The Dell S2719DM offers a large, 27-inch screen with HDR capabilities in a slim and chic form factor. The monitor looks stunning in any environment, but there are a few caveats to expect in exchange for the sleekness. The Dell S2719DM offers an excellent visual experience along with some gaming chops, but is it worth every dollar of its middling to high price?
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 sports an ultraslim chassis with a matte silver finish instead of the typical matte black. This makes the product aesthetically suitable to MacBooks and Macs, or would very nice next to an all-white build. The display utilizes Dell’s Infinity Edge concept which removes plastic bezels in favor of a dual stage design which is less than a quarter of an inch thin.
The Dell S2719DM imposes a commanding presence on a desk due to its size, but its overall dimensions are quite modest. The product only consumes six inches of depth, while the chassis is only an inch thick at its bulge which then tapers down to a quarter inch at the edges. This offering has a 24-inch variant (S2419HM) with a 1080p IPS panel if you prefer a more compact display.
The stand on the Dell S2719DM is based on a new design that includes an arcing upright and a uniquely shaped base. We like how it looks especially since it comes with a matte metallic finish. However, it is limited to tilt for adjustments. If you do get the Dell S2719DM, make sure that you can live with this limitation since this part isn’t removable and there are no provisions for VESA mounting.
We know flush mounting the Dell S2719DM is impossible since its chassis is too thin so that it won’t support the weight reliably. Another downside of the design is the limitations it imposes on included features, such as built-in speakers and a plentiful I/O panel. Users are stuck with two HDMI 2.0 slots for video inputs along with a 3.5mm jack for audio pass through.
At least, you can switch between a PC and another signal source like the Xbox One X which can dish out visuals in 1440p. However, what’s great about the connectivity layout is it is aligned to the cable tidy hole, making wire management easy as peas.
Display and Performance
The Dell S2719DM sports a 27-inch IPS panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate, and an 8ms response time that can be boosted to 5ms with the included Overdrive feature. The screen is supported by a 400cd/m2 WLED backlight that can pulse to 600cd/m2 when HDR content is in tow. The contrast ratio is rated at 1000cd/m2 which, by industry standards, isn’t sufficient for true HDR.
However, the Dell S2719DM does include an impressive IPS module that can put out 100% of the sRGB gamut volume with some extensions. The problem is that the IPS panel is only capable of producing 8-bit color, meaning HDR signals (12-bit) are compressed heavily. This, however, doesn’t obscure the fact that the screen on this model has plenty of eye-popping colors that isn’t over or undersaturated.
It’s fantastic that the Dell S2719DM can slightly exceed its 1000:1 contrast ratio at 20% to 50% brightness. We did not notice any watered down shades while blacks were thick and oily. It’s safe to say that only VA monitors can top this model when it comes to grayscale performance.
The Dell S2719DM is suitable for entertainment purposes which include movies and gaming. The refresh rate may be limited to 60Hz, but the benefits of the HDR feature may outweigh the need for high speed. When it’s activated, there is a noticeable improvement in shade definition with a hint of extra vibrancy in compatible games.
The visuals in HDR-compatible games like Battlefield 1 and Destiny 2 get an instant upgrade, although FALD-equipped monitors like the Asus PA32UC are substantially better. Color accuracy may seem a bit off in some low-lit sequences, but the value of the add-on increases in our opinion since the added premium to the retail price is reasonable.
One downside you can expect when playing FPS titles like the aforementioned is the limited blur reduction capabilities of the Dell S2719DM. Of course it’s only a 60Hz monitor with 8ms specified response time. Boosting this aspect to 5ms did help in some situations since it lessened image retention and ghosting down to being unnoticeable.
The Dell S2719DM is indeed well-rounded enough for casual gaming purposes. It comes with FreeSync compatibility for AMD GPU users to help avoid tearing and stuttering. Input lag is also excellent since the monitor clocked in with an average of only 10ms.
Thoughts on the Dell S2719DM
The Dell S2719DM is an excellent monitor considering its price, aesthetics, and HDR as the icing on top. The IPS screen is gorgeous both through the user’s eyes and a colorimeter, while the QHD resolution makes everything crisp and detailed. The monitor’s gaming value is a welcome addition as well, as long as the title or the media is compatible.
However, we wish the firm added staple features such as an ergonomic stand or a DisplayPort to the I/O panel for the Dell S2719DM. These shortcomings, however, are understandable and essential to the product’s sexy aesthetic. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this option to our users, but we would like to see an updated, similar-priced variant soon.