Pros I's big. No question about that.
Cons - It only supports the advertised resolution with a DVI or DisplayPort connection.
- Make sure you have one of these ports on your computer.
-The color and quality is mediocre. For the price, I expected more.
-It is overpriced for what you get.
Summary It is advertised as having 2560 x 1600 resolution. The problem is that the monitor only supports that resolution using a DVI or a DisplayPort connection. Most laptops I've seen, including the 3 in my household, have HDMI and VGA, but not DVI or a DisplayPort. For VGA, this monitor supports 2048 x 1280, OK, it's analog, but it only supports 1920 x 1200 for HDMI. It's too late for me, but look for it yourself on their website. Look for Setting Up Your Monitor - Dell U3011. Make sure you have the right ports before buying.
Based on other reviews, I expected jaw dropping color and clarity. To me, it's mediocre. It's big, but just mediocre. See it in person to judge the color and clarity for yourself. Otherwise, make sure yo buy from a place without restocking or shipping fees for returns.
It is very expensive for what you get. I was willing to pay top dollar for top performance. I'm not willing to pay top dollar for mediocre performance, nor for spec limitations that are not divulged in the marketing.
I've owned many Dell products, including a new work laptop (which, by the way, has neither DVI nor DisplayPort connections), and generally I like Dell equipment. Dell really let me down this time!
Pros I really can't think of one.... maybe ease of purchasing via dell.com?
Cons Overpriced, poor product quality, poor gaming performance, terrible support
Summary Don't be fooled by this CNET review..... If you are looking to waste money and eventually end up with a 30lb paper weight, this is your monitor. Otherwise, save yourself the money & frustration of dealing with Dells off-shored support teams.By the way, it would be great if the CNET review was updated to indicate which revision was actually tested. After trolling many of tech sites & forums, it appears the product quality began to drop with revision A04. Dell is now shipping via A05 which is what my review was based on.
After reading a number of positive reviews through various social media outlets & tech sites including CNET, I decided to take the plunge and drop $1400 on this POS.
First off, the actual image quality isn't all that impressive compared to much cheaper monitors with comparable resolution. Also, if your a gamer, the ghosting is immediately noticeable and after a few hours is really quite irritating.
Second, I really question the quality of the components Dell is now having their contract manufacturer use in the latest revision of these monitors (A04 onward). After having my monitor less than 12 hours, the LCD panel has already failed. This is something that can be expected from a cheaply manufactured LCD, but not from what is suppose to be a "high end" monitor based on its price tag.
Having worked in supply chain operations in the past, I am going to assume Dell opted to go with a cheaper components to cut down on the manufacturing costs in the newer revisions and thus increase their profit margin.
In any case, if you do make the mistake of purchasing this monitor which will inevitably fail, have fun working with Dell's support teams. They'll waste 45 minutes of your time to complete what should only take 2-3 minutes to troubleshoot. Then you'll have the pleasure of dealing with their returns process, but I'll save that for another rant.
Updated on Jan 6, 2012
Pros Exceptional image and nice ergonomics
Cons 10 year old technology. Exceptionally expensive for decade old design. Huge heat creator. Very inefficient.
Dell has fallen behind in producing cutting edge products. Also, Dell does not support their products after three years. Bummer.
Summary If you still refuse to see the writing on the wall, be certain to look for discount coupons for this monitor. Dell is offering big discounts to move this dinosaur.