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I have read this and this review and like everything about this monitor except for a few small things. They include:

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The screen features hardware level aspect ratio control available via the OSD menu. However there are only options for 'fill' or '4:3' which is a little strange. You would have hoped for an option to maintain the original source aspect ratio and perhaps a 1:1 pixel mapping mode as well.
If "Fill" is pretty much the same thing as auto, then that won't be a problem for me.

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Luminance uniformity was fairly poor, but results may of course vary. This does look to be a possible weakness of this 23" e-IPS panel
I'm not sure what this would look like in person. It's possible that they just got a not so good monitor. Anyone with this monitor notice this?

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Fairly decent interface options available with 1x DVI (you can use HDMI > DVI if need be for digital video connection) and 1x D-sub. Also good to see DisplayPort available
My GTX 570 doesn't have display port, so that uses the DVI. And i need to be able to plug in an HDMI device, so would something like or work without quality loss? Ill probably plug in a PS3.

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23" screen size makes it a reasonable option for an all-in-one multimedia screen, although larger screens are becoming more common place now and LCD TV sizes continue to grow
If you have used both 24" and 23" monitor, could you tell me if there is much a a size difference? I might miss the extra screen space i have now.

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Viewing angles - only a minor separation here really, but there was a slightly more pronounced contrast shift vertically on the U2311H, ZR24W and EA231WMi than on the other two. A change relating to e-IPS vs. H-IPS here.
Can someone with this monitor tell me about their experience with the vertical contrast shift?

And the most important question, where can i get one for under $300 and no dead/stuck pixels? looks like a decent price, but no dead/stuck pixel policy as far as i know. I would prefer $280 after shipping though. I will likely buy the U2311H from the Dell site when it's on sale for $250. And should i wait for the Dell UltraSharp replacements? I won't buy it without a review though, so i i don't know how long i would have to wait.

After reading some other threads, it seems that you can get this monitor for $250 or less on a sale. So i might wait it out.
Edited by nawon72 - 6/5/11 at 2:28am
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Not quite on topic, but after seing the thread title I remembered somebody else posted a review of this monitor, hope it helps.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mon...s-roundup.html
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Not quite on topic, but after seing the thread title I remembered somebody else posted a review of this monitor, hope it helps.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mon...s-roundup.html
That link answered two of my questions. The luminance uniformity is not noticeable in normal applications. And all e-IPS have problems with vertical contrast shift ie. they darken or brighten when viewed from above or below.

I don't think i will miss the extra 1'' either, especially since i get better color reproduction.
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Dell.com has it on sale for $270. It's not the best deal, so im wondering if i should wait for another. Anyone know how often it's on sale? And i live in Canada, so it may be too much of a pain.
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Dell.com has it on sale for $270. It's not the best deal, so im wondering if i should wait for another. Anyone know how often it's on sale? And i live in Canada, so it may be too much of a pain.
It was on sale recently-ish at $250 shipped.

I got one used for two months at $235 Shipped.

If anything, Dell's releasing an LED version soonish [Q3 iirc], so prices will still fall. I'd wait for a $250 price point.
    
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It was on sale recently-ish at $250 shipped.

I got one used for two months at $235 Shipped.

If anything, Dell's releasing an LED version soonish [Q3 iirc], so prices will still fall. I'd wait for a $250 price point.
Does anyone know, or have an idea of the prices on the new UltraSharps? My budget is $350 shipped and tax.

Edit: After seeing the u2211h for $225 when its not even on sale, ive decided waiting will be a very good idea.
Edited by nawon72 - 6/2/11 at 6:17pm
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I think Fill is the same as auto. Mine is always set to that and the aspect ratio is always fine. My friend has 16:10 monitor and whenever he fires up a game he has to wait like 10 seconds for the fill/auto setting to set the aspect ratio. This monitor doesnt do that though, which is why I like 16:9 monitors.

Luminance Uniformity. Yeah I dont notice that at all. But my monitor, unlike the one the reviewer on that site had, has some blacklight bleeding. Its not a big deal to me since I only see it when the screen as completely black, and then theres nothing to see on the screen anyway

I dont know about HDMI adapters, never have used anything but the DVI port on mine. Also dont know how big the difference feels between 23" and 24", this is the biggest monitor ive ever used.

As for viewing angles, you really have to view from an extreme angle to see changes.

For gaming and such this monitor is great. For watching movies its allright. But I believe no 60 Hz monitors are optimal for watching movies / TV shows because they are shot at 24 FPS or something. Anyway, this is the best thing I ever bought for my PC and I am seriously considering getting two more.
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Here's a picture I took of the screen while it was all black, in a totally black room:



The bright area in the top right was noticeable while watching movies with black bars, but only in a pitch black room, and only for the first few days of having it.

The reason I bought one (£199.99) was that my old 16:10 24" was broken, and the first thing I noticed when I got it, was how much smaller 23" 16:9 is than 24" 16:10. It looked like 2 inches from the bottom were gone, and almost an inch off horizontally!

I ended up repairing my old screen (something the warranty people couldn't do over 8 weeks!?[note: Digimate customer service sucks]) and had it side by side with the U2311, and after a little bit of calibration, the color was ALMOST as good. What I mean is, if you have a decent PVA panel already, you probably wont notice a color difference going to e-IPS. Also, the viewing angles on my old screen are a true 180/180, and there's no color/brightness shifting like on the U2311.

As for using your PS3 with it, you can't get a passive HDMI (source) to DP adapter (but you can the other way around). You would need to use HDMI to DVI adapter, but then you loose the audio information (not that this has speakers anyway, and the optional speaker bar has a separate audio input). This means you need to buy a HDMI audio splitter for around £60, and then use some separate speakers if you really wanted to use the screen for that (unless you can get audio out of the ps3 another way).

All that being said, I got used to 16:9 very quickly, and found that I preferred it for games (you get a wider viewing angle which is better than seeing more sky/ground) and movies after switching back to my 16:10 one (but 3:4 videos e.g. anime series and web browsing/word docs etc are better on 16:10).

The stand is also great, spinning it into portrait and seeing twice as many emails in my gmail inbox is pretty amazing.

Anyway, I RMA'ed mine cos i needed the money, but if this screen breaks permanently, I'll buy the U2311 again.
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Thank you DTK and Bastyn99 for telling me about your experience with this monitor, and answering my questions. Definite +rep for both of you.

As for getting sound out of my PS3, i have a PS3 compatible headset. And im still not sure how to plug my PS3 in at the same time as my PC.
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The stand is also great, spinning it into portrait and seeing twice as many emails in my gmail inbox is pretty amazing.
Would it be a good idea to switch to portrait mode while web browsing, using Excel, or Word?
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Would it be a good idea to switch to portrait mode while web browsing, using Excel, or Word?
Its a nice feature. I do it sometimes, since I dont like having wide-screen mode enabled on OCN for instance, and its pretty neat to have the page fit perfectly to your screen size and be able to see a lot more of it. When you do it you can really see just how wide the screen is. And playing BC2 in portrait mode is pretty funny
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