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Pros: This is a great monitor, Fantastic image quality and its size makes my work as a composer writing orchestral music easier - - in the portrait position (you have to buy a separate stand to achieve this) you can see a whole page of a large orchestral score at good size.
Cons: You will discover that, if you buy this monitor from a reseller like Newegg rather than from Dell directly, that Dell has a maze-like and rigid bureaucracy. It took more than two hours for me to find a person able to tell me the kind and size of the fasteners used to connect the monitor to its stand - - since I intend to mount it on a stand allowing rotation to portrait view. Then it turned out that because I bought it from a reseller, I can't purchase the inexpensive extended warranty advertised on Dell's website, because my purchase is classified as a corporate purchase - - even though I am not a corporation. I was told that it was "impossible" to change this classification. I was given a quote for more than twice the price for the same extended warranty that is advertised on Dell's website.
Overall Review: Dell's policies are quite clearly aimed at punishing those who purchase Dell products from resellers rather than directly from Dell. The protest of a single customer will likely have no effect on these policies. Only pressure applied by major resellers like Newegg - - which doesn't currently warns you of Dell's policies - - might possibly have some impact. While I love the monitor itself, Dell managed to make this one of the worst buying experiences I've ever had.
Pros: The picture is by far the area this monitor shines the most. I have owned numerous other brands, including other 30" panels, but none have provided the color, black levels or accuracy of this panel. While I primarily game, watch TV & movies, I am also an amateur Photographer and do some occasion video editing. My U3011 needed precious little calibration out of the box and has remained dead on accurate for over a year now. The input scaler is a nice feature if you have multiple sources (i.e. requiring different resolutions) plugged into your monitor. Having had my previous 30’s die on me after a year (G@teways), the 3 year warranty was also a deciding factor.
Cons: For whatever reason the input detection of this panel seems stiflingly stupid. I use the Display Port, DVI-D and HDMI inputs and if one shuts off, the monitor is incapable of detecting activity from the others and goes into standby. Trying to manually switch inputs is a fight, as it does not let you interrupt the detection process. This is baffling given I’ve had considerably cheaper built monitors, with scalers, that had no problems with this mundane task. The monitor also offers no Portrait mode, limiting its use in a multi-monitor setups (I use 3 monitors each connected to two PC’s). Lastly, the panel's input lag averages about 23ms, considerably slower than most other monitor's I've used. This is largely due to the IPS panel and input scaler. In other words, it is a trade-off for the excellent picture and input conveniences. This will only be a concern for gamers, but a concern worth mentioning.
Overall Review: If you primarily game you might be more interested in HP’s ZR30, it uses the same panel without a scaler for about half the input lag without compromising picture quality. Giving up the IPS panel for a TN design will also give you less input lag, but at the sacrifice of image quality. All that said, I do not find it noticeable during "twitch shooters", but I’m old and slow now. ;) A remote would have been a nice touch, particularly when using multiple monitors similar to my setup.
Over all this is an exceptional monitor that provides high end picture quality for photo and video editing, but also input conveniences for home entertainment tasks. It has some minor draw backs (get used to switching inputs manually), but nothing deal breaking. The pros far outweigh the cons, particularly for what most people will use this monitor for. I highly recommend it.
Pros: 1. Pretty much has all the hookups you can need.
2. Gaming on 2560x1600 is out of this world.
3. Lots of obtions in the setup menu and simple to understand.
Cons: Not any con to the product but if you are getting this for gaming purpose like i did, be ready to fork over a grand or more on your graphic cards to play with all the eye candy turned on. To give you an idea im running 3 gtx480s and its almost unplayable on metro 2033 and crysis with everything maxed out. I have to turn off aa then everything runs smooth and you hardly knotice the difference because of so many pixels.
Overall Review: You will have to mess around with the menu in order to make the pictures perfect. For my taste i have it on movie mode with dynmic contrast on and the sharpness to 100.
You will knotice details on desktop icons and skill icons in rpg games like never before, this thing completely blows my mind away.
Pros: Beautiful monitor with great viewing angles and consistent color. Extreme real estate but manageable as the pixels per inch of 2560x1600 is easier to handle at 30" than 27". Note, I was surprised to find that it INCLUDES a Display Port cable in addition to a DVI cable -- I had already ordered one from M0n0price so that was totally not necessary.
Cons: It is a bit pricey but for work the ROI is still very good. With discount I got it for $980 here at Newegg and don't regret it at all. The CCFL based display does take a little bit to reach full brightness as it warms up. Noticeable with my TN panels that pop up just about instantly, but it's really not a big deal -- only noticeable after resuming from power save mode.
Overall Review: I do not play any games that require high frame rates except perhaps Street Fighter IV Arcade... but I am a software developer and the advantages of this monitor are substantial. I have two samsung 23" HD monitors turned vertically on the left and right and this created a whole new work experience for me. I never imagined how much vertical monitors would help in web page reading and working with documents.
Also, I had tons of screen corruption issues for the first week, and was very unsatisfied until I started really troubleshooting before sending it back. I finally discovered that my laptop integrated AMD video card drivers had somehow gotten the power save settings out of whack. After turning on the power save features and then back OFF again to force it to refresh it suddenly stabilized and with the power save stuff out of the wasy (ie disabled) it hasn't corrupted once in nearly a month now!
Pros: High connectivity, Dual HDMI, Dual DVI, VGA, DP and composite connectors. Has Active and passive USB extension from PC and xD/SD/MS and MMC right on the side of the monitor. Fine dot pitch, IPS panel. Factory calibrated and supports Adobe RGB and 10bit color. Fully electronic touch controls and 2650x1600 resolution.
Cons: Expensive! CCFL and not LED backlight. If switching between inputs sometimes the U3011 will not see signal and requires poweroff/on sequence to wake it back up. No rotate to verticle support. The monitor requires a warm up period before maximum color accuracy is achieved (about 5 minutes). This is because it is a CCFL and not LED backlight. This product would have earned 5 stars but looses 1 because of these issues.
Overall Review: The Dell U3011 has been out for over a year now, other companies are releasing LED backlight monitors but most of them are not 10 bit color. Many say that 10 bit color is not needed and most people don't have the hardware to support it anyway.
Bottom line, if you need a high resolution, high color accuracy monitor for professional photo editing get this monitor, otherwise consider some of the newer led backlight monitors (like the dell U2713HM with slightly lower 2650x1440 resolution) Either way you won't be dissappointed.
Pros: I love the resolution. 2560x1600 is a lot of space to get things done, and the 16:10 aspect ratio is much nicer than the 16:9 garbage that everything else is. The panel is 10 bit per color so you get a significantly wider color space (and thus more accurate colors) than a typical display. Colors are calibrated out of the box and you can select sRGB or Adobe RGB colorspaces in addition to standard calibration. I liked the first one so much that I bought a second, and the colors matched perfectly between the two without any setup. Since it has an IPS panel, the viewing angles are fantastic, and that matters on such a large display. There are a lot of value-adds like the included DisplayPort and DVI cables, the USB hub and the card reader. The included mount is the best I've used on any monitor. The mount swivels, tilts, raises and lowers with ease. The soundbar add on is also very nice and is powered by the monitor. The OSD controls are touch-sensitive so you don't have to push the monitor around when you're changing settings. Everything about this monitor is premium. Even the box it comes in is nice and has plastic clips you pop out so you can lift the box from the monitor instead of the other way around. There's also an included printout of the calibration results from a Dell technician. Dell offers fantastic support for these monitors and if you have any problems within the warranty period (three years!), even just a single dead pixel, they will cross-ship you a replacement.
Cons: HDMI input maxes out at 1920x1200, which isn't a big deal as DisplayPort and DVI both work for native resolution. The only way to put the monitor in portrait mode is to unscrew it from the mount and re-attach it in portrait. I suspect this is because it's so heavy that they couldn't add the rotation feature from the smaller models. Did I mention it's heavy? You have to be careful when you move it around since the mount makes it easy to raise and lower the display. I've seen complaints about response time, but I don't play a lot of games so it doesn't bother me, and I don't notice any lag in normal use. The biggest con for me is now all other monitors look like gross garbage. I had two 1920x1080 TN monitors that I'd planned to keep using as additional displays, but they looked especially terrible side-by-side with this one. I solved that problem by selling the TN monitors and buying another U3011.
Overall Review: I bought both of mine from Newegg when they were on sale. I'd been considering both the U3011 and the HP ZR30W and the price drop on this one made the decision easy. I don't regret the purchase one bit. I expect to have these for at least another 5 years until I upgrade to 4K displays (I hope they'll have 16:10 still!)
Pros: Huge display, best resolution you can get, colors are way better than my last Dell monitor, no dead pixels.
Cons: Difficult not to drool on, need to buy a bigger desk to fit a second monitor.
Pros: huge, lots of real estate, bright, nice color, good support, quality panel, 16:10
Cons: not a great choice for FPS gaming, slight ghosting, needs vsync turned on at a non-trivial performance cost, expensive to build a machine that can drive it at full resolution at high settings.
Overall Review: i bought this panel for a center display for work. it's a great panel for software development. i paired it with two 2007FPs in portrait mode. the vertical dimensions are very close, and the vertical resolution is the same. total resolution is 4960x1600. one could do with less, honestly.
i used to play amateur leagues in counter strike, and i would say the low performance of this monitor puts you at a disadvantage for FPS style games.
at my viewing distance i also find it too big for some types of games - i sometimes don't notice things at the sides of the screen.