Dell U3011 - Quick Initial Impressions. (Full review coming soon)

Discussion in 'Displays' started by enyceexdanny, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. enyceexdanny

    enyceexdanny 2[H]4U

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    Hey guys, I promised a full review and it will come. I need to use it consistently for some time before I can give a no BS assessment.

    In the meantime, let me list the Pros and Cons.
    Please keep in mind that this is just a very rough initial list and may change soon. Remember, I just received the monitors an hour ago.

    Pros:


    • Since I ordered 2 of each for 3008wfp and U3011 it helps me compare the same model as well. Both of U3011s look fairly identical to each other in terms of factory calibrated color, gamma and luminosity. In contrast, my 2 3008wfps were drastically different to each other. There was a deviation of 15 (osd menu) in brightness to make them even.
    • The monitor, out of the box, is definitely now usable for most people without calibration. Unless you're into color critical work, there shouldn't be much need for a re-calibration.
    • OSD is definitely leaps and bounds better than the one on 3008wfp. The touch sensitive buttons are very easy to use and react well to your fingers.
    • The Brightness and contrast settings are NOT global. Which is AWESOME. I like to have different brightness/contrast settings per each device (a la XHD3000), which the 3008wfp lacked. I'm so glad that this was changed.
    • Input lag is very subjective and can vary greatly between each user. I am very anal about everything, that's just my personality. I have a tendency to point out any little flaw in something. But at the same time I've never really noticed much input lag even on the 3008wfp unless I'm running some odd resolution. Native and up-scaled 1920x1200 PC gaming was never a problem, as well as PS3/XBOX games. This holds true for the U3011. It actually even seems a bit better. This is something I will have to test a bit further to be more definite.
    • Input switching is definitely a lot faster. As cnet's review said, the other inputs to your computer input is a bit slower maybe due to a windows delay. But switching from PC -> HDMI and HDMI->HDMI is a lot faster. Also, the delay when turning off the secondary monitor on a dual monitor setup improved dramatically as well.
    • There's minimal backlight bleeding. Which is pretty surprising due to the monitor's size. BUT, due to the first of the "cons" (refer below), when you press on the top corners of the panel, the backlight shifts a bit due to the movement of the panel.

    Cons:


    • Poor manufacturing quality control. The panel is still loose within the housing. The odd thing is that both of my 3008wfp had this issue as well and they were both REV A06! To think that Dell would not fix this after such a long time doesn't make sense to me. Either way, both of the u3011s are experiencing the same issue where the top parts of the panels give in a bit when you push. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g-OgjEuRYg <- This is not my video)
    • The stand is a step down. For some reason the monitor is much more wobbly on this stand compared to the 3008wfp's.
    • Sorry guys, no PIP. Sucks because picture-by-picture is useless in my opinion.
    • The AG coating seems about the same as 3008wfp. AG coating has never really bothered me too much, unless I'm staring at a totally white background.It may be a bit better, but you won't really be able to tell the difference. It's still a bit "twinkly" more or less depending on the viewer.
    • NEEDS A REMOTE!

    Well that's about it for now people. I will be using these monitors day and night for mostly designing, programming and occasional gaming. As soon as I have a good understanding of the "real world" differences between the U3011 and 3008wfp (and also the XHD3000), I will write up a full review. The review will be a comparison of XHD3000 vs 3008WFP, 3008WFP vs 3008WFP and finally U3011 vs 3008WFP.

    No ETA yet, but hopefully will be soon.



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  2. nbuubu

    nbuubu Limp Gawd

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    Thanks for the review, I had the same desktop background for a looooong time.
     
  3. EDUBUDAN

    EDUBUDAN n00b

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    Nice review, congratulations for your purchase.

    I own 3 3008WFP revisions A00 (2008), A02 (2008) and A03, this last unit purchased April 2010, I never heard of a 3008WFP revision A06 anywhere !!!

    I will not worry from the movement of the panel inside the frame:

    First I believe was an error in manufacturing, but the 3 panel behaves exactly the same (with a finger you can press them around 1 mm) and none of them have excessive backlight bleeding so there is no gap in the critical frame/panel interface to let light pass.

    Probably this play is intended to avoid flexing and thermal stress when the panel gets hot. Remember the CCFL lamps run at 160W !!!

    Coating is the same because the panel is the same.

    Regards.-
     
  4. enyceexdanny

    enyceexdanny 2[H]4U

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    Since LM300WQ5 is the revision of the one in 3008wfp, technically I think they could have adjusted the coating.
    And yeah, mine was A06. At least that's what it said on the back.
     
  5. pedophilekiller

    pedophilekiller Limp Gawd

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    Any tinting on the U3011? I'm worried about this since mine will be coming in next week.
     
  6. enyceexdanny

    enyceexdanny 2[H]4U

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    No noticeable tinting yet. But you have control over the offset, gain, hue and saturation, so you can fine tune as you see fit.
     
  7. isp

    isp 2[H]4U

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    Thanks for the review and your thoughts about the AG. Enjoy
     
  8. chong67

    chong67 Gawd

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    Was hoping for less AG than the 3008. I guess I am in no hurry at all to upgrade.
     
  9. Snowdog

    Snowdog Pasty Nerd with Poor Cardio

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    Do you have a calibration device?

    I am just wondering about the minimum brightness level (without dropping contrast).
     
  10. sound31

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    Congrats on your new setup.

    Does this mean that color is not oversaturated? Is there a properly working sRGB emulation mode?
     
  11. enyceexdanny

    enyceexdanny 2[H]4U

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    I do not have a colorimeter handy. I am planning on borrowing one from the office, but in the meantime I do not need since I do not work with color critical materials.
     
  12. enyceexdanny

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    There is a bit of oversaturation but nothing tampering with the settings can't fix. The sRGB emulation I haven't tested due to the lack of hardware. But just viewing with my eyes, it seems good, although not perfect.