REVIEW: Dell U2711 Part 20
With the U2711, DELL has once more brought a very solid monitor to the market. The high-resolution H-IPS panel and convincing colour space coverage are the first big bonus points for the model. The careful factory calibration, especially with regard to the two colour space limiting image modes (sRGB and AdobeRGB), certainly speaks in favour of the model.
Unpleasant dithering effects, as still demonstrated by the smaller DELL U2410 in its first revision in these image modes, do not arise here. The illumination and image homogeneity are more than just satisfactory for a monitor that is not necessarily directed at professional users. The black value is also at a low level and the range of regulation for the backlight is pleasantly wide.
Negative points arise when it comes to the multimedia features of the model, of all things. Judder-free display is not possible apart from 60 Hz and the dynamic contrast regulation in fact developed an undesirable dynamic behaviour. Although this can be avoided with the right playback, this does not of course give the impression of sophistication. The somewhat too aggressive implementation of the overdrive solution, which cannot be deactivated or adjusted, is also unpleasant.
On the premise that it is a computer LCD, the DELL U2711 manages scaling and deinterlacing well.
Our realistic wish list for the almost perfect U2711 thus includes general deactivation of the dynamic contrast regulation, which only improves the paper form, a switch for the overdrive function and the consolidation of the "Graphics" and "Video" image modes, whereby here, more can certainly be less. In addition, a "real" gamma regulator, which should include at least numerical values, but ideally also cover "sRGB" and "L*", would be a useful additional feature in light of the powerful electronics.
With a retail price of 1.000,00 Euro, the DELL U2711 will have to measure up to the NEC 2690WUXi2 in particular. This model was somewhat more neutral in our test, implements a function for improving the image homogeneity in the form of "ColorComp" and offers the user a more extensive range of on-board features. It is even possible to carry out a hardware calibration using SpectraView II, although this is not marketed in Europe. The DELL U2711 uses a 1-inch larger panel, which also has a finer resolution, two wonderfully implemented, colour space limiting image modes and the considerably more numerous signal inputs.
Unfortunately, the video signal processing for external playback has not succeeded perfectly, and this point therefore costs the DELL U2711 a rating of very good. Nonetheless, we can certainly recommend buying the monitor.
Overall rating: GOOD
Technical specifications: Dell U2711
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