Ya. def. not saying old is bad. I love the monitor but its a pretty hefty price tag. Don't mind paying for it.
just wanted to know everyone's thoughts as to other name brands with same size and res as the DELL U2711
I would say look at the HP 2711x as it's relatively cheap, but it is only 1920x1080.
Other options are the SAMSUNG S27A850D, HP ZR30w, and of course the Dell UltraSharp U2711.