Is the ACS 30" the best, what others are there?

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  1. Grokgod macrumors 6502a

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    Of course I want a 30" ACD but I can help but think.
    WAit a minute, I just bought a Samsung LCD TV with 5000:1 contrast ratio and its amazing.

    I want to use the ACS for video and graphics work.
    Its going to look weird after getting used to the rich blacks etc on the Samsung, working on the ACD.

    There has got to be a better LCD out there.

    Plus I heard that APPLE has changed or reevaluated their LCD's and rated them at 700:1? now. IF this is real and not just wishful thinking.

    How can you tell if you are getting a model that has the changes implemented. I think that I owuld be buying from FRY's since their return policy is SO much better than the APPLE store.

    Plus does anyone think that a 30" ACD is TOO big for grahics work.
    I mean wow, its bigger than my head. :)
     
  2. eva01 macrumors 601

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    well your samsung TV does not have nearly as many pixels as the ACD does also Dell has a 30" monitor.

    and have you even looked at the tech specs for the displays?
    http://www.apple.com/displays/specs.html

    that would show you that yes it is 700:1
     
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    Whatever you get, in a word...NO.

    At least for me, the deal-maker was being able to open 12MP images at 50% resolution, which a 30" display hanldes beautifully.
     
  4. Grokgod thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yea , I saw the specs, thanks.

    but is it made up numbers or are they real.

    If real then has the model # changed. how can I make certain that I get the right model?

    thanks for the help!
     
  5. eva01 macrumors 601

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    i really don't think apple puts up imaginary specs up on their site. That would just well be illegal.

    Go into an apple store and ask them if the versions they have in stock have the 700:1 ratio
     
  6. Grokgod thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    HI again

    I was hoping to buy the ACD from FRy's they have a great return policy and with all the posted problems, I thought that I better take it into consideration.
     
  7. Chundles macrumors G4

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    The only real competitor for the Apple 30" monitor is the Dell 30"

    I can't imagine those numbers are made up, you will get the most current model if you order it from Apple. As soon as a new product is available the old product is removed from the inventory.
     
  8. Grokgod thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Isnt there anyother lcd's uhh samsung, nope i looked at their site.

    anyone know if there is model number that is with the 700:1 contrast ratio?

    If tis only the Dell then I surely would go Apple!

    But if the new numbers are only a reevaluation of the previous models then it doesnt matter, does it.

    Anyone know this?
     
  9. howesey macrumors 6502a

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    Ignore contrast ratio. There are many different ways to measure this, and different manufacturers use different methods.

    Anything above 70:1 the human eye cannot detect the difference.

    Please use your eyes.
     
  10. FragTek macrumors 6502

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    I have the Dell 3007WFP 30" display and I must say it's absolutely amazing. IIRC it has a faster response than the Apple display and can be had for about $500 less than the Apple. Buying Apple is like buying Nike, a lot of the cost comes from the brand name.
     
  11. howesey macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, and response can also be measured different, so ignore that.
     
  12. FragTek macrumors 6502

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    Yes and the Dell was designed as a gaming monitor... Not a project monitor such as the ACD.

    Dell's best rep comes from their outstanding flat panels. I think 75% of the population would agree that they simply have the best displays, period.

    The 3007WFP offers the most incredible gaming experience of all time, I highly suggest that you look in to it. No, it's not quite as "flashy" as the Apple display, but the panel itself is actually better and the monitor costs a solid $500 less :)

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=96790&highlight=Dell+3007WFP

    Welcome to my domain :) hehe
     
  13. Grokgod thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I went to Fry's to get the 30 inch ACD and the saleman there said that my Macbook pro 1.83 wouldn't run the monitor in its native resolution.

    You should have seen my jaw drop!

    I was told when I bought it that it would run it!
    It was one of the reasons that I bought the MacBookpro.

    Now I am on a hunt to figure that out.
    I called an Apple rep and he had no idea.
    I am going to an Apple store with guns blazing, after i find out the real deal.

    Anyone here know?
    The real answer?
     
  14. Chundles macrumors G4

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    The MacBook Pro - any MacBook Pro, when plugged into a 30" ACD will run it's built-in monitor at it's native resolution (either 1440x900 or 1600x1050 depending on the model) AND the 30" ACD at it's native resolution of 2560x1600 at the same time.

    You plug it into the MBP and it will run as it is designed to run - at 2560x1600.

    EDIT: Lesson: Never, ever trust salespeople, especially those that sell Macs at stores that sell everything else (department stores etc.) they know absolutely bugger all. Always, ALWAYS come here for your answers, then go to Apple.

    This is from the MacBook Pro tech specs page - it shows that the MBP will run the 30" at it's native (2560x1600) resolution.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Well said, I love the dell widescreen displays.
     
  16. Grokgod thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks Chuddles

    For the great information

    and for seeing through my poor typo, I meant "wouldn't run it"
    i have changed my typo from WOULD to WOULDNT.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  17. Chundles macrumors G4

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    S'OK mate, glad to be of service.

    As for the typo, I'll let you get away with "Wouldn't" but "Chuddles"??? ;) :p
     
  18. howesey macrumors 6502a

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    Best to get one with 256MB or 512MB video memory though.
     
  19. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Because 5% more power would make a lot of difference?
     
  20. Grokgod thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I already own the 1.83 Macbook pro with the 128 Vram.

    So, not uch of a chance to improve that issue unless I manage to get a Manager at the APPLE store to swith me out with another newer version.
     
  21. howesey macrumors 6502a

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    Because spanning over two screens at such high resolutions will use a lot of VRAM.
     
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