'll score 9-9.5 in gaming.
Thank you for your suggestion! We have a Suggest a Review tool with votes and the Asus PG278QR is ranking fairly highly on it, so we may review it later this year, though more votes wouldn't hurt.
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Which revision of monitor did you review? I got an A08, but apparently there are substantial color banding differences with later revisions. I'd like to try your calibrations.
Hi and thanks for contacting us. After verification, our monitors revision is A07.
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The linked ICM profile doesn't seem to have any changes against the default profile on Windows 10. Toggling between the two there is no change in colors or gamma. Is the linked ICM profile correct?
Windows is very inconsistent with its application of ICM profiles, so depending on what apps you are using you might not see a difference. Unlike Apple computers, there is no way to apply an ICM profile system-wide on Windows. These profiles are provided for reference only and should not be used to calibrate your display since two panels of the same model will have variances.
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