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I would contact Dell. They give discount pricing on large orders to schools. I'm sure they would work with you on 20 U2211s. We use nothing but Dell Ultrasharps at my school. I think they are some of the best monitors I've seen, and very solid and stable.
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I would contact Dell. They give discount pricing on large orders to schools. I'm sure they would work with you on 20 U2211s. We use nothing but Dell Ultrasharps at my school. I think they are some of the best monitors I've seen, and very solid and stable.
Agreed. Was just about to post this exact suggestion. Call Dell, talk to a sales rep, and see what kind of deal they can get you. Don't be afraid to haggle.
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Agreed. Was just about to post this exact suggestion. Call Dell, talk to a sales rep, and see what kind of deal they can get you. Don't be afraid to haggle.
The price quoted is for the public sector, I would almost guarantee they would be willing to go out of their way to hook you up with 20 monitors since thats a pretty fair order size for a discount.
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post #14 of 18
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Thanks for the suggestions. Looking at the current prices of the U2211H and the U2311H, what kind of a deal do you think Dell would give for the monitors?

Continuing to look at the E2311H's, I'm sure I could get an even better deal on those, or I could try the U2211H's. Do you think it's worth it to try for the U2311H's, or would the U22's be enough?

I guess I'm just so torn because of how long these will have to last and I need to save as much as possible at the same time. I'll try contacting Dell sometime today and seeing what kind of deal they can get me on any of the three regardless. Maybe from there I'll be able to narrow it down to at most two monitors.

Edit: Just checked with another person in charge of the budget. The U2311H's are definitely too much, even if we got a discount. The U2211H's will have to be looked into, but as far as I can tell right now, the E2311H's are going to be the prime target.
Edited by Detroitsoldier - 3/11/11 at 5:33am
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Dell's Ultrasharp monitors last a long time. They cost more because they are IPS, and generally built better. My parents still have an ultrasharp they bought something like 5 years ago. It still looks great. I don't know much about the E line of monitors, but I imagine they are good.
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post #16 of 18
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Edit: Just checked with another person in charge of the budget. The U2311H's are definitely too much, even if we got a discount. The U2211H's will have to be looked into, but as far as I can tell right now, the E2311H's are going to be the prime target.
This is when you've got to look at things from a more practical standpoint: Are IPS screens going to provide any tangible benefit, other than simply looking better?

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Dell's Ultrasharp monitors last a long time. They cost more because they are IPS, and generally built better. My parents still have an ultrasharp they bought something like 5 years ago. It still looks great. I don't know much about the E line of monitors, but I imagine they are good.
Their E series monitors are pretty good too. They're not going to win any awards for their image quality, but they've got plenty going for them considering their price. They have matte screens, are solidly built, and backlight bleed is kept under control as far as I've seen. For general purpose monitors on a budget, I think they're great.

And what I personally like is that they make great secondary monitors to a U3011 because they're cheap and their bezels match
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And what I personally like is that they make great secondary monitors to a U3011 because they're cheap and their bezels match
If I had the $ I would totally do that =)...

which actually makes me wonder can you do a Eyefinity/surround in a environment with 1 Landscape and 2 portraits? or Vise Versa because that would actually be pretty nice balance and not too wide and nearly perfect.

But to OP, I'm glad your seeing reason with the U2211's, or 23's I think 22 is all you need considering I believe they are currently on sale, given they are the same resolution your not going to miss 1" for 50$ per extra trust me.

If you ever had the chance to handle some monitors and you were given the choice I guarantee the Ultra-sharps would impress you far more then any of the budget monitors.

I mean though the difference in Size and price, given same resolutions I don't think 23" is that big of a difference vs a 22" nearly identical sizes you won't notice any difference.
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This is when you've got to look at things from a more practical standpoint: Are IPS screens going to provide any tangible benefit, other than simply looking better?
Here inlies the argument I'm having with myself:

In short, no, there will be absolutely no benefit of having Ultrasharps vs. any other monitor. These monitors are going to be used in an Automotive department's classroom and are paired with a terrible Athlon X2 64; no games to be played, no images to be rendered, no specific color correction needed. Probably primarily used for trainers/internet/flash games.

The other side of the argument is that I figure if I'm going to upgrade these monitors, I might as well get the best (somewhat) I can while I can seeing as I won't get this chance again.

So is it worth it to me to get the Ultrasharps? I think I've answered my own question. As wonderful as they may be, I think I will have to pass on them this time.

Thank you to all of you that helped and contributed, it is greatly appreciated. +rep to all and thanks again.
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