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Would a u2711 be a worthy investment?

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I was browsing through some hardware stores today and dells u-series is on sale, the 27" is -38% (~$800) and I really feel like I want a good monitor that I'm 100% pleased with, I have a 3x 24" lcd setup right now but I'm not quite pleased with it, first of all I can't find myself needing more than 2 monitors at most, and with the extra work space I probably won't be using more than the single 27" alone.

money is tight but not a problem - I'm 19 and I have no job, however I see myself having this monitor for many many years, but that won't happen unless I'm fully satisfied with it. What I mainly do is browsing the net and playing a few games every now and then, but I've read some about the anti glare coating in a recent thread here, will that be a huge impact on me as I mainly read stuff for most of the time?
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[*]Anti-glare coating. I would still prefer this as opposed to a mirror coating like the Apple displays have, but I don't know why Dell couldn't just use a standard matte coating. I am hoping I adjust to it in time. I don't notice it at all in games, but browsing or word editing it almost looks my screen is dusty.

Right now I'm using a Eizo FlexScan S2431W, which was about $1100 when it was bought new (it's my stepdads monitor, I'm just testing it right now) and everything about it is amazing, which made me believe the u2711 was about the same quality if not even better - if it is equal or better quality I'm sold, I'm tired with standard lcd monitors and the annoyances they bring!

Sorry for yet another u2X11 thread!
post #2 of 11
I think the AG coating is only annoying when reading with a white background. When I was playing games I didn't notice the AG at all. The big factor varies between each person. I couldn't stand the AG coating and returned it in favor for the Apple Cinema Display which is much better IMO.

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What I mainly do is browsing the net and playing a few games
To be honest, I think the high end IPS market isn't for you. You might think it was a waste of money especially since the U2711 doesn't have good input lag. Whatever you do, research more into what you're looking for before dropping a lot of money into a monitor
post #3 of 11
Its a lovely screen and awesome to play and watch movies on.

Only annoyance is the AG coating when there is a light colored background and said above
post #4 of 11
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This whole AG coating seems quite 'bad' when thinking of what I do. If I get annoyed browsing forums and such (which are very often with white background), I believe it's not the monitor for me. The only thing I can say is that I'm so impressed by the quality of the monitor I'm using now (the eizo), which just kind of increased my "do want" factor for the infamous u27's. What I mainly hate about LCDs is just how inaccurate color is - for example when I tilt my chair back a bit, white slightly turns yellow/orange-ish (I'm using F.Lux so it obviously makes it more noticable, but yeah).

My way of thinking when buying computer parts is comparing the amount of time I spend staring at my monitor and why I shouldn't be pleased with what I'm seeing/doing as opposed to price.

Using an IPS really felt like a far better experience overall anyway.
Edited by ph10m - 7/22/11 at 2:22pm
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This whole AG coating seems quite 'bad' when thinking of what I do. If I get annoyed browsing forums and such (which are very often with white background), I believe it's not the monitor for me. The only thing I can say is that I'm so impressed by the quality of the monitor I'm using now (the eizo), which just kind of increased my "do want" factor for the infamous u27's. What I mainly hate about LCDs is just how inaccurate color is - for example when I tilt my chair back a bit, white slightly turns yellow/orange-ish (I'm using F.Lux so it obviously makes it more noticable, but yeah).

My way of thinking when buying computer parts is comparing the amount of time I spend staring at my monitor and why I shouldn't be pleased with what I'm seeing/doing as opposed to price.

Using an IPS really felt like a far better experience overall anyway.
Hey there, thanks for reading my review!

The AG coating is not the greatest, but a lot of reviews I have read said they hate it the first day, dont mind it by the second week, and love it by the second month, as there is never any glare or reflection and they don't notice it any more.

If you want to hold off on buying it, I can let you know how annoying it is in a week and whether I still notice it; or if I have gotten used to it like oh so many other reviewers.
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post #6 of 11
The other option for you could be the Hazro since you live in Europe and they have a much light AG coating. Another option could be the Apple Cinema Display 27 but it's glossy so it doesn't really work well in very lighted areas.

One thing to remember is that the Dell comes with a great warranty. I'm not sure if The Europe support is as great as North America but over here, I had a great experience with them

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The AG coating is not the greatest, but a lot of reviews I have read said they hate it the first day, dont mind it by the second week, and love it by the second month, as there is never any glare or reflection and they don't notice it any more.
I hated it the first day, hated it the second week and then returned it
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I hated it the first day, hated it the second week and then returned it
I hope that doesn't happen with me, but like you said, I can always return it.
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I love my U2211, I would buy a 2711 in a heartbeat. The AG is not as bad as it is beeing made to be, right now on the white OCN post background, I can't see it unless I focus on it. Plus the customer support on the Ultrasharps are amazing.
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post #9 of 11
The AG coating isn't terribly bad. It does seem a bit sparkly/dusty when displaying white, but you can't have everything.

If you really think you'll be bothered by it, look at the Apple Cinema Display instead. Last I checked, it uses the same display, but a glass pane instead of any AG coating. I chose the U3011 because of its inputs and OSD.

Look around Google for U2711 and U3011 reviews, and go from there.
    
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post #10 of 11
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I've taken some pics to compare, for everyday use (as in looking straight at the screen) my old one works just fine, but if I want to sit a bit laid back for example in my chair, watching a movie or anything like that, the IPS will simply be far better, as colors will be tweaked when viewing from a different angle.

The angled pics in here are obviously not how you would look at the screen, but it's just to show how much better the monitor I'm using now really is.



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