The Good The Dell UltraSharp U2711 has a super high-resolution screen that shows images in a fidelity we've not seen on a 27-inch display before. Also, the monitor exhibits deep blacks while watching movies, vibrant color in games, has a robust onscreen display, and has a plethora of connection options.
The Bad The Dell UltraSharp U2711 is missing the pivot option that the U2410 had. Also, buyers may find its price prohibitive.
The Bottom Line The Dell UltraSharp U2711 is a feature-rich monitor with incredible performance that earns its high price.
Dell UltraSharp U2711
Dell's UltraSharp U2711 is one of the best performing monitors we've seen; but at $1,049, its price will be prohibitive to some buyers. However, the U2711 earns its high price with incredible performance, a plethora of connection options, and the monitor's piece de resistance, its 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution. Dell also fixes the static dithering issue that plagued the U2410's release. This is the monitor to buy if you have the money. Honestly, even if you don't have the budget, you should probably start pinching pennies because it is that good.
Design and features
The 27-inch Dell UltraSharp U2711 looks a lot like a larger version of the U2410 that Dell released a few weeks back--in fact, it's larger by 3 inches, at least for the screen. Like the U2410, the U2711 has a matte black chassis with a gray highlight running through the middle of the panel. The panel is 1.75 inches deep; however, the back of the display--which houses the backlight, connection options, and ventilation system--extends another 1.5 inches, bringing the full monitor depth to about 3.4 inches. The panel width measures 25.4 inches long and the surface of the screen itself is a slightly frosted and smooth matte. The bezel measures 0.8 inch long on all sides.
Its rectangular foot stand measures about 12.5 inches wide by 7.8 inches deep. When knocked from the sides, the U2711 wobbled more than the U2410 did. On the U2410, wobble was nearly nonexistent. With the screen height at its lowest, the distance from the bottom of the bezel to the desktop is 1.7 inches, and at its highest it's 5.1 inches. The panel swivels about 70 degrees left and right and tilts back about 25 degrees. The panel can be unscrewed from the stand and mounted (VESA-style) on the wall. Unfortunately, there is no portrait mode, unlike with the U2410.