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ozreth
Apr 13, 2010, 04:21 PM
I was contemplating picking up a 24" display for my 15". I game a lot and figured it would be nice, but then again, it seems like mostly people with 13" mbp's do this. Is the 9" that much of a difference in the long run?



spinnerlys
Apr 13, 2010, 04:25 PM
The 15" MBP has 1440 x 900 pixel, the 24" LED Cinema Display has 1920 x 1200 pixel.

So you get 480 more horizontal times 300 more vertical pixel on 9" inches of display.
Thus one can deduce, the 24" has less pixel per inch (PPI), thus everything is a bit bigger.

But to be honest, I don't really understand your question?

ozreth
Apr 13, 2010, 04:30 PM
The 15" MBP has 1440 x 900 pixel, the 24" LED Cinema Display has 1920 x 1200 pixel.

So you get 480 more horizontal times 300 more vertical pixel on 9" inches of display.
Thus one can deduce, the 24" has less pixel per inch (PPI), thus everything is a bit bigger.

But to be honest, I don't really understand your question?

Ah I see. Basically I was just asking if I will be underwhelmed. It seems like 15" to 30" would be worth it, but I'm not sure about the leap to 24".

Gotta find a way to try one of these things out for awhile.

ozreth
Apr 13, 2010, 07:50 PM
Also, how old is this 23" display? Will the 24 and 30" be updated soon?

Is this a good deal or bad to buy used? http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0002ILKNQ/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&qid=1271205999&sr=8-4&condition=used

Thanks : )

macpluslaptop
Apr 14, 2010, 07:35 AM
Ah I see. Basically I was just asking if I will be underwhelmed. It seems like 15" to 30" would be worth it, but I'm not sure about the leap to 24".

I have one, and it's fantastic. Feels huge to me, and I can put two Word pages side by side with ease. Also any video you watch will be much more enjoyable on an external 24".

Best of both worlds, mobility and desktop.

ozreth
Apr 14, 2010, 05:45 PM
Are the 30" displays outdated at this point? They look a bit older, I have no idea when they came out though. It seems like most people go for the 24", is this just because of pricing?

I think the design of the 24" looks nicer but I found a really good deal on a 30"

Any insight? Thanks : )

Transporteur
Apr 14, 2010, 05:56 PM
I think the design of the 24" looks nicer but I found a really good deal on a 30"

Any insight?

It was last updated in late 2006 but is still a very, very good display. I got one myself and would buy it every time again.
The picture quality is outstanding and the manufacturing is first class.

You can, however, get the exact same panel of the 30" ACD in other displays like the 30" Samsung, HP or Dell 3007. They can be found much cheaper, but use an (imo) ugly and cheap plastic enclosure and don't have the same brightness of the ACD (400cd).
So if you're not after build quality, you can save a lot of money by not buying the 30" ACD.
Another option would be the Dell 3008, which has a more current panel and a wide range of inputs. Especially the fact that it has a display port can be very handy if you want to connect that display to a laptop, since it does not require a $100 adapter which you'd need for the Cinema Display. The 3008 is pricy though.

If you really want a large display, go 30". It offers 77% more real estate than a 24" screen!

ozreth
Apr 14, 2010, 06:17 PM
It was last updated in late 2006 but is still a very, very good display. I got one myself and would buy it every time again.
The picture quality is outstanding and the manufacturing is first class.

You can, however, get the exact same panel of the 30" ACD in other displays like the 30" Samsung, HP or Dell 3007. They can be found much cheaper, but use an (imo) ugly and cheap plastic enclosure and don't have the same brightness of the ACD (400cd).
So if you're not after build quality, you can save a lot of money by not buying the 30" ACD.
Another option would be the Dell 3008, which has a more current panel and a wide range of inputs. Especially the fact that it has a display port can be very handy if you want to connect that display to a laptop, since it does not require a $100 adapter which you'd need for the Cinema Display. The 3008 is pricy though.

If you really want a large display, go 30". It offers 77% more real estate than a 24" screen!

Thank you, this was a great help. Would you say that the display quality of the 30" is on par with the 24"?

Gonzo3333
Apr 14, 2010, 06:28 PM
If you go with the 24" check out the refurb store on the Apple website. You can get a refurb for $300 less than brand spanking new. With the refurb you can also get the three year Apple Care Protection plan for $99. Even though it says refurbished every detail has been looked over by Apple and you will not be able to tell the difference between the refurbished and a new one. You may have to wait a few days because some days they are available and other days they are not.

You can also get a refurbished 30" for quite a bit less money than a brand new one as well. There are also rumors of a 27" Cinema Display coming so you may want to hold off for as long as you can.

Transporteur
Apr 14, 2010, 06:44 PM
Thank you, this was a great help. Would you say that the display quality of the 30" is on par with the 24"?

I haven't seen them side by side, but there are various people who say that the 30" actually has a better image quality, not by much though.
But keep in mind that they are very different displays. Biggest difference is the panel cover. The 24" uses glass, hence is glossy. As a result of that colours are more intense and the image itself is supposed to be a little more crisp.
The 30" on the other hand can be better calibrated and its colours are, even though not as intense, more accurate. And of course its a little brighter than the 24".

The build quality is absolutely equal.

Jaro65
Apr 14, 2010, 09:45 PM
You can pick a refurbished 24" ACD for $599. At that price it is a really good deal. I really enjoy mine. I may swap if Apple does come out with 27" version though.

ozreth
Apr 15, 2010, 06:22 AM
I have one, and it's fantastic. Feels huge to me, and I can put two Word pages side by side with ease. Also any video you watch will be much more enjoyable on an external 24".

Best of both worlds, mobility and desktop.

do you have a 15" mbp?

*LTD*
Apr 15, 2010, 07:27 AM
I've got my 15-inch MBP driving a 24-inch Samsung SyncMaster T240.

BIG difference. I wouldn't have it any other way. There's nothing like a nice big display. A 30-inch display be incredible, though, but not the current one from Apple.

macpluslaptop
Apr 15, 2010, 07:46 AM
do you have a 15" mbp?

Yes.

ozreth
Apr 15, 2010, 12:21 PM
Somebody in town is willing to sell me their 24" LED for $450 and its still eligible for applecare. I would like to wait for the 27" to be released but I feel like this is too good to pass up.

How much $$ do you think the 27" will sell for when its released?

spinnerlys
Apr 15, 2010, 12:24 PM
Somebody in town is willing to sell me their 24" LED for $450 and its still eligible for applecare. I would like to wait for the 27" to be released but I feel like this is too good to pass up.

How much $$ do you think the 27" will sell for when its released?

Considering the 24" goes for 899USD and the 30" for 1799USD, one could deduce, the 27" could cost 1349USD, while the entry 27" iMac costs 1699USD.
So maybe around 1200USD for the 27".

ozreth
Apr 15, 2010, 01:08 PM
Considering the 24" goes for 899USD and the 30" for 1799USD, one could deduce, the 27" could cost 1349USD, while the entry 27" iMac costs 1699USD.
So maybe around 1200USD for the 27".

Which means even refurbished it would be around 8 or 900. So Im probably good going for that 24" for $450 right now.

Jaro65
Apr 16, 2010, 12:29 AM
^^^^^
That does sound like a great deal.

ozreth
Apr 16, 2010, 01:07 AM
^^^^^
That does sound like a great deal.

Yeah Im gonna do it, hopefully he dosent change his mind! Or read these forums...