The Dell S2719DGF is one of the brand’s latest reveals from Gamescom 2018 with a few unique features you’d be hard-pressed to find from other offerings. This new addition to the S-line comes with a smaller, 24-inch 144Hz sibling named the Dell S2419HGF with a 1080p screen. Both the Dell S2719DGF and the S2419HGF offer responsive TN panels, but how do they compare against the more popular IPS and VA variants from their competitors?
Dell S2719DGF Specifications
- Screen Size: 27 Inches
- Resolution: 1440p QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Twisted Nematic (TN)
- Refresh Rate: 165Hz
- Response Time: 4ms
- Contrast Ratio:1000:1
- Brightness: 400 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: Yes
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot– Yes
- VESA Compatibility: Yes (100 x 100)
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 4 x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 1, USB 3.0 x 3, 3.5mm Headphone jack
Design and Features
The Dell S2719DGF sports only a few minor changes from the brand’s signature business aesthetic that has suited a lot of tastes amongst the communities. The monitor is mostly matte black and accented with a new color that Dell calls Recon Blue or matte blue in lay man’s terms. This model is frameless on three sides via its dual-stage design, while the 24-inch model includes reasonably thick bezels which probably helps to hide the panel borders.
Another noticeable change of color on the two displays are the logos all over the chassis which now come in metallic blue instead of silver. We’ve noticed this subtle transformation from Dell’s gaming products like the G7 products. We think the brand is giving its gaming products an identity, but we’re glad that they are leaving the aggressive looks to the Alienware line.
The Dell S2719DGF comes with a base and stand that hasn’t strayed too far from its siblings in the S-line of displays. You do get a complete range of ergonomics for both monitors which include tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustments. You can also remove this part easily to reveal VESA bolt holes for aftermarket mounts or armatures.
Connectivity isn’t a problem for the Dell S2719DGF since it comes with a well-equipped I/O panel for your convenience. You will find a DisplayPort 1.2a, HDMI 1.4, and HDMI 2.0 for video inputs plus three USB 3.0 slots for accessories. Its important to note that the Dell S2419HGF includes dual HDMI 1.4 and only has two USB 3.0 ports.
Display and Performance
The Dell S2719DGF sports a 27-inch TN panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, a native 144Hz refresh rate that overclocks to 155Hz, and a 1ms response time. Other typical specifications indicate a 350cd/m2, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and an 8-bit color output. The Dell S2419HGF shares most of these numbers except for a smaller, 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate that overclocks to 144Hz.
The surprising change for the Dell S2719DGF and its smaller companion is that they are both using glossy, low-haze coatings instead of the usual 3H matte layers. This aspect will allow both products to provide a more vibrant color performance which doesn’t add graininess or a harsh texture to the image. We are quite excited to review one or both of these models to see if colorimeter and visual results improve.
Both the Dell S2719DGF and S2419HGF are gaming monitors with features that are considered as the standard for an enthusiast display. Both products are FreeSync compatible with LFC and a variable range that starts at 40Hz all the way to their respective maximums. The two models can run FreeSync via DisplayPort or HDMI, making them ideal as dual-purpose displays for a PC and the Xbox consoles.
However, take note that the overclocked 144Hz and 155Hz refresh rates of each respective model need to use the DisplayPort slot. You also do not get access to the maximum 144Hz and 155Hz refresh rates if you cannot activate FreeSync. These limitations will lock out Nvidia users unless they can live with a 120Hz 1080p or 144Hz 1440p screen.
The Dell S2719DGF and S2419HGF are both based on TN technology, so a fast, pixel response time is expected. However, the gaming features in both displays will include an overdrive implementation that has three levels named Normal, Fast, and Super Fast. You will also find a Dark Stabilizer feature which enhances low-light visibility at the cost of color accuracy.
There is also an on-screen timer, FPS indicator, and a Display Alignment feature to help you get the most out of the Dell S2719DGF and S2419HGF. There are also two Low Blue Light modes called Warm and ComfortView to help you avoid eye-strain during long and tedious computer usage.
Thoughts on the Dell S2719DGF
The Dell S2719DGF offers a slightly unique skillset with its 155Hz refresh rate and its glossy screen which you won’t find in other monitors. The market last saw a glossy gaming monitor back in 2011, and we can’t help but be excited to test the two offerings. We’re pretty bummed, however, that the maximum outputs are limited to AMD GPU users since FreeSync needs to be active in order for the overclock to work.
The Dell S2719DGF and Dell S2719DGF and S2419HGF are expected to arrive before the year ends. Pricing at launch will start at $549.99 for the 27-inch model and $319.99 for the other. That’s a bit steep for FreeSync monitors which can be had for less, but we can expect a substantially lower cost once stocks normalize.