Dell S2719DGF Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Updated Apr 20, 2020 at 03:24 pm
Dell S2719DGF Picture
7.2
Mixed Usage
7.3
Office
8.1
Gaming
6.8
Multimedia
7.0
Media Creation
5.2
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
155 Hz
Pixel Type
TN
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Dell S2719DGF is a decent 144Hz monitor with a TN panel and mediocre picture quality. It has great gaming features such as support for FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, incredibly low input lag, and very fast response time. It can get bright enough to combat glare, but it has bad dark room performance due to the low native contrast ratio and terrible black uniformity. It has disappointing viewing angles and the image is accurate only when you're sitting directly in front of it. However, the excellent ergonomics allow you to place it how you like, and fortunately, it has good out-of-the-box color accuracy.

Our Verdict

7.2 Mixed Usage

The S2719DGF is a decent monitor for mixed usage. It has a very fast response time that leaves only minimal blur and a very low input lag to enhance the gaming experience. It has great size and resolution to allow you to multitask, and it can get bright enough to combat glare in most office environments. Unfortunately, it lacks good dark room performance with a low contrast ratio and terrible black uniformity.

Pros
  • Extremely fast response time.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
Cons
  • Bad dark room performance.
  • Image loses accuracy at an angle.
7.3 Office

The Dell S2719DGF is a decent monitor for office use. The screen size and native resolution are suitable for working with multiple windows open at the same time. It has excellent ergonomics and you can easily swivel it towards your coworker sitting next to you if you wish to share your work. It does a decent job at handling reflections, so you won't have to worry if a few small light sources are facing the monitor.

8.1 Gaming

The S2719DGF is a great monitor for gaming. It's very responsive to your actions due to the incredibly low input lag, and its extremely fast response time ensures that fast-moving content looks clear. It has a great resolution and large size for an immersive gaming experience, and it also supports FreeSync VRR to reduce screen tearing.

6.8 Multimedia

Decent monitor for multimedia. The S2719DGF is very responsive due to the low input lag, and it has great size and resolution so you can see every detail in your favorite videos. Unfortunately, the best image quality is reserved for those sitting directly in front of it due to the disappointing viewing angles.

7.0 Media Creation

The Dell S2719DGF is a decent monitor for media creation. It has a great resolution and size that allows you to open many windows on your screen. It has a great color gamut for casual users, but professionals might find it limiting. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are disappointing and you'll lose image accuracy when viewed from the side. On the upside, adjusting it how you like is easy due to the excellent ergonomics.

5.2 HDR Gaming

The Dell S2719DGF doesn't support HDR.

  • 7.2 Mixed Usage
  • 7.3 Office
  • 8.1 Gaming
  • 6.8 Multimedia
  • 7.0 Media Creation
  • 5.2 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 2/24/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
9.5 lbs (4.3 kg)
Weight (with stand)
13.4 lbs (6.1 kg)

The S21719DGF has a simple design similar to other Dell monitors. It's mainly black and should fit into any office or gaming environment.

Design
Stand
Width
9.6" (24.4 cm)
Depth
7.2" (18.3 cm)

The stand supports the monitor well with only minimal wobble. It's small so you can still place objects in front of it.

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°

The ergonomics are excellent. You can adjust the height, tilt, swivel, and even rotate the monitor with ease. You'll have no problem placing it comfortably on your desk.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is very plain. All the inputs are in 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, just like most other Dell monitors.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders are thin and you'll have no problem placing two monitors side-by-side. There's a groove that runs along the outer side of the border that serves as a vent.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
5.7" (14.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.1" (5.3 cm)

The monitor gets much thicker with the stand attached and will take up some space on your desk.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

Good build quality. Like most other Dell monitors, it's mostly made of plastic but it's sturdy without gaps or loose ends.

Picture Quality
5.8
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
890 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The native contrast ratio of the Dell S2719DGF is disappointing and blacks look gray in a dark room.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The S2719DGF doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provide for reference only.

8.1
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
386 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
378 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
378 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
378 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
379 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
379 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
377 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
378 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
378 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
378 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
378 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

Impressive SDR peak brightness. The S2719DGF maintains its brightness across different content extremely well and it can get bright enough to combat glare in most rooms.

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

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

6.4
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
32 °
Color Washout From Right
32 °
Color Shift From Left
41 °
Color Shift From Right
41 °
Brightness Loss From Left
46 °
Brightness Loss From Right
48 °
Black Level Raise From Left
26 °
Black Level Raise From Right
23 °
Gamma Shift From Left
24 °
Gamma Shift From Right
26 °

Mediocre horizontal viewing angles. Viewing from the side loses image accuracy, which isn't ideal if you need to share your screen with a coworker or for co-op gaming.

5.1
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
16 °
Color Washout From Above
39 °
Color Shift From Below
22 °
Color Shift From Above
44 °
Brightness Loss From Below
34 °
Brightness Loss From Above
31 °
Black Level Raise From Below
28 °
Black Level Raise From Above
56 °
Gamma Shift From Below
3 °
Gamma Shift From Above
3 °

Poor vertical viewing angles. As is the case with most TN panels, the colors appear inverted if you mount the monitor above eye level. However, if you place it slightly below eye level, you won't lose much image accuracy.

7.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
5.377 %
50% DSE
0.139 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.655 %
5% DSE
0.069 %

Good gray uniformity. The edges are a bit darker, but this isn't noticeable with most content. There's minimal dirty screen effect in the center, which is great for watching sports or during panning shots. The monitor is nearly uniform in dark scenes.

0
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
7.400 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Terrible black uniformity for the S2719DGF. Backlight bleed is visible almost everywhere and unfortunately, this is also noticeable in normal content, especially when displaying a uniform dark color. Note that black uniformity is panel-specific and will differ from unit to unit, but we have seen reports displaying similar uniformity.

7.9
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
421 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
100
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Controls
Default
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6267 K
White Balance dE
2.07
Color dE
3.08
Gamma
2.26

Good out-of-box color accuracy. Most colors are somewhat inaccurate and the color temperature is warmer than the target of 6500K, so colors will be closer to red/yellow. The gamma follows the target well, but most scenes will be darker than intended.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom Color
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
19
Contrast Setting
74
RGB Controls
97-100-99
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6495 K
White Balance dE
0.56
Color dE
0.84
Gamma
2.16

After calibration, its color accuracy is excellent. It's almost impossible to spot any inaccuracy with the naked eye. The color temperature is also extremely close to the 6500K target, and the gamma follows the target curve more closely, so most scenes will be at their correct brightness.

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

8.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
94.7 %
Adobe RGB xy
74.3 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

Great SDR color gamut. The S2719DGF covers nearly all of the sRGB color space used in most content. Photo editors might be a bit disappointed with the somewhat limited coverage of the Adobe RGB space used in photo editing.

8.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
93.9 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
77.8 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

Amazing SDR color volume. It can display a wide range of colors, although it can't produce dark saturated colors due to the low contrast ratio. The color volume is still an improvement over the S2716DG.

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, even immediately after showing our high contrast static test for 10 minutes.

8.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

Outstanding gradient performance, although some banding is visible in darker shades.

9.1
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001 %
Pixel Column Error
0.172 %

Although there's some vertical color bleed, it shouldn't be noticeable with most content.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.5 %
Indirect Reflections
2.9 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.6 %

Decent reflection handling on the S2719DGF. The matte coating diffuses light across the screen, reducing their reflections. Although this works well in dim rooms, reflections might be distracting in bright rooms. This is very similar to the Dell P2217H.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

The text clarity is decent. It can be improved using ClearType (top photo), which makes the diagonal or curved lines on the letters R, N, G, and S clearer.

Motion
9.5
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
4.1 ms
Total Response Time
8.2 ms
Overshoot Error
0.7 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
3.1 ms
Dark Total Response Time
6.6 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Normal Chart Table Photo
Fast Chart Table Photo
Super Fast Chart Table Photo

Outstanding response time, which is normal for TN panels. The best Overdrive setting is 'Normal' since it has the least amount of overshoot and motion looks extremely clear. There's visible ghosting using the 'Fast' and 'Super Fast' settings.

8.6
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Superfast
Rise / Fall Time
4.1 ms
Total Response Time
15.3 ms
Overshoot Error
1.8 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
3.2 ms
Dark Total Response Time
13.1 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Normal Chart Table Photo
Fast Chart Table Photo
Super Fast Chart Table Photo

Excellent response time at 60Hz, which is great for people who want to use the S2719DGF for console gaming. When gaming at 60Hz, you might need to change the Overdrive setting compared to playing games at its max refresh rate. We recommend the 'Super Fast' setting, as motion looks the clearest, but the 'Normal' and 'Fast' settings perform similarly.

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

This monitor's backlight is flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

The S2719DGF doesn't have a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur.

9.1
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
155 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The Dell S2719DGF has a refresh rate of 144Hz but it can be overclocked to 155Hz. It supports FreeSync VRR technology to help reduce tearing in games.

Note: The overclocking feature is unavailable when using an HDMI cable. It's only available when the monitor is connected through a DisplayPort connection.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.3 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.4 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
9.7 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

Incredibly low input lag. The input lag remains low even with VRR enabled, which is great for gamers.

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 27.0 inches
Screen Area 311 sq inches

Great resolution and size for the S2719DGF monitor. There's enough screen real estate to allow you to open many windows at once.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 1 (HDMI 2.0), 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

There's one 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.

Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination