For those of us who were drooling when Apple announced their 27-inch iMac, it's been a long wait for a stand-alone 27-inch monitor to be released. Dell's UltraSharp U2711 finally delivers the 2560x1440 (WQHD) goods.
High resolution 27-inch monitors represent a shift in the monitor market away from their 30-inch relatives. They provide the same horizontal resolution but with a 16:9 aspect ratio. This leaves us with 160 less pixels on the vertical end. It's been suggested that this shift is partly due to manufacturing costs. HDTVs are produced on a 16:9 ratio scale, making it more expensive to fit manufacturing plants to produce 16:10 30-inch displays.
The U2711 features an IPS panel, 6ms response time, and 350 cd/m2 brightness. You get 1 HDMI connection, 2 DVI, 1 display port, 1 VGA, 1 compontent video, 1 composite video, 1 USB 2.0 upstream port, 4 USB 2.0 downstream ports, 8-in-1 media card reader, and sound bar support.
Interestingly, the U2711 does not have LED backlighting. Instead it uses CCFL. The reason? Better colors. The CCFL lighting allows the U2711 to reach a 102% color gamut as opposed to 72% on the LED backlit 27-inch iMac.
Awake, the U2711 consumes 113W (without audio and USB) and less than 2W while sleeping, and weighs in at 17 pounds.