Being advertised as a monitor for gaming, the Dell gaming monitor S2417DG fully corresponds to this definition. Most of its features and specs are optimized to provide the ultimate gaming experience. Just, for instance, the G-Sync support works for reducing screen tearing down to a minimum.
The exact dimensions of the present model are 21.3 x 7.1 x 19.4 inches. The diagonal is 24 inches (with 23.8 inches viewable area). The weight is 13.4 pounds.
The model ships with the Dell S2417DG driver with documentation, stand and its base, and 3 cables (Power, DP, and USB 3.0 upstream cable). It was very easy to assemble the stand and attach it to the panel with the help of one thumbscrew.
The monitor comes with the QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution (supported only via DisplayPort and HDMI) which is twice the regular Full HD resolution. It also features 350 cd/m2 peak brightness which is rare for TN-based monitors.
Generally, the picture looks good at most angles, except for when viewing from the top. It has smooth transitions between the colors and a high level of detail, but the colors themselves seem a bit washed out for me (which is a common problem of TN panels). The green color and its shades looked unnatural as well. As you can see, the picture reproduction isn't ideal out of the box. Granted, the OSD menu gives you quite diverse opportunities for the Dell S2417DG calibration.
All the features, required for playing quick-paced games, are present in this monitor. In particular, it features the lowest response time of 1ms. In the OSD menu, you can find two response time settings: fast (1ms) and normal (7ms). The refresh rate is variable as well (from 150Hz to 165HZ).
There are also 3 game modes that optimize the monitor's visual settings to different types of games:
In addition to the G-Sync compatibility, there is also an Ultra Low Motion Blur feature that has a similar working principle. However, during my test, the G-Sync showed better results in reducing motion blur and screen tearing.
This monitor consumes 24W in Normal mode and only 0.5W in Sleep mode.
The tested model has many decent gaming features and great visuals, so I give it 9/10.
The S2417DG Dell doesn't have any specific accents in its external look that would make you think that you're looking at a gaming monitor. Actually, it looks strict, just like the S2415H which is a non-gaming model from Dell with quite plain specs.
The chassis of the monitor is black (has a glossy finish at the back), as well as the stand. The stand has tilt (–5°/+21°), swivel (–45°/+45°), pivot (–90°/+90°), and height (130mm) adjustment capabilities. The hole, located in the center of the stand, serves for cable management.
The frame around the display is very thin, measuring only 3 inches (the bottom one includes 5 function buttons).
Two USB 3.0 downstream ports, along with a headphone jack, are located on the right side. All the other ports (line-out port, DisplayPort, HDMI, 2 USB downstream ports, and USB upstream port) are on the bottom of the monitor.
The design of the monitor is simple and straightforward. Thus, I can estimate it at 10/10.
So, concluding this Dell S2417DG review, I can say that this model is able to satisfy many gaming requirements. However, it does have some troubles with the overall picture reproduction.