Dell quietly unveils new 30-inch monitor

How do you feel about spending a grand and a half on a display? If you don't shrink at that thought, then you might be interested to learn that Dell has a new 30" monitor on its online store. The UltraSharp U3011 is selling for $1,499 without discounts or rebates, and Dell quotes a "preliminary ship date" of October 2 if you order now.

Following in the footsteps of the mighty 3007WFP-HC and 3008WFP, the newcomer has a 16:10 aspect ratio, 2560x1600 resolution, IPS panel, and wide-gamut color output. However, Dell brags that this display "arrives factory-tuned to AdobeRGB and sRGB modes, so you can dive into projects fast without the need for extensive color calibration." That's good news for folks without color calibration equipment, since uncalibrated wide-gamut panels typically show wildly oversaturated colors.

The U3011 also has a 7-ms gray-to-gray response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 370 cd/m² luminosity, if you care about such details. Oh, and the thing has DisplayPort, two HDMI ports, two DVI ports, a USB hub, and a card reader. If there's one thing I can't do without in a $1,500 monitor, it's a card reader—that's for sure!

Meanwhile, Dell continues to sell the older 3007WFP-HC at a slightly discounted price: $1,374. That panel has lower rated luminosity and a slightly higher response time, but it's not all that different—just a few years older. (Thanks to Engadget for the link.)

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