Apple Cinema 20-inch Flat-Panel Display

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Apple Cinema 20-inch Flat-Panel Display

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  • 1,680 x 1,050 optimal resolution, 16.7 million colors
  • 400:1 contrast ratio, 0.258 mm dot pitch
  • 16 ms response time
  • DVI, Firewire and USB 2.0 connections

Includes: DVI cable, FireWire 400 cable, USB 2.0 cable, and DC power. Apple 20″ LCD Cinema Display – This huge 20″ computer monitor is perfect for the prosumer and professional alike. Imagine multi-tasking with multiple full-size windows open simultaneously, or editing video with a super-wide timeline! It has a native resolution of 1680×1050, and a contrast ratio 700:1, for stunning quality on either a Mac or a PC. Brightness – 300 cd/m2 Viewing Angle – 170 degrees horizontal / 170 degrees vertical Antiglare Hardcoat Screen Treatment Kensington Security Port User Controls – Display Power, System Sleep, System Wake, Brightness and Display Tilt Connects to a PC or Macintosh via a digital DVI connection
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Apple Cinema 20-inch Flat-Panel Display

Apple Cinema 20-inch Flat-Panel Display

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  1. 69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Apple Cinema Display gives you full computing experience…, March 11, 2005
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    There was a time that I never considered buying an Apple display. I figured a Mac costs enough money, without spending $1000, or more, on a display. In late January 2005, I purchased the newest Powerbook G4 12 inch 1.5 GHZ G4, with superdrive. The notebook had nearly all the performance I was looking for, and the small form factor allows me to easily haul it around the house, or the world should I ever get to travel properly. However, I wanted more from my Powerbook, when at my desk.

    Yes, I was already using my Powerbook with an external display. It was an analog Sony LCD. However, it was only 15 inches, with a resolution of 1024×768, so I actually had as little screen real estate on my external display, as I had on the 12 inch built-in display. I wanted more.

    After deciding a 17 inch LCD would not be enough, I ordered the Apple’s 20″ Cinema Display, and I’m glad I did. Unfortunately, the box arrived beat-up, and there was even dirt inside. However, everything inside seemed to work ok, thankfully. Un-wrapping the cinema display was a joy, and I was eager to put it on my desk. The design of this display is stunning. The aluminium enclosure will please the eyes of anyone, and the back of the display is as beautiful, if not more beautiful than the front. There is a single cable that comes from the back of the display, which neatly goes through an opening on the aluminium stand. This single cable splits in the end into Firewire, USB, DVI, and a power connector that you plug into the power brick. I connected the firewire, USB, and DVI to my Powerbook, and then I connected the power to the display. Wow. It was perfect out of the box. I could never get the color profile right on my old external display, but the cinema display was out of the box the most beautiful display I had ever used. The brightness was exceptional, and it took a few days for me to get used to the brightness. Yes, you can lower the brightness with grace of your finger over the sophisticated tough-sensitive buttons on the right side of the display, but I loved the look at full-brightness.

    My computing experience has been at another level, since the cinema display arrived. Whether I’m browsing the web, working in Photoshop and iPhoto, or making a movie in iMovie, the 20″ cinema display and its 1680×1050 resolution is a joy to use. The display also gives me two USB and two Firewire ports directly behind the panel, which is incredibly convenient. If you’re a gamer, which I’m not, you will appreciate the 16ms response this display offers.

    Yes, your computer does all the hard work, but it is your display you interact with. A great display like the Apple Cinema Display allows you to get more done, with less work and effort. For example, you do not have to figure out how to fit all your Photoshop palettes on the screen, for there is plenty of room.

    DVDs are quite the experience on this display as well. I popped in Shrek 2, and I was amazed by the images, but DVDs are far from the only reason you should want a widescreen. The widescreen aspect of this display allows you to work in the way our minds are designed and used to working. We read from left to right, so a display that is wider than it is long makes a lot of sense.

    Overall, if you would like to save some money, there are other displays out there. Dell actually offers a 20 inch widescreen display, which compares nicely with this one, even supporting additional inputs. However, it does lack something. It lacks the beauty in design that the Apple Cinema Display offers, and it probably lacks some of the quality control that Apple strives hard to achieve. For example, Apple might reject some of the panels they use inside of this display, if they suspect quality concerns, where other manufactures may use any panel they are supplied with, without spending the time and money to ensure a quality panel. If you believe you would like to spend some money on a fantastic display to use with your Powerbook, PowerMac, or DVI-output PC, then you should not pass-up this beauty. It is truly a piece of art from an aesthetics point of view, and the images it displays are spectacular. This display will not look like “yesterday’s” display anytime soon. In fact, it is a pleasure to enjoy a display that does not look like it should be part of a busy, cluttered office. This display oozes beauty and grace, and the stock Apple pictures do not do it justice. The Apple Cinema Display gives you the full computing experience.

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  2. 37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent display! (5 stars if you have Apple computer), March 31, 2006
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    Emil (Brooklyn) –

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    Even though there are some other displays on the market that use the same LCD screen and are sold cheaper, I still really like my Apple display. I’ve had it for almost a year and it looks very pleasing. The rounded aluminum edges on the top and bottom of the display have a feeling of disappearance, so it sort of blends into the environment. And when you’re watching a movie or just typing something (like an amazon review) you just see the screen and not the display itself. Black displays are much more intrusive in my opinion.

    Sony and some other companies made these flat displays recently with highly reflective coating on the screen, even more reflective than CRT glass monitors! I honestly have no idea what their problem was but those are very horrible to use. Not only do you see your own reflection in it, but it also reflects all the light from the windows and lamps. This Apple display has very low reflection factor. I have windows on the side and sunlight used to be very annoying (when I had CRT monitor) even with the blinds down I still had to put some drapes over the windows. But now the sun doesn’t bother me any more and neither does the lamp behind me.

    I won’t say much about the colors, brightness and the quality of the LCD display itself, except that it’s the best I’ve seen so far!

    So why did I give 4 stars instead of 5? For the following 2 reasons! (if you have Apple computer this won’t apply to you)

    1) This monitor is labeled for Apple and Windows systems but there are no drivers supplied for windows (I have XP). When I hooked it up to my computer I couldn’t set the maximum resolution (the option for 1680 x 1050 was just not there). But then I updated my Video Card (Radeon 9600) drivers to the latest ones, the 1680 x 1050 became an option, and I set it. BUT! To fund out about this took some searching, could’ve been easily avoidable if monitor drivers were provided!

    2) Even after you update your Video Card drivers, the monitor still shows up as “generic” under windows. Some say that this doesn’t really cause a problem that’s not true however. First of all, the monitor has USB and Firewire ports on the back and although USB ports do seem to work (I didn’t test firewire) they show up as “?” in Device Manager and this can’t be too good so you might get a problem with certain USB/Firewire devices later on. Now that’s a “possible” problem, but a real problem I had was with monitor shutdown. When you shut down your computer the monitor has to also shut down, what would happen quite frequently was that after PC shut down monitor would still be on. And even the power button on the side of the monitor would not turn it off! To shut it down, you had to crawl under my desk and unplug it from the power outlet and plug it back in. This sequence would reset something and now the power button on the monitor could work again to shut it down. Now I began to think that this must be a hardware problem and called Apple customer support which also thought so and recommended me to take the monitor to the repair center. I didn’t really want to do that, so I gave searching another shot.. I thought that maybe it’s the problem with the drivers. I didn’t really find anyone mentioning this particular problem but this time I did find that some one recently released the drivers for this monitor! I say some one because it’s not released by Apple. Some nice person wrote it for FREE. Yeah, really puts Apple to shame! After charging so much for this monitor they couldn’t spend a little money for some drivers… Ok now that I got that off my chest, the little utility is called WinACD. After installing it, the monitor is recognized by Windows as Cinema Display and when you click properties you can even see some options. Also the ports and Monitor are recognized in Device Manager. The problem with my monitor not shutting down has also gone away.

    You can download the latest version of this free driver here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/winacd

    Overall I’m very pleased with this monitor, though a little angry at Apple for somewhat ripping me off on the service and price.

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  3. 47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent monitor, but EXPENSIVE, August 13, 2004
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    E. Tapanes (Dumont, NJ USA) –
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    I’m a relatively new convert to the Mac scene having just purchased my G5 a couple of months ago. Along with it I purchased this monitor to experience the full Mac-Attack. I have not been dissapointed. I could rave on endlessly about the G5, but we’re talking about the monitor here.

    The monitor makes a very nice match to the G5 with its faux brushed aluminum surround and ‘real’ brushed aluminum stand. Quality is absolutely outstanding in both build, finish and, most importantly, display. It takes up about as little desk space as a 20″ monitor possibly could without using a VESA mounting arm.

    One caveat is that if you’re not using a DVI card, you’ll have to buy one (a worthy investment anyway). One of the nicest things about this monitor is the Apple calling card clean lines. No analog controls or buttons mucking up the faceplate (only a power and two brightness buttons hidden on the side).

    My only real problem with this monitor (and the only reason it didn’t receive 5 stars) is the price. It’s just very hard to justify laying out this kind of cash when you can pick up similar monitors that are extremely close in display quality for almost half the price. If you’re willing to ‘settle’ for a 19″ monitor (non-widescreen), then check out the Samsung 910t. It’s available here on Amazon for $579 right now and is most excellent (I’ve purchased two).

    In closing, I am very glad to have purchased this monitor when I bought the G5 as I really do love it, but I can’t really see myself spending this kind of money after the fact. It hurts a bit less when it’s a smaller percentage of the total bill… 🙂

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