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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  • bennyg - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    I got a U2311H for $222 (AUD) bought online, picked up in metro Melbourne a couple of months ago.

    Nice monitor, superb viewing angles. Way ahead of the rest for its price bracket.
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  • bigpow - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    If you need IPS for work or hobby, you probably won't care for compromises, e.g. this panel.
    If you don't need IPS, ditto above.

    Sadly, it'll probably sell well, since clueless buyers usually go for the mid-priced item of a family.
    Add to that, cheap buyers like to compromise and fool themselves believing they just bought a 'higher-end" product
    Over time, the compromise will become the new high-end. Lowering market expectation and consumer knowledge with it.

    People who couldn't afford nice things should just stick with what they can afford. Compromise only brings standards down for all
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  • DaFox - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    "People who couldn't afford nice things should just stick with what they can afford."

    Classy.
    Reply
  • jecs - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    It sounded bad for him I agree but I think his general idea, even if it looks negative on the words he picked, still has a merit.

    What we may have with this new Dell monitor IPS line is a superior consumer oriented line or a very low entry for prosumers. Still not competitive in price with TN LED matrices.

    It's a higher low end monitor for a medium class not looking for the cheapest. It just sounds dumb in Simpson's words.
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  • Slaanesh - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    > Sadly, it'll probably sell well, since clueless buyers usually go for the mid-priced item of > a family.
    > Add to that, cheap buyers like to compromise and fool themselves believing they just
    > bought a 'higher-end" product

    Well I'm looking to buy this monitor.
    I want a gaming monitor but can't stand the horrible quality of a TN panel. So I want the best possible image quality still with acceptable input lag and pixel responsiveness.

    If anyone else knows of a better, more suitable monitor for me, please tell.
    Reply
  • fausto412 - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    "People who couldn't afford nice things should just stick with what they can afford"

    umm...think. about. it.
    They buy the mid range because THAT IS WHAT THEY CAN AFFORD!
    Reply
  • tzhu07 - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    At the design agency I work at, our Art Director has to use one of these as a secondary monitor (next to an iMac screen), and it is plain awful. My boss, who didn't do much research, kinda bought it on a whim. Now even he says it's crap. Reply
  • jecs - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    um, are you using any calibration tool? Reply
  • orenlevy - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    Currently in israel the U2311H is last stocks... 235 US$
    and the U2312HM is stock for 2 weeks 245 US$
    Better lag Better response time
    Better contrast.
    Reply
  • Slaanesh - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    Are there any reviews yet for this year's U2312HM model?
    How does it compare to last year's U2311H?
    Reply

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