Apple Cinema Display

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  1. spender

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    So im looking into getting a bigger screen. I currently work off of a macbook. and it is driving me crazy. I was looking at imacs, then i started looking at the cinema displays. does anyone on here use one? There $999.00. which seems expensive for just a monitor. To get an Imac, i would have to sell my macbook. but i might be able to swing a display and keep the macbook, which would be great for location shooting. But do you think the display is worth the $999.00. Or should i look into a quality monitor from someone outside the world of mac? And spend more like $5-$600.00.

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    Get a Dell Ultrasharp, they share internals with the Apple Cinema displays. Pay much less and get the same quality.
     
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    Agreed, I've got an UltraSharp and its an excellent monitor and didn't cost anywhere near the Apple equivalent. Spend the extra money on a calibration kit.
     
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    what they said.
     
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    I have a 20" widescreen ultrasharp, excellent monitor. Whatever you get make sure you get a calibration tool - sssssoooo important.
     
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    ...i could get two 20" ultrasharps for cheaper than the 24", seems weird.
     
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    Thats the Apple Tax. :)
     
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    We have about a dozen 30" Apple displays at work and they are over priced. Sexy though!
     
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    Make sure you check out some 24" ones in person.. you'd need a large desk space and would even have to sit kinda far back to do editing, at least I found that when I was deciding between the 20" and 24" imacs.. When I played around with them at a store, I really found the 24" version ridiculously big and impractical personally. It's personal preference but look into it, because before I saw them in person I was leaning towards 24" but when I saw them I immediately knew it wasn't for me..
     
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    As someone who has a 30" and a 23" Cinema display save your money.
     
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    really? I disagree. I have edited on a samsung(one of the fancy rotating ones) and it was fucking amazing. made my 22" look like a baby(i never would have imagined 2" would make that much diff).
    One thing i will be looking for in my next monitor is the ability to easily rotate to vertical. SOOOOOOO much more workable room with images shot in portrait orientation. it made a HUGE difference.
     
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    Yeah I guess that may be partially because I had in mind that it'd be on a small desk (in a res room).. Side by side I found the 24" dwarfed my 20" much more than I would have expected, like you said.. 2-4" makes a LOT more difference than you'd think, I was blown away. I just found that sitting at a computer desk as I normally would, it felt like I couldn't really take in the entire screen at once, like parts of it were sort of in peripheral vision. But I do suppose if you had a large space and got used to it then it would be pretty amazing/better to edit on.
     
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    so hard not to pick one up. fuck.
     
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    I leave my macbook open and run dual displays.. email or whatever on the macbook, PS or lightroom on my Dell 19" LCD. You can drag your tool bars to the macbook too and run PS full screen on the other display.

    I guess my point is I never use it closed because I always have shit open on one display and work on the other. But you can.. I'm not sure how, I found out by accident when I woke the mac up from sleep using the my mouse while the lid was closed.

    The mac is flawless when adding an external display, in my experience. And it remembers your preferences between displays (Example: My Dell 20" at work is not my primary display, it uses a different wallpaper, my 19" at home doesn't use wallpaper, and when connected to my TV, it knows that too.).

    It works really well.
     
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    but to type do you just use the macbook keyboard, or would i use a seperate one?
     
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    You could use the macbook keyboard if you want - still works... of course, you can't if you close it. haha

    I used a Microsoft wireless desktop until I got the Apple Bluetooth keyboard with the mighty mouse. Even using the wireless or wired keyboard/mouse, you can still use the macbook keyboard/mouse.

    Personal preference... try a USB keyboard for ten bucks from FS.

    My macbook lives right next to my primary display, so using the macbook keyboard would be terribly uncomfortable.
     
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    NEC > *

    that goes without saying.

    my favorite monitor was still my 20" Mitsubishi Diamondpro CRT
     
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    I'm still rockin CRTs (but they are dying a painful death), I can't stand the gamut of most LCDs - hence my desire for something a little more high end.
     
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    Hah yep I was waiting for someone to jump on that
     
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    Fixed with the link to Red Flag Deals, guess it doesn't like direct linking.
     
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    Worked ok for me the first time I clicked it.. not any more though. You beat me to it.. :)
     
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    I have one of the 24" Ultrasharps at work - it's awesome. As someone posted, it's the same internals as the Apple Cinema Displays, so you're getting the same monitor with a different casing.

    I run my MacBook Pro through it and it works great. I have an external keyboard and mouse, and run with it closed for 2 reasons:

    - because of the setup of my desk, it's hard to get the monitor and the laptop screen side by side.
    - My MBPro only does 1600x1200, and I notice the resolution difference too much when looking between that and the UltraSharp.

    I've also never been a fan of dual monitor setups - too much window management required in my books. I'd much rather a 24" than 2x20"..
     

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