That's 2560 x 1600, in case you're wondering.
I received my 30" monitor (darn you tech report!) yesterday, and finally got it hooked up last night. Wow, a thing of beauty. Immediately I noticed that it was a) a little smaller than I expected, b) bigger than I expected when I sat in-front of it, c) much lighter than I expected...possiblyeven lighter than the 24" monitor it's replacing.
Then I turned that puppy on.
Oh. Ok. Given the various complaints I've read about font sizes, reading, etc, I was immediately (slightly) disappointed that text and windows icons weren't eye-strainingly tiny
Everything else was gorgeous, I was amazed at my ability to keep a web browser open, and IM conversation going and my steam friend's list in opposite corners and still see so much of the beautiful 2560 x 1600 wallpaper. I fired up some Trine and Mass Effect 1 at the new native res with everything jacked up. All the main geometry and character animations were smooth, wonderfully colored and detailed. Again, getting used to the idea that the UI scales up more than I thought it would, but wow! The pixels are tight, and they're so many of them that curves and shapes just seem ....I dunno. so damn pretty!
In the coming days, I think I'll make another pass at looking for dead pixels (the tight pixel pitch, slightly shimmery anti-glare coating, fear, and the packaging dust/room dust sticking to the surface made it hard to find any. So far, yay!). I'll also see how this baby works with games like Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe
, and Bad Company 2. I fear a little what the latter might do to my current card, but I'll make it work...
It's going to take a little bit to get used to the new color calibration. Factory done by Dell, but I figure when I put together my new build in the fall, I might spend a little extra to pick up a colorimeter. I figure if I was crazy enough to pick up a monitor like this, a little extra to tighten up the color is worth it.
Consider me a convert.
Any suggestions, tips, past-experience by gerbils-who've-been-there on working with a 30?