on 11 April 2005
Link an Apple display to an OS X machine and you get a wonderful working environment for imaging professionals. ColorSync means that what you see is what you get - though slight calibration may be needed at the very outset for the individual monitor, which takes minutes.
The sheer size of these panels is fantastic, and although expensive, well worth the price. The design fits with the G5 well, and the inclusion of the USB2/FireWire hub is a great feature for running keyboards, mice and cameras.
on 28 June 2007
After using my Sony SDM-HS73 17" monitor for around 4 years, I felt that an upgrade was needed, especially since my 13" macbook only supported a 1024x768 resolution on that screen (blame the mini-DVI-VGA adapter). After a long search for suitable 20+ inch widescreens my choice was narrowed to the Apple 23" HD Cinema Display and the BenQ FP241W 24" display.
The BenQ, despite being a similar price and having more inputs (HDMI support, DVI, VGA etc.) through many of the forum posts I read appeared to cause problems when connecting to any games consoles or freeview boxes, so the apple display won out. The initial problems with this 23" model of this screen (Pinkish hues, uneven backlighting etc.) appear to have been ironed out by the time of writing, as this monitor appears flawless- I cant even see any dead pixels as reported by other users.
The screen itself feels massive, after calibration (only available on a Macintosh computer, PC users will have to use freeware software to make any changes other than brightness) the colours look rich and strong and the view range appears amazing, the only fault with this monitor really being the price. I paid approx £530 on the Apple store with educational discount, a price which is reasonable but could be better. That aside, this is an amazing monitor and something which I shall be treasuring for a long time.
A quick note for anyone connecting a Macbook or any other Apple laptop- the full 1920x1200 can only be achieved by using the computer with the laptop screen off, which can easily be achieved by attaching an external mouse and closing the lid, clicking the mouse to wake the computer up and then opening the laptop. Once again, this display operating under it's full resolution and calibrated is a very beautiful piece of kit and all in all, an amazing display.
on 24 September 2004
I've been an Apple user for over 10 years and am disappointed to have to write that this is a very sub-standard product. I bought one two months ago, which had to be replaced because the colour was uneven (yellowish tint at left-hand side) and there was an overall magenta cast over the whole screen.
The magenta cast can be dealt with through calibration, but the yellow dingy area on the left remained. A replacement arrived, and that wasn't as pink but had the same problem with a yellow tint on the left-hand side.
I asked for another replacement, and that had exactly the same problem.
This is probably the kind of fault that only graphics professionals and photographers will really notice, but on a screen this expensive, it is unacceptable.
Apple will tell you that there is no problem, but if you don't believe me, simply type in "Apple+23+cinema+problem(+colour)" into a search engine and take a look at any of the forums that are discussing this issue - I found several.
I hope that this review helps some people to void the problems I had - which, for £1200, you shouldn't have to put up with.
on 1 April 2005
I have the 20" monitor in the same range, and it's superb: I'm very happy with it (I didn't want to rate the 23" but couldn't post without doing so: sorry of this seems dishonest) . All monitors have the chance of being a bit off colour so to speak, and particularly so large LCDs, whether for computer monitors or TVs. The safest thing to do is to go to a shop and look at the specific monitor you're going to buy to make sure it's okay. Having said that, the quality of Apple's LCDs is usually amongst the very best. Comparing my 20" to the cheap LCDs used in my workplace the difference in quality is stark. While Apple's prices, like say Sony's, are somewhat higher than others, you only have one pair of eyes. If you're going to be looking at a screen all day make sure it's a good one!