Dell S2716DG Review
 
by Lim, March 21, 2017 6:00 pm
 

Dell S2716DG Review - Is the Dell really so good as the people praise? And how good is the Dell compared to an IPS Panel?


Introduction

Already a bit longer on den market and according to the ratings on amazon as well as other online stores, the Dell S2726DG has better ratings than competing monitors with almost the same specifications. On top, the Dell S2716DG also is cheaper. It uses a TN panel with a WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution with 144 Hz refresh rate, a response time of 1 ms (Grey to Grey), a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a sRGB colour space of 97%. User love the colors of the Dell S2716DG but is it really true? I don't know which experiences other reviewers have but this definitely is not a true story, at least not with included OSD settings because gamma settings on the Dell are not really good. With proper gamma settings, you can increase the overall image quality drastically, but there is still another big issue on the Dell. Well, let's find out how the Dell competes against the competition and check the response time as well as black levels and other measurements.


NOTE (This was a long article in German before releasing this page in English):

1. Since the article was very long, I cut it and just put all Photos in different slideshows under each topic.
2. Measurements are in German. However, the headings of the columns should be easy to assign

IMPORTANT(!) Updates
and new information about the Dell S2716DG can be found at the bottom of the article or in the table of contents (if available). A forum thread on this monitor does not exist(!)

 

 

 
 
 

Specifications

Panel Type TN (AU Optronics)
Brightness EDGE LED / W-LED
Display size and aspect ratio 24 and 27 Inch / 16:9
Maximum Resolution 2560x1440 (WQHD)
Pixel density 24 Zoll = 122,38 / 27 Zoll = 108,79 ppi (Pixels per inch)
Refresh rate 144 Hz native
Native color depth and color space 8 Bit / 97% sRGB without calibration
Response time (GtG) 1Ms + ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur)
Brightness 350cd/m2
Integrated speakers No
Video inputs 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI 1.4, 4x USB 3.0
Audio 1x 3.5mm out / 1x 3.5mm in
USB Hub Yes 4x USB 3.0
Power consumption 47W Standart / 90W max (Depending on USB Hub)
27" Panel dimensions WxHxD with foot stand 546,3 x 612,5 x 200,3 mm
27" Panel dimensions WxHxD without foot stand 612,5 x 362,5 x 55,6mm
Frame width 8mm (on top) 1,7mm (on the lower frame)
Weight 4,4 Kg
Warranty 3 Years
Erconomics Tilt, Height, Pivot, Swivel
Adaptive Sync G-Sync
G-Sync Range 30-144 Hz
Contrast (Nativ) 1000:1
Vesa Yes 100mm
Curved No
 
 

 

Alternatives

Alternative 144Hz WQHD (2560x1440) TN monitor to the Dell S2716DG:
(All other alternatives are listed in the Gaming-Monitor-List. Future releases can be found here)

 

Find the Dell S2716DG here: Buy on Amazon

 

G-Sync
Acer XB271HUA Review / Buy on Amazon
Dell S2417DG Buy on Amazon
Asus PG278Q Buy on Amazon
Asus PG278QR Review / Buy on Amazon
AOC AG241QG Buy on Amazon

Asus PG27VQ not released yet


Freesync
Asus MG278Q Buy on Amazon
BenQ XL2730Z Freesync Buy on Amazon
AOC AG241QX Buy on Amazon
AOC AGON AG271QX Buy on Amazon


YouTube Video Review

 

 


Delivery

 

Connections

 

 

Foot stand

 
 

 

Design & Processing

 

 

Navigation & OSD

 

Grayscale Test

 

 

Black Level

 

Homogeneity (brightness distribution)

 

Homogeneity (color purity)

 

 

Viewing Angles

 

 

Interpolation / Downscaling

 

 

Subjective color impression

 

 

Response Time

 

Color Banding Issues (IPS Dell vs TN Dell)

 
 

 

Measuring Data

Unfortunately, I have lost the measuring data of the Dell, while my old PC crashed. Here are the most important info.
Contrast around 700:1
Gamma 1.9
Everything else you can see the comparison charts

 

Comparison Charts

Black point with optimal settings (120 cd/m2 , 6500K)
Samsung CFG70
0,05
Asus PG279Q
0,12
Asus PG278QR
0,13
Asus PG258Q
0,13
Acer XB271HUA
0,16
Dell S2716DG
0,17

Maximum brightness in cd/m2
Asus PG258Q
488
Dell S2716DG
424
Acer XB271HUA
419
Asus PG278QR
399
Asus PG279Q
369
Samsung CFG70
361

Maximum brightness in cd/m2 with activated ULMB or strobe backlight
Asus PG258Q
275
Samsung CFG70
212
Dell S2716DG
153
Acer XB271HUA
148
Asus PG278QR
147
Asus PG279Q
129

Maximum contrast x:1
Samsung CFG70
2654
Asus PG279Q
1181
Asus PG258Q
995
Asus PG278QR
964
Acer XB271HUA
784
Dell S2716DG
686

 

 

Pros & Cons

 

Pro:

- Okay colors
G-Sync (30-144 Hz/fps)
- Good ULMB brightness
- USB 3.0 hub with 4 x USB 3.0 inputs
- WQHD Resolution "sweet spot" and a sharp image on 27" Inch
- A very good foot stand and a good processing
- Half matte panel coating (much less matt compared to Asus/Acer/HP)
- Nice design and thin bezels
- Overall very good gaming performance
- Dell warranty

Neutral:- No build in speakers

- No build in speakers
- No own profiles (it saves your changes within Dell profiles)
- Overdrive settings on extreme causes ghosting and text ghosting
- Thin gap with dust on the top panel frame

Contra:

- Gamma settings must be changed within the graphics card software or with a hardware calibration
- Huge(!) color banding issues
- Typical TN viewing angles, but they are improved a bit compared to FULL HD TN models
- Clouding issues as same as in the Asus PG278QR or the Acer XB271HUA
- Contrast and blacks are worse compared to the Asus PG278QR or the Acer XB271HUA

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