Dell U2311H: E-IPS, Full Adjustments, and DisplayPortby Chris Heinonen on September 27, 2011 12:20 AM EST
For years now Dell has been one of the few companies that consistently offers a range of displays using IPS panels for desktop displays instead of only the more affordable TN panels. Now with the availability of e-IPS panels, Dell has been able to offer even more models and lower the price all the way down to $319 for a 23” 1080p display.
The U2311H uses a very similar base to what Dell has been using for years that lets the monitor simply clip in, and allows for rotation to be used as a portrait display as well. The left side of the display has a pair of USB 2.0 ports, to go with the pair located on the bottom of the display. Also on the bottom of the display are DisplayPort, DVI, and VGA inputs, as well as the power input. Located on the front of the display on the right side are the menu control buttons that are unlabeled and nicely disappear into the bezel. The U2311H can adjust in height vertically and has both tilt and swivel adjustments as well, which should make it able to fit into most spaces. It might not be flashy but it gets the job done.
With all the above features, you’ll note that a few items are missing. There’s no HDMI port, making this less desirable as an all-in-one display for use with PCs as well as game consoles. There are also no speakers, though given the quality of most LCD speakers we don’t feel like we’re really missing out. In a similar vein, there’s no audio out, so if you were to use DisplayPort for carrying audio there’s no way to get the audio from the display to an external source. There are perhaps minor omissions, but most of Dell’s higher-end LCDs include such features and they’re worth pointing out. Here’s the full rundown of the LCD specs:
|Dell U2311H Features and Specifications|
1 x DVI-D w/HDCP
1 x DisplayPort 1.1a
1 x VGA
|Panel Type||e-IPS 6-bit + AFRC|
|Pixel Pitch||0.265 mm|
|Brightness||300 nits (typical)|
|Contrast Ratio||1,000:1 (typical)|
|Response Time||8 ms (GTG)|
|Viewable Size||23" (58.4 cm)|
|Resolution||1920x1080 at 60Hz|
|Viewing Angle||178 degrees horizontal and vertical|
|Backlight||4-CCFL edge-light system|
|Power Consumption (operation)||33W (typical)|
|Power Consumption (standby)||Less than 1W|
|Screen Treatment||Antiglare with hard-coating 3H|
|Height-Adjustable||3.94" Height Adjustment|
|Tilt||Yes, range not specified|
|Pivot||Yes: Landscape and Portrait|
|Swivel||Yes, range not specified|
|VESA Wall Mounting||100 mm x 100 mm|
|Dimensions w/ Base (WxHxD)||
21.57” x 14.02” x 7.25”
(548 x 356 x 184 mm)
|Weight||14.22 lbs with stand (6.46 kg)|
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Hub
(1 USB upstream port and 4 USB downstream ports)
|Limited Warranty||3 years|
|Accessories||Power Cable, DVI Cable, USB Cable, VGA Cable|
Online Starting at $285 (Plus S/H)
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DaFox - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - linkThis reads like E-IPS is this new thing and as if this monitor was the first to ship with it. Unfortunately it's over a year or two old at this point and is pretty common in the lower end IPS monitors.
Paulman - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - linkI was thinking that this seemed a little late for a U2311H review. Didn't Dell just release a whole new line of IPS displays? It seemed to me like they were planning on phasing out the U2311H generation.
See U2412M and U2312M:
In fact, here in Canada, the U2412M is back on sale again for $349 CDN (and that's 24" at 1920 x 1200 [16:10])
Paulman - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - linkCorrection: the 23" model's name is U2312HM (and it's 16:9, unlike its 24" brother)
Ralos - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - linkIndeed, the U2312H has been available for a few weeks now, and, just like the U2311H before it, is often in special. About once every two months there is a 90-110$ special on it and you can have it at 219$. I bought one for myself, and made 3 friends buy one too (always with the 90-110$ special). I now have the 30" version and love them all.
Can't ever go back to TN panels now.
TacticalToast - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - linkYou're right about the specials. Got the U2311H for ~$219 a year ago and haven't looked back. Picked it over the U2410 because of the multitude of complaints over the pink-green tinting on the diagonal. Nary a problem with my monitor.
nirolf - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - linkI think you are right, U2311H seems EOL, it's out of stock around here. I hope the U2412M will be reviewed soon.
alfredska - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - linkAgreed
sean.crees - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - linkI agree, I would much have preferred a review of the new U2412M with IPS and LED backlight in a more traditional 16x10 aspect ratio.
baker269 - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - linkAt this price point 16x9 is the standard.
akse - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - linkJust ordered U2412M here in Finland for 289 euros. Waiting it to arrive .)