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Apple Cinema Displays - There is a difference

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I've been in the camp that the Dell 24" computer displays are every bit as good as the Apple displays so why spend the extra money to buy Apple? Well that was before I got up close and personal with the 27" iMac and their new LED backlight displays. The display is so sharp and so crisp that any other monitor we have in the facility looks blurry.

I have found the 24" LED Cinema Display to be equally as good and am now considering changing over all the computer displays in our shop to these despite their cost. Why? Eye strain. The sharper the monitor, the less strain on your eyes.

The beauty of video imagery is really pointless when it comes to a computer display. What really counts is the sharpness of the text. The sharper the text, you guessed, the less strain on your eyes. Think about it, when you're editing with Final Cut Pro, creating in After Effects, painting in Photoshop, what are you really doing 90% of the time? Reading text in the interface. We have to read the name of the clips, read the parameters of the effect, select the proper tool, etc... Most of the time we are doing this by reading text and numbers.

So if you're reading text and numbers 90% of the time, shouldn't you get a monitor that's well suited for 90% of the work your eyes will be doing? As someone who is now approaching the 2nd half of my life, I can feel eye strain coming on earlier each day. If I can give some sage advice to those of you coming along now, spend some extra money on a sharper computer display to keep your eyes in the best shape possible for the longest time possible.

I'm officially out of the "all computer displays are very similar so don't waste money on the Apple displays" camp. If you can afford at least one of them for your primary monitor, definitely consider it.

Of course the whole Mini Display port throws a monkey wrench into my plans because all our computers are located in the Machine Room, up to 100' away from the display. I have to figure out how I would get that Mini Display plug from the screen to my DVI Extender so it can feed the computer.... Another one of those things where you just want to say to Apple, "What were you thinking? Did you WANT to make life difficult for those of us actually wanting to BUY this monitor?"


I haven't seen the Dell's yet
by Jeremy Garchow
We just got an Apple 24" LED for a display in another room and it's very nice. We also got the mini-display port to DVI adapter that is powered by USB. It works! You won't be dissapointed, that's for sure. They do have the glossy sheen over it so placement of the monitor is crucial to reduce glare.

PS Sorry I didn't see this earlier as I didn't get an email for some reason :(
by walter biscardi
Dell is 1920 x 1080 and Apple is 1920 x 1200.

Wider viewing angle on the Apple

Apple is brighter, which as you noted you actually have to turn down a few notches.

So it's definitely not the exact same panel or same electronics in both cases. I have always found that Apple displays have the sharpest text of any display on the market. I just never thought they were worth the extra money until that 27" iMac came into the room.
LED Dell
by walter biscardi
Have you had a chance to see the Dells Jeremy? Just curious if the display is as sharp as the Apple Cinema display.

We've ordered one 24" Apple LED Display, one of those Altona Adapters and one VESA mount to test with. If they work, then we'll order two more Apples.
The LED backlighting is very nice
by Jeremy Garchow
I have a new MacBook Pro and the LED display is very very crisp and pleasing. At times it's too bright. I usually keep the brightness down a few clicks for everyday use.

I also have an HP DreamColor display that is LED backlit, it is also very nice.

I believe that the LED is what takes it to the next level. There is definitely a difference.

Again, Dell et al makes them cheaper than Apple, just for arguments sake:

new graphics card
by walter biscardi
No, Dual Graphics card will cause Color to not work at all and Final Cut Pro has issues with this too.

What throws the monkey wrench in is the 100' of distance between the computer and the display. So I need a female mini display port and then convert that to a male DVI connector. The ones that Apple sells are for connecting a regular DVI monitor to a Mini Display port.

Fortunately good ol' Bob Zelin came through with the proper converter.

Walter, I totally agree with you.
by Ron James
Walter, I totally agree with you. The Apple Displays are stunning. That said, I'm currently using a Dell 3008WFP 30" and I love it. This is the more expensive of the two 30 inchers that Dell makes. I'm guessing the better contrast ratio increases sharpness over the 3007WFP-HC.
new graphics card
by Rob Grauert
"Of course the whole Mini Display port throws a monkey wrench into my plans"

can't you replace the graphics card of your mac and get one that has 2 DVI ports?

Professional Video Editor, Producer, Creative Director, Director since 1990.

Credits include multiple Emmys, Tellys, Aurora and CableAce Awards.

Creative Director for Georgia-Pacific and GP Studios, Atlanta. Former Owner / Operator of Biscardi Creative Media. The show you knew us best for was "Good Eats" on the Food Network. I developed the HD Post workflow and we also created all the animations for the series.

Favorite pastime is cooking with pizza on the grill one of my specialties. Each Christmas Eve we serve the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian seafood meal with approx. 30 items on the menu.

If I wasn't in video production I would either own a restaurant or a movie theater.



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