On paper, the new Dell S2722DGM looks almost the perfect affordable gaming monitor. It is fast, cheap, abundant in pixels, good panel specifications, and in most cases will not disturb those decorations and functions that add little cost to the gaming experience.
It is all built around a 1440p 27-inch VA panel with good overall specifications. VA technology is often cheaper than IPS, and with it comes certain advantages and disadvantages. As the S2722DGM specification sheet shows, the most obvious advantage is static contrast. Dell rated this monitor at 3,000:1, which is three times better than any IPS monitor.
Of course, the general way to solve the contrast of IPS panels is local dimming. But this is very expensive, and will cause various chain problems involving control dimming algorithms. In many ways, it is much better to have excellent inherent panel contrast.
Related to this, the Dell S2722DGM is a direct SDR monitor that does not support HDR at all. We have no opinion on this, because most so-called HDR PC monitors are actually not like this. HDR on PC is still very bad.
For recording, the brightness is fixed at 350nits, which is fancy for SDR displays. As for the other main difference between VA and IPS, it comes down to speed. VA tends to be slower. S2722DGM’ pixel response ratings are 2ms GtG and 1ms MPRT, which is only a little bit worse than the best IPS panel’s 1ms and 0.5ms ratings. It is useful that Dell provides data on how the response performance is related to the user-configurable overload settings in the OSD menu of the S2722DGM, which will be described in detail later.
Another major indicator of speed is of course refresh. S2722DGM is suitable for 165Hz, we think this is enough, because the frequency of this monitor is more affordable. The pursuit of a higher refresh rate means a lot of investment is required to ensure that the GPU can keep up and quickly make the whole thing out of control in terms of cost.
Panel size: 27 inches
Panel technology: will
Original resolution: 2,560 x 1,440
aspect ratio: 16:9
Refresh rate: 165 Hz
Response time: 1ms MPRT, 2ms GtG
High dynamic range: Do not
colour: 99% sRGB
brightness: 350 cd/m2
Video input: Display port 1.2 x1, HDMI 2.0 x2
other: AMD FreeSync Advanced Edition
Price: 270 USD | GBP 260
Well, in some older games, you can say that you don’t need a very fast GPU to achieve hundreds of FPS. But above 165Hz, the return is relatively small, unless you are a very serious or marginal professional online gamer.
Speaking of speed and frame rate, the 1440p native resolution of S2722DGM is of course equal to 2560 x 1440 pixels. Provides a reasonable pixel density on a 27-inch screen without the debilitating GPU load of 4K. Affordable PC components are all about achieving the right balance and compromise. That’s the case with 1440p and 27 inches. The right compromise between game performance and details.
As for the wider feature set of the Dell S2722DGM, at this price, you can’t expect too many extras. For example, the USB Type-C connection has no function. But dual HDMI and single DisplayPort connections are also good, even if the highest frequency of the HDMI port is 144Hz instead of 165Hz.
At the same time, the chassis and bracket are both plastic, but very sturdy. Including tilt and height adjustment, this is what you really need. For this type of display, there is no need to rotate and rotate into portrait orientation at all. In fact, it can be said that the only thing that does not matter is the 1500R curvature of the panel. Although we don’t think it will definitely harm the gaming experience, it won’t increase too much on a moderate 27-inch screen.
In any case, if this is not a major warning, then there is nothing to report in terms of image quality. Considering that it is a pure SDR panel, the Dell S2722DGM is a very powerful and vibrant monitor. The strong intrinsic contrast will definitely help to achieve this, ensuring that you will not feel like Cyberpunk 2077 in SDR mode with a brief change in HDR-enabled games.
Therefore, Dell S2722DGM will attract attention very well. It is also fast enough to deliver where speed is most important. As we said, there are several overload settings available in the OSD. We will avoid MPRT mode, which will affect the brightness and vitality of the panel. The “Extreme” mode has a rated time of 2 milliseconds, which will indeed be affected by a little overshoot, but this is only visible in the game, while the “Ultra Fast” mode solves the overshoot, but only allows slightly darker tones to be smeared.
At the same time, the 165Hz refresh ensures that the delay is not a problem, and the adaptive synchronization is provided through AMD FreeSync Premium certification. Nvidia GPU owners need to run in basic G-Sync compatibility mode, which works well in practice.
All in all, the speed of the Dell S2722DGM is not as fast as the best IPS monitor-or Samsung’s latest and greatest VA panel. But it’s not lazy. Again, it depends on the balance you want to achieve. For similar money, you can use the fastest 1080p IPS panel. But we tend to give up a little bit of speed to increase the pixels and visual details of this Dell.
This is especially true if you incorporate general calculations into the equation. 1440p on a 27-inch panel provides sufficient pixel density for more common issues such as font rendering and desktop space. 1080p is a fairly low rent in this regard.
All of these make Dell S2722DGM a reliable overall choice. It won’t keep your attention on the stem, but it gets the important things-core image quality, speed and functionality-right. Purchasing products from major brands like Dell can also provide confidence in long-term support. Therefore, although this is not the cheapest 27-inch 1440p display with a high refresh rate on the market, the overall proposition is still very attractive.