Dell Ultrasharp U2711 review

Is an IPS panel worth the extra outlay?

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Our Verdict

Dell's 27-incher brings high-res computing to a more manageable form factor. Awesome, if you can afford it.


  • Near immaculate IPS visuals
  • Huge resolution but manageable size


  • Black levels are slightly disappointing
  • Very expensive

Can PC monitors be too big? Speak to owners of uber 30-inch displays and you might be surprised by the answer. That's where the Dell Ultrasharp U2711 steps in.

At 27 inches, it's significantly smaller than ultra-panels such as HP's ZR30W. But thanks to a monster pixel grid of 2,560 x 1,440, it gives very little away in terms of native resolution. It's also quite a bit cheaper than most 30-inchers. Given the somewhat dubious ergonomics of 30-inch screens, why pay significantly more for the likes of HP's ZR30W?

Of course, the Dell Ultrasharp U2711 isn't exactly cheap itself, but at least that means you get a first-rate feature set. The panel itself is a quality 27-inch item. It's the very same panel as found in the 27-inch Apple iMac, in fact. Dell hasn't skimped on the input options, either. Everything from HDMI to DisplayPort and component video is provided.

Power consumption
Watts: maximum / approx 170cd/m2 – lower is better
Dell Ultrasharp U2711: 130W / 80W
Hanns.G HZ281: 79W / 32W
HP ZR30W: 160W / 65W

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
HDCP SupportedYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Product FamilyUltraSharp
Brightness350 cd/m², 350 cd/m²
Colour Support1.07 Billion Colors
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1440
Brand NameDell
Contrast Ratio1,000:1
Screen Size68.6 cm (27")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time6 ms
Built-in DevicesCard Reader, USB Hub
Weight with Stand (Approximate)7.72 kg
Operating Power Consumption113 W
Height427.7 mm
Width646.7 mm
Depth200 mm
ManufacturerDell, Inc
Product ModelU2711
Product NameUltraSharp U2711 Widescreen LCD Monitor
Product LineUltraSharp
Manufacturer Part Number21031179
Manufacturer Website Address
Limited Warranty3 Year