The Dell S2719DM accompanied by the smaller S2419HM are two new HDR-capable monitors designed with super-slim form factors for everyday use. These new monitors utilize a new backlight design to achieve its figure, but we can tell from the specs that they aren’t true HDR displays equipped with full array lighting. The Dell S2719DM and the S2419HM are set to compete in the midrange market, so let’s take a closer look before they hit the shelves in the hotly contested HDR aisle.
Dell S2719DM Specifications
- Screen Size: 27 Inches
- Resolution: 1440p QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In-Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 60hz
- Response Time: 5ms (8ms Typical)
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 400 cd/m² (600 cd/m² Peak)
- Built-in Speakers: No
- Stand: Height -No
- Stand: Tilt – Yes (-5°/+21°)
- Stand: Swivel – No
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility: No
- Connectivity: HDMI 2.0 x 2, 3.5mm Audio Jack
- Dimensions with Stand(WxHxD): 24.05″ x 13.94″ x 6.2″
- Weight: 9.92 lbs
Design and Features
The Dell S2719DM and its smaller, full HD cousin, the S2419HM both sport ultra slim design features to embody the brand’s latest series of monitors for 2018. The chassis thinnest point goes down to less than a quarter of an inch, with the thickest point going up to a little over an inch. The face includes Dell’s Infinity Edge design which composed of a thin outer layer and an almost unnoticeable panel border.
The chassis’ silver aesthetic gives it a perfectly luxurious appearance suitable for high-end devices such as iMacs or MacBooks, but unfortunately, this model is limited regarding connectivity. Users will have to do with two HDMI 2.0 ports for video, plus a 3.5mm jack for speaker pass through. We do, however, love the convenient placement of the ports which are in front of the cable management hole on the stand’s neck.
We like the stand’s design due to its simplicity from the arcing upright all the way to the slightly sloped vase which looks perfect for a laptop to lie on. Ergonomics is limited to tilt only so that taller folk might need a monitor stand with this device. VESA armatures are out of the equation since there are no provisions for them, which is a waste since the Dell S2719DM and the S2419HM would have been perfect for flush mounting.
Display and Performance
The Dell S2719DM sports a 27-inch IPS panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, and an 8ms response time which can be boosted to 5ms. Likewise, the Dell S2419HM sports similar specs but has a 1920 x 1080 resolution instead. Both monitors support 8-bit color to produce 99% sRGB or 85% DCI-P3 and contrast ratios of 1000:1, which aren’t sufficient as true HDR specs.
However, the Dell S2719DM is listed as DisplayHDR400 ready as specified by VESA. We can’t judge how efficient these implementations will be when they release, but both monitors do have some impressive tricks up their sleeves. For starters, both units will utilize a 400cd/m2 backlight which is already brighter than your typical 250 or 300cd/m2 modules. When HDR content is detected, these units can pulse all the way up 600cd/m2 as needed to create the deeper contrast and range required by your media.
The backlight’s internals which is called Corning Iris Glass Light-Guide Plate is exceptional as well. This type of illumination helped the Dell S2719DM and the S2419DM achieve their ultra-thin side profiles. If you look at the models, it seems that they can rival some OLED TV’s thinness at some point.
There were no gaming features mentioned for both displays, but it seems that these two models have an overdrive feature to reduce pixel transition time. You can cut the 8ms typical response time to 5ms via the OSD for situations where fast-paced action becomes a bit muddy with ghosting. Let’s hope that the inner workings of the Dell S2719DM and the S2419DM also includes a low input lag feature for responsive gaming purposes.
Thoughts about the Dell S2719DM and S2419DM
The Dell S2719DM and the S2419DM look like promising monitors for mixed usage which may include photo editing, gaming, or even HDR movie enjoyment. The super thin chassis and bezel set these two models apart from the rest by enhancing the premium feel which is missing from a lot of competitors. We have always been doubtful about these HDR emulations that are flooding the market, but these two have superb potentials for success.
The only prohibitive factor we see are the price tags for each model. The QHD Dell S2719DM will start at $500 while the FHD S2419DM sits at $300 which are a bit too steep for the respective categories of the two products. However, we may see lower pricing once these two hit our favorite retailers outside of Dell’s official web store.