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Dell U3011 Monitor Review

2010 November 24
by Joe

In September Dell rolled out a beastly new monitor called the U3011. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with one of these things for the past week or so and wanted to share my impressions.


U3011 From Front

The Specs

This sucker is a 30″ IPS display with the following goodies:

  • 2560×1600 resolution (I greatly prefer 16:10 over 16:9 for doing work)
  • 7ms response time
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2 x DVI-D
  • 2 x HDMI
  • 1 x Component Video
  • 1 x VGA
  • USB 2.0 Hub with 4 out ports (2 on side)
  • 7 in 1 Media Reader
  • Picture in Picture
  • A stand that allows adjustment of all angles and height


U3011 Inputs

My Thoughts

This is the finest monitor I have ever used. My personal laptop is a 17″ MBP and I always felt that the larger monitors I connected it to looked faded and weak compared to the bright 1920×1200 display on the laptop itself. Many monitors lately are 16:9 as well which I definitely do not like as much. That extra chunk of vertical space makes a big difference.

This U3011 looks every bit as magnificent as the MBP display except on a larger, higher resolution scale.

I had not previously used a 30″ display for long periods of time and I had heard that continuous use was bothersome for some people because of the size. I haven’t had any issues but the desk it sits on is fairly deep so that may be helping.

As a slight dig on Apple my MBP required a $100 mini-DisplayPort to dual-link DVI adapter to drive this monitor at full resolution. The Linux desktop with a $50 display card jammed in it had no trouble and required nothing special to work. You have to bring either DVI-D (you can tell by the number of pins in your connectors and the cable – see wikipedia’s DVI article if unsure) or DisplayPort to the screen to get the full 2560×1600.

Overall though this thing is glorious and highly recommended.

4 Responses
  1. November 25, 2010

    Oh wow. That’s a serious business monitor. Is this for your machine at work?

  2. November 25, 2010

    Yeah it is for work, they definitely set me up right. The awesomeness of the thing is the combination of the size and the stellar colors and brightness. Good to hear from you too, hope everything is going well.

  3. December 16, 2010

    For me making use of a monitor which contains an IPS panel is vital. I do significant amounts of photo editing and graphics design, therefore getting precise colours is critical. Not forgetting the viewing angles of IPS panels are much wider. My partner owns a TN screen and you can’t even tilt your head without the colors changing. Hopefully OLED displays will come shortly. They even make IPS displays seem bad.

  4. December 17, 2010

    great post, thanks for sharing

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