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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  • BobbyM - Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - link

    I love a smaller monitor with super high pixel density. Ive been waiting for a monitor like this. The image on the s2417dg will be sharper and cleaner that its 27 inch big brother, the s2716dg. Also, the ability to play at 1080p for FPS gain and still get a nice sharp image without the need for system debilitating AA or upscaling while still having the option of 1440p is definitely a plus. The bigger the monitor, the less pixel density, the worse the image quality. 1080p on a 27 is blurry mess, its much better on a 24. Bigger is not always better. Save the big screens for the consoles. Target audience? People who values image quality over size and people who value size over image quality.
  • 3ogdy - Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - link

    I do have a question for Dell's screen division:
    Why, oh, why on Earth is it so hard for you to make an UltraSharp screen with the thinnest edges possible (similar to the U2515H), with 4K resolution, IPS, TOUCHSCREEN, G-Sync, FreeSync-compatible (that means that if it comes without it but users could later install the card on the back of the monitor, that would be a feat), TOUCHSCREEN, TOUCHSCREEN and ...oh..did I mention TOUCHSCREEN?
  • hybrid2d4x4 - Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - link

    I'd venture a guess that you're in a very small minority that want touchscreen on a larger monitor?
  • jabber - Thursday, August 11, 2016 - link

    Yeah you were doing really well till you mentioned Touchscreen. Then I switched off.
  • blzd - Saturday, August 13, 2016 - link

    lel touch screen. Keep waiting... hopefully forever.

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