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Dell ships 27-inch display using iMac's panel

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.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Raman

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Mar 2001


    Good Job, Dell

    Can they make it bigger and uglier? I think I could shove 2 imacs, an iPad and a couple of iPhones in the same space.

    And more wires, please.

  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Mar 2009


    cost vs iMac

    So, for $600 more, I get a 3GHZ Core 2 Due, 4GB RAM, a 1TB drive, and of course OSX. I guess I could get one of those fantastic Windows boxes and connect it to the Dell display and it would automagically become something on par with the iMac. (not!)

    Boy, it has a big backside.

  1. revco

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2005



    1. The U2711 uses CCFL backlighting whilst the iMac uses LED.
    2. 12-bit internal color processing and outputs 10-bit color.

  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2000


    Does it come in yellow?

    your comment

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  1. Billrey

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2010



    Amazing work. They made the display on the iMac look like utter c***.

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  1. Billrey

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    Joined: Feb 2010



    Amazing work. They made the display on the iMac look like utter c***.

  1. andrewbw

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2001


    Sort of embarrassing

    That Dell beat Apple to offering this as a standalone display -- could be a nice option for Mac Pro users. Whatever your opinion of their aesthetics, Dell panels are generally of high quality as long as you stick with the UltraSharp line, and offer very good warranty coverage.

  1. Feathers

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Oct 1999


    Revitalized IPS

    It's incredible how IPS is being touted as new when, along with PVA, it was common amongst quality LCD panels five years ago until everyone including Apple went ultra-cheap with crappy TN technology. They're giving back what they took away and at a higher price.

  1. JeffHarris

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 1999


    Matte Finish!

    This wouldn't be half-bad if the hideous Dell logos were removable. Grinding is an option, I guess. ;^)

    Apple should offer the monitor separately, with a matte option.

  1. Tanker10a

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2003



    As they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery. But not close enough...

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