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DELL U3011 PC Monitor

kitguru.net Must Have CNET.com Editor's Choice hothardware.com Recommended zdnet.co.uk Editor's Choice PC Mag Editor's Choice
30" 2560 X 1600 100000:1 LCD Jan 2013
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Experience amazing wide-angle viewing and color consistency with the Dell UltraSharp U3011 30" monitor with PremierColor. Extensive connectivity features and customization via CustomColor mode... More
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27 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

This PC monitor is one of the most highly awarded of all the LCD screens of this age and spec.

CNET.com, PC Mag, CNET.com.au, Zdnet.com.au and Zdnet.co.uk all thought that this flatpanel monitor was exceptional and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

This PC screen was given a "Recommended" award by Hothardware.com who concluded that this DELL flatpanel monitor was good.

Kitguru.net gave this PC screen a "Must Have" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on fifteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Mag, maximumpc.com and stuff.tv the average expert rating of this DELL LCD screen is 87%. The expert review sites think this medium monitor is one of the better PC monitors of a similar spec and age.

Owner Reviews Are Good

Based on 18 owner reviews the average owner rating of this medium monitor is 82%.

Easy to Use

A number of DELL U3011 owners who reviewed the DELL U3011 concluded that it was easy to use. Andrew said on Amazon “The OSD/firmware presents lots of options in a clear and easy to use way”. Five years ago Chilli wrote “Great brightness and great level of control” in their review of the DELL U3011. Four years ago Mybadluck said on Amazon “90%+ brightness is just SO bright, its impossible to use it at this level” however they only gave the product a score of 60 out of 100.

One customer considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Eyes wrote on Amazon “Knowing what I know now about the u3011 - i would be more comfortable to order the same again (having read some controversial comments - mainly about anitglare coat” in their review of the DELL U3011.

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Good Product Quality

A few people reckoned that it was good quality. Andrew said on Amazon “The build quality seems reasonable” in his DELL U3011 review but in spite of that he only scored the product 3 stars. Four years ago Eyes said “Size - makes working very easy - can open multiple softwrae at same time on screenBuild quality is good” in their review of the DELL U3011. Mr. Colin J. Izatt said in his DELL U3011 review on Amazon six years ago “Stunning jaw dropping picture quality”.

Robust

Several customers who bought it mentioned that it was well made. Mybadluck said in their DELL U3011 review on Amazon “Any brightness under 90% and it would emit a high hum - I believe its from the built in power transformer in right hand side”. Steve360 wrote on Amazon “The monitor looks really professional and build quality is excellent (although probably does not look as good from the back as the apple displays”. Six years ago expert review site Flatpanelshd.com wrote in their review of this PC monitor “The stand is solid and allows users to tilt, swivel”.

One DELL U3011 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the DELL U3011 was strong and durable. Andrew wrote in his review of the DELL U3011 on Amazon “The stand sturdy, there's pretty much every kind of input you could hope for”.

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DELL PC Displays Have Good Reviews

DELL has good average ratings for its medium monitors as well as across its entire LCD screen range.

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Nice Design

One DELL U3011 owner wrote in their reviews that the product had a good case.

One person wrote in their reviews that the DELL U3011 was a good design. Chilli wrote in their DELL U3011 review on Amazon five years ago “Anyhow - it's not a problem for coding and design work since your eye adjusts to whatever colours your looking at”.

One person said in their reviews that the DELL U3011 was neat.

One person wrote in their reviews that the DELL U3011 was good looking. Expert website Pcworld.co.nz mentioned “I’m pretty happy with my various computing devices, especially those of the desktop variety” in their review and gave it a score of 5 stars.

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Good Size

A few people who reviewed it said that it was good physically. Andrew wrote on Amazon “It certainly is physically impressive” in his DELL U3011 review.

A number of DELL U3011 reviewers who reviewed the product considered that it was a good height. Steve360 mentioned “Another thing important to think about with a monitor this size is the height which is easily adjustable on the very solid stand, you can also tilt” and rated the product 5 stars. Maximumpc.com mentioned in their review “Is height adjustable.” and scored the product 5 stars.

One DELL U3011 reviewer said that it was thin. Andrew mentioned on Amazon five years ago “The monitor casing is quite slim” in his review of this PC monitor.

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Good Technical Features

A number of customers who purchased this PC monitor said that it had good features. Expert review site Pcmag.com wrote “The Dell UltraSharp U3011 is a top shelf 30-inch monitor offering loads of neat features, very good overall performance” in their review of this PC monitor and rated it 80 out of 100. Expert review site Xbitlabs.com mentioned in their DELL U3011 review “It features excellent functionality”. Anandtech.com mentioned “Entries here have the most input options, features, best panels”.

Good Picture Quality

Some customers agreed that it had good colour saturation. Anders Rask said on Amazon four years ago “The 2407WFP produces perfect colours and have perfect colour uniformity.I am split whether to return this for a new unit, keep it” in their DELL U3011 review. Joel Santos gave the product a score of 5 stars and he said “It's bright, well finished and the colours are great”. Mybadluck said in their review of this PC monitor on Amazon “First of all let me explain that the Dell looks fantastic, very crisp, great colours and the screen just performs excellently” but in spite of that they gave it a rating of 3 stars.

One DELL U3011 owner wrote in their reviews that the product had good picture quality.

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Good Connectivity

One DELL U3011 owner mentioned that it was good in terms of connectivity. Anders Rask wrote in their review on Amazon “It also has all the connectivity options and I'm using the Display Port” but even so they gave the product a score of 40 out of 100.

One person said in their reviews that the DELL U3011 was good in terms of USB connections. Three years ago Lilija mentioned on Amazon “Plenty of ways to connect, extra usb ports are handy” in their review of this PC monitor and scored the DELL U3011 4 stars.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that it was noisy. Mybadluck said “Its loud enough so that even sitting back at your desk” in their DELL U3011 review. Mybadluck also wrote “Its just loud enough to get to you”.

Reasonably Priced

Six customers concluded that it was good value for money. Two years ago Adam gave the product a very good review and he wrote on Amazon “Great value”. Anders Rask wrote on Amazon “And it is at the time of writing the best priced monitor in this class” but despite that they rated it 40 out of 100. Andrew mentioned on Amazon five years ago “For a four figure sum on what is priced to be a top-end monitor I don't expect such defects”.

One DELL U3011 reviewer who reviewed the product thought it was a bargain for the price. Mybadluck said on Amazon “Exactly the same deal” in their review of the DELL U3011 but even so they gave the product a score of 60 out of 100.

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Five USB Type-A Downstream Ports

The DELL U3011 is a five USB Type-A downstream port PC screen.

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Has an Integrated Card Reader

Unlike most of the other medium monitors that are a similar age to the U3011 which do not have an integrated card reader, the DELL U3011 has an integrated card reader.

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2560 X 1600 Pixels Display Resolution

The most display resolution of the DELL U3011 is 2560 x 1600 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than the most frequently found display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This PC display's display resolution (2560 x 1600 pixels) is actually the best display resolution amongst all similar spec LCD screens that came out around the same time as the U3011.

A 1366 x 768 pixels display resolution is the worst display resolution across similar types of PC display.

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Fairly Wide Vertical Viewing Angle

At 178 degrees, the DELL U3011 has a quite wide vertical viewing angle compared to most of the other PC displays of a similar spec and age to the U3011. The narrowest vertical viewing angle of medium monitors that were launched around the same time as the U3011 is 50° and the widest is 180°.

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Two DVI-D Ports

Most LCD screens of this spec and age have between 1 and 10 DVI-D ports, including the DELL U3011 which has two DVI-D ports.

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Five USB 2.0 Ports

The DELL U3011 is a five USB 2.0 port PC screen. Most of the other flatpanel monitors of this age and spec have between one and five USB 2.0 ports.

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Two HDMI Ports

The DELL U3011 is a two HDMI port LCD screen. Most of the other LCD screens that were released around the same time as the U3011 have between one and three HDMI ports.

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Fairly Many Display Colour Count

At 1,070 million, the DELL U3011 has a quite many display colour count compared to most of the other LCD screens of a comparable age and type to the U3011. The average display colour count of flatpanel monitors of this type and age is 100M, and the display colour counts range from 0.21M to 1,100M.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

Across all the comparable spec PC screens that were released around the same time as the U3011 the display brightness range from 30 cd/m² to 1,700 cd/m², and the average display brightness is 280 cd/m². With a display brightness of 370 candellas per square meter, the DELL U3011 has a fairly bright display brightness compared to most of the other PC displays that were launched around the same time as the U3011.

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Quite Big Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of LCD screens that were launched around the same time as the U3011 is 28cm, the biggest is 770cm, and the average display diagonal is 65cm. The DELL U3011 has one of the bigger screen sizes (75.6 centimeters) amongst PC screens of this age.

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2560 X 1600 (WQXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution of the DELL U3011 is 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA). That's 98% more resolution than a 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) PC screen, which is the most frequently found resolution. 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) is also found on this flatpanel monitor. Across all comparable spec LCD screens that have been on the market for more than two years the best resolution is 3840 x 2160 and the worst is 640 x 350.

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1080p Video Mode

This LCD screen has a 1080p video mode, which is typical of many medium monitors that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Has One Cable Included

The number of cables included found on the DELL U3011 is more than most flatpanel monitors of this type and age. This PC display has an AC cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on similar spec PC screens that have been available for a comparable time to the U3011.

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9 Reasons Against

Expensive

After checking the price of 534 medium monitors that have been around for more than two years they range in price from £51 to £5,421. We think that this PC screen looks expensive compared to other medium monitors that have been around for more than two years.

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

The DELL U3011 does not have a built-in speaker, although it is worth noting that most of the other PC screens that have been around for around the same time as the U3011 also do not have a built-in speaker.

We compared this LCD screen to all the other PC displays with a built-in speaker and we think the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display[plb_1794077_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other LCD screens of this spec and age, the DELL U3011 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

Most PC screens of a comparable spec and age to the U3011 do not have a built-in camera. The DELL U3011 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in camera.

We think you might also be interested in alternative PC screens which also have a built-in camera including the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display[plb_1794077_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only HD HD Type

This flatpanel monitor has a Full HD HD type, which is typical of many LCD screens of this spec and age.

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Running Costs Are High

Based on typical usage levels and energy prices we estimate that the 5 year running cost of the U3011 is £189, which is in the most expensive 3% of all 998 similar spec PC displays that have been available for more than two years.

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Quite Slow Response Time

At 7 milliseconds, the DELL U3011 has a fairly slow response time compared to most of the other LCD screens that are a similar age to the U3011. Across all the similar spec PC screens that are a comparable age to the U3011 the response times range from 1ms to 40ms.

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Heavy

With a weight of 9.3 kilograms, the DELL U3011 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other medium monitors that are a comparable age to the U3011. The lightest PC screen of this spec and age is 3g weight, the heaviest is 39kg, and the average weight is 4.9kg.

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Very High Maximum Power Consumption

With a maximum power consumption of 250 Watts, the DELL U3011 has a very high maximum power consumption compared to most of the other PC monitors of this age and type. The lowest maximum power consumption of medium monitors that have been around for around the same time as the U3011 is 5.4W and the highest is 250W.

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2 Other reasons to consider the DELL U3011

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this PC display was released.

LCD Display Type

The DELL U3011 has an LCD display type which is better than most PC monitors of a similar type and age to it. Most similar spec PC monitors that are a comparable age to it have an LED display type.

There are a number of other PC displays that have an LCD Display currently available which you might also want to consider including the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display[plb_1794077_price] which has better reviews.

Flatpanel monitors with a better display type that might also be worth considering include the ColorEdge CX271[pl_2285799_price] (LED), or the FlexScan EV3237[pl_2503378_price] (LED) both from Eizo.

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Specification

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HD Type
HDCP
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Vertical Viewing Angle
Horizontal Viewing Angle
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Display Diagonal
Display Technology
Display Brightness
Response Time
Native Aspect Ratio
Supported Number of Colours Display
Ports & Interfaces
Audio Output Port
Audio Input Port
DisplayPort
HDMI Port
DVI-D Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
USB Type-A Downstream Port
USB Hub Version
AC Power in Port
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Camera
Integrated TV Tuner
Design
Case Colour
Performance
Integrated Card Reader
Thin Client
Thin Client Installed
Networking
Ergonomics
Adjustable Height
Tilt Adjustment
Swivelling Base
Cable Lock Slot
VESA Mounting
Stand-By LED
Power LED
Power
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Standby Power Consumption
Maximum Power Consumption
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Camera
Technical Details
Certificates
Energy Star Certificate
EPEAT Compliance
Weight & Dimensions
Package Weight
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Width With Stand
Weight
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Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
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7 Awards

Zdnet.com.au Editor's Choice CNET.com.au Editor's Choice kitguru.net Must Have CNET.com Editor's Choice hothardware.com Recommended zdnet.co.uk Editor's Choice PC Mag Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(26)
28 July 2012

That's 'better' as in more pleasant to use, with sharper text, less eye strain and a larger desktop for arranging your files on. And, because only demanding professionals are usually prepared to... Read more…

IPS panels are beginning to come down in price and grow in popularity (the two are related), and even though Dell's U3011 is older than some, it's one of the best performing monitors we've played...

Hothardware.com

10 January 2012

Dell?s 30-inch U3011 features an anti-glare hard coat to reduce reflections, and the 2560x1600 display tilts, swivels, and is height adjustable, but it can?t pivot into portrait mode. The monitor... Read more…

30 May 2011

The last monitor in this review is the 30-inch U3011 with a native resolution of 2560x1600 pixels (an aspect ratio of 16:10). Besides the large size, it features excellent functionality. A couple...

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User Reviews

(18)
Reviewed 29 December 2014 by DIVYA
(Verified Purchase)

Lovely monitor no faults and works great.

Reviewed 20 December 2014 by Adam
(Verified Purchase)

I have had this a good couple of years now and i forget how much i like it. it just works and the pictures are superb. i'm not a gamer, so can't really talk about any high speed shenanigans.

Reviewed 6 February 2014 by A Williams, Mr
(Verified Purchase)

I have a top of the range desk to system with dual graphics cards and I wanted a monitor to take advantage if the specification. This Dell unit has exceeded expectations with incredible detail and... Read more…

Reviewed 31 October 2013 by Lilija

This is the best monitor I've ever had. Amazing resolution. Great colors. I'm using it for games mainly and some online poker I play occasionally. Very impressive viewing angles too. Plenty of... Read more…

Reviewed 23 September 2013 by Mike Rodent

I'm not a professional graphic computer artist or anything so I can't comment on the colour accuracy, etc. The thing looks great running Windows 7, for example. Once you've moved to 2560 res and... Read more…

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £176.26
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Running this PC monitor over 5 years will generate 0.94 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 24 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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