While most companies bring their gamer products to this segment’s signature look, which includes RGB lights and bold colors, along with straighter angles, others deliver the same functions in hybrid products. This is the case of the Dell S2721DGF, which works the images in 27 inches from an IPS panel, with QuadHD resolution (2K) and update at 165 Hz.
To give more power to the gamer side, this monitor is compatible with AMD’s FreeSync and Nvidia’s G-Sync, has HDR and the response time can reach 1ms from gray to gray. All in one face that might as well be comfortable even in the office. I’ve spent the last few weeks with him at my desk and tell you my experience in the next few paragraphs.
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Design and connections
If you hear the word gamer somewhere in the name of anything, you can already imagine a product with flashing lights, contrasting colors on the housing, abusing black and red, or green, with virtually no smoother design angles. This tends to be the setting for these items, but on this monitor Dell was cautious and clearly chose a look to be as comfortable on the pro gamer’s desk as in the office room.
Looking at it from the front, only the base of the S2721DGF has the feel of a gamer product and it is limited to just right angles. Even the color of the set, in gray, is more suited to a conventional monitor.
Speaking of which, the base has a generous number of adjustments for many sides. It can rotate and flip the monitor horizontally, allows height control in many levels, has a pin to even leave the screen upright, and allows the user to choose the best vertical position.
In addition to allowing adjustment for many different usage situations, these movements also help when it comes to seeing the connections and finding the correct input, which are many. The S2721DGF offers two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4, audio input on a P2 cable and four powered USB 3.0 ports, two near the base and two near the edge, sharing space with the headphone output. It is possible to transfer data between these USBs by plugging a specific cable into the computer.
Here’s a message: to have 165 Hz on the screen you need to use the DisplayPort cable, included in the box. HDMI ports are limited to 144 Hz and this detail also applies to Nvidia’s G-Sync.
Still on the back are the buttons and joystick for adjustments in the internal menu, along with the only part that can be characterized as a gamer: a strip of blue light, running through the middle of this area. It can be turned off and the color is just that, with no possibility of customization.
The cables can use a hole in the base that supports the monitor and so go down to the computer in a more hidden way. In general, all adjustments are simple to perform, do not require user force and the monitor construction, even being all plastic, gives a very good feeling of robustness.
The screen is 27 inches, on an IPS panel and with the possibility of displaying content up to 165 Hz, along with HDR. Having an IPS panel means good and bad things at the same time, basic limitations of the technology itself: the first one is positive and is at generous viewing angles, allowing a friend to see what you do and that happens without chromatic aberration. The negative is in the contrast, which tends not to be impressive. It’s not bad, but at the same time it doesn’t attract attention.
Dell has inserted local dimming around here, so this issue tends to be partially fixed. Brightness in HDR can get close to 500 nits, or 400 nits for content without dynamic range enabled.
In color, the amount displayed is good, bordering on great. The S2721DGF promises 98% of the DCI-P3 and in my eyes, the colors are accurate enough to please the gamer and anyone looking to watch a movie, or just work anyway. The maximum brightness in images with or without HDR helps in this work, as the extra light helps to make the colors more vivid.
I didn’t find any dead pixels in the test unit, but I did notice some inconsistency in brightness, especially in the upper corners of the screen. It doesn’t spoil the experience and this type of detail can vary from monitor to monitor, within the same model. Yours may not show the same dot as mine.
In the monitor’s own functions, you can select some Dell-defined settings for specific gaming styles, slow down the response time, turn on FreeSync or G-Sync, but I missed a detail that tends to be common in gamer monitors: a dot inserted in the middle of the screen to help in first person shooter games.
Is it cheating for the player? Yeah, but it’s common on gamer monitors and it’s a software addition for the monitor hardware, it would be nice to have the option to display or not. In the case of the S2721DGF there is no such choice. This detail could be part of the hybrid use of this monitor, very strong around here.
Finally, this Dell monitor doesn’t have built-in speakers. It might be a problem for some people looking to have a cleaner peripheral table, but adding a headphone output in such an accessible location is really nice. It’s easy to find and comes with two of the four USB HUB ports provided by the monitor.
Dell S2721DGF: Is It Worth It?
The Dell S27271DGF is the type of monitor that will serve the gamer very well, as well as offering great image quality even for those who just want to work. It is one of the best hybrid monitors on the market, adding extra features for any audience that might look for this model in a store.
For the gamer the low response time, support for G-Sync and FreeSync, along with QuadHD resolution and up to 165 Hz update is the kit of happiness. For those who work, the more sober look, along with various adjustments for almost any angle, IPS panel with accurate colors and HDR help in everyday life, even going when the user wants to watch a movie at their leisure.
In Brazil there aren’t many competitors with 27 inches, 165 Hz and extra functions like the S2721DGF and the Dell model is the most expensive of all. The list always puts gamer-looking monitors that hardly look good on the desktop, as is the case with Samsung’s Odyssey G7. Both are priced close, but the Korean manufacturer’s model is more aimed at the gamer both in visuals, as in an even bigger update, at 240 Hz.
A model that can give work for Dell is the AOC AG271QG, which offers basically the same functions and leaves the gamer side more to the rear. As the cost is also similar, I think the S2721DGF is more business precisely because it is hybrid, because it serves more uses than just during the game.
- Model: Dell S2721DGF;
- Panel Size: 27 inches;
- Resolution: 2,560 × 1440 pixels (QuadHD, or 2K);
- Update rate: up to 165 Hz;
- Panel Type: IPS LCD;
- Energy consumption: 90 watts (maximum), 0.3 watts (standby);
- Video Inputs: 2 HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4;
- Other connections: 1 USB-B and 4 USB 3.0, 2 P2 for input and one for audio output;
- Dimensions (width x height x depth): 61.16×36.36×6.78 cm (without support) and 61.16×39.39×20.03 cm (with support);
- Weight: 4.5 kg (with stand).