Anyways. I went out and picked this monitor up today. If you look at overclock.net or reddit you'll see a METRIC FUCK TON of threads, comments and debates surrounding the monitor. I'll break it down without getting too long winded (i hope).
You wont find another 27inch 1440p 144hz Gsync monitor for anywhere close to this price. Dell make good quality monitors and the anti-glare coating on these and their Ultrashap lines is freaking awesome. Its not glossy but it not grainy like most other coatings. While it is a TN, it does have very good color reproduction with a little calibration. Each monitor is different and needs calibrated in different ways but ther are plenty of guides to use as a baseline for this monitor. The one I just picked up today actually looked 100% better than the previous one I tried. The only setting I changed so far was digital vibrancy in the NCP. I set it 65% and am quite happy with it.
The biggest flaw in this monitor and it can be a doozy, is color banding. You can dive pretty deep into the previously mentioned topics on other sites and even in the display section here on HARD but what it comes down to is for some reason the factory set gamma is out of wack and there isn't an OSD menu option for gamma. Also apparently nvidia drivers do something weird with dithering or lack of dithering making banding more pronounced. I returned my first attempt at this monitor because banding was indeed bad.
Dell has a number of revisions of this monitor that are noted by an A0x number. The most recent revision is A07 which is what I managed to get today. Banding is a lot less noticeable for my particular display; much less so than the one I tried a few weeks ago which was an A04 revision.
You can go IPS but they are usually 600+ have questionable build quality and you risk playing the IPS lottery. So long as you aren't into photo editing and either don't watch a lot of content with dark scenes or don't care about blocky blacks, this is a fantastic buy if you're looking for buttery smooth PC gaming.
A little wordier than I hoped, but I hope that helps.
Damn, I've got an Acer 27" 1080p 144hz display w/gsync now. Been pretty happy with it. I wonder how much of an upgrade this one would be?
tweaking colors isn't gonna fix reading a web page that starts out black text on white at the top of the page and turns into black on yellow at 2/3 of the page on down. of course if you are only looking at a mostly black screen you won't notice the color shift as you move your eyes.
I have an A04 revision. Don’t really notice any banding.
Whats this picture look like if you view it on your S2716DG? Mine the banding is still pretty apparent.
I had seen this picture before on this same monitor and thought it was just an over exaggerated picture meant to show banding but then I saw it at work and I saw now banding at all. The gradient was 100% smooth.
I have colors where I like them atm, so I think I can live with the banding but I'll give it the full return period to decide. As I watch more videos and movies I'll see if I adjust to it or if I start to notice it more.
Ok, I see what you're talking about now. Looked on my phone and then on my monitor and banding is very visible. Weirdly enough I don't see that in games. Any tweaks to mitigate?
if it were IPS it would be a bargain, it's a TN so it's actually expensive
It is, its a 10-bit panel from AU optronics (same as the more expensive ROG Swift) that still has the best response times by far for any gaming panel. Glad you trusted your gut and decided to check it out for yourself instead of listening to the arm chair experts that immediately discount it bc "TN".I've had one of these for almost a year now. I actually went from a 1080 IPS panel to this guy. After a day or so, I didn't even notice the difference in color (during gaming use). While my experience is admittedly limited in this regard, it seems a much better TN panel than anything I've seen from past years.
I've experienced (outside of intentionally looking for an image that does it, like linked above - oh no, brief color banding during credits!) about 4 seconds of it in nearly 4 months. Some of us don't mind making some compromises. Besides, IPS I would have to deal with light bleed quite a bit more often.Even if you could put up with the typical TN issues, I can't believe you people are buying it when you know it's going to have banding problems.