Dell has quietly expanded its lineup of gaming displays with two new monitors featuring dynamic refresh technologies from AMD and NVIDIA. One of the monitors uses a full-HD (1920x1080) IPS panel with a refresh rate up to 75 Hz, whereas the other has a WQHD (2560x1440) TN panel with a refresh rate up to 165 Hz. The products belong to the entry-level and mainstream segments.

The Dell S2417DG is a monitor that the supplier recently added to its web-site in various locals but not via an official press release at this point. The S2417DG is based on a 23.8” TN panel with a 2560×1440 resolution, a peak brightness of 350 nits as well as a 1000:1 contrast. The key advantage of the S2417DG display for gamers is support for NVIDIA’s variable refresh rate G-Sync technology, allowing dynamic refresh rates between 30 and 165 Hz, which is a very decent range for a WQHD monitor. Moreover, with such high peak refresh rate, it is possible to use the monitor for stereoscopic 3D gaming using NVIDIA’s 3D Vision 2 glasses. Since this one uses a TN panel, this display is not aimed at professionals and exchanges refresh rate for color accuracy and viewing angles (it supports 170°/160° horizontal/vertical. For inputs, the monitor has DisplayPort and HDMI connectors to allow gamers to switch between a PC and a game console. In addition, the S2417SG has a quad-port USB 3.0 hub as well as an ultra-thin bezel for setting up multi-monitor arrangements.

The price of the Dell S2417DG is not listed by the supplier, but TFTCentral reports that the product will cost $570 when it is available later this quarter, which is $100 below its bigger brother, the S2717DG. The very decent dynamic refresh rate range between 30 and 165 Hz in the WQHD form factor is a large factor in the cost of the monitor.

Specifications of Dell's S2417DG and SE2717H Displays
with G-Sync and ULMB
with FreeSync
Panel 23.8" TN 27" IPS (6 bit + FRC)
Resolution 2560 × 1440 1920 × 1080
Max Refresh Rate 165 Hz 75 Hz
Refresh Rate Range 30 Hz - 165 Hz 48 Hz - 75 Hz
Response Time 1 ms gray-to-gray 6 ms gray-to-gray
Brightness 350 cd/m² 300 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1 1000:1
Viewing Angles 170°/160° horizontal/vertical 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
PPI 123.44 ppi 82 ppi
Pixel Pitch unknown 0.3114 mm
Colors 16.7 million 16.7 billion
Color Saturation unknown 84% (CIE 1976) 
72% (CIE 1931)
Inputs DisplayPort 1.2a
HDMI 1.4
HDMI 1.4
Audio 3.5 mm input/output none

Up next is the Dell SE2717H, which the company recently added to its U.S. Hong Kong web-site. The monitor looks to be a budget solution for gamers, as it costs HK$1799 (about $232) in Hong Kong and does not boast a high-end specification. Right now, it is not completely clear when this monitor is set to be available in Europe, but in the U.S. it is going to be available starting from August 16 for $250.

The SE2717H display is based on a 27” 1920x1080 IPS panel with a peak brightness of 300 nits as well as 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles. To appeal to gamers, it supports AMD’s FreeSync dynamic refresh rate technology in the range between 48 Hz and 75 Hz, which is standard for monitors in this class. The display has one HDMI 1.4 input (which makes it one of the first FreeSync-supporting screen with an HDMI input) as well as a D-Sub to connect to older PCs.

The addition of AMD’s FreeSync technology to a budget display indicates that this feature should start to roll out to standard gaming monitors rather than a remaining premium capability. While the SE2717H is not the cheapest FreeSync-supporting monitor around, at 1080p with a 27” panel and a 75 Hz maximum refresh rate (as opposed to 60 Hz in case of cheap screens), theses advantages that are going to attract the attention of potential buyers.

Sources: Dell, Dell, TFTCentral.

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  • nandnandnand - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

  • Ninhalem - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

    What's it going to take Dell to get a 27" 1440p monitor with 120 Hz+ and FreeSync? Eizo has one but I don't want to pay 1000+ USD for it.
  • Ninhalem - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

    Well found some thanks to
  • jwhannell - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

    I have the Acer predator that has this spec - it's fantastic in terms of features/performance but i have a lot of niggling quality issues with it. Especially since it was so expensive.

    + 144hz gsync
    + 2560x1440
    + IPS panel
    + 27"

    - shit speakers
    - 2 dead pixels that they wouldn't accept return on
    - occasionally a vertical stripe of the monitor in th emiddle is rendered on the side (??)
  • PaulMack - Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - link

    I wish I could easily flag comments on the internet to companies with comments like "This is why I'm not buying from you"
  • Flunk - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - link

    From my experience with previous monitors, I'd buy a Dell monitor over an Acer even if it was 50% more expensive. I'm sure other people have had other experiences, but for me Acer doesn't seem to care about quality and if I get a Dell monitor with a problem I haven't had an issue sending it back and getting a proper, not refurbished, replacement unit.
  • slumberlust - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

    Still holding out for a 27" IPS @ 1440p w/ 144hz and Freesync.
  • CMDMC12 - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

    Your wish be granted:


    Looks like those are pretty much your only choices though.
  • surt - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

    No kidding. I do not get what manufacturers do not get about what gamers want to buy.
  • crimsonson - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

    Not ALL gamers want to buy the same exact product or can afford said product. And with desktop computers many individual are not just gamers.

    I'm a professional that plays games on my 6 core, X99m, GTX970 and Dell 27" Ultrasharp. Also work from home with the same computer. My work and video gaming requirements do not need 1ms response or 5ms input lag. I prefer wide color and dynamic range.

    I'm sure gamers come in difffent flavors. Some have better specs than me. Many do not (check out Steam survey just for one source).

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