"Worst anti-glare coating ever"2.5 starson by Markarian421
Pros: I like the size, 30" seems to big, this seems just right.
The resolution is really nice.
Cons: Sparkly and course anti-glare coating washes things out and it very distracting during photo editing.
Uneven backlight bleedthrough
Summary: First, full disclosure: I've tried this monitor with a couple macs, Also in general I'm a big fan of Dell monitors, I have two right now at home (where I do a lot of photo image processing) and I've had nothing but Dell monitors at work for years (where I do scientific image processing). I've never had a complaint about their monitors, in general the Ultrasharp series are great quality for a good price.
On to this monitor: I've had two of these now, and while I really like the size and resolution I think I'm going to give up. The first one had a few bad pixels, pretty bad backlight bleedthrough in one corner (and noticeable in all 4 corners) and one dark corner. How do you get a corner to have bleedthrough when it's dark and be dark when it's light? On that one the top layer of the screen also seemed to not fit quite right, it would make a pop when I tried to wipe the screen like it was moving. The second one had much more severe backlight bleedthough in only one corner, and then one spot along the top pf the screen. It was visible in normal computer use, not just dark scenes. So either I'm extremely unlucky or the quality control is just not what it should be. None of the other Dell monitors I've used have had a single bad pixel or this level of bleedthrough.
And then there's the truly puzzling antiglare coating. It's not a matte finish like the other Dell monitors I've had, it's more course and kind of sparkly. When the screen is bright it's really annoying, when there's any room light it makes the screen look washed out. It's intolerable for photo editing, which is what I got this monitor for -- it makes my images look noisy and speckled. And again, all of this is in comparison to other Dell monitors. I'd never considered getting a glossy screen for photo editing before looking at photos on this screen, but that would be better than this. Best would be a matte finish like their older monitors had.
I got this monitor for photo editing because of the resolution, size, and color calibration. But the uneven backlight & bleedthrough and sparkly coating make it entirely unsuitable for that. I guess it's going back.