Overrated display, grainy picture.. my $1800 iMac blows this away.
2 March 2013
Summary: After working on a 2009 iMac and a 2012 iMac, I got this for my wife, thinking that $900 would get me something in the same ballpark. Wow, was I wrong. This display is similar to my Hanns-G 28" display that I paid $300 for, five years ago. The picture is grainy and unimpressive. I put up some hi-res 2560x1440 wallpapers from SLR cameras, and it was pathetic and sad. I feel like I threw away the money.
Summary: I don't like the menu, it's split up into too many categories and it's difficult to tweak things without having to click around and find other menus, the color controls in particular I find too complicated. I could not ever get the right color temperature, and I feel like the whites are too blown out no matter what I do, and the overall video contrast/gain levels don't work well, the images just seem muddy and dull, and adjusting brightness/contrast doesn't help at all -...
Summary: When I ordered the U2711, I really thought I was going to the next level of displays. I know it's not at the level of an NEC or an Eizo but still, it's an almost $800 monitor. Maybe my expectations were too high, but this left me pretty disappointed. To start off, I like it on paper. The stand is solid, though it doesn't pivot, it's got all the inputs I'd ever need, and it's more than quick enough for gaming. Plus, if you're coming from 1080p, the resolution is awesome.
Bad anti-glare coating ruins it, otherwise great monitor
27 July 2012
Summary: After looking at all the 27" 2560x1440 monitors, I chose this one (the Dell U2711) based on features and photos, without having seen one in person. It has enough inputs to plug in all my computers at once, plus an HDMI input for a hypothetical Blu-ray player that I have not bought yet, but who knows what the future holds? Plus, a university mailing list that I asked for recommendations said that Dell brand LCDs were very good, superior to many other brands.
Summary: Before buying the Dell UltraSharp U2711 27-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor - Max Resolution 2560 x 1440, I read all the reviews I came across and physically looked at it at a retail store. At no time or place did anyone (professional reviewer, salesperson or end-user) mention the enormous amount of heat that this mammoth monitor generates. You can feel the heat radiate from the monitor. It actually raises the temperature the room! - Not good . . .
No instructions on how to use Dell's presets on the monitor with the included U2711.icm color profile
S. Currier, Amazon
15 January 2012
Summary: My intended uses for this monitor are photo editing, standard web browsing and desktop work, and some gaming. I was persuaded to buy this monitor because of the large size, high pixel density, and mostly because I saw a 27" iMac at Best Buy which reportedly uses the same panel (albeit with LED backlight) and it looked amazing. I am mostly happy with the monitor but are some major issues that I believe are unexcusable for a product in this price range. 1.
Good monitor, but sucks for laptops (no full resolution on HDMI)
Eduardo Cuervo, Amazon
3 October 2011
Summary: This monitor is pretty good, looks wonderful and has plenty of options. I would have given it 4 or 5 stars if not for this issue. If you have a laptop you are out of luck. The full resolution of this monitor (2560x1440) only works with DVI (dual DVI actually) which I haven't seen in any laptop. Reasonably enough VGA cable cannot output such a hi resolution, but HDMI certainly can, and it is just the stupid driver that refuses to do this.
Pros: Really nice display; i.e. look at all the other posts
Cons: The HDMI-connector does NOT carry signals that will allow you to use the monitor in its native resolution. Connect a HDMI-cable, and you'll wind up with soar eyes because of adaptation to 1920x1080 resolution.