Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dell 27-inch UltraSharp U2711

Dell UltraSharp U2711Just like tv's, computer monitors are progressing to the LCD format to offer consumers the very best in picture quality. Ever since computer manufacturers have been making the transition over to bigger and better looking monitors, a few companies have really made an impression. Dell, one of the leaders in computers, mainly in the desktop and laptop format, has proven that there range of LCDs have been serious contenders in the market and today announced their first-ever WQHD monitor.

The UltraSharp U2711 is a 27-inch LCD monitor that is said to have a native resolution of 2,560x1,440. In the 27-inch LCD monitor market, no product other than Apple's 27-inch iMac had the proper resolution and specs to be worth it. Most had native resolutions more like a 23 or 24-inch monitor and to get a bigger screen worth while you would have done well to step up to the 30-inch market. It seems that because of Apple other companies, like Dell, are stepping up their products to contend in the 27-inch market.

The UltraSharp U2711 has a pretty solid spec sheet. The screen size comes in at 27 inches diagonally with a native resolution of 2,560x1,440 pixels. The monitor looks great with a 16:9 aspect ratio, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 and a 6ms response time (gray to gray). Connectivity wise, the U2711 has basically every connection port you could want. The monitor comes with 2 DVI connectors, 1 D-Sub/VGA connector, 1 HDMI connector, 1 composite connector, 1 Component connector, 1 DisplayPort connector and 4 USB 2.0 ports. In addition to this plethora of ports there is also audio jacks and an 8-format flash card reader.

Performance wise the U2711 succeeds. A lot of budget monitors out there tend to have problems with the high and low ends of the gray scale. The U2711 has no problem distinguishing light shades of gray from white and also was able to distinguish the darkest shades of gray from black. The U2711 uses a cold cathode backlight as opposed to the typically more energy efficient LED backlight. On the good side though, the sever backlight bleed issues that you typically find on low-priced LCDs was not seen.

The stand of the monitor is metal and slightly slimmer than most, especially considering that the monitor is a little hefty on the back side. But these traits do not take away the monitor's easy ability to tilt, swivel and adjust the height. The Dell UltraSharp U2711 is an excellent choice for any desktop computer, especially if you are a content creation specialist who needs good screen real estate or even if you are a hard core PC gamer who demands a high-res monitor for your latest game. The one problem with this monitor is that it will run you around $1,049. For around that same price you can get a 30-inch monitor with a slightly higher resolution and a bit more screen space. But overall this is one heck of a monitor and definitely one you should check out.

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