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Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Updated Apr 01, 2020 at 12:33 pm
Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG Picture
7.2
Mixed Usage
7.2
Office
8.3
Gaming
6.8
Multimedia
7.0
Media Creation
5.4
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Pixel Type
TN
Variable Refresh Rate
G-SYNC

The Dell S2716DGR is a decent monitor for most uses. It delivers a great gaming experience thanks to the incredibly fast response time, low input lag, and G-SYNC variable refresh rate support. Unfortunately, it has a poor contrast ratio and terrible black uniformity, so it's not a good choice for use in a dark room, and like all TN monitors, the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

Our Verdict

7.2 Mixed Usage

The Dell S2716DGR is a decent monitor for most uses. It's a great gaming monitor, with low input lag and fast response time. For office use, the stand's excellent ergonomics make it easy to place it in a comfortable viewing position, but unfortunately, the image degrades at an angle and it isn't well-suited for a dark room.

Pros
  • Fast 144Hz refresh rate.
  • Extremely fast response time.
Cons
  • Blacks are cloudy.
  • Picture quality deteriorates when viewed at an angle.
7.2 Office

This is a decent monitor for office use. The S2716DGR'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.

8.3 Gaming

The Dell S2716DGR is a great gaming monitor. It has outstanding low input lag, for a responsive gaming experience, and it supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology. It also has an outstanding response time, resulting in clear motion, even when gaming at 60Hz on a console. Unfortunately, it doesn't look good in a dark room, and the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

6.8 Multimedia

This is a decent monitor for consuming a variety of media. While the Dell S2716DGR 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. Due to its very limited viewing angles, it also means that the corners of the screen can show color fringing and darkening with only slight position changes.

7.0 Media Creation

This is a decent monitor for media creation. The S2716DGR'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
  • 7.2 Mixed Usage
  • 7.2 Office
  • 8.3 Gaming
  • 6.8 Multimedia
  • 7.0 Media Creation
  • 5.4 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 2/17/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
9.7 lbs (4.4 kg)
Weight (with stand)
15.2 lbs (6.9 kg)

The Dell S2716DGR has a simple design and looks very similar to most Dell monitors, including the more recent Dell S2719DGF. Like most Dell monitors, it has excellent ergonomics, and there's a small hole in the stand for cable management.

Design
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 U2719D. It doesn't take up a lot of desk area but still provides stable support, which is good.

8.5
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range -45° to 45°
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

Like most Dell monitors, the S2716DGR has excellent ergonomics, making it easy to place it in the ideal viewing position.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The rear of the monitor is very simple, similar to most Dell monitors. The inputs are relatively easy to access from the rear and the stand allows for cables to be routed through the back.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders are thin, great for a multi-monitor setup, but there's a small gap between the side bezel and the first pixels.

Design
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
Design
Build Quality

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

Picture Quality
5.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
634 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The Dell S2716DGR has a poor contrast ratio, even for a TN monitor. Unfortunately, dark room performance is disappointing, as it can't display deep blacks. 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
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The Dell S2716DG doesn't have a local dimming feature. This video is for reference only.

7.3
Picture Quality
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
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

HDR isn't supported on this monitor.

6.3
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
34 °
Color Washout From Right
37 °
Color Shift From Left
31 °
Color Shift From Right
31 °
Brightness Loss From Left
45 °
Brightness Loss From Right
49 °
Black Level Raise From Left
26 °
Black Level Raise From Right
25 °
Gamma Shift From Left
19 °
Gamma Shift From Right
23 °

Mediocre 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 S2716DGR to remain accurate off-axis.

4.8
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
11 °
Color Washout From Above
46 °
Color Shift From Below
14 °
Color Shift From Above
44 °
Brightness Loss From Below
19 °
Brightness Loss From Above
40 °
Black Level Raise From Below
21 °
Black Level Raise From Above
46 °
Gamma Shift From Below
3 °
Gamma Shift From Above
4 °

Bad 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
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
6.520 %
50% DSE
0.162 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.109 %
5% DSE
0.093 %

The S2716DGR has decent gray uniformity, but there's more dirty screen effect (DSE) than most monitors we've tested, and the sides of the screen are noticeably darker. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is much better, and there's very little DSE.

2.8
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
4.154 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Unfortunately, this monitor has terrible black uniformity. There's noticeable clouding throughout the entire screen, as well as backlight bleed from the bottom corners.

6.5
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
254 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
75
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Controls
Default
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6354 K
White Balance dE
3.98
Color dE
3.64
Gamma
2.07

Out of the box, the Dell S2716DGR has okay accuracy. There are some noticeable inaccuracies in most colors and brighter shades of gray. Gamma doesn't follow the sRGB target curve, and the image is brighter than it should be.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom Color
Luminance
102 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
19
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Controls
87-96-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6526 K
White Balance dE
0.45
Color dE
0.82
Gamma
2.18

After calibration, this monitor has excellent accuracy. Any remaining inaccuracies aren't noticeable, and gamma is much closer to the sRGB target curve.

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

8.3
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
93.4 %
Adobe RGB xy
72.4 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

Very good SDR color gamut. This monitor displays most of the sRGB color space used by most desktop and internet content. Unfortunately, coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space is too limited for professional use.

8.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
89.9 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
73.6 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

Great SDR color volume, but due to the low contrast ratio, it can't produce dark saturated colors.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

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 S2716DGR.

8.2
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The Dell S2716DGR has great gradient handling. There's some noticeable 8-bit banding, but otherwise, there are no serious issues.

9.8
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.000 %
Pixel Column Error
0.032 %

There's a tiny amount of vertical color bleed, but it's not noticeable.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.7 %
Indirect Reflections
3.1 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.6 %

The reflection handing is decent. 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.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Decent text clarity, but it's recommended to enable ClearType, otherwise some artifacts might be noticeable in some text, especially in diagonal lines.

Motion
9.6
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
2.7 ms
Total Response Time
7.7 ms
Overshoot Error
2.6 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
2.0 ms
Dark Total Response Time
4.1 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.6 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo
Normal Chart Photo
Fast Chart Photo

Outstanding pixel response time, good enough for even the fastest motion. 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 isn't recommended. Overall, this response time is very fast, even better than most gaming monitors.

9.6
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
3.1 ms
Total Response Time
8.8 ms
Overshoot Error
1.0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
2.0 ms
Dark Total Response Time
4.0 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo
Normal Chart Photo
Fast Chart Photo

Even when gaming at 60Hz, this monitor delivers extremely clear motion. With our recommended 'Normal' setting, there's almost no overshoot, and most response times are extremely short.

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

The Dell S2716 has a flicker-free backlight, which is great.

7.7
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
120 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
85 Hz

The Dell S2716DGR can 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's 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.

9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC
Yes (Native)
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort

The Dell 2716DG has a high native refresh rate of 144Hz, 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's unfortunately limited to 2560x1440 @ 60Hz and doesn't support G-SYNC.

Inputs
9.4
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.4 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
12.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
14.1 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
10.2 ms

Excellent low input lag, good enough for even competitive gamers. The G-SYNC input lag is roughly equal to the native 144Hz input lag, which is great; using the ULMB backlight flicker feature adds a little bit more input lag, but it's still fairly low.

8.3
Inputs
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 2716DGR has a sharp 1440p resolution and a large 27" size, which are great for almost any usage.

Inputs
Inputs
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