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Apple LED Cinema Display 24-inch

78
Global
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Pros
  • Drop-dead gorgeous designIPS panel is stunningNo power brick required with unibody MBP
Cons
  • It's Mini-DisplayPort or bustAwkward standDid we mention no DVI or HDMI?
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100
k3xiceman
I bought my 24" LED Cinema display a few months after I picked up the first...read more
100
humedini
When I made the decision to purchase my MacBook Pro the main reason that I selected...read more
90
danphan
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Picture quality

92
 

Inputs

78
 

Design and form factor

91
 
 
100
k3xiceman
I bought my 24" LED Cinema display a few months after I picked up the first Unibody MacBook Pro the weekend THAT came out in October of 2008. I really wanted a larger screen to use my MacBook Pro on, and my old Philips 19" wasn't' doing it anymore. When Apple announced the LED Cinema Display and how tightly integrated it would be with Apple's brand new line of MacBooks, I knew I wanted one. The early reviews of the unit solidified my desire for this monitor. Finally in February, I went to my local Apple Store and walked out empty handed since Apple hadn't started shipping to stores. I was forced to order from Apple's site and wait. When the FedEx man pulled up to my apartment a few days later, I was ecstatic to try it out. When I first unboxed it, I was pretty surprised with the sheer size of it. This thing makes my 15" Macbook Pro look like a netbook! I plugged it in and it popped right on. I immediately started checking out all of the highly lauded features of this beauty. The webcam looks better than the built-in one on the MBP and the panel is even better looking than the screen in the MBP (which I had previously deemed the best looking screen I'd ever used.) The LED backlight is so bright, I usually have to turn it down since I prefer to work in the dark. The built-in 2.1 speaker system is good for how small the monitor is, but it doesn't get very loud and the "subwoofer" is more like a mid range speaker since most of the sound actually comes out of it. The subwoofer is positioned on the back of the monitor in front of the stand so it can bounce off of the front of the stand and into your head. The two tiny tweeters are located on the bottom and fire down to bounce off of the surface it's sitting on. The design is pure sex. It is very thin and the bezel matches up with my MacBook Pro very nicely. There aren't any visible seams and it's very solid. My only wish is that it had an ambient light sensor like the MacBook Pro does so when I adjust the lighting in the room, it can adapt to that. Or even if it could auto adjust the brightness based off of what the MacBook's brightness level is currently set to. This is why I didn't give it a perfect 10.
 
100
humedini
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 “proper” 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 £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 24″ 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 – 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 24″ 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 – £635 never sounded such a bargain. Perfect for all MacBook users.
 
90
danphan
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
organicode
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
ryangdixon
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
80
alexandruv
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
refractured
Perfect companion for any new macbook with a MINI display port. And thats about it. That's what I bought it for, so I'm quite happy.
 
80
matsuda
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
catmacc
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
im6feetsmall
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget