Dell U3011 vs ACD 27

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iphone3gnj, May 20, 2011.

  1. iphone3gnj macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2008

    I have a macbook and will be upgrading to a macbook pro in the next couple of weeks. As part of that upgrade, I'm getting an external monitor. I got a great deal on the U3011 ($1125) which makes it a $25 difference between the 27" with Apple care (or $175 on refurbished 27"). Dell already has a 3 year warranty.

    I don't mind the matte option because my last monitor was matte. I wish the Dell used LCD back lighting. On the macbook pro, I'm debating the glossy vs antiglare (a difference in sharpness and color favoring the glossy but not huge).

    I wanted to get some opinions from folks here who may have used both monitors. My main use is in editing photos and then general computer work with some minor video editing. The lighting in my office cannot be adjusted much. The glossy factor would be my biggest concern on a monitor of this size. On the laptop, it might not be so much of a concern.

    What have others experiences been with seeing both of these monitors? With the ACD, can you adjust RGB levels for calibration?
  2. JayMBP macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2011
    Surrey, BC
    Dell U3011 of course.

    Except aesthetic, the U3011 is better in every aspect spec-wise.
  3. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    This. If you're serious about doing any color correction, you'll want the Dell.
  4. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2010
    Only because the Dell is Matte and the ACD is Glossy but.
  5. JayMBP macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2011
    Surrey, BC
    Not just that. U3011 displays more color than ACD.
  6. iphone3gnj thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2008
    Is that really the case? The Dell 27 and Apple 27 use the same panel from LG, they show the same color space. I believe the technology behind the 27" and 30" panels are the same with size being the only difference.

    I don't have a problem so much with the glossy now that I've seen it a few times and my plasma TV is glossy (but has anti-reflective coating that keeps it glossy but shows less...wonder why they don't incorporate that on computer monitors). The problem I noticed is that you can only control brightness on the ACD and not contrast or color temperature settings. Would that effect eyone calibration since the basic calibration relies on at least a brightness and contrast setting?
  7. JayMBP macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2011
    Surrey, BC
    Google up U3011 review on Anandtech... they include the ACD 27 in the benchs...

    And yes, that is the case.
  8. adnoh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
    Depends on what you are doing - mainly watching movies/gaming then ACD but if you need a professional monitor then the Dell.
  9. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I looked into this also.

    The ACD uses white LED's for backlighting, which cannot reproduce as broad a colour spectrum as CCFL backlighting, which the U2711 uses. The Dell in this instance covers a wider area of the colour spectrum than the ACD and it will be more suited to colour-critical work.

    There are other reasons to choose the Dell monitor imo, 3 year warranty as standard, connectivity options, matte finish (if you dig it). That said, it looks like crap, and I know a lot of people are swayed by this factor.

    If you want glossy, the ACD is the only way to go. But you're really paying for it. Value-wise it's not a great prospect.
  10. EEXOOO macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2009
    Bigger screen (For slightly less than the ACD)
    Matte (It's an advantage to me)
    More inputs
    16:10 format (Slightly more pixels, though down on DPI 108 vs 100)
    3 yrs premium panel warranty

    So yeah, definitely Dell for me.
  11. iphone3gnj thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2008
    So I also ended up getting the U2711 with a great coupon putting it at $300 less that the U3011. Not much difference in real estate but a huge difference in size. The U3011 screen is 2.75 inches taller and 1.75 inches wider. The only real estate difference is 160 pixel or a few lines of text, which isn't worth $300 to me. The colors are superb on both being they are the same panel types. I'm going to keep the U2711 and send back the U3011. It calibrate very well with my Eye1 Display 2. Thanks for the input.
  12. macrumorsuser10 macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2010
    Does anyone else have an opinion on the Dell U3011 vs. the Apple 27" monitor (formerly Cinema Display, now Thunderbolt Display)?

    My uses are: (1) semi-pro photoshopping; and (2) simultaneously reading PDF textbooks and doing software development on screen.

    My 4-year-old Dell 24" 2407 excels at (1) but not (2). I definitely need more real estate.
  13. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    If you have a Thunderbolt device, the new display is pretty slick.

    It really depends on how serious you are about the photoshopping. That Dell has pretty kick ass color accuracy.
  14. kasakka macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    I have the U3011 predecessor, 3008WFP at home and the 27" iMac at work. At that resolution the extra real estate of the 30" doesn't really matter. The Dell does have much better support for handling lower resolutions (hardware scaler so better image quality at lower resolutions) and more input choices whereas the 27" Thunderbolt display is pretty much limited to running with new-ish Macs.

    I'd probably pick the Dell because of higher resolution, larger screen size and easier inputs. The 3008WFP runs perfectly with my Macbook Pro via mini-DP to Displayport cable and so should the U3011.
  15. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    Search for my prior posts, I came from 2 2405s and then 3 2410s. If you spend a decent amount of time reading on-screen, once you see how CLEAR the text is on an ACD, you'll wonder how you read on anything else. Glare isn't an issue with my setup.
  16. blunti macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2011
    I'm using 2x u3011 for editing and I LOVE them!

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