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Dell S2417DG Review - Armchair Empire

Dell S2417DG Review

Dell S2417DG Gaming Monitor

 

  • 8.5/10
    Picture - 8.5/10
  • 9.5/10
    Performance - 9.5/10
  • 9/10
    Versatility - 9/10
  • 8.5/10
    Value For The Price - 8.5/10
8.9/10

Our Rating

The S2417DG is a stellar gaming monitor from Dell. It offers the technical specs and premium feel of similar models at a much more affordable price point. Gamers will not be disappointed should they opt for the S2417DG to round out their gaming rig.

Dell S2417DG Quick Specs
Screen Size 24 inches
Resolution 2540×1440 QHD
Panel Type TN
Refresh Rate 120Hz – 165Hz Overclocked
Response Time 1ms
Input Types HDMI, DisplayPort

Dell S2417DG Design & Specifications

On the whole, the S2417DG monitor looks exactly like what we’ve come to expect from Dell. It’s not the flashiest thing in the world, and it certainly doesn’t scream “gaming monitor,” but it’s far from ugly. In a word, it looks professional. This model features a standard silver, rectangular base, and glossy black trim for the bezels and casing. The bezels themselves are razor thin – 6mm – and blend right into the display.

The stand provides all the functionality you could want, and then some. You can pivot the panel 45 degrees left or right, tilt it 21 degrees back and 5 degrees forward, and adjust the vertical height of the monitor 6 inches up or down. The S2417DG does have a portrait mode as well, and it’s quite easy to swivel the monitor from landscape to portrait and vice versa. Lastly, the stand does have a quick release mechanism so you can slide it off completely should you want to wall-mount the monitor. These are all features we love to see in gaming monitors, so kudos to Dell for covering their bases.

This Dell does use four physical buttons along the bottom right side of the bezel, two of which are completely programmable if you want quick access to brightness, or if you want to use one as a quick input selector. Some reviewers did complain about the stiffness of these menu buttons, but I personally didn’t have any issues.

The S2417DG boasts an anti-glare 24-inch TN panel with a QHD 2540×1440 pixel resolution, and a maximum measures brightness of 350 nits. This resolution looks phenomenal on a 24-inch screen, and 350 nits is more than bright enough for any user out there. As for input options, you have both HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, along with a standard headphone jack, four total USB 3.0 ports, and one USB 3.0 Type B port. It’s always nice to have these extra USB inputs on a gaming monitor, as we all know how quickly cable management can get out of control.

Physically, the S2417DG measures 21.3 x 7.1 x 19.4 inches (including the stand) and weighs 13.4 pounds. It’s not the absolute slimmest monitor out there, but it fits nicely on desks of any size and doesn’t take up a huge amount of space.

Dell Gaming S2417DG YNY1D 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor with G-SYNC
  • Get stunning clarity with QHD resolution - that's close to 2 times more screen details than Full HD
  • Enhance your visual experience with optimal preset modes tailored to suit your gaming genre
  • Optimize eye comfort with a flicker-free screen

Dell S2417DG Features

The Dell S2417DG does feature a TN panel, which is part of the reason they’re able to keep the price tag relatively low while still providing the technical specs and capabilities of much more expensive IPs monitors. The panel operates with a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, as is typical of many TN panels out there.

The refresh rate and response times are where this Dell really shines – the S2417DG is honestly is one of the smoothest gaming monitors I’ve ever had the pleasure of testing. We’re working with a whopping overclocked refresh rate of 165Hz, along with NVIDIA’s adaptive refresh G-SYNC technology. G-SYNC basically synchronizes the monitor’s refresh rate and your GPU’s framerate in order to completely eliminate screen tearing.

The S2417DG isn’t done impressing yet – it follows up the 165Hz refresh rate with a minuscule 1ms response time. Say bye-bye to ghosting and motion blur, because you’ll never have to deal with them again when you’re rocking a 1ms gray-to-gray pixel response time.

Armchair Empire panel type note: The S2417DG utilizes a TN panel, which is one of three major panels types you’ll run into TN, IPS, and VA. Of the three, TN panels tend to be known as costing less, having better refresh rates and faster response times, but also having worse color reproduction and worse viewing angles.

Dell S2417DG Performance

We were truly, utterly, impressed with the performance of this monitor. When viewing head-on, it really does mimic an IPS panel in color depth, accuracy, and overall picture quality. I know some of you more discerning users will probably disagree, but for 99% of users out there, you won’t wish you had an IPS panel compared to this TN one. This does change as soon as you test out the view angles, however, and anything approaching and passing the 45-degree angle mark results in color distortion galore. Again, this is completely typical of TN panels, and if it bothers you that much you should be shopping exclusively for monitors with IPS panels (expect to shell out proportionally more money!).

As for screen tearing, ghosting, motion blur, and other choppiness…they simply don’t exist when you’re powering up this display with a sufficient GPU. The stable 165Hz overclocked refresh rate + G-SYNC completely eliminates screen tearing, and the 1ms response time makes quick-twitch games like Overwatch, Battlefield, and other shooters feel almost alien at first. You’ll never be able to go back to more sluggish monitors once you’ve experienced the near-instant responsiveness that the S2417DG provides. That’s not hyperbole, either – I sincerely didn’t know it was possible for games to feel as responsive and smooth as they do on this Dell.

Dell S2417DG Extras

The S2417DG is fairly bare-bones (other than the awesome technical specs), but does come with a number of preset configurations for specific game types, such as FPS mode, RTS mode, and so on. These are all appropriately tailored to their respective game types, and I do use them from time to time.

Dell S2417DG Pros

  • 165Hz refresh rate, G-SYNC, and 1ms response time = crystal clear, buttery smooth, and instantly responsive graphics
  • Color reproduction and depth are fantastic for a TN panel
  • 1440p resolution on a 24-inch monitor is hard to come by
  • The price point – while not cheap – is extremely good considering the technology packed into this awesome gaming monitor

Dell S2417DG Cons

  • Suffers from the same viewing angle issues all TN panels do
  • Could do with a few more input options

We Recommend The Dell S2417DG For

While this monitor will serve any user extremely well, it’s tailor-made for intense gaming. Dell achieves the perfect intersection of price, quality, and performance with the S2417DG, and it simply will not let you down. The only reason this monitor shouldn’t be at the very top of your list is if you’re dead set on going with an IPS panel instead of the TN panel found in the S2417DG.

Dell S2417DG Conclusion

You really won’t find a 1440p, 24-inch monitor at this price point that comes anywhere near the performance levels that this S2417DG does. Comparable IPS monitors will cost you much more than this affordable Dell, and in our opinion, the panel difference is simply not worth it unless you absolutely need an IPS panel for design work or something similar. If you’re looking for a rock solid gaming monitor with and exceptional refresh rate and response time, the S2417DG is the gaming monitor for you.