Although TN panels have invaded the lower tiers of the display market these past few years, high-quality IPS panels seem to be enjoying a resurgence of sorts. Apple now uses them across its iMac line and even on the iPad. And today, we see Dell has introduced a high-end, 27" UltraSharp monitor based on the technology.
The UltraSharp U2711 is listed at Dell's online store for $1,099; it features a 2560x1440 IPS panel (with a 16:9 aspect ratio), 350 cd/m² luminosity, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a 6 ms response time, 178° viewing angles, and 10-bit color output. In a way, this newcomer seems like a more compact version of Dell's fabled 30" offerings, which have 2560x1600 resolutions and 16:10 aspect ratios.
Being a high-end display, the new UltraSharp doesn't skimp on connectivity. Dell has included two DVI ports, one DisplayPort, one HDMI, one VGA, composite and component ports, audio ports, a four-port USB hub, and even a card reader.
The company is already taking orders for the UltraSharp U2711, although it quotes a "preliminary ship date" of February 25—enough time, perhaps, to shop for a new graphics card capable of running games comfortably at the native resolution.