The Dell S2719DGF is a decent 144Hz monitor with a TN panel and mediocre picture quality. It has great gaming features including FreeSync support, excellent low input lag and fast response time. It can get bright enough for a bright room but has bad dark room performance due to the low native contrast ratio, and terrible black uniformity that does not allow it to display deep uniform blacks. It has disappointing viewing angles and the image is accurate only when you are sitting directly in front. However, this can be somewhat counterbalanced by the good ergonomics that allow many position adjustments. It has great out-of-the box color accuracy but does not support HDR.
The design of the Dell S2719DGF is similar to most Dell monitors like the S2716DG or the S2417DG. The base is flat as usual and supports the monitor well. The ergonomics are great and you can position the monitor comfortably with just a few easy moves. The borders are thin and the build quality is good just like most Dell monitors.
The back of the monitor is very plain. All the inputs are housed in the opening at the back and are facing downwards so they won't protrude if you VESA mount it.
Cable management is serviced through a hole on the stand pole, just like most other Dell monitors.
The picture quality of the Dell S2719DGF is mediocre. The monitor cannot display deep uniform blacks in dark scenes. This is mainly due to the disappointing native contrast ratio and also due to the terrible black uniformity which is one of the worst we have seen up until now. The horizontal and vertical viewing angles are inadequate with the exception of when looking from above, in which case the image maintains its accuracy. On the upside, the S2719DGF can get fairly bright, has a very good color gamut and good reflection handling, but there is no HDR support.
The native contrast ratio of the Dell S2719DGF is disappointing. Blacks look gray in a dark room. It is only slightly better than the S2716DG.
HDR is not supported
Disappointing horizontal viewing angles. If you want to share your screen with a colleague, make sure you turn the monitor towards them otherwise they will probably see a darker image than the one you are seeing.
The vertical viewing angles have mediocre overall performance, but they are not symmetrical. When you view the monitor from above the picture remains fairly accurate at large angles. On the contrary, when you look from below the image quality deteriorates very rapidly. We recommend that you place the monitor at eye level or slightly below so that you experience the most accurate image.
The overall gray uniformity of the S2719DGF is good. In the 50% gray image, you can easily spot the darker shades in the corners and the edges of the screen, but you can hardly spot any dirty screen effect (DSE). This is great if you plan to use the monitor for browsing the web as the image will be free from clouding.
In the 5% gray image the uniformity is slightly improved and you can not see any DSE.
The black uniformity of the monitor is terrible. Backlight bleed is evident almost everywhere on the screen in our overexposed test image. Unfortunately, this is also noticeable in normal content, especially when displaying a uniform dark color background. Note that black uniformity is panel specific and will differ from unit to unit, but we have seen reports displaying similar uniformity.
Very good out-of-the-box color accuracy for the Dell S2719DGF. The most accurate picture mode is the 'Standard'. Most people will hardly notice any gray inaccuracies as the white balance dE is low. However, most enthusiasts might pick off some color inaccuracies as the value of the color dE suggests. There is a slight red/yellowish tint due to the warmer color temperature. The gamma does not follow the curve very closely and as a result, some images appear dimmer than they should.
The monitor offers 3 'game' picture modes. You can change the settings independently on each one and save them so you can easily go back when you want.
After calibration, the color accuracy of the monitor is remarkable. Calibration was done on the 'Custom Color' picture mode and it improved both color and gray accuracies. The errors were diminished to levels impossible to spot with the naked eye. The color temperature was also corrected very closely to the 6500K target, and finally, the gamma follows the target curve more closely delivering a more accurate image.
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.
s.RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color (calibrated)Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color
Very good SDR color gamut. The sRGB coverage is excellent, but the Adobe RGB coverage is just decent and not ideal for professional photo or video editing. Very similar performance to the S2716DG.
s.RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom Color
Excellent SDR color volume. The sRGB coverage is excellent, better than the S2716DG, assisted by the better contrast. The monitor can display a great range of colors at various luminance levels.
Even though the wider Adobe RGB color volume coverage is good, it will not meet the needs of professionals in the media and publishing industry.
There are no signs of temporary image retention, even immediately after showing our high contrast static torture test for 10 minutes.
Good reflection handling on the S2719DGF. The matte coating diffuses reflections across the screen reducing their intensity. Although this works well in dim rooms, in bright rooms reflections might still be annoying. The behavior is very similar to the Dell P2217H.
Motion on the Dell S2719DGF is excellent. The pixel response time is remarkably fast and there is only minimal blur in fast-moving content. The monitor is flicker-free, can be overclocked to 155 Hz and supports the FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate technology that will satisfy most serious gamers.
The Dell S2719DGF has a very fast response time. This makes motion very crisp with almost no blur. We recommend you keep the Response Time Normal setting, as the other two will introduce noticeable overshoot without significant gains in response time.
The Dell S2719DGF just like the S2716DG, is completely flicker-free. However, it lacks a Black Frame Insertion feature, like the one found on the S2716DG. which can add flicker in order to minimize persistence blur.
The Dell S2719DGF has a refresh rate of 144Hz but can be overclocked to 155Hz. It supports the FreeSync VRR technology that allows it to change its refresh rate to match that of the graphics card and avoid tearing. We've tested the FreeSync compatibility with our GTX1060 6GB NVIDIA graphics card and it worked without issue over the DisplayPort.
It's worth noting when using an HDMI cable, the overclocking feature is grayed out. It is only available when the monitor is connected through DisplayPort.
The inputs on the S2719DGF are excellent. The input lag is one of the lowest we have measured, sure to please gamers. The monitor has good size and an excellent resolution that allows you to work with multiple windows on your screen.
Excellent low input lag which remains low at non-native resolutions (we tested ours at 1920x1080@144Hz), and even when the monitor is in VRR mode. The input lag is higher at native resolution @ 60Hz, but it is unlikely that this will be an issue for most.
Great resolution and size for the S2719DGF monitor. There is enough screen real estate and resolution to allow you to open many windows simultaneously.
There is 1 upstream USB 3.0 port that allows the monitor to work as a USB hub. Also 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.
The Dell S2719DGF has no internal speakers, and does not support HDR10. It has a few additional features that are most useful to gamers.
The monitor does not have internal speakers, and does not support HDR10. It has some common additional features most of which are for enhancing the gameplay experience:
Update 02/01/2019: There are no internal speakers. The review has been updated.
We've tested the 27" S2719DGF, there are two other sizes available in the same family of monitors.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Dell S2719DGF 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.
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Note: The S2719DGF we purchased was manufactured in November 2018.
The Dell S2719DGF is a decent monitor overall. It is great for gaming thanks to its many gaming 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 budget gaming monitors).
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.
Although the two monitors have a different panel type, most people will agree that the ASUS ROG PG279QZ is much better than the Dell S2719DGF. The ASUS has much better viewing angles due to its IPS panel and supports G-SYNC, whereas the Dell supports FreeSync. The ASUS has much better black uniformity and incorporates a BFI feature that can make the image crisper.
The AOC AGON AG271QX is a bit better than the Dell S2719DGF. The AOC AGON AG271QX has much better black uniformity and thus less backlight bleed in very dark scenes in a dark room. The Dell S2719DGF, on the other hand, has slightly better ergonomics which can be helpful depending on your setup.
These are two different types of monitors, each with its advantages and disadvantages. However, in its overall performance, the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD is significantly better than the Dell S2719DGF. The Aorus has wider viewing angles and a lower input lag. The response time is fast, but not as fast as the TN panel Dell S2719DGF. The Aorus AD27QD supports HDR, although its HDR performance isn't that great.
For most people, the VA panel Samsung CHG70 is significantly better than the TN panel Dell S2719DGF. The Samsung CHG70 has better dark room performance with more uniform blacks and local dimming support. The Samsung CHG70 supports HDR content and has a slight curve to immerse you into your work. The Dell S2719DGF, on the other hand, has a more versatile stand that allows you to place it in a comfortable position with ease, and a slightly faster pixel response time that leaves virtually no blur behind fast-moving objects.
The ASUS VG279Q is a bit better than the Dell S2719DGF. The VG279Q has much better black uniformity, although it still isn't great, and the VG279Q has an optional black frame insertion feature. The S2719DGF has a higher resolution screen, which some people might prefer, and it has a faster response time.
These are two different types of monitors, each with their advantages and disadvantages. The LG 27UK650-W, however, performs better in most uses except gaming. The LG has wider viewing angles, supports HDR, and has better dark room performance, although it still isn't too great. The Dell S2719DGF, on the other hand, has a TN panel with an extremely fast response time, and in conjunction with the lower input lag, it's a better choice if gaming is your primary use and you sit straight in front.
The Acer VG271UP is better than the Dell S2719DGF. The VG271UP has much better viewing angles, better gray uniformity, and it supports HDR. The VG271UP also has an optional black frame insertion feature.
The Acer Predator XB271HU is better than the Dell S2719DGF. The Acer has better viewing angles, an optional black frame insertion feature, and better black uniformity. For gaming, it depends somewhat on your hardware, as the Acer supports G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology whereas the Dell supports FreeSync.
The Dell U2718Q is significantly better than the Dell S2719DGF for most uses, but the S2719DGF is better for gaming. The U2718Q has a higher resolution screen, with better viewing angles, HDR support, and much better black uniformity. The S2719DGF is better for gaming, with a higher refresh rate, FreeSync support, and a flicker-free backlight.
The LG 27GL850-B is much better than the Dell S2719DGF for most uses, especially if ergonomics aren't important for you. The LG has much better picture quality, with wide viewing angles, much better gradient handling, and HDR support. The LG also has slightly better motion handling, with a slightly faster response time, resulting in slightly clearer motion.
The HP OMEN 27 and the Dell S2719DGF both have very similar performance in almost all uses. The Dell S2719DGF supports FreeSync VRR whereas the HP Omen 27 supports G-SYNC VRR. The Dell has better ergonomics, but the HP has a black frame insertion (BFI) feature that isn't available on the Dell.
The Dell S2719DGF is marginally better than the ASUS PB277Q. The Dell S2719DGF has a much higher refresh rate and supports FreeSync which makes it a better gaming monitor. In most other uses, the two monitors perform very similarly.