Price Advice 20" Cinema Display for $100?

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  1. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

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    I've been thinking about getting an external monitor for my MBP. I was looking around on Craigslist and found 2 20" Cinema Displays, one for $100 and the other for $50 (has some screen blemishes).

    Is that a good price? Looking on wiki I think it's a 2004 model.

    It's an aluminum one and I'd like to have an acrylic to go with a hopefully future PowerMac G4 but I know they'll have different connectors.
     
  2. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't do it. You can a good 24" new monitor for $150 or so.
     
  3. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's what I'm thinking. On the one hand it was a high quality monitor, but that was 9 years ago. What would be a good price for this?

    I'll probably stick with 3rd party unless I can find a decently priced LED Cinema Display.
     
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I saw a decent 23" IPS monitor for $100 the other day, you can do much better.
     
  5. cgk.emu macrumors 6502

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    Those screens are fantastic quality, and "9 years ago..."? I bought mine new from an Apple store 3 years ago.
     
  6. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ahh yes. I was at work when I typed that reply. I remembered wiki said it was released in 2004. Discoed in 2009.
     
  7. splitpea macrumors 6502a

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    I've got one of those -- been using it since '05, and it's held up extremely well. Those displays have some of the best color reproduction available in an LCD. They're sharp, bright, matte-surfaced, and can compete with any lighting conditions short of direct sunlight. Best of all, they're 16:10 instead of 16:9, which is almost impossible to find these days. If my current one conked out for some reason, I'd pay $100 for a new one at the drop of a hat. They used to cost something like $700 new and $500 refurb IIRC. Although you can also get a slightly higher resolution at 20" these days.

    Dell released a series of monitors in 2007 of which a subset use the exact same panel (I picked up one in '09 as a twin for the cinema display for $200 because the previous owner didn't realize it was different from the other cheap-ass throwaway Dell displays.) The Dells are probably even cheaper now, but it can be tough to track one down and make sure it uses the right panel, and the default color settings aren't nearly as good, and you have to play endlessly with the color adjustment knobs to get them to match the Apple ones.
     
  8. TyPod macrumors 68000

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    I got a used 23" Apple Cinema Display off Craigslist for $120, but it was from 2006 or so. Sounds like he's asking a bit too much for a 20 incher.
     

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