As far as I know pixel inversion can show up by samples like in the test below and by fast movement in games. There are two symptomes: grey turns to another colour and thin vertical lines on the screen.
The S2716DG is simplistic in design. It has a silver stand that can be adjusted in height, tilt and swivel. The front of the stand is matt black plastic and has a large hole for cable management. The screen itself has a very thin bezel which is actually part of the screen rather than a surround. The only branding on the monitor is the normal Dell logo in silver and a G-Sync sticker on the monitor base. The OSD buttons are very small and the Power LED is white in colour.
On the back is 1 x Display Port, 1 x HDMI port and 2 x USB 3.0. The back of the monitor is black glossy plastic until you reach the bottom near the I/O ports where it turns to matt black plastic. It feels very well built and is again simplistic in design.
Very nice, minimalistic design which doesn't scream GAMER in your face with logos in crazy font or silly names printed all over it.
The monitor features an 8 bit, TN panel. When I first booted it up, the backlight was uniform across the screen and very minimal in comparison with the ASUS PG279Q. The colours are GREAT for a TN panel and look even better when changing the screen brightness / contrast and NVidia vibrance settings. Out of the box, the brightness and contrast are set to 75%. I have since changed this to 45% brightness and 50% contrast. I await TFT Centrals review for optimal settings but this looks great for now.
The screen has a 'satin' coating which looks very good in both daylight and in the dark. The panel was free from dirt, stuck / dead pixels and backlight bleed. There is none at all on my monitor. I have done a dead pixel test and couldn't see a single dead pixel.
Blacks are as black as can be for a TN panel and look MUCH better than the black displayed on the ASUS PG279Q's that I had. Colours are not as good as the IPS but they are dam close. This is of course to be expected for a TN panel. Colour uniformity looks good. There is a slight bit of yellowing on a white screen but again its minimal and to be expected for this type of panel. Its not enough to bother me.
Viewing angles are of course a downside of TN, left to right is quite good but vertical is about normal. Colours get darker if you move your head up and down the screen.
I have only had chance to play a race of Project cars and a mission of Metro Last Light so far, however these were silky smooth and looks great in 1440p @ 144hz. Again, the colours are not as vibrant as the ASUS PG279Q, but very good for a TN panel. G-Sync works well in both the titles mentioned and everything was buttery smooth.
Final Thoughts at an early stage
I'm over the moon with this panel. Yes it'sTN which a lot of people will find hard to go back to, but it is of high quality. I experienced no QC issues. It doesn't have a single dead pixel, no backlight bleed and runs beautifully at 1440p @144hz. G-Sync automatically enabled itself after a reboot and really makes games silky smooth.
I'm so glad to have finally found a monitor that has all the specs I wanted (except for IPS) and actually feels like I got what I paid for. I'm excited to use it, a feeling that I lost within 10 minutes of using the ASUS PG279Q.
If you're not too worried about TN, I thoroughly recommend this panel. Its spot on. If you are on IPS and don't want to go back to TN, this monitor may not be for you. There is a noticeable different in colour and viewing angles vs the ASUS PG279Q, but that doesn't bother me one bit personally. I'd rather have a fantastic all round monitor than one that has better colours but it plagued with issues.
I haven't tested properly for pixel invasion because it's not something I have tested before but I am happy to do some testing if someone can point me in the right direction. I have noticed nothing out of the ordinary under normal use.
I am dead chuffed with this monitor for the price point and its a keeper.
Below is my video review covering an unboxing, initial use, thoughts, samples of game play and my thoughts overall. I was disappointed with the lack of reviews on this monitor so hopefully this will plug the gap!
Be warned it is 23 minutes long so grab yourself a coffee, get comfy and enjoy!
(Sorry about the random sniffing, this is my first review so go easy on me) Let me know what you think!!
Yeah video is fine for me. Your actually pretty good at this. I can already tell the colors probably a bit better then what came through on the video. You might of just sold me on the Dell, going to wait until black friday to place my order. Here's a pic of my rig btw