The Dell U2311H is yet another entry into Dell's UltraSharp range, its trademark look and feel of matte black and silver in place. What it is missing from other models though is the silver trim around the edge — the panel is now completely black.
It's a 23-inch, 1920x1080, matte screen that despite using an IPS panel comes in at the low price of AU$349 — a good AU$50 cheaper than its smaller, lower resolution cousin the. It also one ups the 22-inch alternative by including a DisplayPort output.
The aesthetic adheres to what seems to be Dell's universal style now — square and military-like, in black and silver. Thankfully it's something that works, even if it can make the screens hard to tell apart at a glance. Perhaps at Dell it really is size that matters the most.
Dell has definitely settled on a design. (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)
|Response time||8ms G2G|
|Max vertical refresh||60Hz|
|Connections||DVI, DisplayPort, VGA, soundbar power, 4x USB|
|Accessories||DVI, VGA, DisplayPort, USB upstream, power cables|
The U2311H's stand carries on Dell's long tradition of great adjustability. Rack and pinion height adjustment, swivel, tilt and 90° pivot are all featured. Cable management is offered through a hole in the neck, and the panel itself can be detached if need be.
The Dell stand offers some of the best manoeuvrability in its class.
(Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)
Power, soundbar power, DisplayPort, DVI, VGA, USB upstream, 2x USB downstream. (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)
Two more USB ports are on the left-hand side of the monitor. (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)
While the buttons on the U2311H may mimic its bigger cousin the U2711, the buttons are neither touch nor proximity sensitive, the power light glows a permanent blue. There are four unmarked buttons above this — hit any one and a context-sensitive menu appears, allocating functions to each button where appropriate. Dell's button and menu system are still class leading, and can be used equally as easily in light as in dark.
The unmarked buttons are context sensitive, and physically actuated. (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)
It's been around for a little while now, but Dell's OSD is still one of the best on the market. (Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)
The menu is everything we've come to expect of Dell, although being an entry-level priced monitor, options are limited on the U2311H. The standards are of course here — brightness, contrast, sharpness, RGB/YPbPr colour, a selection between PC or Mac gamma, a mode selection of Graphics or Video and 4:3 or "Fill" image scaling. Just like the 2209WA, you won't find a 1:1 scaling option here, something we're sorely disappointed with.
There is the usual slew of presets too, including "Standard", "Multimedia", "Game", "Warm", "Cool" and "Custom (RGB)" under the Graphics mode, and "Movie", "Game", "Sports" and "Nature" under the Video mode. Video mode also opens up Hue and Saturation settings, but as usual we recommend you leave the presets alone, set it to "Custom (RGB)" and calibrate from there.
|Contrast||Sharpness||Gamma||Black level||White saturation||Gradient|
|Pass||Too sharp. Set at 40 was the best result.||Pass||Pass||Pass||Obvious transition from light to dark.|