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This is a spectacular monitor that will delight your eyes every day you use it. It's sometimes hard justifying the price of a 30 inch monitor with 27 inchers being so much cheaper but that extra screen area is nice when you're working on it everyday. If you can afford the price, you won't be disappointed.
Who Am I?
I am a programmer/gamer/computer enthusiast and bought myself this screen because I'm finally upgrading from a Toshiba laptop that finally quit. I invest a lot of time on a computer, so I felt entitled to one of the biggest displays on the market. I bought it along with a very powerful graphics-oriented machine.
For Computer Gaming
All I can say is "Holy ----." This screen makes gaming one heck of an experience. Above all other games, I'm a StarCraft II player, and on this screen, with highest graphics settings employed, the game is just breathtaking. Bear in mind that graphics cards' effectiveness diminish the larger your screen is, so pay attention to performance across different resolutions when buying one. This screen is big enough that someone watching from the back of the room can see quite well what's going on.
For Video Gaming
The amount of input support offered by this monitor is very generous. Right now my monitor is sitting on my desk with a three cables running into the back. One is a component cable attaching my Nintendo Wii, one is an HDMI cable for the PS3, and of course, one is a DVI for my computer. By simply switching the display mode with the buttons on the side of the monitor you can quickly switch which device the screen is displaying. PS3 games look great on this monitor, since it easily displays the 1080p output of HDMI. Though the monitor lacks speakers, it provides audio-out ports. Cables like HDMI which send audio need a way to play the audio, so an auxiliary sound cable can be used to reroute the audio from the monitor to your speakers. Wii games looks as good as they'll ever look, but sit a bit further away, because the Wii's native output is 480p, which ends up delivering pretty poor quality up close.
My only complaint about this monitor for gaming purposes is a slight input lag (meaning everything the monitor displays onscreen is a fraction of a second late). It becomes very obvious to me when I play quick-response/fast-paced games like Super Smash Bros Melee, Mega Man 9, or Contra Rebirth. I was pretty disappointed, because I understood that computer monitors were free from this type of lag common to HDTV's (competitive gamers play on CRT monitors which have virtually no input lag by their very nature). It's only about two frames, which almost no one will notice or care about, but if you are a competitive Street Fighter player, you will notice it and it will bug you to no end. I need to point out that I don't know if this input lag applies to PS3 games, which I don't play. It may only be due to the transmission medium of the component cable the Wii uses.
As a Desktop Computer
Thankfully, there is no input lag at all when the input is from a computer. The movements of the mouse are one-to-one. What else is there to say? Your screen is huge, you can have giant, awesome desktop backgrounds, and you can have multiple windows open at once for a great programming or any workstation environment. It's big enough for multiple people to watch movies on as well.
This is a beautiful guilty pleasure for anyone who is willing to spend this much money on a screen. It's a great feeling every time someone new sees it-- they will invariably comment on its size. Highly recommended if you want the best computer gaming experience for yourself. Also, excellent for engineers who use software tools with large, abundant user interfaces and can benefit from lots of workstation space.
I'm so spoiled by this monitor at home I'm going to buy another one for the office with my own money. The company would probably spring for it but then everybody would sulk that they didn't have one.
As a software engineer this is a must; anyone using Visual Studio 10 has got to try it.
If you have the money for this monitor, don't hesitate. It is incredible how the ultra-high resolution will spoil you. You won't look at 1080p screens the same way ever again. I decided to go this route instead of a tri-monitor setup, and I don't regret it for a second. Prepare for a major nerd-gasm when you fire it up the first time.
Excellent monitor - picture is great and the USB hub makes a nice addition. The only issue - and apparently a problem with this model - is using displayport inputs and having your computer go into sleep mode and the monitor not recognizing when the computer wakes up.
I went with this monitor for personal use to replace my old FE2111SB CRT and I am very satisfied with it. It has almost every video port type available, although I'd recommend using the display port interface to be able to run it at the native 2560x1600. The amount of space available at that resolution is equivalent to a pair of medium size monitors, and without the annoying screen break in the middle too. Bright and colorful scenes show up very well on it, although the limited dynamic range inherent to all LCD monitors obscures visibility into dark areas (I'm used to the CRT which didn't have this issue), which is a problem if you're looking for that sniper hidden in the shadows of the collapsed building. This is the only reason the picture quality isn't 5/5. Other than that, the picture given by the H-IPS front panel is amazing.
The monitor is very bright, I believe its using a CCFL backlight because it takes a couple minutes to get to full brightness after powering up. The side panel menu control button lights up when you put your hand near it, which is a nice improvement over having to fumble for the right buttons to press in the relative darkness at the edge of a bright screen. I didn't notice any blurring when I tested a few FPS titles on it. The stand doesn't allow the monitor to swivel but after hooking up the cables I didn't care about this.
I purchased this monitor refurbished at 40% off Dell's new price, so it was definitely a great value for the money. I've had it for about a month now and haven't noticed any defects. Overall its hard to find bad things about it other than the cost, although many other H-IPS 2560x1600 monitors out there go for a lot more.
Grear picture, a lot of features especially for a 30", this monitor is the king. Just make sure you have the right cable and video card. I went from three monitors side by side to this puppy and a cintiq for art and I couldn't be happier. I love the 10x16 aspect ratio. Can watch full HD and still have available realestse.
Best purchase I've made for the studio in years.
I went from 2 24" eye infinity monitors to this for the higher resolution for gaming. Absolutely best decision I made! I even went back and played Doom3 AGAIN, and seen things I never seen before. Amazing monitor, and a great price fast shipping with this vendor. The clarity is perfect, colors perfect. SO crystal clear, I even got new glasses to enjoy it more. You will NOT be disappointed with this monitor!
This monitor is stunning. Truly is a must have for professional and enthusiassts alike. The ability to have multiple inputs from multiple sources was a must, and I was amazed at the ease of setup.
I replaced a gateway of similar standards and the dell seems to be right up to par. Hopefully it lasts longer than the Gateway...