Dell S2722DGM Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Jul 29, 2021 at 10:25 am
Dell S2722DGM Picture
7.5
Mixed Usage
7.5
Office
8.3
Gaming
7.2
Multimedia
7.2
Media Creation
5.9
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Pixel Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Dell S2722DGM is a good 27 inch, 1440p monitor with a VA panel. It's a good monitor with very good contrast, excellent gray uniformity, and a superb SDR color gamut. It has just decent reflection handling but great peak brightness, so glare shouldn't be an issue for most users. It's one of the best monitors for gaming with a VA panel that we've tested so far, with fantastic low input lag, an excellent response time at the max refresh rate, and support for AMD's FreeSync Premium variable refresh rate technology. The VA panel has some downsides, though, as there's noticeable black smearing in dark scenes, and the image degrades when viewed at an angle. Overall, though, it's a good monitor that should please most people.

Our Verdict

7.5 Mixed Usage

The Dell S2722DGM is a good monitor overall. The 27 inch, 1440p screen has a great amount of screen real estate for office use or media creation. It's great for gaming, with a fast response time, low input lag, and a handful of extra gaming features, including FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. It's decent for watching videos or media creation, but a bit limited, as the image degrades at an angle. Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR.

Pros
  • Deep blacks.
  • Great peak brightness.
  • Fantastic low input lag.
Cons
  • Image degrades at an angle.
  • Doesn't support HDR.
  • Stand can't swivel or rotate to a portrait orientation.
7.5 Office

The Dell S2722DGM is a good office monitor. The 27 inch, 1440p screen delivers a great amount of screen real estate, and it has good text clarity. It also has excellent gray uniformity, good gradient handling, and a superb SDR color gamut, great if your work requires accurate colors. It has just decent reflection handling but great peak brightness, so glare shouldn't be an issue for most people. The stand has limited ergonomics, though, as it can't swivel or rotate to portrait orientation, and the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

Pros
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Great peak brightness.
  • Superb SDR color gamut.
  • Fantastic low input lag.
Cons
  • Image degrades at an angle.
  • Stand can't swivel or rotate to a portrait orientation.
  • Mediocre black uniformity.
8.3 Gaming

The Dell S2722DGM is a great gaming monitor. It has an excellent response time at the max refresh rate, fantastic low input lag, and supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. There's an optional black frame insertion feature that can clear up motion blur, but you can't use it at the same time as VRR. Unfortunately, like most monitors with VA panels, there's noticeable motion smearing in dark scenes.

Pros
  • Excellent response time at the max refresh rate.
  • Fantastic low input lag.
  • Fast refresh rate.
Cons
  • Image degrades at an angle.
  • Mediocre black uniformity.
  • Black smearing in dark scenes.
7.2 Multimedia

The Dell S2722DGM is a decent monitor for watching videos. The 27 inch, 1440p screen delivers a sharp image when watching videos. It has fantastic input lag, excellent gray uniformity, and very good contrast. It only has decent reflection handling but great peak brightness, so glare shouldn't be an issue for most people. Unfortunately, the image degrades at an angle, so it's not a good choice for sharing the screen with someone else, and the stand can't swivel, so you can't really turn it to show them, either.

Pros
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Deep blacks.
  • Fantastic low input lag.
Cons
  • Image degrades at an angle.
  • Doesn't support HDR.
  • Mediocre black uniformity.
  • Black smearing in dark scenes.
7.2 Media Creation

The Dell S2722DGM is a decent monitor for media creation. The 27 inch, 1440p screen delivers great screen real estate, meaning you can see more of your project at once, and it has good text clarity. It has a superb SDR color gamut, but coverage of the Adobe RGB color space might be too low for professional use. It has excellent gray uniformity, good gradient handling, and very good contrast. Unfortunately, the image degrades at an angle, and the stand can't swivel or rotate to portrait orientation.

Pros
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Deep blacks.
  • Great peak brightness.
  • Superb SDR color gamut.
Cons
  • Image degrades at an angle.
  • Stand can't swivel or rotate to a portrait orientation.
  • Mediocre black uniformity.
5.9 HDR Gaming

The Dell S2722DGM doesn't support HDR.

  • 7.5 Mixed Usage
  • 7.5 Office
  • 8.3 Gaming
  • 7.2 Multimedia
  • 7.2 Media Creation
  • 5.9 HDR Gaming
  1. Updated Jul 29, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 27, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved Yes
Curve Radius 1500R
Weight (without stand)
9.3 lbs (4.2 kg)
Weight (with stand)
12.8 lbs (5.8 kg)

The Dell S2722DGM has a simple design that blends in anywhere. Dell has added an ambient downlight feature on the bottom bezel, but there's no bias lighting on the back.

Design
Stand
Width
9.1" (23.0 cm)
Depth
7.6" (19.2 cm)

The stand looks very similar to the one included with the Dell S2721DGF, but it's slightly smaller. It supports the monitor well, but when the stand adjusts to the maximum height extension, there's some wobble.

4.5
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
3.9" (10.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

The Dell S2722DGM has an okay height adjustment range and a great tilt range, so it should be easy to place it in an ideal viewing position. Unfortunately, it can't rotate to portrait orientation, and it can't swivel, so it's a bit less versatile than most Dell monitors we've tested.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor looks very similar to the Dell S2721DGF, but there's no bias-lighting feature. There's a cutout in the stand for very basic cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders are thin on three sides.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
6.4" (16.2 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
3.7" (9.4 cm)

Due to the curve, the Dell S2722DGM is a bit thicker than most 27 inch monitors.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Dell S2722DGM seems to have good overall build quality. It's all plastic, but there's very little flex in most of the panels. The front bottom bezel has a bit of flex, which is pretty common and shouldn't cause any issues. When the stand adjusts to the maximum height, there's a bit of wobble, but it's not too bad.

Picture Quality
7.8
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
2,948 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The Dell S2722DGM has a very good contrast ratio, as expected for a monitor with a VA panel. Blacks look good in a dark room. Unfortunately, there's no local dimming feature to improve black levels. Contrast can vary between units, but these results are very close to the 3000:1 contrast ratio advertised by Dell for this model.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Dell S2722DGM doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only, so you can see how the backlight on this display performs and compare it to a similar product with local dimming.

8.2
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
401 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
389 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
390 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
390 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
390 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
389 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
388 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
390 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
390 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
389 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
389 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The Dell S2722DGM has great peak brightness in SDR. There's no variation in brightness with different content, and it's a bit brighter than the advertised 350 cd/m² peak brightness.

These measurements were taken after calibration, in the 'Custom Color' Picture Mode, with the backlight at max. The peak brightness can change depending on which mode you're using.

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.

6.6
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
43°
Color Washout From Right
47°
Color Shift From Left
70°
Color Shift From Right
70°
Brightness Loss From Left
46°
Brightness Loss From Right
49°
Black Level Raise From Left
17°
Black Level Raise From Right
20°
Gamma Shift From Left
Gamma Shift From Right
14°

As expected for a monitor with a VA panel, the Dell S2722DGM has an okay horizontal viewing angle. Although better than many of the VA monitors we've tested, the image degrades at moderate angles, as the gamma shifts considerably at a very small angle, causing the image to appear washed out. Colors remain accurate at any angle, though, which is great.

6.0
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
31°
Color Washout From Above
32°
Color Shift From Below
69°
Color Shift From Above
61°
Brightness Loss From Below
33°
Brightness Loss From Above
34°
Black Level Raise From Below
16°
Black Level Raise From Above
15°
Gamma Shift From Below
13°
Gamma Shift From Above
14°

Unfortunately, the Dell S2722DGM has mediocre vertical viewing angles. Gamma shifts and black levels rise at a very small angle, causing the image to darken and appear washed out. This can be noticeable even if you're sitting too close, as the top and bottom of the monitor can appear non-uniform.

8.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.718%
50% DSE
0.097%
5% Std. Dev.
0.414%
5% DSE
0.072%

The Dell S2722DGM has excellent gray uniformity. There's almost no dirty screen effect in the center, but the sides of the screen are a bit darker. Near-black scenes are even better, with no noticeable issues. Gray uniformity can vary between units, but it's rarely an issue on current monitors.

6.3
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.810%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Unfortunately, the unit we bought has mediocre black uniformity, and there's no local dimming feature to improve it. There's very little clouding throughout the screen, which is nice, but there's noticeable backlight bleed along the top and bottom edges of the screen. Note that black uniformity can vary between units.

7.7
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Sports
Luminance
398 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
100
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Controls
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6,540 K
White Balance dE
2.86
Color dE
2.73
Gamma
2.25

This monitor has good accuracy out of the box, but this can vary between units. Gamma is flat, close to 2.2, and doesn't follow the sRGB curve, so most dark scenes are darker than they should be, and some brighter scenes are a bit too bright. White balance is good, with no significant issues, and most colors are displayed accurately. The color temperature is very close to the target 6500K. Unfortunately, there's no sRGB clamp, so saturated colors are oversaturated a bit.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom Color
Luminance
99 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
22
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Controls
96-100-99
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6,524 K
White Balance dE
0.57
Color dE
0.54
Gamma
2.19

After calibration, the Dell S2722DGM has outstanding accuracy. Gamma is much closer to the sRGB target curve, with just a few very minor deviations. White balance and color accuracy are nearly perfect, and the color temperature didn't really change, as it was already close to perfect.

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 due to manufacturing tolerances, even for the same model.

9.0
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.6%
Adobe RGB xy
79.7%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

The Dell S2722DGM has a superb SDR color gamut. It can display the entire sRGB color space used by most current desktop and web content. Coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space is very good but might be too limited for professional media creators.

9.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
98.5%
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
85.8%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom Color
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom Color

This monitor has fantastic SDR color volume. In the more common sRGB color space it has nearly perfect coverage, but can't display saturated colors at low luminance levels despite the very good contrast ratio.

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.

8.4
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.56%
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%

Unfortunately, there are some signs of temporary image retention on our unit, but they fade quickly. This can vary between units.

7.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The Dell S2722DGM has good gradient handling. There's some banding in all shades, and as it can only accept an 8-bit signal, there's 8-bit banding in our 10-bit test image.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001%
Pixel Column Error
0.001%

There are no noticeable signs of color bleed on our Dell S2722DGM, but this can vary between units.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.6%
Indirect Reflections
3.1%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.5%

The Dell S2722DGM has decent reflection handling. It has great peak brightness though, so glare shouldn't cause any issues for most people.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

The Dell S2722DGM has good text clarity. We recommend running the Window ClearType wizard if you're on a PC; otherwise, there are some text clarity issues with diagonal lines, as shown in the bottom photo.

Motion
8.7
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Super Fast
Rise / Fall Time
4.7 ms
Total Response Time
10.6 ms
Overshoot Error
3.9%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
9.4 ms
Dark Total Response Time
16.2 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.7%

Response Time SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
FastChartTablePhoto
Super FastChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

The Dell S2722DGM has an excellent response time at the max refresh rate. We recommend the 'Super Fast' Response Time setting, as it delivers the best results overall, but there's some noticeable overshoot. If this bothers you, the 'Fast' setting has no overshoot, but it's a bit slower, so there's a longer blur trail behind fast-moving objects. The 'Extreme' setting has a slightly faster rise/fall time, but there's considerably more overshoot, so we don't recommend it.

Like most monitors with VA panels, dark scene transitions are significantly slower than bright scenes. This causes a noticeable trail behind fast-moving objects in dark scenes, commonly known as black smear. It's not as noticeable in the 'Extreme' setting, but there's more overshoot.

Note: There's also a fourth response time setting, 'MPRT', but this isn't actually a response time setting, it just enables the black frame insertion feature. This setting is only available if the refresh rate is between 120Hz and 165Hz.

8.0
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Super Fast
Rise / Fall Time
4.9 ms
Total Response Time
15.7 ms
Overshoot Error
3.8%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
7.4 ms
Dark Total Response Time
21.1 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
5.0%

Response Time SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
FastChartTablePhoto
Super FastChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

The Dell S2722DGM has a great response time at 60Hz. The three Response Time settings behave very similarly to the max refresh rate, and we still recommend the 'Super Fast' setting, as it delivers the best overall performance. This is great, as you don't have to worry about changing settings if you change your refresh rate to 60Hz. There's more overshoot at 60Hz, and a longer blur trail behind fast-moving objects, but it looks great overall.

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

The backlight is completely flicker-free, which is great as it can reduce eye strain.

6.1
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
165 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
120 Hz

The Dell S2722DGM has an optional black frame insertion (BFI) feature that can reduce the appearance of motion blur by inserting flicker. This feature can be enabled by setting the Response Time to 'MPRT'. Note that with this feature enabled, you can't adjust the overdrive settings. The BFI timing seems very good, with no noticeable crosstalk, but there's still a long blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Note that our scoring is based only on the refresh rate range that supports BFI, not how well it works.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The Dell S2722DGM has a very fast refresh rate, great for gaming. It's certified to support FreeSync Premium variable refresh rate technology, which works over HDMI and DisplayPort, but over HDMI the maximum refresh rate is 144Hz. Although not officially supported, G-SYNC Compatible also worked for us, but only over DisplayPort.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.0 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
5.6 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
11.5 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
7.9 ms

The Dell S2722DGM has fantastic input lag, resulting in a very responsive gaming experience. The 60Hz input lag is a bit higher than at the max refresh rate but still excellent. Enabling the variable refresh rate feature increases input lag a bit, but it's not really noticeable.

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"
Screen Area 310 in²

The 27 inch, 1440p screen delivers a great amount of screen real estate to work with, and doesn't require as much computing power as a 4k display.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal
Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
Fixed (On/Off)
Speakers
No
HDR10 No
Multiple Input Display
No

The Dell S2722DGM has a few additional features, including:

  • Timer: Displays a timer on-screen.
  • FPS Counter: Displays the current number of frames per second received from the source.
  • Dark Stabilizer: Adjusts gamma to make it easier to spot other players/enemies in shadows.
  • Display Alignment: Displays gridlines on the screen to help align multiple displays.
  • Downlight: Instead of a more traditional bias-lighting feature on the back, Dell has added an ambient downlight on the bottom bezel. It's a fixed blue light that can't be changed, it can only be turned on or off.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

The main OSD can be navigated using the joystick control on the back of the monitor. There are also four quick access buttons that can be assigned to different options. The power button is located on the bottom bezel of the display.

Features
In The Box

  • User manuals
  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Power cable

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 27 inch Dell S2722DGM, which is part of Dell's S Series of gaming monitors. It's also available in a 32 inch size, but the larger size has a slightly different panel with a different curve, so our review here isn't valid for that size.

Model Size Native Resolution Max Refresh rate Panel Type Curve
S2522HG 24.5" 1920 x 1080 240Hz IPS No
S2722DGM 27" 2560 x 1440 165Hz VA 1500R
S3222DGM 32" 2560 x 1440 165Hz VA 1800R
S3422DWG 34" 3440 x 1440 144Hz VA 1800R

If you come across a different type of panel or your Dell S2722DGM doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit was manufactured in April 2021; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Dell S2722DGM is a good monitor overall, and it's one of the best VA gaming monitors we've tested so far. Unfortunately, it's still plagued by the usual issues that affect VA gaming monitors, like black smear behind fast-moving objects in dark scenes. If you don't care about dark room performance, though, most IPS monitors deliver a superior gaming experience overall.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 27 inch monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best 1440p monitors.

Dell S2721DGF

The Dell S2721DGF and the Dell S2722DGM use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses. The S2721DGF uses an IPS panel, and it has better ergonomics, better viewing angles, better reflection handling, and better gradient handling. The S2721DGF supports HDR, but this doesn't add that much, as it can't deliver an impactful HDR experience. The S2722DGM uses a VA panel, and it has much better contrast and better black uniformity, so it's a better choice for a dim or dark room.

Gigabyte M27Q

The Gigabyte M27Q is better than the Dell S2722DGM for most uses. The Gigabyte has a better response time to deliver a clearer image in fast-moving scenes. It has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles, a wider color gamut, and more features, like USB ports, HDR support, a Picture-in-Picture mode, and a built-in KVM switch. That said, the Dell might be worth it if you like gaming in the dark because it uses a VA panel that can produce much deeper blacks.

Gigabyte G27QC

The Gigabyte G27QC is slightly better overall than the Dell S2722DGM, but the Dell is slightly better for gaming. The Dell has a faster response time and better black uniformity, and it's brighter. The Gigabyte supports HDR, it has better gradient handling, and it has a better contrast ratio.

Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T

The Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T is much better than the Dell S2722DGM. The Samsung has a higher refresh rate, better ergonomics, supports HDR, and has better gradient handling. The Samsung also has a much faster response time and a more versatile black frame insertion feature.

MSI Optix G27CQ4

The Dell S2722DGM is much better than the MSI Optix G27CQ4. The Dell has better ergonomics, a faster response time, better viewing angles, and better black uniformity. The Dell is also significantly brighter and can better overcome glare. On the other hand, the MSI has better gradient handling and can accept a 10-bit signal.

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