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Dell UltraSharp U2711 27-inch LCD Monitor

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Dell UltraSharp U2711 27-inch LCD Monitor

Dell UltraSharp U2711


The Bottom Line

Oct 5 2010 - Dell's UltraSharp series continues to offer some spectacular displays and the 27-inch is a good compromise between resolution and size. Color is superb thanks to the color calibration done by Dell that requires little adjustment by the user after purchase. The sheer number of inputs allows the screen to be used with just about any type of video source. With a suggested price of $1099 it is quite expensive but still a great deal for those wanting a high resolution display for color accurate graphics work.
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  • Excellent Color That Comes Calibrated
  • Anti-Glare Coating
  • Lots Of Input Connectors


  • Expensive
  • No Pivot Adjustment


  • 27-inch IPS Panel With 2560x1440 Native Resolution
  • 1000:1 Typical Contrast Ratio
  • 350 cd/m^2 Brightness
  • 6ms Response Time (Grey-To-Grey)
  • 178 Degree Horizontal And Vertical Viewing Angles
  • 110% CIE1976 and 102% CIE1931 Color Gamut
  • DisplayPort, HDMI, Two DVI-D, VGA, Component, Composite, 4 USB 2.0 Ports, 8-in-1 Card Reader
  • Stand Provides Height, Tilt And Swivel Adjustments
  • Includes DVI, DisplayPort, VGA and USB Uplink Cables

Guide Review - Dell UltraSharp U2711 27-inch LCD Monitor

Oct 5 2010 - Dell's UltraSharp U2711 marked the first time that the company offered an extremely accurate color display straight out of the box. While previous offerings still had highly accurate color, they generally needed calibration by the user after purchase. Each U2711 display is color calibrated for sRGB and AdobeRGB color spaces at the factory to give the display the best possible color right out of the box. They even include the color calibration report in the box.

The 27-inch panel on the U2711 uses the IPS technology to provide it with a very wide color gamut and wide viewing angles. The display should be able to cover 100% of the sRGB color space and 96% of the AdobeRGB color space. It features a very high 2560x1440 native resolution that is more commonly associated with larger panels. This gives it an extremely large work space and a very fine pixel size for a very sharp and crisp looking display. It also uses an anti-glare coating unlike many consumer monitors or Apple's new 27-inch Cinema display which is critical to reducing glare and reflections.

With the factory color calibration, the U2711 avoids one of the major pitfalls of many LCD monitors. It ships with the brightness set at 50. Most ship with brightness levels set to 80 which tend to wash out colors and even the blacks. Blacks were not washed out at all and the whites were still strong without being overpowering. Colors were very vibrant and didn't seem to favor any one of the primary colors. Running my own color calibration produced only a very minor shift that wasn't perceptible to the eye.

One of the best features of the UltraSharp series has always been their wide range of video inputs. The U2711 keeps this tradition alive by including at least one of each of the major video connectors. This includes DisplayPort, HDMI, two DVI and VGA. Also included are component and composite video feeds for use with video sources outside of computers. Dell also includes a four port USB 2.0 hub and an 8-in-1 media card reader. The only downside to this is the card reader does not include support for Compact Flash that is still used by many professional photography cameras.

While many companies are looking to move to LEDs for either power savings or potentially improved color, Dell has stuck by the traditional compact flourescent lamp technology. This does consume a bit more power than single color LEDs but is less expensive than the RGB LED backlighting. In my testing, the U2711 consumers roughly 95 watts of power in typical usage at the calibrated 50 percent brightness level. It consumed just under 2 watts while in sleep mode. This is actually very respectable for such a large display.

Most professional level displays have the ability to pivot or rotate from a landscape to portrait orientation. For some reason, Dell decided to not include this function with the otherwise superb stand. This may be an issue for some but with such a high resolution, it probably won't affect many.

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