OSD Menus

Dell has had a nice OSD setup for a couple of generations now that uses four soft keys to control all the settings. Brightness and Contrast of course allows access to those controls, but the majority of the settings are located under the Color Settings menu. Input Color Format can switch between RGB and YCbCr when using the DVI input. Gamma allows a choice between PC gamma (typically 2.2) and Mac (1.8)—though note that since OSX 10.6 the Mac gamma standard has changed to the more common 2.2 gamma setting. Mode selection allows you to choose between Standard, Multimedia, Game, Warm, Cool, and Custom (RGB) modes. If you choose the Custom mode you get the option to calibrate the white balance at a single point using Red, Green and Blue gain controls. Here's a gallery of the various OSD settings.

If you are using any input other than the DSUB15, most of the choices under Display Settings are locked off since they aren’t needed with a digital video signal. Other settings simply allow you to customize the menu interface, including position, time out, transparency, and switching between landscape and portrait orientations. Finally the personalization menu will let you change the default behaviors of the soft buttons to whatever settings you need to frequently access, though Auto-Adjust and Input Source are the only two choices available beyond the defaults. A quick selection of Portrait/Landscape orientation for the menu would also be nice for people that often move the monitor position around.

For an in-monitor calibration, the Dell offers very little beyond the single RGB control if you are in custom mode. This does let you dial in a specific point (I chose pure white) to the D65 standard, or another color temperature if that is required. Beyond this, the gamma only offers two settings and there is no RGB Low option for calibrating another point, so this is as far as you can go without using software for the calibration.

Viewing Angles

One of the hallmarks for IPS displays has been wide viewing angles and the Dell 2311H keeps this up. Moving off to the sides, and from top to bottom, brightness and color stay at very good levels until you start to move to extreme angles where you wouldn’t be able to use the display for work anyway. This also allows you to easily use the monitor in the portrait orientation without having large color or brightness shifts while reading or editing a document. As panels gets larger, having these viewing angles becomes more and more important.

Dell U2311H: Initial Impressions Dell U2311H: Color Accuracy
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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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