Apple ACD in Portrait mode..on the original stand! (Project pics)

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  1. RichP macrumors 68000

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    I decided to "go big" and grab a 30" ACD to replace my 2 20" displays. I wanted 2 23's, but their color and quality is so iffy it would be about impossible to find 2 good specimens...

    Anyway, I missed dual screen, because its nice to have a secondary display for pallettes and such. The 30" and a 20", both at 16x9, is just too wide to use reasonably. However, fellow forum poster "blakespot" inspired me with his 30" ACD and HP 1600x1200 display mounted in portrait mode. What if I could make an adapter bracket that would allow the 20" to sit, in portrait, on my desk?


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    2 Hours with my Mitutoyo calipers and Solidworks 2006, and a trip to a machine shop....


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    The bracket is milled aluminum, and has mounting points to emulate the back of the Apple ACD, and then 4x100 MM slots to mount to the Apple VESA adapter. I used slots so I had a little adjustability so the top of the screen on the 20" would line up with the top of the 30" screen.


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    With the help my girlfriend patiently holding the screen when I took measurements, we determined it worked better to have the viewing area lined up between screens rather than bezels. It actually works out well, the 20" ACD "top" is where the radius on the 30" begins. Wonder if there is some secret Ives calculation in these bezel designs!


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  2. RichP thread starter macrumors 68000

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    More..

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    It works out great. The difference in dot pitch isnt noticeable unless you have a window displayed partially on each display. The portrait screen is great for pallettes and long lists; definitely worth the effort!


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    PS. That 2nd "G5" is actually an Intel Conroe PC I built a while back. (Was an AMD machine when I first posted about it)
     
  3. miniguu macrumors regular

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    VERY nicely done. It's scary to see just how much bigger the 30" is than the 20" though! Lovely mod. :)
     
  4. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    Very nice!! I recognise your setup from the PC in a G5 case work you did. I wonder how long it'll take for you to cave in and get a second 20" to put on the left... just for the sake of symmetry obviously!!
     
  5. RichP thread starter macrumors 68000

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    LOL! You know..I already have another 20" ACD..would just need a bracket..and another video card..
     
  6. backsidetailsli macrumors 65816

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    thats simply amazing.
    good work man, takes guts to do something like that to something at the price it is
     
  7. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    That's gorgeous. I've seen someone attempt something like that before, but it didn't look half as good. Good work!
     
  8. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    RichP, you are a gentleman and a scholar! (I dunno, my grandma always says that when I do good things)

    Seriously though! Very nice work! You should hook up the other 20" ACD to the conroe! That'd be schweet!!!
     
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    Do you get 2 of everything just for fun? Hehe.
     
  11. Xeem macrumors 6502a

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    Just... awesome. I don't know that I've seen an ACD setup as cool as yours before.
     
  12. TyPod macrumors 68000

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    That is so awesome. ACD's are so sweet! Good job!
     
  13. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    Mind telling us how much the mod cost? I suppose that makes it prohibitive for most people. Very cool idea!
     
  14. RichP thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Between the Apple Bracket, the one-off bracket I had made, and hardware to put it together... almost $200 :( Not exactly cost effective, and I may have reconsidered it if I knew the exact cost beforehand.
     
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Very nice! :) I think you need another vertical one on the other side just to complete the picture. :)
     
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  17. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I bet there would actually be a market for this...although I'm not sure if there would be ar $200....
     
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    How did you get your ACD to go into 90 degrees rotation? I mean, I thought the ACD's didn't support that mode. Or is it only the hardware (the standard stand/foot of the display) that isn't supporting the rotation?
     
  19. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    that's an awesome mod. really expensie, but eh.. you live you learn, heh.

    if you could figure out how to make it inexpensively, I bet you could definitely market that. :p

    oh, and I agree.. you need a second 20" on the other side, just to complete it.. heh
     
  20. Silentwave macrumors 68000

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    But the custom part not being a one-off would probably make it a bit cheaper.
     
  21. RichP thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I may call around a few places next week and see; although I think that piece would have to be priced well below 100 to make it worthwile. Also, I would have to test it with a 23"; make sure it ddint bottom out onto the top of the stand.

    What price, NOT including the Apple bracket; do you think this is "worth?"
     
  22. RichP thread starter macrumors 68000

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    User Blakespot has a similar setup:

     
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    from a mechanical engineering student...that's some nice machining :)
     

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