This afternoon I ordered a Dell UltraSharp U2711 27" display, an investment I've been contemplating for awhile.
At my office, where I mostly do software development but also occasional photographic and video editing, I've been working for several years on a Power Mac G5 tower with a pair of 20" Apple Cinema Displays. This setup has been great, but is also getting long in the tooth.
The computer itself chugs painfully with Aperture, and the lack of Intel processor is becoming an increasing barrier to productivity; developing for iPhone (and now the Mac App Store) on my 15" Mac Book Pro is arduous at best.
As for the displays, their backlights are starting to slightly fade and I can no longer match the white balance on both displays even after profiling. And a bigger screen will make a new computer seem even faster, right?
By my research the U2711 seems to have earned a consistently good reputation, sporting a fantastic colour-accurate matte panel, decent mechanical adjustments, and more input types than one could ever need.
While replacing the computer is of greater urgency, today's one-day price on this monitor — $749, down from $1249 — was the most affordable I've yet seen, so I decided the opportunity should be taken. Surely a new Mac Pro will follow, eventually.