I ordered this yesterday and Amazon sent the U2311H-S. This is exactly the same monitor as the U2311H except it has a "silver" (really let's call it grey) bezel. ie: is not the model pictured here. This exact model isn't any longer listed on Dell's own website; I only know of it from its appearance on other retailers' sites. (Where it's usually listed at a slightly lower price than the U2311H.) So I wonder if this is a discontinued variant and I'm somewhat the victim of a push to clear old stock. Oddly the box it came in does say U2311H. The packaging seal wasn't broken, and the first time I noticed the wrong bezel was when I removed the protective sheet off the front of the screen; which was after it was all assembled and plugged in. So this may be Dell's bad rather than Amazon's. There's also a slight bowing-out of the monitor casing on the left side, which makes me wonder if the bezel has already been forced off once, which is a bit concerning, if purely a cosmetic concern. There's no other sign that this might not be a new monitor.
The ironic and especially annoying thing is that I'd originally bought the U2311H off another retailer (scan.co.uk), and got a faulty unit. They dealt with that fine except that it was taking a while for them to get new stock of the U2311H in to send me a replacement, so I went for the refund instead and ordered this. Only to get the U2311H-S which that unfortunate retailer actually did have in stock. (And btw, unlike Amazon - or Dell - did *not* try to fob me off with. If I *knew* the real choice was a silver one now or a black one at some later time, I might have accepted *their* silver one.)
I'd mind less but this was bought to be a pair for another U2311H I already own. But now they don't match. It also wouldn't match the dell soundbar (Dell AX510 Soundbar Sound bar speakers for Dell UltraSharp monitors with a power pass through connector, NEW , DELL Part Number: C729C , ( No AC Adapter Included )) which I might have decided to buy (already have one attached to the older unit).
Now I'm torn, because this unit does actually seem to work fine, and I'm fed up of waiting for a monitor I originally ordered weeks ago. It's acquiring the characteristics of a curse.
Anyway, so much for the shopping experience, though there may be more if I decide over the weekend to make a proper complaint. What about the actual monitor? Apart from being the wrong colour this unit seems to be in full working condition. So the review is in the main based on the experience I've had with the U2311H I've already had for a few months (also bought not here but from scan.co.uk). In brief, it's very good. I have after all, been trying to buy a second one for a dual-monitor setup, which may be comment enough.
Colour reproduction and viewing angles are as good as you should expect from the more expensive IPS panel over the cheaper TN panels of many other monitors. It does the job well without being flashy about it, which is what you want in a monitor.
It only has a 60Hz refresh rate, at least at the full 1920x1080 resolution, so video playback of 50Hz and 24Hz material will be a bit choppy, but this is in common with any computer monitor I think. If you want the fully variable refresh rates for video you buy a TV.
The stand is good and solid, allowing a good range of tilt and swivel and height adjustment, as well as the ability to rotate the whole screen easily to portrait mode (which I've only done to try it - I think that may be a better experience with 16:10 aspect ratio monitors, as with 16:9 ones, like this one, it just seems way too tall and thin). There's a gap in the stand through which you can pass cables. It also claims to allow VESA mounting instead, which now I have two I may be trying at some point.
The ability to attach a Dell soundbar underneath is quite tidy, though I wish the soundbar itself was a USB audio device rather than having a simple line cable, as there are handy USB sockets *right there* on the monitor, which could eliminate the need to string another cable to the computer. Also I had interference noise when using the line cable all the way to the computer, which were eliminated by instead using an iMic USB audio adapter. But these are probably comments to attach to the soundbar product, in fairness, though maybe it's useful to know now while you're looking at the monitor. I think in the end I prefer eg: the Asus UBoom-Q USB speaker (ASUS uBoom Q - 2.1-channel portable speaker - USB - 2.4 Watt (Total) - black
) which doesn't actually attach to the monitor but does fit neatly underneath it on the monitor stand and needs only the USB lead into the socket on the monitor itself. And is a better sounding speaker unit.
The USB hub integrated into the monitor is useful in itself, and is one reason for choosing it. It is a powered hub, so it will happily drive, eg: USB speakers :-) and USB spinning hard drives.