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5.0 out of 5 stars Displaying hope, almost delivering perfection, 1 Jun 2009
This review is from: Apple LED Cinema Display Monitor-GBR (Electronics)
Theirs a saying Apple stick by... When they're good, they're amazing. When they're bad, they're really bad. And more often than not, the 'bad' usually comes from an emphasis on compact design rather than quality and value. Perhaps the current 20" iMac is a great example; a beautiful machine that should be appropriate for graphic designers (we used them for years in college) like it's previous generation model. Think again; the screen gradient is that poor that the display produces lighter, more washed out images at the bottom of the screen than the top. By using these lower quality components, Apple can get away with a slimmer designer and still claim it boasts millions of colours and gorgeous results (incorrect; it displays just under 250,000 colours, and the result is un-appropriate for designers). It begs one to wonder why Apple still sell these machines as multimedia platforms...

So when Apple do it good... It's almost fantastic. Enter their new full HD LED display screen. Aside from the silver/white back panel, it's design almost mimic's the current iMacs design, which leaves me to understanding why an LED screen of such quality is almost as thick as the iMac... Because it houses quality components, unlike it's poor desktop counterpart.

USB ports are available on the back like the previous generation, and in turn this requires one USB plug to be inserted on your Mac to transfer the data. This is extermerly handy if you want to keep external HDD's under your screen and keep your Mac to just temporary devices. Although the previous Cinema Display had this feature, it's been extended which can't be bad. A MagSafe power plug has also been incorporated which is obviously fantastic for MacBooks (because you can't overcharge the battery), and the Mini Display Port. Not Mini DVI...

But lets cut to the chase - it's not perfect. Otherwise, those clever clogs at Apple would have devised a longer Mini Display Port cable that could reach a Mac Pro sitting on your floor. Not such the case - if you want the screen to reach a Mac Pro, it'll have to be sitting on top of your desk. Given the humungous nature of this machine, I find it quite worrying that Apple expect one to place it on top of a desk, with no regard for weight of size.

After all, whats the biggest market of users who are going to be wanting a screen more... Desktop or MacBook owners?

This is perhaps a kick in the teeth further because Apple offered a gorgeous 20 inch screen only earlier this year that had the long cable. Now it's been discontinued.

Though when it comes to features, this screen absolutely wins. Built in iSight cam, speakers, microphone... These were never present on any Apple screen previously, and so they are very much welcomed. Though again - if this is supposedly marketed for the MacBook products and not the Mac Pro, why have they not allowed these features to built in if the MacBook's already have them? It would make far more sense to either just extend the Video cable, or have an extra model just for MacBook owners (without the features, equalling a lower price).

It's a shame they cost so much, but this is also partly down to manufacturing costs; not Apple getting cheekier by the year (though I wouldn't wave away the notion). Saving the environment unfortunately has the opposite affect on our wallets, and so although the aluminum and glass housing is beautiful, it may be worth while shopping around to make sure this is the display for you. Because unless you take great notice of colour composition or do professional work, the chances are you may not appreciate the quality of the screen aside from it's functionality with Mac's.

One question still remains, though. Do you go for this display or the previous generation? You may be surprised to hear that I'd actually still opt for the previous model - the anti-glare screen still provided excellent colour saturation even without the glass, and of course it's much cheaper due to different manufacturing methods. Never the less, this new Cinema Display is LED and so offers better, more responsive performance as a professional graphics platform.
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Initial post: 9 Feb 2010 15:56:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Feb 2010 15:57:53 GMT
Re: The lack of longer Mini DisplayPort cable to reach a MacPro on the floor etc ... Neet Cables make a Mini DisplayPort extension cable as a solution to this exact problem. It is available on the Amazon in 1.5m / 2m or 3m lengths. Link to 2m .... Neet® - 2m Mini DisplayPort Extension Cable - (Apple Mini DP female to male) - ( for Apple Mac, Apple LED Cinema Display etc )

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2011 09:46:35 GMT
Urbanmeister says:
That was helpful, Sean, thanks.
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