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Reviewed on Feb 09, 2018

Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.4
Mixed Usage
7.3
Office
8.5
Gaming
7.0
Multimedia
7.3
Media Creation
5.4
HDR Gaming
Size : 27"
Resolution : 2560x1440
Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
LCD Type
:
TN
Variable Refresh Rate
:
G-Sync

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

Curved : No
Curve radius : N/A
Weight (without stand)
:
9.6 lbs (4.4 kg)
Weight (with stand)
:
15.2 lbs (6.9 kg)

The design of the Dell S2716DGR 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
Width
:
11.5" (29.2 cm)
Depth
:
7.9" (20.1 cm)

The stand 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
Height Adjustment
:
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : Yes
Swivel Range : -45° to 45°
Tilt Range : -20° to 5°

The Dell S2716DGR provides a great range of ergonomic adjustments, which makes it easy to find a comfortable arrangement for any setup.

Back
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
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
Thickness (with stand)
:
6.2" (15.7 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
:
2.2" (5.6 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

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

5.9

Picture Quality

The Dell S2716DGR 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
Native Contrast
:
634 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

The Dell S2716DGR has a poor contrast ratio. In comparison, the S2716DGR 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 monitor is better suited for a well-lit environment, as the ambient light will make the low contrast ratio effect less apparent.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

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

7.3 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
:
275 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
288 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
288 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
288 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
288 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
288 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
284 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
286 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
286 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
286 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
287 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.000

The SDR peak brightness is decent. While the Dell S2716DGR 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
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
Color Shift from Left
:
31 °
Color Shift from Right
:
37 °
Brightness from Left
:
50 °
Brightness from Right
:
53 °
Black Level from Left
:
25 °
Black Level from Right
:
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 S2716DG to remain accurate off-axis.

6.3 Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
:
7 °
Color Shift from Above
:
39 °
Brightness from Below
:
12 °
Brightness from Above
:
66 °
Black Level from Below
:
23 °
Black Level from Above
:
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
50% Std. Dev.
:
6.520 %
50% DSE
:
0.162 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
1.109 %
5% DSE
:
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
Native Std. Dev.
:
4.154 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

The Dell S2716DGR 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
Picture Mode
:
Standard
Luminance
:
254 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
75
Contrast Setting
:
75
RGB controls
:
N/A
Color Temperature
:
6354 K
White Balance dE
:
3.98
Color dE
:
3.64
Gamma
:
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
Picture Mode
:
Custom Color
Luminance
:
102 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
19
Contrast Setting
:
75
RGB Controls
:
87-96-100
Color Temperature
:
6526 K
White Balance dE
:
0.45
Color dE
:
0.82
Gamma
:
2.18

After the calibration, which was done on the 'Custom Color' picture mode, the Dell S2716DGR 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
sRGB xy
:
93.4 %
Adobe RGB xy
:
72.4 %

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

8.2 SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
:
89.9 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
:
73.6 %

Good SDR color volume. The Dell S2716DGR 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
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
:
N/A

HDR gamuts are not supported.

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

HDR volumes are not supported.

10 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 %

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
Color Depth
:
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
Pixel row error
:
0.000 %
Pixel column error
:
0.032 %

The Dell 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

The reflection handing 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

Motion looks excellent on the Dell S2716DGR. 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 (see our recommendations for the best G-Sync monitors). Most of these are a boon for almost any usage but are especially good for gaming.

10 Motion Blur
80% Response Time
:
2.4 ms
100% Response Time
:
4.0 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
:
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
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
:
120 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
:
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.

Update 07/03/2018: There was an error in the BFI Maximum Frequency (it is actually 120Hz). The review has been updated.

9.2 Refresh Rate
Native
:
144 Hz
Factory Overclock
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
:
G-Sync
G-SYNC Compatible
:
Yes (Native)
VRR Maximum
:
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
:
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
:
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

The Dell S2716DGR 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
Native Resolution
:
4.4 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
:
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
:
12.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
:
4.8 ms
10 bit HDR
:
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
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
Native Resolution : 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 (see our recommendations for the best 1440p 144hz monitors).

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
Power Supply : Internal

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 S2716DGR 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
Speakers
:
No
HDR10 : No
Multiple input display
:
No

The Dell Gaming S2716DGR has a 'Monitor Deep Sleep' option to let it save even more power when it is in sleep mode.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls

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

  • 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

 

Update 07/09/2018: The S2716DG we reviewed was manufactured in September 2017 (A07 Revision).

Compared to other Monitors

Far Left: Dell U2717D. Left: Samsung CHG70. Right: Dell S2716DG. Far Right: Acer Predator XB271HU.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Dell S2716DGR 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 (see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors and the best 4k gaming monitors).

Dell S2719DGF
SEE PRICE
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The Dell S2716DG has very similar performance to the Dell S2719DGF, and the minor differences can be attributed to panel variance. The most significant difference between them is that the S2719DGF supports FreeSync VRR whereas the S2716DG supports G-SYNC VRR and incorporates a BFI feature that the S2719DGF is lacking.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q
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The ASUS ROG PG279Q is a significantly better monitor than the Dell S2716DG regardless of the use. The IPS panel of the ASUS has better viewing angles, so when viewed from up close the image remains more accurate. The uniformity is also marginally better on the ASUS, and this is good for a variety of uses.

Dell S2417DG
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The Dell S2417DG has a very similar performance than the Dell S2716DG. The differences between the two monitors can be attributed to manufacturing panel variances. Both monitors have native QHD resolution, but the S2716DG is bigger and this makes it more comfortable when you work on it or watch multimedia.

Acer Predator XB271HU
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Amazon.com

The Acer Predator XB271HU is a monitor that has good viewing angles and performs better in almost all uses than the Dell S2716DG. But if you sit directly in front of the monitor and want the fastest response time for gaming, and an image with minimal blur, get the Dell. The Acer Predator XB271HU has better gray uniformity so that you browse the web without any clouding on your screen. On the other hand, the Dell S2716DG has better reflection handling.

HP OMEN 27
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Amazon.com

The Dell S2716DG is a bit better than the HP OMEN 27, mainly due to the better ergonomics that allow you to position the monitor to your liking. Other than that, the two monitors perform very similarly.

Samsung CHG70
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Amazon.com

The Samsung CHG70 is better than the Dell S2716DG. The Samsung CHG70 supports HDR and performs decently in that mode. The Samsung can display deeper blacks in a dark room due to the higher contrast ratio and local dimming support. The Samsung CHG70 also has better gray uniformity which is good when you browse the web. On the other hand, the Dell S2716DG has a faster pixel response time with a smaller blur trail, and better ergonomics so it's easier to position it comfortably.

AOC AGON AG271QX
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The AOC AGON AG271QX is marginally better than the Dell S2716DG. The AG271QX has better black and gray uniformity which is great if your work involves a lot of web browsing or photo editing. The AOC AGON AG271QX also has a remarkable gradient with no visible banding. The Dell S2716DG, on the other hand, has an option to introduce flicker so as to make the image crisper.

Dell U2717D
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Amazon.com

The Dell S2716DG is better than the Dell U2717D for most users, unless you need a wider viewing angle. The S2716DG has better motion handling thanks to the higher native refresh rate and lower input lag, which is great for gaming. The Dell U2717D uses an IPS panel and has wider horizontal and vertical viewing angles.

Dell U2715H
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

If you'll be sitting directly in front of the monitor and your primary use will be gaming, then get the Dell S2716DG, but for uses where viewing angles are of importance, the Dell U2715H is a better choice. The Dell S2716DG has a faster refresh rate, a lower input lag, and a faster pixel response time that only leaves a small blur trail in fast-moving content. The Dell S2716DG has an option to clear motion blur and make the image crisper by introducing flicker. The Dell U2715H, on the other hand, has an IPS panel, and the image remains good at wider angles off the center axis.

Acer VG271UP
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Acer VG271UP is a bit better than the Dell S2716DGR. The VG271UP supports HDR, has much better viewing angles, and better gray uniformity. The Dell S2716DG, on the other hand, has a faster response time, a much more versatile stand, and it supports G-SYNC instead of FreeSync.

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7.4 Mixed Usage

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.

7.3 Office

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.

8.5 Gaming

The Dell S2716DGR 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.

7.0 Multimedia

This is an average monitor for consuming a variety of media. While the Dell 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.

7.3 Media Creation

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.

5.4 HDR Gaming

Unlike the competing Samsung CHG70, the Dell S2716DGR does not support HDR.

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