Keeping it classy.
The Dell 27 Gaming Monitor (model S2719DGF) and its 24-inch sibling, the Dell S2419HGF, are the latest entries in Dell’s line of gaming displays. Both are TN panels with super-fast 1ms response rates and AMD FreeSync. The 27-inch Dell S2719DGF (See it at Dell) / (See it at Amazon UK) features a 2560×1440 resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked to 155Hz. The Dell S2719DGF is basically the FreeSync version of the Dell S2716DG IGN reviewed earlier this year, which features Nvidia’s G-Sync adaptive frame rate technology. How does the S2719DGF stack up?
Dell S2719DGF – Design & Features
Like any monitor worth its pixels, the Dell S2719DGF boasts razor-thin bezels on the top and sides. Not only does such a design make the display look sleek, but it also allows for a near seamless multi-monitor setup. The top and side bezels are only 0.25 inches wide, and the bottom bezel is still impressively thin at only 0.5 inches wide.
In addition to its sophisticated design, the S2719DGF’s is also simple and elegant. A small Dell logo centered on the bottom bezel is the only branding you’ll see when seated in front of the monitor. The buttons to control the OSD are located on the right side the bottom edge of the bottom bezel, which keeps them hidden from view but still easily accessible. Navigating the OSD menu is easy to use and intuitive.
The display bezels are black, but the stand and back of the display are a dark gray/blueish color. I’d call it gunmetal blue; Dell describes it as having a “recon-blue metallic” finish. Whatever you call it, it’s a welcome departure from the matte blacks and charcoal grays on almost every other monitor. The blue allows Dell’s gaming monitors to stand apart from the crowd a bit without resorting to garish, distracting accents and embellishments.
The coating on the display itself is also unique. It offers a great compromise between a matte finish and a glossy coating. Colors aren’t dulled as they are a typical matte-finish screen, but it’s not overly glossy and prone to glare and reflections.
As far as adjustment options go, the S2719DGF is so flexible it could enroll in a yoga class. Many monitors can pivot 90 degrees from landscape to portrait mode to the left or the right, but the S2719DGF can pivot in either direction. It also offers all of the other adjustments you need: height (130mm), tilt (5 degrees down and 21 degrees up), and swivel (45 degrees to the left or right).
A hole in the stand helps you route cables out of the way. Because of all of this pivoting and the other adjustment options, perhaps, the display is prone of a bit of wobble when you bump your desk or nudge the stand. I also wish there was a notch or some sort of tactile feedback when you pivoted the display back to perfectly horizontal; without such feedback, it’s difficult to know when you have the display pivoted back to level.
The S2719DGF doesn’t skimp on ports. You get a DisplayPort and a pair of HDMI ports. The DisplayPort is version 1.2, which is the standard, and one HDMI is 1.4 and the other is 2.0 for greater bandwidth. In addition, you get four USB 3.0 ports. There are also separate audio ports for headphones and line-out.
Two of the USB ports and the headphone jack are located on the bottom edge of the display, where they are more easily accessed than the back panel with the rest of the ports reside.
Dell S2719DGF – Performance and Gaming
I used Lagom LCD monitor test pages to measure performance including gamma, black and white levels, color gradient, and response time. On the gamma test, the monitor was just off of the target of 2.2, coming in between 1.9 and 2.0. Despite the low gamma, the image did not looked wash out. In fact, black and white levels were nearly perfect; all but the first box were visible on both the black-level test and white-saturation test after tweaking the brightness and contrast of the monitor.
It turned near perfect into perfect on the gradient test without any sign of banding – the transition from white to gray and to black was buttery smooth. TN panels are popular with gamers because they are offer fast response times, and the Dell S2719DGF showed its speed on this test; running at a refresh rate of 144Hz, it was flicker free on all of the boxes on the test expect for two rows, where it scored one tick away from perfect.
After the Lagon tests, I played CS:GO and Overwatch and came away impressed. The games looked great at 2560×1440 resolution with a refresh rate of 144Hz. (The S2719DGF runs at either 60Hz or 144Hz, and if you are connected via DisplayPort, you can crank the refresh rate up to 155Hz.) The action in both games was smooth with no tearing or ghosting.
Despite near perfect results on the black-level and banding tests, I did notice some lack of detail in darker scenes and some banding in black areas. These defects also showed up when watching full-screen HD videos, where darker scenes looked washed out. There’s a Dark Stabilizer feature that helps return some detail to washed out dark areas, but in my experience, it made the image worse overall. However, it could be useful if you are playing a game like Doom where you are constantly being hunted in dark passage ways and dungeons.
The Dell 27 Gaming Monitor (model S2719DGF) has an MSRP of $529.99 but can be usually found cheaper direct from Dell:
In the UK? See it on Amazon UK