Summary: The U3011 exhibited a small amount of noise in suits, faces, and background signs. This, and the fact that the monitor can’t swivel to portrait mode, are enough to deny it a Kick Ass award. We didn’t encounter any issues or flaws while playing games, though. All in all, Dell has produced a fine display with a very reasonable price tag.
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: There are two types of power users on this planet, and they consist of those who use a 30-inch monitor, and those who don't. The latter far outnumber the former, but thanks to a number of factors, this particular digital divide is growing smaller by the day. For one, 30-inch monitors are somewhat more affordable compared to a few years ago, at least in the sense that the average Joe doesn't have to sell a kidney to come up with the scratch for one (except for teens, who...
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 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.