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
Video Inputs 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
Colors 16.7 Million
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)
Additional Features 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
Price $319.00 MSRP
Online Starting at $285 (Plus S/H)


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  • fausto412 - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    i certainly interpreted like it was new tech.

    anyways i want a 25" screen or 24" one to mount on my ergotron monitor arm.
    we need to see more monitor reviews on Anandtech.
  • buhusky - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    agreed, need more monitor reviews.
  • wooties - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

  • Cat - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    Please bring back input lag measurement.
  • DaFox - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    Agreed. Input lag and pixel response time are the two most important issues to me at this point.
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    Chris doesn't have a CRT to use as a reference point, so rather than delaying the article we chose to go live without the input lag information.
  • nagi603 - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    Does this mean that there won't be an input lag measurement, or that it will be taken later?
  • cheinonen - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    I'm trying to get my hands on a CRT this week and then will try to run those tests as quickly as I can.
  • piroroadkill - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    Good. I think input lag measurements are important to a lot of people!
  • semo - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    Yes. Is it good enough for casual gaming? I'm looking to get a 3 monitor eyefinity setup and wondering if I should have one TN or PVA panel in the middle just for gaming...

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