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A solid 27-inch 1440p monitor that’s also budget-friendly
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General users or casual PC gamers in need of a solid and affordable QHD monitor with a few extras may walk away satisfied with the Dell S2721D.
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The Dell S2721D, along with the rest of the Dell S series monitors, is all about bringing a quality experience without breaking the bank. At its $319 (£279, AU$429) price point, the entry-level Dell S2721D offers a reasonable package. The 27-inch 1440p screen has a 75Hz refresh-rate which should satisfy any casual gamer. Meanwhile, users more interested in a monitor for video or photo editing will be satisfied with the vivid IPS panel that hits 99% of the sRGB color gamut.
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Just be mindful of some caveats – built-in speakers provide limited audio clarity and they don’t get very loud. For a QHD monitor in 2020, not supporting high dynamic range (HDR) is also disappointing, but not terribly surprising in such an affordable display. Anyone willing to overlook those flaws may get a lot of mileage out of the S2721D.
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The monitor itself isn’t bulky by design thanks to its three-sided ultrathin bezel design. Two HDMI 1.4 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, audio line-out, power connector and security lock slot sit underneath the rear. Having some sort of USB connectivity would have gone a long way in terms of versatility. Setting up the stand is fairly easy while positing the monitor along the X, Y and Z axes feels smooth. The ability to turn the S2721D vertically is a plus as well. Be mindful that plugging cables while the stand is attached is slightly difficult. Monitor controls for things like power, settings and volume are located on the bottom right.
3w speakers placed at the bottom seem like more of an afterthought addition than something fully featured. Volume levels sound somewhat low even at its highest setting. However, in a totally silent room, sound quality is reasonable. Users will probably be better off using headphones or buying speakers.
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The Dell S2721D also has a lot to offer to casual PC gamers. Besides the 75Hz refresh rate, it supports AMD FreeSync. Playing shooters like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Doom Eternal look rich and vibrant with colors. Having the high refresh-rate can even potentially provide a slight competitive advantage. There are some pre-set color settings for various gaming genres from first-person-shooters to RTS and even watching movies.
Editing photos and videos is also a treat on the S2721D, due to the 99 percent sRGB color coverage. Regardless of how the S2721D is positioned, the monitor features anti-glare with 3H hardness, so you don’t have to worry about it getting scratched easily. Whether gaming, editing media or general use, the 27-inch screen is beautiful. Multi-taskers can also utilize Dell’s Display Manager to arrange various screen layouts too.
The S2721D accomplishes a lot through its approachable price. Individuals looking for a quality 27-inch QHD monitor that’ll relatively fit into any office space are in for a treat. Gaming and media editing performance is a bit more than adequate. Just don’t expect much beyond that. Sub-par speakers, lack of HDR and lack of USB connections keeps the S2721D makes this more of a no-frills package.
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Buy it if.
You are looking for an affordable QHD monitor
For it’s attractive price point, the S2721D’s good looking 27-inch screen puts out 1044p at 75GHz.
You want as many options on how to position your monitor as possible
Horizontal or vertical, the Dell’s monitor feels as if it can be placed anywhere.
Don’t buy it if…
You require a monitor that’s more feature packed
Dell’s entry level QHD monitor looks good but lacks features like USB ports and HDR.
You want a monitor with better speakers
The speakers are barely loud enough for everyday use despite providing decent sound quality. External PC speakers are advised.
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Dell Monitor 27″ S2721D black IPS LED 16:9 HDMI M/M matte 350cd 178gr/178gr 2560×1440 DisplayPort Ultra HD 2K (1440p) 5.
17kg – 1410156
from 27″ to 30″
Dell Monitor 27″ S2721D black IPS LED 16:9 HDMI M/M matte 350cd 178gr/178gr 2560×1440 DisplayPort Ultra HD 2K (1440p) 5.17kg
Price: 24890 ₽
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|Dimensions without stand||611.6×55.4×364.6mm|
|Screen size||27″ (68.6cm)|
|Screen aspect ratio||16:9|
|Response time (GTG)||4 ms|
|Screen brightness||350 cd/m2|
|Pixel pitch||0. 2331×0.2331px|
|LCD panel LED backlight||Yes|
|Refresh rate||75 Hz|
|Static contrast to 1||1000|
|Number of speakers||2|
|Single speaker power||3W|
|Connectors and interfaces|
|Number of HDMI connectors||2|
|HDMI version||1. 4|
|Number of DisplayPort connectors||1 piece|
|Headphone socket||3.5 mm|
|Power supply type||internal|
|Standby power consumption||0.3W|
|Dimensions with stand||611. 6×453.4×186.8mm|
|Weight (without stand)||4.4 kg|
|VESA mount size||100×100|
|HDTV support||Ultra HD 2K (1440p)|
|Features||Flicker-Free lighting, built-in speakers|
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27″ Dell S2721D Specifications
Are you interested in Dell S2 monitor 721D (Dell S2721D), manufacturer marking Dell?We have collected all the information about it,
This is a 27″ model with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels (Quad HD (QHD) / 1440p). Matrix type – IPS with W-LED backlight. The maximum brightness is 350 cd / m2, and the viewing angles are 178 degrees horizontally and 178 degrees vertically. Your eyes will be less tired thanks to Flicker-Free technology – backlight without flicker.
The static contrast ratio achievable within one frame is 1000:1. This feature is important.
If you are buying a monitor for gaming, pay attention to the maximum refresh rate at maximum resolution. The Dell S2721D has a frequency of up to 75 Hz.
When working with photographs or demanding accurate color reproduction, color gamut is important. We also recommend that you calibrate your monitor after purchase. sRGB coverage: 99%.
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|Company/Brand/Manufacturer The name of the manufacturing company. You can also view all products by clicking on the name.||Dell|
|Model The name under which the device appears in stores.||S2721D|
|Alternate name A manufacturer often provides detailed labeling for their products.||No data|
|Year of manufacture||2020|
Matrix size and type
|LCD panel Model of the panel used in the display.||N/A|
|Size / class One of the main characteristics by which the size is determined is indicated in inches. It affects the size and quality of the image. Click on a value to search for monitors of the same size.||27″|
|Radius of curvature Concave screens are in vogue. According to manufacturers, this improves user immersion and increases convenience when working with a large screen. The smaller the specified radius, the more curved the screen.||No data|
|Diagonal of the die For convenience, it is given in different length units (millimeters, centimeters, inches and feet).|| 684.7 mm
|Die Width For convenience, given in different length units (millimeters, centimeters, inches and feet).|| 596.736 mm
|Die height For convenience, given in different length units (millimeters, centimeters, inches and feet).|| 3 35.664 mm
|Resolution One of the main characteristics that together with the diagonal affects the image quality. With a large diagonal and low resolution at the same time, the picture on the screen will be of poor quality, the fonts will be loose, and large pixels will be noticeable. With a small diagonal and high resolution, the quality increases, but the size of elements and fonts decreases, which requires that scaling be enabled on the computer. Directly affects the demands on the video card. Click on a value to search for monitors with the same resolution.||2560×1440 Quad HD (QHD) / 1440p|
|Aspect Ratio The horizontal to vertical aspect ratio of the display. The most popular value is 16:9, 4:3 screens are becoming a thing of the past, ultra-wide 21:9 are gradually coming into fashion. Unexpectedly convenient for work can be 16:10.||16:9|
|Matrix type An important feature. There are 3 main types of matrices: TN, IPS, VA and their variations. Also, some manufacturers give their names, for example, PLS. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, choose according to your requirements. Click to find monitors with a similar matrix.||IPS|
|Finish Available in matt and glossy finishes. Gloss is usually more saturated color and high contrast, but glare in bright light, you can see your reflection in the monitor. Matte displays have an anti-reflective coating that makes colors less saturated. Choose according to your lighting.||Matte/Anti-Glare (3H)|
|Monitor Effective Area A cosmetic parameter calculated from the ratio of the bezel to the display matrix. It is worth paying attention to if you are a fan of thin frames or the space on your computer desk is very limited.||89.83%|
|Additional information||No data|
|Pixel pitch . The distance between adjacent pixels is measured in millimeters, it affects the graininess of the screen, the looseness of the font and the optimal distance from a person to the display.||0.233 mm|
|Pixel Density The number of pixels per square inch of the sensor. Affects the graininess of the screen, the looseness of the font and the optimal distance from the person to the display.||109 ppi|
|Matrix color depth An important parameter for those who work with color, for example, process photos. The most widely used monitors with 8-bit matrices. Displays with greater color depth and bit depth are significantly more expensive.||8 bit|
|FRC (Frame rate control) Technology that increases the color depth of the matrix. During operation, quickly switches pixels between color shades, due to which the user sees an intermediate shade. Please note that some people are vulnerable to such flickering, their eyes get tired quickly, there is a feeling of dryness. However, most people do not feel any discomfort, and the vast majority of monitors come with FRC.||N/A|
|Number of colors displayed||16777216|
|Color bit depth||24|
|Backlight Modern sensors don’t emit light, so they need a backlight. The type of backlight affects the image quality, the correct display of colors, eye fatigue. In addition, over time, the backlight may degrade, distorting the color reproduction.||W-LED|
Eye-safe monitors without PWM
Manufacturers who care about your eyesight do not use PWM (pulse-width modulation) backlight brightness control, the principle of which is to turn on and turning off the backlight LEDs at a high frequency, resulting in eye fatigue. Please note that many monitor models provide adequate brightness control only up to some limit, below which PWM comes into play. Look for a review in which the absence of PWM at any brightness is confirmed by measurements.
|Brightness Maximum display brightness. All modern monitors produce sufficient maximum brightness. When buying, it is worth checking the minimum so that your eyes are comfortable in low light.||350 cd/m2|
|Static contrast A value that determines how much contrast the monitor can produce simultaneously on a single frame.||1000:1|
|Dynamic Contrast Mostly marketing and advertising. This indicates the difference between the maximum possible bright and dark color on the display, which is almost impossible in real use. Pay attention to static contrast.||N/A|
|Viewing angles (horizontal/vertical) Viewing angles at which the manufacturer believes the image will remain within acceptable quality limits. Be prepared for noticeable color distortion.||178 / 178 °|
|Maximum vertical refresh rate An important value for gamers. Shows how many times per second the image on the matrix is updated. The higher the refresh rate, the smoother and more comfortable the game. The simplest monitors give out 60 Hz, budget gaming 120 Hz, the top-end ones – 240, 360 and even higher. An intermediate version of 144 Hz is gaining more and more popularity. It is important to choose a video card that consistently produces a number of frames equal to the monitor frequency, otherwise you will not feel any improvement.||75Hz|
|Minimum Vertical Refresh Rate||48Hz|
|Maximum Horizontal Frequency The maximum horizontal scan rate, indicating the number of horizontal lines drawn by the screen per second.||115 ms|
|Minimum Horizontal Scan Rate The minimum horizontal scan rate, indicating the number of horizontal lines drawn by the screen per second.||30ms|
|Minimum Response Time GtG (Grey to Gray) High response time sensors will delight you with loops in action-packed movie scenes with games. GtG – the time during which the matrix switches the brightness on gray from minimum to almost maximum. Considering that all colors are displayed in games, it poorly reflects the real performance, but it is stubbornly indicated by manufacturers in promotional materials. Modern monitors have overclocking technologies in which the response time is reduced, but image artifacts appear. Overclocking functions vary among manufacturers, some really help, some do nothing but damage the picture.||4 ms|
|Medium response time BWB (Black-White-Black), BtB (Black to Back) High response time sensors will delight you with loops in fast-paced scenes of movies with games. Average response time – the time during which the matrix switches from black to white and back. Modern monitors have overclocking technologies in which the response time is reduced, but image artifacts appear. Overclocking functions vary among manufacturers, some really help, some do nothing but damage the picture.||8ms|
|Input lag Another important parameter for gamers. The delay between the signal from the computer to the monitor and the display of the picture on the screen. At high values, you will experience a delay between your actions and the display on the screen.||n/a|
|3D technology support Whether or not the monitor supports virtual reality. The technology depends on the manufacturer and type of screen.||No|
|3D Technologies Supported technologies vary by screen manufacturer and type.||N/A|
Speakers and camera
|Built-in speakers The monitor’s audio system allows the monitor to play computer-supplied audio via HDMI or another interface.||2 x 3W|
|Built-in subwoofer The subwoofer reproduces low frequencies for enhanced sound quality.||n.a.|
|Additional audio features||n.a.||N/A|
|Built-in camera resolution||N/A|
|Additional camera features|| N/A -tuner
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