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Here is my Dell U2711. Best $700 purchase ever.
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That looks damn good! Can't wait to order mine! eek.gif
    
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As promised here are some pics of my setup. Im still deciding LLP or PLL orientation.

Very impressed with the monitor but have some gripes. Its very grainy as people have noted. Movies and plain light coloured areas look partiularly grainy. Also, and im not sure if im describing this correctly but its got a load of backlight bleed. Plain black, like when you booting up or on the windows boot up screen its not pure black, you can see the whole screen has bleeding. Even more than the 2407WFP. Not a major concern but would have like to have seen less. Maybe I should calibrate the thing first.

Playing Left for dead on this beast is amazing. Love the extra res and colours.

Overall its an impressive monitor and for the for £460 (Just over $700) its great.

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This isnt my final setup, rooms a mess, and pictures werent that great. When it gets a bit brighter outside I'll try take some pics without the flash.
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Anyone here playing Battlefield 3 at 2560x1440 on the U2711?

Could you please provide if you notice any input lag on your mouse with this monitor without using vsync?

I'm still not sure wether I should go for the Dell U2711 (~30ms input lag) or the HP ZR2740W (~10ms input lag), I want your opinions about this...
    
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The difference between the DELL and HP Monitors is that the DELL has a built-in image scaler while the HP does not I think. That is why HP's input lag is lower. But I think they both have the same AG coating applied so no difference there, the DELL has many more inputs than the HP.

The HP may be a good idea if the GPU in your PC can scale movies that are 1920x1080 resolution so that they fill the screen with minimal blurring.

But as the DELL already has a built-in scaler your really getting the best of both worlds, res/clarity/colors/inputs galore.


Edit: Masscrazy, is the graininess really that bad?
Edited by jameschisholm - 1/8/12 at 9:49am
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Also, and im not sure if im describing this correctly but its got a load of backlight bleed. Plain black, like when you booting up or on the windows boot up screen its not pure black, you can see the whole screen has bleeding.

You might be describing IPS Glow. If you sit close to your displays it can be quite noticeable.
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Also, and im not sure if im describing this correctly but its got a load of backlight bleed. Plain black, like when you booting up or on the windows boot up screen its not pure black, you can see the whole screen has bleeding.

You might be describing IPS Glow. If you sit close to your displays it can be quite noticeable.

IPS glow is the case if the effect changes drastically when viewing it from different angles. It is not the case if it doesn't.

In any case, you will have IPS glow, it's just that we don't know whether or not it is what you are describing.
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Edit: Masscrazy, is the graininess really that bad?

BEFORE I BEGIN - so to show how much grain there is i thought I'd try to replicate the amount of grain by screenshoting my desktop and adding noise in Photoshop. So as I went to do so, i realised something. My 2407WFP ALSO has grain. Not as much but its bloddy there too. So all these years I used the monitor the grain never got to me or was obvious to me. Its only while I compared it did I find that the U2711 and 2407WFP are very similar, and due to the large resolution (or is it the screen size) the grain is more apparent.
AND, watching the grainest movie I have Meet Joe Black just because the U2711 needs to expand the image more, the grain is more noticeble, otherwise its grainy on both monitors and in general.
So i'll keep what i've written below and add a note in green where I've changed my mind based on the similarities I've just noticed.

Quick review.

On web browsing, does very well, yes again there is grain but nothing which will hinder you from browsing pleasurably.
On movies, its okish. First because of its resolution, but if you have a 1080p/720p movie its better than dvd res, obviously. You do get grain, but sitting way back you cant tell so much. If you're main purpose is to watch movies then forget it. Its good enough but there are better ways to watch movies. I must say though its alot better than my LG LED tv! Actually, if a movie is already grainy you'll get more grain, a movie with no grain you'll get very little grain (just because the image is being stretched).
On games, awesomeness, really, played Burnout paradise, Black ops and NFS shift all look awesome great colours, no screen tear, I dont believe there to be any lag or ghosting (but best to see pro reviews on this bit) as a layman the games look and perform perfect for me. I think this is where the monitor is best (based on having only little time with it and played games only for a short while, but still).
On your eyes, make sure you have decent eye sight, text especially is very small as you'd expect from a very high res, I love it.
On viewing angles, errm yes its ok no worse than the 2407WFP, where you get the worst effect is with plain black screen, viewing head on its fine, from an angle looks to bleed quite a bit.

So basically its very similar to the 2407WFP, but because of the higher res (or screen size) you see more grain than with the 2047, but both do have noticeable grain, and i suspect so does any monitor with AG coating

I dont think any monitor is perfect but Dell in general and this U2711 is damn good. The inputs, height adjustment, oozes quality. Would have been almost perfect with less AG maybe even glass, though would have looked out of place with the other Dell monitors.

Let me know if any of that is unclear.
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To be fair when watching a movie, who sits 1-2ft away? I sit around 4-6ft away if watching on PC. So going by your explanation masscrazy, I see no real reason to notice the AG at that distance, plus if your watching a movie your WATCHING the movie, not looking for AG. Plus as most films are now on Bluray disc, your opinion gives me confidence that the image quality will be superb.

As for games I'm pleased to hear that they look awesome with crisp images and brilliant colours.

I'm guessing 1080P Bluray's will look great on this monitor. Which you could even configure not to up-scale and watch it in 1080p with black lines above/below/sides. Though I am pretty sure it'll be fine from a viewing distance for films.
Edited by jameschisholm - 1/8/12 at 2:54pm
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So basically its very similar to the 2407WFP, but because of the higher res (or screen size) you see more grain than with the 2047, but both do have noticeable grain, and i suspect so does any monitor with AG coating
The AG coating is what causes the grain, so yes, you'd be right. I see it on mine and I hate it; hate it!

That was some good insight/impressions; similar to mine in a way, with one exception. I'm surprised you say it does good in games. I'm not sure if the UltraSharp U2711 is better in response and such then the UltraSharp U2410 that I have, but I've found these monitors not to be that great of gaming monitors. They ghost and blur a bit too much. Coming from my CRT, this is where LCD let me down, but on the plus side, it's not bad enough to be a major hindrance (I still wouldn't say that makes it a strength though, unless you were just speaking of the colors), and I knew it going in but wanted it more than some TN panel. They're alright for gaming in the end, but it's not smooth enough in general response, and some games blur too much, for me to call gaming a strength of this monitor. These were made for professional image work, which is why the colors take precedence over the response, and this is why it has AG coating too. Speaking of AG coating, that was good insight in saying it's worse at higher resolutions. I never considered that, but it makes sense. I thought it was bad enough on mine so I can't imagine what you were having to adjust to!
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I never bothered to post a picture of mine, bought the Dell U2711 a month ago, and I love it!

Here is a picture;

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Hope you guys like it. tongue.gif
    
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