If you aren\u2019t ready to step into 4K gaming, but want to move past 1080p, the Dell S2417DG Gaming Monitor could be your saving grace. Featuring 1440p resolution, it\u2019s a great step forward in quality from 1080p. And with 165Hz refresh rate, with low input lag, it also delivers a great gaming experience. Should it be considered the best gaming monitor or not?\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Dell S2417DG\r\nThe Dell S2417DG rounds out its gaming features\u2014165Hz, 1440p, 1ms response time\u2014within a 24-inch gaming monitor for a comfortable gaming experience.\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nThe Dell S2417Dg may not be 4K, like the ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q, but having 1440p is a huge step forward in graphical fidelity. With a DisplayPort cable, it can achieve 165Hz with variable refresh rates to match your GPU through NVIDIA\u2019s G-Sync technology for flicker free performance. And with a very low input lag of about 4 to 15ms, depending on settings. However, HDMI locks your refresh rate to 60Hz. Furthermore, HDR would\u2019ve been appreciated, considering the TN panel\u2019s average picture quality.\r\nDesign\r\nThe Dell S2417DG didn\u2019t go overboard with its design. You might actually mistaken it for an office monitor, despite its clearly gamer-centered performance. The stand itself can tilt, pivot, swivel, and have its height adjusted. As a bonus, there\u2019s a small hole for better cable management, which is much appreciated. It has thin bezels that are just thin enough to support a competent multi-display setup. With a 24-inch screen (16:9 aspect ratio), 1440p looks perfect\u2014not too big, nor too small.\r\nValue\r\nIs Dell crazy for asking you to cough up $470 for the Dell S2417DG? It depends on your budget and what you want from a gaming monitor. If performance matters most\u2014refresh rate, response time\u2014but resolution isn\u2019t a major concern, we suggest picking the ASUS ROG PG279Q. It has a 1080p model that overclocks to 180Hz, 1ms response time, and a 24-inch screen. It\u2019s also $100 cheaper. You could settle on the ASUS VG245H, but it maxes out at 75Hz and 1ms response time.\r\nDell S2417DG Wrap Up\r\nFor those seeking performance, in addition to better resolution, we certainly recommend the ASUS ROG PG279Q. It has that crisp, clear 1440p resolution with high refresh rate, low input lag, and decent picture quality to bring everything together in a nice little package. But be warned: you lose out on some features using HDMI. We also would\u2019ve appreciated HDR, though it isn\u2019t entirely necessary.