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Dell S2722DGM and S3222DGM curved 165Hz WQHD VA models

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For those seeking a high contrast experience for gaming and other tasks, monitors with VA panels can be particularly appealing. The Dell S2722DGM and S3222DGM offer this experience, with the usual gaming focus of the S Series and accompanying high refresh rate. The design is reasonably understated as far as gaming monitors go, with a polygonal stand base being perhaps the most ‘striking’ visual feature. A wide stand neck is also included, with matte black bottom bezel and shiny central company logo with slight ‘rainbow effect’. The top and side bezels are dual stage, encompassing a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen. Plus a slim hard plastic outer component. A ‘Downlight’ LED lighting feature is included, which is switched on or off by touching a touch-sensitive area at the bottom of the screen. This creates a pool of blue light beneath the screen. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and accompanying buttons at the back, running down the right side of as viewed from the front.

A curved screen and polygonal stand

The monitors use 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) VA panels, with a 27″ (S27) and 31.5″ (S32) screen size. The smaller model has a 1500R curve, whilst the 31.5″ model has a shallower 1800R curve. A 165Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync, including AMD FreeSync Premium with a 48 – 165Hz VRR range plus LFC. Other aspects of note include; a 3000:1 static contrast ratio, 8-bit colour support and a light matte anti-glare screen surface. A flicker-free WLED backlight is used, providing a 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and standard gamut (99% sRGB coverage). This will appeal to those who prefer things to look more as the developers intend rather than with extra saturation and vibrancy as wider gamuts provide. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings including ‘ComfortView’ are included to promote a more relaxing viewing experience.

A 2ms grey to grey response time is specified alongside a 2ms MPRT response time, with the latter using the ‘MPRT’ strobe backlight mode. As usual, pay little attention to these specified response times. The rear of the screen includes ventilation slats for passive cooling, with the screen attaching to the stand centrally via a quick-release mechanism. The logo is shiny with a slight ‘rainbow effect’, like the logo on the bottom bezel. The stand offers tilt and height (~3.9 inches or 100mm) adjustment. Removing this reveals 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The ports face downwards and include; AC power (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.2 and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

A shiny logo

Further details on the S27 and S32 are available on the manufacturer’s website. The monitors are listed for ~$350 USD (S27) and $500 USD (S32).

Dell S2722DGM