May 3, 2011

UltraSharp Dell U2311H Video Review

UltraSharp Dell U2311H Video Review

Part Number: N0WV7
Warranty: 3 Years


The IPS panel displays are definitely making their way into the monitor market as they become more affordable and include a number of advantages over more mainstream TN panels. One of the advantages of an IPS panel display is the wider color gamut, which is excellent for individuals who depend on precise color reproduction. The viewing angle of an IPS display when compared to a TN panel is much better, allowing the user to see a more uniform image from almost any angle. Obviously the color reproduction does vary from angle to angle, however bright and colorful images will look almost identical from any angle, yet the blacks experience some color shifting.

The DELL U2311H is quite a competitor when it comes to TN panels of the same caliber. It’s a 23″ model, 16.9 ratio and full HD 1080p resolution. The main advantage of this model is the adjustable stand, allowing the user with multiple options of rotation, swivel, tilt and go into the portrait mode. The color gamut on this panel is 82% with 16.7m colors, which is what we see on the higher end TN panels.

Need to mention that this is not an IPS monitor for professional work as there is a color gradient. The unit i received luckily did not experience much color gradient from left to right, however there is a large group of consumers who experience color gradient with the general complaint of ‘cool’ left side and ‘warm’ right side. This is a common anomaly among the U2311H as Dell does not perform any calibration prior shipping out the product; a procedure that is done on the 24″+ UltraSharp models.

Full Specs

Diagonal Viewable Size: 23” (58.4 cm)
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9)
Panel Type, Surface: IPS (In-Plane Switching), anti glare with hard coat 3H
Optimal Resolution: 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz
Contrast Ratio: 1000 to 1 (typical), 10,000:1 (dynamic)
Brightness: 300 cd/m2 (typical)
Response Time: 8ms (gray to gray)
Viewing Angle: (178° vertical / 178° horizontal)
Color Gamut: 82% (100% sRGB coverage)
Color Depth: 16.7 million colors
Pixel Pitch: 0.265 mm
Display Type: Flat Panel Display

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Overall its an amazing monitor with multiple packed features like the Dell stand, the great image quality and much better viewing angles than any TN panel on the market. UltraSharp series have earned its reputation in the past and Dell is continuing to impress the market with its budget conscious products. The reason I purchased this monitor was because of the potential future upgrade into a dual or even a triple monitor setup. I do not depend on color accuracy and just really enjoy crisp and real colors for my eyes. This monitor delivered in almost all expectations except one, the blacks. Unfortunately Dell has cut down on the cost of the IPS panel used in the U2311H and thus this is a value monitor compared to its bigger 24″ brother the U2410. Almost twice the cost of the 24″ model, U2311H gives off more IPS glow and provides slightly worse viewing angles. The IPS glow occurs mainly in the corners when the monitor shows blacks. This did not disturb my experience with it in any way neither during gaming nor during movies. Overall if you are looking for a monitor upgrade, and potentially thinking of doing a multiple-monitor setup the Dell U2311H gives a nice value for the upgrade.

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