Conclusion: IPS panels are beginning to come down in price and grow in popularity (the two are related), and even though Dell's U3011 is older than some, it's one of the best performing monitors we've played with to date. We did notice a slight amount of light diffusion where a faint halo of light would appear around white squares on a black background in DisplayMate, but it was a minor issue at best and one that didn't seem to affect real-world performance.
Pros: 30 inches of glorious 2560x1600 real estate, Sturdy construction, Robust On-Screen Display (OSD) controls, Tons of connectivity options, Excellent overall performance
Cons: Minor issue with light diffusion, Doesn't pivot into portrait mode, More expensive than HP's ZR30w
Excerpt: Dell’s 30-inch U3011 features an anti-glare hard coat to reduce reflections, and the 2560x1600 display tilts, swivels, and is height adjustable, but it can’t pivot into portrait mode. The monitor is outfitted with two HDMI and two DVI ports, as well as one analog VGA and one DisplayPort input. USB hubs are always convenient, and Dell obliges with one upstream and four downstream USB 2.0 ports, along with a seven-in-one multicard reader in the side of its bezel.
That's not a monitor, this is a monitor! Meet the Dell UltraSharp U3011 Review
29 April 2011
Excerpt: The days of “Dude, you're getting a Dell” might be long gone but when you are talking about monitors it suddenly becomes apropos again. Dell has been making good quality, large size monitors for long enough to be recognized as a major player in the field and the 30” Dell U3011 is a perfect example of why.
Excerpt: Dell UltraSharp U3011 is a high end computer monitor and it is the best 30 inch panel I have seen to date. The performance is really great but the price tag of $1,349 might be too high for some people. The best part about the product is the OSD array which comes with plenty of options. Color options here include custom color controls for offset and gain.
Excerpt: The Good Superb color depth. Huge selection of input and ports. Tilt, swivel and height. Taller resolution. Easy onscreen controls. The Bad Undeniably expensive. Plastic bezel and frame. Limited adjustment range. Design and specs The 30-inch viewable LCD panel in the U3011 has a 16:10 aspect ratio and a native resolution of 2560x1600.
Pros: Superb color depth., Huge selection of input and ports., Tilt, swivel and height., Taller resolution., Easy onscreen controls.
Cons: Undeniably expensive., Plastic bezel and frame., Limited adjustment range.
Conclusion: The U3011 is an all around good performer, though I find myself wishing that contrast and Delta-E were just a bit better so it was an unequivocal winner in all the right areas. That said, it does have a number of advantages over the HP ZR30w, namely an OSD, a wealth of input options, and audio pass through.
Conclusion: Dell U3011 has a range of analogue and digital inputs and outputs, including HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI. It also features advanced picture setting options and a PIP (picture in picture) mode. The stand is solid and allows users to tilt, swivel and height adjust U3011 . The default picture mode could have been better but was fair. The sRGB and AdobeRGB presets are great and very accurate which ensures that users without calibrators can get a decent result.
Pros: Color reproduction, Response time, sRGB and AdobeRGB presets, High resolution, Height, tilt, swivel adjustment stand
Summary: Anyone who spends more than a couple of hours a day in front of a computer will have dreamt of owning a 30inch monitor like Dell's U3011 at some point in their lives. Whether you're designing magazine pages, editing photos or playing World of Tanks in glorious peripheral-filling surround-o-vision, bigger screens are almost always better. That's 'better' as in more pleasant to use, with sharper text, less eye strain and a larger desktop for arranging your files on.