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Dell U3011 Ultrasharp 30 inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor with Premier Color
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- IPS panel technology for minimal color deviation across a wide viewing angle
- 30" display with 2560x1600 resolution
- 16:10 aspect ratio for clear images and exceptional multitasking
- HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-D, USB ports and a 7-in-1 media card reader
- 1.07 billion displayable colors and a 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
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|Sold By||—||PCBuyIT Limited||Amazon.co.uk||Amazon.co.uk||Amazon.co.uk||Amazon.co.uk|
|Connectivity Technology||usb; dvi-d; displayport; hdmi||Yes||HDMI||DVI-DL+ HDMI 1.4 + DP1.2 + Headphone Jack ||Yes^VGA||Yes; VGA|
|Display Resolution Max||—||2560x1600||2560x1440||2560x1440||2560x1440||1920x1080|
|Display Size||30 inches||30 inches||32 inches||27 inches||32 inches||27 inches|
|Display Technology||LCD,TFT||LCD||LED||LCD||LED Backlight||LCD|
|Frequency||86 hertz||60 hertz||60 hertz||60 hertz||60 hertz||60 hertz|
|Horizontal Resolution||2,560 pixels||2,560 pixels||2,560 pixels||2,560 pixels||2,560 pixels||1,920 pixels|
|Image Aspect Ratio||—||—||16:9||16:9||16:9||—|
|Image Brightness||—||350 candela||300 cd/㎡||350 cd/m²||300 cd/m²||—|
|Image Contrast Ratio||—||1,000||20M:1||20M:1||80000000:1||8,000,000|
|Item Dimensions||69.45 x 21.13 x 48.13 cm||21.69 x 68.68 x 63.22 cm||74.03 x 64.02 x 21.34 cm||21.14 x 65.28 x 56.67 cm||74.2 x 17.1 x 65.9 cm||4.61 x 61.12 x 36.15 cm|
|Item Weight||9.3 kg||9.3 kg||12.5 kg||8.3 kg||11.5 kg||6.7 kg|
|Max Vertical Resolution||—||1,600 pixels||1,440 pixels||1,440 pixels||1,440 pixels||1,080 pixels|
|Real Angle of View||178 degrees||178 degrees||178 degrees||178 degrees||178 degrees||178 degrees|
|Response Time||7||6||4 milliseconds||5 milliseconds||4||6|
|Special Feature||—||Backlight type; Built-in camera; Cable lock slot; No; Operating temperature range:0 - 35 °C; Standard decoder:Working distance:Blade Type:viewing angle, vertical:MP3 bit rates:Keystone correction, vertical:Automatic shutdown:Ambient light metering modes: Flash metering modes: fan diameter:178°; Swivelling; Tilt adjustment||DualView; KVM Switch; OSD Hotkey Puck; Flicker-free Technology; CAD/CAM mode; Low Blue Light; Auto Pivot; DisplayPilot; OSD controller; AMA; AC Switch; Animation mode; Video Format Support; Touch Pad||AMA; HDCP; K Locker; Palette Master Element Software; 14 bits 3D LUT ; HW calibration; Delta E≤2 (avg); Black and White mode; Black Level; Card reader||Built-in speaker(s)^HDCP^No^Standard decoder:Working distance:Blade Type:viewing angle, vertical:MP3 bit rates:Keystone correction, vertical:Automatic shutdown:Ambient light metering modes: Flash metering modes: fan diameter:178°^Tilt adjustment||Built-in camera; Built-in speaker(s); Cable lock slot; No; On/off switch; Operating temperature range:0 - 40 °C; Standard decoder:Working distance:Blade Type:viewing angle, vertical:MP3 bit rates:Keystone correction, vertical:Automatic shutdown:Ambient light metering modes: Flash metering modes: fan diameter:178°|
|Viewing Angle||—||178 degrees||178 degrees||178 degrees||178 degrees||178 degrees|
|Wattage||110 watts||54 watts||35 watts||36.7 watts||60 watts||20 watts|
Experience amazing wide-angle viewing and color consistency with the Dell UltraSharp U3011 30" Widescreen Monitor with PremierColor. Extensive connectivity features and customization via CustomColor mode make the U3011 an ideal choice for professionals in CAD/CAM, graphic design, gaming and other fields where color precision matters. With its 2560 x 1600 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio, the U3011 enables a wide, generous viewing area and offers plenty of space for your windows and applications. It also makes collaborative viewing easy thanks to its IPS (in-plane switching) technology, which is designed to give you a bright, stable picture and consistent colors from an ultra-wide viewing angle. Whether you're watching a video or creating it, a 7-millisecond response time provides a razor-sharp, ghost-free viewing experience on moving images while the 1.07 billion displayable colors and a 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio enables you to create and experience images, graphics, videos and more in brilliant, true-to-life colors.
For professionals in design, photography and other fields where color precision matters, the U3011 is compatible with 100% sRGB and 99% AdobeRGB standards to help meet your needs for color accuracy. The U3011 monitor arrives factory-tuned to AdobeRGB and sRGB modes, so you can dive into projects fast without the need for extensive color calibration and the CustomColor Mode lets you adjust color values to your personal preferences. You can also customize your viewing experience with the height-adjustable stand and tilt/swivel features or save valuable desktop space by detaching the panel from the stand for wall mounting. The U3011 offers superb connectivity across PCs, game consoles and more thanks to DisplayPort, audio connectors (supports 5.1 channel audio connection), two HDMI 1.3 and two DVI-D connectors with High-bandwidth Digital Copy Protection (HDCP) and you can easily manipulate the on-screen display with capacitive-touch switches for setup and screen optimization. This monitor also comes with Dell's superb 3 year onsite warranty which offers the user additional peace of mind.
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The reason I eventually went for the Dell was the extra size and connections such as component,1xVGA, 2xDVI,2xHDMI,Display port and USB. Another thing important to think about with a monitor this size is the height which is easily adjustable on the very solid stand, you can also tilt and turn the monitor which for some working environments might be important.
The monitor looks really professional and build quality is excellent (although probably does not look as good from the back as the apple displays). Current its connected to a mac mini and mac book pro.
I have run both white, grey and colour tests and the monitor is even across the whole screen.
The touch buttons on the side are really nice and make the monitor feel a quality product. Plus the setup and menu's are obvious and easy to use.
The monitor has a native resolution of 2560x1600 - however if you are using the standard Apple mini display port to DVI adaptor or HDMI port DVI adaptor you will only get 1920x1080. If you want to drive this display from a mini display port (or thunderbolt) then get a mini display port to display port cable and it will work a perfectly.
You can also choose a mini display port to dual DVI adaptor but these cost around £70 (the cable is much cheaper).
Obviously if you have a standard PC with graphic card with Dual DVI no issues - just connect the cable (supplied) and you are away.
Overall if you are a computer professional such as graphic/web developer or like myself a software developer then this is a real investment. If you are into gaming then you are going to love resolution and size.
I haven't noticed any of the problems of backlight or colour variations mentioned by others, and, after calibrating with a Spyder3 the colour rendition is just about perfect (it was good out of the box in sRGB and Adobe RGB anyway).
TWO THINGS TO BE AWARE OF:-
1) Make absolutely sure that you get the warranty specified. The extra two years (taking it up to 5) can only be ordered by the initial purchaser (not the end user). Unfortunately Amazon's own third party supplier hadn't bought the extra warranty so the first one had to be returned. You can check this on the Dell website via the 'service tag' which is on the outside of the box without registering the monitor.
2) Dell seem to be putting incorrect revision numbers on the outside of the boxes compared to what is on the monitor. My latest one said Rev. A07 on the box but says A06 on the actual monitor. The one I returned was A06/A05 respectively. Having said that, I believe the panel (LG) is the same, and it's probably only firmware/menu changes.
As one other reviewer put it: Buy one for all your staff - they'll love you for it, and their productivity will shoot up. I simply couldn't bear dropping back to the old triple 24" setup after having a 30" with a 24" on each side for three years!!!
Easily the best value for money 30" monitor on the market! You'll need to pay anything up to twice as much to improve on it. And, of course, it comes with Dell's next day exchange Premium Panel Warranty covering against bright/dead pixels throughout its warranty.
Trouble is, I didn't buy a very expensive 30" monitor to look at its bezel, OSD or input array, I bought it to look at the picture. This is where the U3011 fails. One or two of the more professionally orientated reviews I'd read online mentioned the poor brightness linearity of the screen - it's darker on the left than the right - however, they said it wasn't really visible to the naked eye. It certainly was on my unit, with a clear shading left-right which persisted from cold power-on to fully warm after several hours.
Worse, this was accompanied by a colour shift. It was most obvious when the screen was filled with white, but showed up in photographs too (particularly in clouds) or just general desktop work if lots of light grey windows were present. Again, one or two reviews alluded to this but claimed it wasn't significant. What I saw was a very obvious colour shift - green on the left where it was darker and pink on the right where it was lighter. The effect was made worse by my old monitor sitting to the left of the new one. After calibrating both with an i1 hardware calibrator, the old monitor was neutral and roughly matched the centre of the screen of the Dell - but was in stark contrast with the green tinted left side of the Dell screen.
Upon searching the web for information on green/pink tinges, I found quite a few people complaining about this for both the preceding 3008WFP model and this, the new U3011. If there was an overall linear colour shift, calibration would work around it; but when the screen changes colour from one side to the other, there's nothing you can do.
It could be a manufacturing variation issue, but for a four figure sum on what is priced to be a top-end monitor I don't expect such defects. Amazon's returns department was excellent and accepted it back without any issues at all for a full refund. I've since bought a 30" NEC model in its place - it cost an awful lot, but the quality difference is astounding and really shows up the Dell badly.
The U3011 seems unmatched in terms of its inputs, but it just doesn't cut it for picture quality if you're at all demanding (and at this price you probably should be!). If inputs are your priority then the Dell might be for you; I've given it three stars based on this and the physical form factor (being generous - I can't award half stars, but 2.5 would seem about right).
If picture quality is your main goal though, I strongly recommend you save up for something from NEC or Eizo.
For reference, this is the NEC model I got as a replacement:
NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi 30-Inch LCD Monitor
NEC announced a very capable sounding successor to this now quite old model in December, but it's not available for purchase yet. You might want to wait. For me, their new monitor has digital-only inputs while the above model has DVI-I and DVI-D, which is essential as I have old computers I use for testing purposes which have only got analogue video outputs and cannot be upgraded.
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