When I made the decision to purchase my MacBook Pro the main reason that I selected it was the fact that even though it was a laptop, it was a â€œproperâ€ computer. I would be able to work with it as though it were a desktop machine, without limitations. In order to achieve this properly I knew that I was going to need an additional display for when I was working at home.
After looking around at the various screens on the market I eventually decided to stick with the Apple screen. There were many reasons for this, but the main one was the fact that the quality of image on this screen is absolute perfection. Colours are rich, blacks are very black, and the resolution is high enough for the work I was intending to use it for. I could have purchased a much cheaper display (at Â£635 the Apple Cinema Display is very expensive), however, other less expensive displays use CCFL technology for the lighting of the panel, and this is no way near as effective as using LED technology in the way that Apple have chosen to do with this display. Cold cathode fluorescent lamps achieve excellent results for their price, but I wanted a display that really delivered when it came to colour, and produced an even tone across the whole display.
The box contents are minimal, just the display, the attached cable bunch, power lead and various warranty cards and instruction manuals. Also included is a small cleaning cloth for use with the screen. The first thing you notice when you remove it from the box is the stunning industrial design. The guys at Apple have once again produced something which will not look out of place in any home or office. The display has a cable bunch attached with includes a Micro Displayport connector, USB 2.0 lead and the Magsafe connector. The Magsafe connector allows you to charge your Apple MacBook while using it with the display. This is a great idea as it removed the need for me to purchase an additional power block for use at home. I can now leave my Apple charger in my bag, ready to go. The USB cable is also handy as it allows you to use the display as a USB hub for up to three devices. The only downside of this is that as the USB sockets are located on the rear of the display they can be quite hard to locate without turning the display around.
When you plug in your display into the MacBook you have a choice of different modes to use. You can leave the MacBook lid open and have the displays running together, giving you a huge area to work within, or you can close the lid and the 24â€³ display becomes the primary display for using your MacBook. Either method provides excellent results, and the display is a joy to work with. Also included in the display is a built-in iSight camera, speakers and a microphone â€“ all of which are powered via the same USB connection to your MacBook. This is an excellent feature, as it gives you the option to work with the lid down on your MacBook and still use all of the features of the MacBook. Obviously working in this way requires a keyboard and mouse (I have been using the bluetooth wireless keyboard and mouse and these work perfectly with the lid closed. Performance under Windows via Bootcamp is also excellent and everything works just as it should.
Overall using the Apple 24â€³ LED Cinema Display is an excellent experience, the screen looks fantastic and has the performance to boot. An excellent display and well worth the extra money â€“ Â£635 never sounded such a bargain. Perfect for all MacBook users.