Dell S2722DGM Curved 165 Hz Gaming Monitor Review: Value-Driven Performance

Dell’s S2722DGM is a 27-inch curved gaming monitor with 165 Hz, QHD resolution, a VA panel and Adaptive-Sync.

Dell S2722DGM
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Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level

The S2722DGM claims a peak brightness of 350 nits, and that’s exactly what I measured. The top two monitors include HDR so seeing more light output from them is not a surprise. The Dell has more than enough brightness for any environment including a sunlit office.

The black level is nice and low, as a VA panel should be. That puts the S2722DGM’s contrast ratio in the middle of the three VA monitors here. 2,536.1:1 is about average among all the VA monitors I’ve tested. It’s more than enough to visually distinguish itself superior to the best IPS screens.

After Calibration to 200 nits

Calibration required balancing the contrast slider between color accuracy and maintaining the contrast ratio. I got the white point error under 3dE and only cost the S2722DGM a tiny bit of dynamic range. It’s still good enough to keep it in second place here, which is excellent performance.

ANSI contrast is a little lower than static, but the difference is about the same as the other screens when expressed as a percentage. In actual content, the S2722DGM looks better than an IPS panel with more vibrant color, deeper blacks and a more dimensional picture.

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.