Dell UltraSharp U3011 – Impressive OSD

Peripherals — on April 2, 2011 at 2:20 am | Comment Now

Dell UltraSharp U3011 is a high end computer monitor and it is the best 30 inch panel I have seen to date. The performance is really great but the price tag of $1,349 might be too high for some people. The best part about the product is the OSD array which comes with plenty of options. Color options here include custom color controls for offset and gain. Each of them allow you to adjust the blue, red and green values in the dimmer and brighter sections of the display respectively. Also, the saturation and hue options include adjustments for RGB along with adjustments for CMY or yellow, magenta, cyan.

The main presets on the Dell UltraSharp U3011 include Standard, Game, Multimedia, Movie, sRGB, Cool, Warm, Adobe RGB, and xv Mode. You can also adjust sharpness and the settings can stay on the screen for a maximum of one minute. This will be good for people who spend a lot of time calibrating the computer monitor.

Dell UltraSharp U3011 has a black matte chassis just like the U2711 and there is gray highlight running on the panel’s middle. The depth of the panel is 1.75 inches but the back of display which has the ventilation system, connection options, and backlighting extends 1.8 inches more and this brings the full monitor depth to about 3.7 inches. The width of the panel is 27.3 and the screen surface is smooth matte and frosted. Bezel is 0.9 inch on all the sides.

The connection ports on the Dell UltraSharp U3011 include 2 DVI, DisplayPort, 2 HDMI, Component, DisplayPort, 4 USB downstream, VGA, 1 USB upstream, and 1 SD card reader. The collection of ports here is one of the most impressive ones I have ever seen in a computer monitor to date.

Dell UltraSharp U3011 was really great in accuracy and color reproduction. I previously got the HP ZR30w for review in my labs, it had evidence of green push but there weren’t any such problems on the U3011. Hence I awarded it more points in my color tracking test. The black level performance here too is really good.

Dell UltraSharp U3011 was good in my dark screen and uniformity tests, there wasn’t a lot of backlight bleed through. But on the ZR20w, I saw some evidence of static streaking.  One big advantage that this monitor has over its HP counterpart is that the OSD is detailed and you can do a lot of changes to the output of the monitor.

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