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Purchased used Dell U3014 and don't like it as much as my old Dell 3008WFP

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I thought I found a great buy on ebay, when I snagged two U3014's for about $800.00 After getting one out of the box and hooking it up next to my Dell 3008WFP, I am not really happy with what I am seeing. The color temperature of the two monitors are not the same. I have gone through the settings and tried to even then up, but it seems like the back lighting technology of the newer monitor is a much bluer color than the older one.

I have not hooked the second monitor up yet, nor have I been able to color calibrate them as I don't own the $250 calibrator. I may rent one, but I am just surprised by how different they are. Not only is the color different, but the older monitor has much blacker blacks. When I shift from side to side, I can see a larger shift in monitor glare, not from room glare, but back lit glare.

I really stepped up to buy the 3014 because it had USB 3.0 running through the monitor, and I could go from my computer to the monitor and keep usb 3.0. However, looking back, I think I would have been better with just buying one 3008wft. So I was going to sell what I had, and upgrade to two 3014's. One is hooked up to another comptuer on the same table that is my wifes and for home schooling our kids. However if I need it, I can just change the input and have two 30' monitors for editing or whatever I need.

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The two bothering things are blacks are not as black on the newer monitor.
There is more back-lit glare that you see when you shift from side to side... or even if you don't shift from side to side you can see the back lighting is not even across the screen.

I really thought about going 4k, but decided that native text scaling would be to small for me personally. I would have to upgrade my video cards, then I would also need two 4k monitors so I could share the screen space across two of them. So I just decided 4k needs more competition ect.... and I would stick with proven hardware. While I did get a good deal, I am very let down.
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Change to game mode.
Change gamma to Mac.
Decrease brightness to 12.
Change your graphics panel to display 10bit and full rgb.
You will love the near zero processing lag for fast gameplay.
Great colors but a little heavy on IPS glow.
    
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Change to game mode.
Change gamma to Mac.
Decrease brightness to 12.
Change your graphics panel to display 10bit and full rgb.
You will love the near zero processing lag for fast gameplay.
Great colors but a little heavy on IPS glow.

10 bit is irrelevant unless you have a 10 bit video card which he doesn't, and are using 10 bit enabled programs like photoshop ect.

It would be very hard to match an 8 year old ccfl monitor with a new GB-LED monitor without a proper calibration, and even then it is unlikely for them to match perfectly.
The U3014 isn't a consumer web surfing monitor, it is aimed for graphics designers. So it may be overkill for how you are using it. It basically has nothing in common with the 3008 whatsoever except for size.
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The Game mode has lower input lag, but locks the colour controls and uses the monitors native wide gamut which results in vast colour over-saturation and inaccuracy. The only way to get semi-proper colours out of both monitors is to use the sRGB mode which also locks the control controls (and is inferior compared to sub 200$ 1080p IPS) or know how to use the colour management.

The best course of action is to sell them to another size-over-quality buyer and replace them with two of the many vastly superior 27" 1440p monitors available for around 400$. Dell 30" have always been trash, but most consumers mistake the wide gamut colour over-saturation for "quality," and reviewers give them a free pass even though they are irrationally designed, filled with useless and awful colour presets and lack critical features like an sRGB mode with unlocked colour controls and a game mode with sRGB emulation.
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The Game mode has lower input lag, but locks the colour controls and uses the monitors native wide gamut which results in vast colour over-saturation and inaccuracy. The only way to get semi-proper colours out of both monitors is to use the sRGB mode which also locks the control controls (and is inferior compared to sub 200$ 1080p IPS) or know how to use the colour management.

The best course of action is to sell them to another size-over-quality buyer and replace them with two of the many vastly superior 27" 1440p monitors available for around 400$. Dell 30" have always been trash, but most consumers mistake the wide gamut colour over-saturation for "quality," and reviewers give them a free pass even though they are irrationally designed, filled with useless and awful colour presets and lack critical features like an sRGB mode with unlocked colour controls and a game mode with sRGB emulation.

Well for some clarity. It's not that those monitors are "better" than the U3014. It's that the U3014 is made for professional graphics, and it is "better" than all those monitors and then some for it's intended purpose.
I'm kind of surprised/confused you would say that, honestly. I enjoy your reviews for a few years now, In fact Thanks for them. But what you said there is bizarre and totally ignorant. I think you must be confused about the monitor being talked about. We can't compare an average wLed ips made for watching Youtube web browsing and casual gaming to a GB-Led high precision hardware calibrate able 14 bit Lut graphics panel with uniformity correction. rolleyes.gif It's in another league all together. But yes for an average user it's overkill/not recommended.

Though OP. The price you picked these up for is nuts. Probably can make a few bucks selling them. $500 a piece is still a steal for them.
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I use the 3014U with the above settings. It is pretty good surfing youtube and playing games.
Low input lag, mouse responses are really sharp.
Colors are saturated. Not negatively inaccurate that pierce my eyes. Just really nice colors with no banding
No black crushes.
Above IPS average black levels.
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There is rather bad IPS glow though.. redface.gif
    
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Also, if you poke around OCN or other forums/the web, you might find some profiles which are more to your liking than the default. I was in a similar situation with my Crossover 30q pro 5 but got it looking good with some profiles from OCN.
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