The Good Incredible performance in DisplayMate tests; games and movies look great; clean design; good viewing angle; integrated camera and microphone; phenomenal sound from the built-in speaker.
The Bad Absence of connection options that would allow you to connect to a PC or an older Mac; lack of ergonomic features.
The Bottom Line While the performance is excellent, one option to connect the Apple LED Cinema Display connects it to a small corner that welcomes only new MacBook owners.
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Apple’s 24-inch LED movie theater market is limited. Prior to the release of third-party adapters, the display is only compatible with MacBooks that have Mini DisplayPort connections. And even if you have one, you’ll pay $ 900 for a display that can’t be used with other devices. It has a nice and clean design, great movie and game performance, phenomenal sound and a good viewing angle, but the lack of versatility of the monitor makes it a product we are reluctant to recommend even in our target (and single) market. It’s a sure good display, but until third-party adapters are released, it’s a more attractive dock with a great quality screen. If this appeals to you, and you own a compatible MacBook, and if $ 900 seems reasonable, then do it. For the rest of us, there are many more high-quality monitors that are almost no limit to their compatibility. The best of these are $ 516 Dell% 20UltraSharp% 202408WFP”> Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP and Samsung SyncMaster 240HD $ 399. Both of these 24-inch indices have lower prices, offer comparative performance, and have many more connectivity options.
Design and features
The ultra-glossy screen was the first thing we noticed about the Apple Cinema’s 24-inch LED display. In fact, it is so reflective that it is practically a mirror when the display is off. On closer inspection, we noticed that it seems to be a sheet of anti-glass glass above the screen, which slightly blurs the reflection and extends to the frame to the very edge of the panel. The panel is about 75 mm thick – a slim measure for a 24-inch monitor – and about 22.5 inches wide, which is normal for a 24-inch monitor. The pillow is about a centimeter long at the sides and at the top and 1.5 inches along the bottom. In the middle of the bottom of the frame is a silver Apple logo. At the top right, in the middle of the top of the panel, is a small lens for the built-in iSight camera.
About an inch above the lens at the top of the panel you will find a few small holes for the microphone, and at the bottom of the panel there are two built-in speakers. The sides of the panel are enclosed by a smooth aluminum finish that extends across the back side. In the upper middle section, behind is a black reflective Apple logo, and in the lower left corner are three USB 2.0 ports downstream.
A foot rest measuring approximately 7.5 inches deep by 7 inches wide. Despite the narrow appearance, the stand provides sufficient stability that when knocking the display on the sides there is minimal vibration; however, due to its smooth aluminum finish, it slides quite easily. The neck of the footrest is 11.5 inches high and has a 2-inch diameter hole through it for cable routing. Unfortunately, you can’t rotate, rotate, or rotate the screen, and you can’t adjust its height. The only ergonomic feature is that the panel tilts back 30 degrees.
The display has a native resolution of 1 920×1200 pixels. The pull-out is a fixed cord that splits into three connections: a USB connector, a MagSafe connector (which will charge your MacBook if the monitor is connected), and a Mini DisplayPort connection. No DVI, VGA or even HDMI connection. As we mentioned, it’s a monitor for MacBooks (with Mini DisplayPort connection) and MacBooks only, at least for now.
You can adjust the backlight brightness by viewing the system settings. You will also have access to the color temperature settings on the display where you can adjust it from 4500 K to 9 300 K. Unfortunately, there are no contrast controls.
- Manufacturer Specifications:
- Resolution: 1 920×1200
- Pixel Response Rate: 6ms
- Contrast: 1000: 1
- Brightness: 330cd / m2
- Connection: Mini DisplayPort
- HDCP compatible? So
- Video cables included? Mini DisplayPort
We tested the Apple LED Cinema Display via a Mini DisplayPort connection that connected to a 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of RAM and a 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9400M / 9600M GT graphics adapter memory. Due to this configuration, we are unable to display the actual DisplayMate because our DisplayMate is based on a PC configuration for DVI with which Apple LED Cinema Display was not compatible. We also used Boot Camp to install Windows XP Pro on a MacBook since DisplayMate is not compatible with Mac OS. Given the different configurations, it would be unfair to directly compare DisplayMate with other test displays, but we can at least discuss the results of the tests. Please note that DisplayPort has more video throughput than DVI.
Apple LED Cinema Display impressed us most with its color reproduction and contrast results. In our extreme gray scale and intensity tests and grayscale tests, the display scored higher than any of the previous displays tested. In these tests, the display managed to create a pure white as well as a very light gray – a tricky feat for most displays, but Cinema Display does it almost perfectly. On the same marking he could display almost true black, showing very dark gray. In addition, it accurately reproduced shades of gray (shades of gray between black and white) without any indication of other colors. This indicates that it does not have color tracking errors.
The display also worked great in most of our color tests. Apple LED Cinema Display has been able to scale dark colors of specific colors into lighter shades of the same color without squeezing between them. This indicates a very accurate color representation around.
The display continued to impress in our tests for Uniformity and Screen, stumbling only in our dark screen test. During this test, we noticed that the bleeding backlight was very visible on the lower and upper edges of the screen on the dark screen, showing all black.
We tried our usual test movie,Kill Bill Vol. 1, and saw deep blacks and full colors. The yellow in the bride’s overalls was particularly striking, with a clear and deep yellow that did not bleed or show any signs of other colors.World of Warcraftit looked as good as we’ve ever seen it on any display, with bright colors and striking contrast ratios, making polygonal characters look full and three-dimensional. We have found that the display is best for movies and games, when its color temperature is set to 6500KK, and the brightness is 75 percent of the maximum.
While other displays, such as the Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP, use cold cathode fluorescent lighting, the Apple LED Cinema Display uses an LED backlight. So instead of having several fluorescent tubes stretched horizontally across the screen, there are many custom LEDs all over the screen that can be switched off or on. This gives the LED displays more precise control over the amount of light entering the screen. Other benefits include better energy efficiency, more accurate and accurate color reproduction, a potentially thinner panel design, and a higher level of potential brightness.
Looking at the monitor from the top, bottom, or side of its optimum viewing angle, we noticed a gamut of shadows at the bottom of the screen. The gamma issues aren’t as bad as the Lenovo ThinkVision L2440x, where the details on the screen are almost invisible when viewed from the wrong angle, but the Apple panel performance is not as good as the Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP, where there were no gamma issues. from the corners.
We were very impressed with the built-in speakers; the sound was loud when it reached its maximum output and showed no sign of distortion. The bass is deep and the quality is clear and complete. These are some of the best speakers we’ve ever heard on a monitor.
Service and support
Apple continues to disappoint with its amazing customer support. It supports a 24-inch LED movie theater with a one-year limited warranty that covers the backlight but only includes 90 days of free phone support. Buying the AppleCare package for $ 249, the warranty extends up to three years from the time of purchase of the display, which seems almost necessary, given the proprietary nature of the display.