Reviews and Problems with Apple Cinema Display 27-inch / MC007
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Three More Inches of Apple
26 May 2011
Excerpt: After releasing the 27-inch iMac in the fall of 2009 , it was only a matter of time until a 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display ($999) made its way to Apple’s shelves. Now we’ve been given an official date of September for the IPS (In-plane switching) display, that features a massive 2560×1440 resolution, and a true 16:9 aspect ratio.
Summary: As a desktop display and USB extender, the 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display works wonderfully; however, for $1,000, there are better monitors that offer more options, including PC and Mac compatibility.
Pros: The Apple LED Cinema Display's high resolution and screen coating gives it not only great performance in movies and games, but also in everyday tasks. The monitor works seamlessly when connected to a recent model MacBook, and provides a charging station and three USB ports. And it just looks really slick on a desktop.
Cons: Thanks to Apple's decision to only include a Mini DisplayPort connection, the LED Cinema Display can only be used with Macs from late 2008 and on. Also, the display lacks ergonomic features and more-granular customization options. Some users will not appreciate the overly reflective and glossy screen.
Conclusion: I purchased this display to get more resolution out of my MacBook Pro while cleaning up the nest of cables on my desk. Now that I don't have to use my charger when at my desk I can keep it bundled up and ready to go in my backpack. I use Skype video chat frequently so the integrated iSight was a must. And when I have some downtime (heh, rarely) I use the display to watch movies as I don't have a TV. That's why I actually like the glossy display.
Conclusion: I think the more compact 27-inch form factor is the right package to deal with greater than 1080p resolutions. Thirty inch monitors are great if you need more than 1920 x 1200 on a single panel but they’re bulky and don’t have a particularly great pixel density. The 27-inch 16:9 panel in the new LED Cinema Display is a nice alternative. The styling is impeccable however Apple made two sacrifices in order to design such a pretty display.
Summary: Does a 24-inch display seem too cramped? Does a 30-inch seem too big? If so, Apple's monitor moves this week should fit you just right. Here's how Apple's latest Cinema Display reshuffles the company's lineup, along with a look at where the new product fits into the LCD market.
Excerpt: Aside from lacking a couple of inches of aluminum at the bottom, Apple’s 27-inch Cinema Display looks nearly identical to the 27-inch iMac. It has built-in speakers, an iSight camera and a microphone too, just like the iMac.
Pros: Can charge up Mac portables; built-in speakers and camera.
Cons: Mac-only; limited adjustability (no height adjustment, for example); glossy screen is prone to glare.
Test: Apple LED Cinema Display MC007ZMA (TFT-Monitor)
20 August 2011
Conclusion: Kein Zweifel, Apples Cinema Display sieht extrem schick aus und liefert ein sehr gutes Bild, spielt allerdings seine Stärken – etwa das Akkuladen bei einem angeschlossenen MacBook – nur in Verbindung mit einem Apple-Rechner aus. So ist der Monitor für PC-Anwender letztlich ein Display, das allein mit tollem Design glänzt und klasse Bildqualität liefert.
Pros: Design, Bildqualität, Verarbeitung
Cons: Preis, Wenig Schnittstellen, Schlechte Ergonomie, Extrem hoher Stromverbrauch