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Apple 30" display is it worth considering?

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Hi Guys,

Have just updated my G5 Dual to a Quad - still using the old 20" cinema screen.

I am looking at getting the 23" or 30" display and using the old 20" for the second screen of a dual display setup.

Would appreciate your comments for and against.



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I've got a dual 2.5 Powermac and lusted over the lrge monitor.


I chose the 23" and opted for 5Gb of RAM instead.


I use a single monitor and am considering a second one now that I'm using Aperture.

Maybe if I'd selected the larget monitor I'd not be looking for a second one but who knows...

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Real estate wise, the 30" is wonderful. But the viewing angles isn't very wide and the colors aren't the best. A good 23-24" would be better color and view angle wise.But if it's real estate you want and you have the GeForce card to drive it, then go for it.

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The Dell 30" is ahead of the Apple 30", in terms of specs. Might be worth a look.

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Is the Dell an HD monitor? In what way is it superior to the Apple?


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I go visit mine at CompUSA twice a week. Someday there will be enough jack in my bank account to bring it home.

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A 30" display sure is nice, but kinda pricey for me. I just bought the Dell 24" HD Monitor (1920x1200) and I love it. Dell just dropped the price to $799 so it is a hell of a bargain.




I also really like that it has component inputs so I can plug my HD camera directely into it and don't need a computer to view HD. This has been nice when I've wanted to show others my work. I just grab my camera and monitor and can take it anywhere. Everyone who's seen it has been impressed so far. (with the monitor that is, mixed results on the work :-))



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On the whole "Dell 30" is ahead of Apple on Specs" issue, I really don't see much in it other than price and a media reader in Dell's favor. IE:


Dell's Specs from the Dell site:

Viewable Image Size  30 inches

Diagonal Size              30 inches

Display Type              Active Matrix - TFT LCD

Depth                          7.87 inches


                                    18.49 inches compressed

                                    22 inches extended

Height Adjustability      90mm up or down

Swivel                          60° left and right

Tilt                            3° forward and 19° backward

Width                          27.26 inches

Weight (no stand)    25.07 lbs.

Weight (with stand)    35.24 lbs.

Horizontal Viewing Angle  ± 178° (typical)

Vertical Viewing Angle            ± 178° (typical)

Color Support              16.7 million colors

Contrast Ratio              700:1

Response Time 

                                    11 ms (grey-to-grey)

                                    14 ms (black-to-black)

Brightness                400 cd/m2

Resolution                2560x1600 (max)

Pixel Pitch (Dot Pitch)    0.250 mm


DVI-D (dual link) with HDCP

USB 2.0 (4)

9-in-2 Media Card Reader

Kensington security port

Power Consumption 

147W to 177W (max) w/USB and sound bar

Less than 1W switched off




$2199 US before shipping




Apple's Specs from the Apple Site:




    * 2560 x 1600 pixels (optimum resolution)

    * 2048 x 1280

    * 1920 x 1200

    * 1280 x 800

    * 1024 x 640


Display colors (maximum)    16.7 million

Viewing angle (typical)  178° horizontal; 178° vertical

Brightness (typical)            400 cd/m2

Contrast ratio (typical)    700:1

Response time (typical)  14 ms

Pixel pitch                          0.250 mm

Screen treatment  Antiglare hardcoat

User controls (hardware and software)  Display power, system sleep, system wake, brightness, and display tilt

Cables  DVI (Digital Visual Interface), FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and DC power (24.5 V)


Two-port, self-powered USB 2.0 hub,

Two FireWire 400 ports and Kensington security port


$2499 before shipping


Of course price is an important issue. Personally I am not interested in a 9-in-2 media reader in th monitor as I only use CF, thus that's a wash. The Dell has 4 USB 2.0 ports, the Apple has 2 USB 2.0 and 2 firewire 400, also a wash as far as I'm concerned.


Other than these points, I see no technical differentiation between the two monitors in terms of specification or performance.

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