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.

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  • DaFox - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    This 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 - link

    I 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 - link

    Correction: the 23" model's name is U2312HM (and it's 16:9, unlike its 24" brother)
  • Ralos - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    Indeed, 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 - link

    You'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 - link

    I 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 - link

  • sean.crees - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    I 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 - link

    At this price point 16x9 is the standard.
  • akse - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    Just ordered U2412M here in Finland for 289 euros. Waiting it to arrive .)

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