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Dell’s new S2716DG G-Sync monitor is great for games, bad for your wallet

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Whether you buy a FreeSync Monitor or a G-Sync monitor is largely dependent on which graphics card you have, as if you’re worrying about that sort of technology, chances are you’ve spent a good chunk on your GPU already. For that reason, most display manufacturers have options for either camp. Dell, however, has lagged the field a bit. Now it has has debuted its first G-Sync hardware.

Like all monitors, it’s called something catchy, in this case the S2716DG. It’s 27 inches diagonally, features a native resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and a 144Hz refresh rate. That frame rate will be nicely synced with your graphics card output too, thanks to the G-Sync technology behind it.

While Dell hasn’t specified what type of panel was used in the construction of this monitor, as TechReport says, it’s probably a TN since it has a super-fast 1 millisecond response time. That’s been true of other monitors we’ve reviewed in the past with a similar response time.

Connection wise it’s sporting a DispayPort 1.2 connector, an HDMI 1.4 port, four separate USB 3.0 port,s and 3.5mm connectors for headphones. It can also swivel and pivot into portrait mode for those that like that, and it’s entirely height adjustable, letting users customize its placement to the nth degree.

Unfortunately for those genuinely excited by these specifications, though, this is not a cheap display. Dell’s recommended asking price is $800. That’s a lot of money, though it’s not unheard of. Acer’s similar XB270HU also retails for around $800.

Dell’s S2716DG will be available on October 20.

Dell also announced an affordable, curved 27-inch display. It’s only $400, and the same size as the G-Sync model. On the other hand, the SE2716H does not offer the high refresh rate of its G-Sync sibling, nor does it promise a 1 millisecond response time.

The curved SE2716H will be available straight from Dell on September 15.

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