Dell UltraSharp U2711 and the Samsung SyncMaster F2380
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They say that you get what you pay for, and that's certainly true with the two monitors on review today. The Dell UltraSharp U2711 performs like a dream, but boasts a price likely to make many consumers pause. The Samsung SyncMaster F2380, on the other hand, is less painful on the pocketbook, but mildly disappointing in other areas. Keep reading for a closer look.
Dell UltraSharp U2711 monitor
The Dell UltraSharp U2711 is a 27-inch monitor that comes complete with excellent performance, solid connectivity, flexible adjustment settings, and an ergonomic design. The only problem one might have with the monitor is its high price tag of $1,100. The U2711 comes with a lengthy three-year warranty on parts and labor to offer its owners extra peace of mind. Technical support is available through Dellís website or via their 24-7 toll-free phone line.
The UltraSharp U2711ís 27-inch display has a 2,560x1,440 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. Its HD resolution and size make it a great device for watching movies and surfing websites as well. The U2711ís performance is hard to beat, and it looks equally good whether you are enjoying a movie or playing a video game.
It has a 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio that produces deep black levels. The monitorís color accuracy is also superb, in addition to its color saturation. The U2711 has In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology that provides wide viewing angles; you donít have to be directly in front of the monitor to see a picture with accurate color.
If you are not satisfied with the picture quality of the U2711 right out of the box, you have plenty of adjustable settings to play with. The monitorís on-screen display, or OSD, is accessed by pressing a series of buttons located on its bottom right corner. The OSD buttons are responsive and work well with the user-friendly interface. If you happen to take a while to adjust the settings, you can enable a feature that will keep the OSD active for up to a minute.
A wide variety of picture presets, nine in total, are divided into two separate groups. One of the preset groups is Video, which offers Game, Movie, and Nature settings. The other group is Graphics, which offers six different presets in the form of Custom, Warm, Cool, Standard, Game, Multimedia, Adobe RGB, and sRGB. Beyond the basic presets, there are more advanced adjustment options for color that deal with tweaking the pictureís saturation, hue, gain, and offset.
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