updated 10:50 am EST, Wed February 10, 2010
Dell UltraSharp U2711 hits 2560x1440
Dell today began shipping a new range-topping display teased at CES. The UltraSharp U2711 is one of the first outside of Apple to use the 27-inch LCD found in the iMac and gets the same 2560x1440 resolution as well as its pro-friendly color accuracy. With 12-bit internal processing and an IPS panel, the U2711 can cover 100 percent of the sRGB color space and 96 percent of Adobe RGB.
Its contrast ratio is also high, at 80,000:1, and is mated to a wide 178-degree viewing angle. Unlike Apple, Dell uses a matte finish that cuts back on glare.
As a stand-alone display, the Dell offering has much more room for input than the iMac and carries two dual-link DVI inputs as well as one each of DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, component and RCA. Four USB ports and a multi-format card reader top off its expansion.
Dell's pricing provides a minor clue as to the cost of the screen by itself as the new UltraSharp costs $1,099.
We had an opportunity to see the display at CES and can vouch for its image quality, although its design is tellingly about as large as the entire Apple system.