Dell S2719DGF 155Hz Gaming Monitor Review: Speedy QHD

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There is limited competition that can rival the Dell S2719DGF in price for features. As of writing, the MSI Optix MPG27CQ is $450 on Amazon, while the Acer RG270 goes for $200, compared to the Dell’s $360 MSRP. However, neither screen can compete with the Dell’s super-accurate color or 155Hz refresh rate. Though some may decry its TN panel, we saw nothing to dissuade us from spending many hours gaming on it.

The package is worth the asking price. It starts with Dell’s excellent build quality and elegant styling. With a solid stand offering a full range of adjustments, the S2719DGF looks every bit like a $500+ monitor should at a fraction of the price. Under the hood, it delivers a reliable 155Hz through DisplayPort and FreeSync down to 40Hz with Low Framerate Compensation. Its QHD resolution means you won’t need to drop $800 or more on a graphics powerhouse to make this monitor sing. Our favorite thing is its superb color accuracy, which near-reference level performance out of the box. It’s one of the most accurate gaming monitors we’ve seen at this price. Our only wish is for better contrast. But that’s something we could say about every TN or IPS panel that comes our way.

If a 27-inch QHD monitor is in your future, this Dell should be on your short list. Its strongest competition is MSI’s MPG27CQ, so your decision comes down to speed and color accuracy versus contrast. Either way, you’ll be a winner.

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Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • digitalgriffin
    poor contrast, poor gamut, poor viewing angles, simulated bit depth through dithering?Yep it's TN
  • thealmightyeyeball
    I bought one of these and returned it. It had a nice picture for TN, but I was getting horrible tears playing DooM using freesync. My old reliable monitor does not do this.
  • derekullo
    Will an 11hz refresh rate overclock do much more than let them put 155hz on the box?
  • richardvday
    Yea 11hz is nothing to get excited about.
    Seems high for a tn monitor. Meh
  • AlistairAB
    They get a deservedly bad rap. Gamma will be all way off. Look at the file explorer icon for example, it will bloom on TN monitors. Painful to look at unless you are very young. It's garbage, and they should stop making TN monitors. "Rap" comes from experience.
  • beshonk
    Why is the screen size in your table listed as 24.5 inches? It's a 27 inch...
  • milkod2001
    make it 4k at 32" size, 120Hz would do. Is that so much to ask in nearly 2019?
    1440p monitors are so 2010. Still have one, there is no way i'lll get another only because it has faster refresh rate.
  • barryv88
    Am i missing something here?? This is a FREESYNC monitor for goodness sakes. Which means, Tom's was supposed to test it with an AMD card, then report to us how well Freesync worked in games. Come on guys, pull up your socks....
  • jaexyr
    TN right at the beginning, that's all I needed to see
  • Giroro
    I mean ... at least it's not curved.