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[Review] Dell S2722QC | A Killer Monitor You Can't Miss!

Dell S2722QC review
  • Stunning IPS 4K UHD display
  • Fully adjustable stand
  • Built-in speakers
  • Versatile connectivity
  • IPS glow and low contrast ratio
  • Not recommended for hardcore gamers
Would you like to take productivity to the next level? If so, Dell's 4K monitor lineup might be a great solution since it delivers high-quality images in an easy-to-setup design while packing the connectivity options you need to connect even two devices at once without restrictions.

Having said that, in this review of the Dell S2722QC, we're going to reveal the best attributes of a budget-friendly 27-inch monitor that could be a great addition to your workplace.

The Dell S2722QC presents itself as a versatile monitor you can adjust according to your particular needs. It boasts a fantastic 4K resolution with nice vibrant colors and wider viewing angles when compared to other low-cost solutions out there, as well as an extensive selection of connectivity options.

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Tech Specs of Dell S2722QC

Brand/ModelDell S2722QC
Dimensions without Stand 24.1 x 14.4 x ‎‎2.2 inches
Weight without Stand 10.4 pounds
Display IPS | Anti-glare | 27-inch 
Resolution 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time4 ms (GtG)
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Brightness 350 cd/m2
Color Gamut 1.07 Billion | 99% sRGB
Speakers 2 x 3W
VESA 100 x 100 mm
Connectivity 2x HDMI
2x USB-A 3.2
1x USB-C | DisplayPort | Power Delivery
1x Headphone out

Image Quality

Dell S2722QC performance
The Dell S2722QC boasts a bezel-less 27-inch display that delivers outstanding picture quality and sharp text clarity from any viewing angle, as reported by its buyers, thanks to its 4K UHD native resolution (2160p), high pixel density of 163 PPI, and IPS technology.

Also, you'll be able to see more colorful images when compared to other low-cost 27-inch solutions, as it features a dithered 10-bit color depth that equals up to 1.07 Billion colors on the screen. However, dark content is not as textured and nuanced as we'd like them to be due to its relatively poor native contrast ratio (1000:1).

Specifically, without shelling over several hundreds of dollars more, you have to decide between an IPS panel that will generally offer better viewing angles - up to 180 degrees - but not very rich blacks or you can go with a VA panel which offers deeper colors, better blacks but also a reduced viewing angle which means you need to be staring straight at the monitor to view everything properly. 

Getting back to the S2722QC, its peak brightness of up to 350 cd/m2 allows you to see your content clearly, even in strong lighting conditions. And although HDR10 content is supported, its performance isn't good enough to give it enough importance. Therefore we're not going to go too deep into that feature. 

Due to its limited refresh rate of 60 Hz and input lag of ~10 ms, the Dell S2722QC is best suited for casual gaming as well as streaming multimedia content with enough visual fidelity and fluidity in most cases.

Furthermore, it's AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync compatible, so you'll be able to enjoy gameplay without tearing and stuttering while playing the most common videogames genres, except for fast-paced and demanding AAA titles which would benefit more from a monitor with a higher refresh rate such as the recently reviewed LG 27GL83A-B.

Last but not least, this monitor is flicker-free and comes with a blue light filter that will be helpful, especially when working on those long computer sessions at night.

Features of the Dell S2722QC

On the bottom bezel, there are 5 physical buttons to navigate the on-screen menu and adjust the brightness, contrast, aspect ratio, sharpness, and color temperature, amongst other typical settings. 

If you want to be more productive while working on your office tasks, then you can take full advantage of the Picture-by-Picture (PBP) mode to watch the content of two different sources at once, or the Picture-in-Picture (PIP) function that allows you to see two images from different tabs at the same time.

The Picture by Picture Feature as shown on another monitor

It also comes with respectable dual 3W built-in speakers for multimedia entertainment purposes. Again, as we always say when we take a minute to discuss monitor speakers, they aren't the best, and we always recommend users get an external audio solution, but it's still a nice feature to have in case you rarely plan on actually listening to content stemming from the monitor. 

What are customers saying?

Customer feedback about the Dell S2722QC is mixed, with some positive and negative points highlighted. One customer mentioned experiencing high-pitched noises when the monitor was connected to a MacBook Pro via USB-C, which was distracting and annoying. Another customer complained about the monitors' windows rearranging after waking up from sleep, causing a decrease in productivity.

On the positive side, several customers praised the easy installation process, especially when using the monitor with an Apple MacBook Pro. The display size and resolution were appreciated, and the ability to easily change resolutions through system settings was mentioned. Some customers found the monitor's brightness and clarity to be satisfactory, even when compared to more expensive models. Additionally, the monitor was commended for its compatibility with devices like the M2 Mac Mini and iPad Pro.

Several customers also appreciated the monitor's design, including its sleek appearance and premium look and feel. The availability of multiple input ports and USB ports was considered useful. Furthermore, some customers were satisfied with the overall value for money, stating that the product was worth the purchase and that they would buy it again.

While there were a few negative points mentioned, such as the noise issues and window rearrangement, the positive feedback focused on ease of use, image quality, flexibility, and value for money, indicating that most customers were satisfied with the Dell S2722QC.

Design and Connectivity

The Dell S2722QC boasts an elegant silver finish with a textured pattern on its back that gives it the perfect look to fit in any workplace, while its three-sided borderless design and anti-glare coating ensure a distraction-free user experience in both productivity and multimedia scenarios.

Moreover, it comes with a solid and versatile stand you can adjust whether its height (up to 110 mm), tilt (from -5° to +21°), swivel (+/- 30°), and even pivot (up to 180°) to work on your productivity tasks with superior comfort.

Also, it's VESA mount compatible, meaning you'll be able to place it on the wall if you use a 100 by 100mm VESA mount

And when it comes to connectivity options, this model features two HDMI 2.0 outputs, two downstream USB-A 3.2 ports, a single USB-C port with DisplayPort Alt Mode and Power Delivery allowing you to charge compatible devices, as well as a 3.5 mm audio jack.

Price and Similar Monitors

The Dell S2722QC is one of the most budget-friendly 4K monitors with USB-C on the market. Its day-to-day performance will be beneficial for both productivity and entertainment purposes as it delivers sharper, colorful images and wider viewing angles in every scenario thanks to its IPS technology.

However, if you're looking for a gaming-oriented solution, then you might also want to look at the LG 34WP60C-B. A gaming monitor that features a much higher refresh rate, better response time, curved immersive design, 34-inch diagonal, and an ultrawide format that offers you a 21:9 aspect ratio. An interesting proposition that should definitely be in the running if you plan to buy the monitor for gaming purposes. 

Verdict: Should you buy it?

To summarize, the Dell S2722QC reviewed today is an excellent choice for those looking to replace their old monitor with a superior screen and an ergonomically designed model ready to enhance your daily productivity and immerse yourself into your favorite multimedia content for an unbeatable price.

Also, its extensive connectivity options, including a versatile USB-C port, are definitely worth mentioning since many monitors generally just come with your basic set of connectivity solutions. Overall, an excellent high-quality monitor that's well suited for just about anyone except for hardcore gamers.