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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  • Xanavi - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

    Gsync btw. Has some light bleed, TN is sort of trash, but in gaming, omgz!
  • Lolimaster - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

    We need to return to 16:10 for computers and also adopt 3:2 like the surface line up.

    16:9 is so messed up for productivity.
  • Redstorm - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

    Exactly, Computers were always 16:10 before LCD TV's came along, The monitor manufactures are pushing 16:9 which is a TV/Movie aspect ratio on us because its cheaper, they only have to design one panel tv's and monitors. It also has less pixels so is cheaper to manufacture. From a productivity 16:9 is too short (squashed). Its getting hard to find 16:10, so i hope my Dell 30" lasts a long time.
  • Exodite - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

    I'm still using the 5:4, 1280*1024, 19" monitor I got in 2007.

    I work primarily with text and the standard FHD monitor only gives me 56 extra pixels to work with, as the 50% wider format does nothing for me.

    Eventually I'll upgrade to a WQHD solution but they're still a bit too expensive for my taste.
  • blzd - Saturday, August 13, 2016 - link

    I find two full sized documents sitting side by side can be useful.
  • Wolfpup - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

    Can I get a 27" monitor with a modest resolution, VA, G-Sync, AND Freesync, + a ton of ports and audio in and out? :-D
  • Badsleepwalker86 - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

    There's definitely a market for good 24 inch gaming monitors higher than 1080p. Before now you had to step up to 25-27" to get that. And most of those with gsync and higher refresh rates start to get pretty pricy. Much more than 550.
  • zodiacfml - Monday, August 8, 2016 - link

    Plenty options these days yet we need better video interfaces now to match the latest video cards. One more thing is there a monitor that supports both variable refresh technology? The S2417DG has displayport 1.2a can support Freesync
  • xchaotic - Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - link

    Someone at Dell just thought let's mix s**t up - good res, bad, small panel, good panel, low resolution and just release it. Who's the audience for these???
  • Hxx - Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - link

    Apparently Gamers :)))... j/k but i hear you. I give them a break for releasing such oddly specced monitors. I am glad they are on board with releasiing gaming monitors in the first place. I am hoping slowly but surely they will start competing with the likes of Acer and Asus....just give them more time

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