Dell S2417DG 24-inch 165Hz G-Sync Gaming Monitor Review

OSD Setup & Calibration

You access the full OSD with the third control key from the left. Icons pop up above the keys to denote their navigation functions.

First up is the luminance menu, which contains only Brightness and Contrast sliders. Light output covers a wide range from 29 to 342cd/m2. With 100 steps available, control is a bit coarse for our taste. Contrast comes out of the box set too high which causes some gamma issues and clipping of highlight detail. We’ll show you those results and how to fix the problem on page four.

After the input selector comes the Color menu. There are six preset modes and a Custom settings memory. That is the only slot that allows a white balance calibration. The other modes leave brightness and contrast available, but you can’t control color. Selecting Custom takes you right to the RGB sliders which start at 100%. We didn’t have to make too many changes to achieve accurate results, and no contrast is lost from the calibration.

In the Display menu, we found the Response Time option introduced visible ghosting, so we left it off in favor of the overclocked 165Hz refresh rate. The panel’s native rate is 144Hz, but our sample came set to 165Hz from the factory and worked perfectly without issue. You can adjust the maximum speed with an included slider.

To use the ULMB (blur-reduction) feature, you’ll have to turn off G-Sync in the Nvidia Control Panel and throttle the refresh rate back to 120Hz or lower. Since a backlight strobe is now in effect, light output is reduced by 56% and contrast drops a bit as well. There is a 100-step pulse width slider to control brightness, and that 56% value represents the highest possible output. We’d rather stick with G-Sync and a high refresh rate to smooth things out. ULMB requires a few too many sacrifices. The good part is you can adjust brightness independently when it’s on. If you turn the backlight up all the way, it hits 150cd/m2 in ULMB mode, which is perfectly acceptable.

The volume control affects both the speakers and the headphone output jack on the side. Turning it up to maximum introduces some distortion, so you might want to back off just a bit to keep the audio clear. OSD options include eight languages, transparency, and a timeout of up to 60 seconds.

The first and second OSD keys can be programmed to directly access the Preset Modes, Brightness/Contrast, Input, or Volume. This means fewer trips to the main menu for commonly-used functions. There is no info screen here, but you may have noticed in the photos that the input resolution, refresh rate, and mode (G-Sync, Normal, or ULMB) is displayed at the bottom of every sub-menu.

Calibration

The S2417DG comes set to its Standard picture mode and that provides a reasonably accurate image with neutral whites and vivid color. The main issue is with gamma, which is far too light in the higher brightness range and therefore clips detail. Reducing the Contrast control will pretty much eliminate the error. Further gains can be found in the Custom Color mode where a set of RGB sliders allowed us to achieve pro-level grayscale accuracy. Please give our suggested settings a try.

Dell S2417DG Calibration Settings
Picture Mode
Custom Color
Brightness 200cd/m2
66
Brightness 120cd/m234
Brightness 100cd/m227
Brightness 80cd/m219
Brightness 50cd/m28
Contrast
68
White Balance
Red 96, Green 99, Blue 100

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  • Blair_1
    It's a shame this monitor is so much more expensive in Canada, $739 CAD which is about $545 USD. That's not even including taxes :(
  • apertotes
    For the love of God, add contrast information to the chart in the first page. It's the single most important piece of data after the resolution.
  • Robert-Jan
    Does this kind of screen support Nvidia 3D Vision? The refreshrate is more than enough since 120hz sufffices......
  • heyhihowyadurrin
    2362288 said:
    The refreshrate is more than enough since 120hz sufffices......


    For you. Some people want more. Thats why BenQ is releasing 240hz monitors.

    http://zowie.benq.com/en/product/monitor/xl/xl2540.html
  • s4fun
    I never thought I would say this, but DO NOT buy Dell monitors especially of the current vintage. Dell's quality control has gone to hell. I had to buy 6 of the S2716DG the 27" version of this thing and return 5 of them just to get one without a bad pixel, or some other defect. If it weren't for Best Buy return policy I would have been SOL.
  • s4fun
    The bad ones have defects and failure modes of the follow:
    1. Bad pixels - usually pixel stays black or fails to get past dark gray
    2. Buzzing Coil whine, some much louder than others
    3. Backlight white is not always the same "white" and it differs from monitor to monitor, and changing the brightness setting does NOT equalize them. Some "white" looks more yellow than others, the variation is too wide for something that should be consistently manufactured.
    4. Deep sleep failure mode 1: refuse to wake up
    6. Deep sleep failure mode 2: refuse to go into deep sleep mode even with the setting enabled and sits and vampires 12 watts of power while supposedly in "off" state, screen is black.
    5. Bezel plastic has rough cut unpolished edges but not always at the same spots.
  • Nintendork
    What a piece of trash.

    Until OLED reigns supreme, we must only allow AMVA+ panels with 60-120-240Hz. TN looks like c*rap and IPS with the annoying IPS glow too.
  • shrapnel_indie
    1383246 said:
    For the love of God, add contrast information to the chart in the first page. It's the single most important piece of data after the resolution.


    You don't really want MFR contrast info... only because, like TVs, it's MFR subjective. If TH or other testers have a specific test that uses the same criteria across all brands and models, then fine... it will actually be a comparable attribute. (Someone PLEASE correct me if I am wrong here.)
  • -> TN panel, nearly 2017. As if there aren't a dozen or more G-Sync TN monitors already in all refresh rates and resolutions.

    What a waste.
  • apertotes
    330834 said:
    1383246 said:
    For the love of God, add contrast information to the chart in the first page. It's the single most important piece of data after the resolution.
    You don't really want MFR contrast info... only because, like TVs, it's MFR subjective. If TH or other testers have a specific test that uses the same criteria across all brands and models, then fine... it will actually be a comparable attribute. (Someone PLEASE correct me if I am wrong here.)


    If they add Response time and Brightness, which manufacturers also lie about, I do not see why not add contrast too. We then have the actual review to see the real number, but at least, if the chart on first page says contrast 1000:1, we know that the actual contrast will be between 800:1 and 1100:1, and not 4000:1.
  • photonboy
    Lemonsquare,
    TN is not "a waste" of the features and price put it in its own niche. IPS with the same feature set would be more expensive.
  • alidan
    1383246 said:
    For the love of God, add contrast information to the chart in the first page. It's the single most important piece of data after the resolution.


    After you hit 1080p at 80-120dpi, contrast is the most important. I argue 4k at 40 inch + is the next time that resolution is even a factor in a display. Personally use a 1200p monitor, wish more 16:10 monitors existed.

    2362288 said:
    Does this kind of screen support Nvidia 3D Vision? The refreshrate is more than enough since 120hz sufffices......


    military did research, we are able to on average accurately identify things shown at 300fps, and the upper limit is thought to be around 500 for what we would call perceivable.
  • therealduckofdeath
    This is why I jumped off the Team Green coach and joined the Red Team. Yes, Nvidia has better performing hardware, but, I am not going to pay 400 bucks for a TN-based 24" display just because Nvidia wants their cut with the $100 Gsync tax.
  • quilciri
    452962 said:
    2362288 said:
    The refreshrate is more than enough since 120hz sufffices......
    For you. Some people want more. Thats why BenQ is releasing 240hz monitors. http://zowie.benq.com/en/product/monitor/xl/xl2540.html


    The 240hz models are only available in 1080p. tthe 1440p version of the BenQ are 144hz. This monitor pushes more pixels than even the 240hz BenQ. You'd have to have a 1080p monitor at nearly 300hz to match the bandwidth Dell pulled off here.

    This Dell is a pretty sexy monitor for the price.
  • Lilscooter
    I'm extremely confused by this review. Are we sure this was for the Dell S2417DG? The review states that it has tiny speakers, I don't think it does. It also claims a good level of out-of-the-box color accuracy but elsewhere it's noted that the color gamut and accuracy is weak. What gives?
  • Hazeion
    I want to clarify. There are no speakers on this product. I have the product myself. I don't know where that came from. Maybe they were reviewing the 27" monitor?
  • bobpage
    The S2417DG I received from Dell (US) this week has a gamma of ~1.3 across the board, requiring a gamma correction curve of ~0.65 to get somewhere near 2.2 gamma. The colors then look approximately right, probably more saturated than the IPS panels I'm used to.
  • dreambig207
    Does anyone know the shortkeys to adjust levels on your keyboard?
  • dreambig207
    does anyone know the shortkeys to change settings via a keyboard?
  • Daniel_374
    how do i get the speakers to work they are not working with hdmi or display port
  • Ryan_268
    What calibration did he end up using it made no sense