23" ACD - good?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by sr5878, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. sr5878 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2007
    Hey folks,

    I've seen several negative reviews of the 23" and 30" ACD here on the boards, and I wanted some opinions from some people who own one.

    Do you see a noticable grain or glitter effect on whites?

    How are blacks?

    I am a graphic designer who is slowly moving into print work, and I really want good color representation -- the 20" Acer TN panel I'm using with my MBP is just not trustworthy with colors. I was going to go for a 24" Dell ultrasharp, but I actually found an ACD for $450. I'm waiting for that to ship, but in the meantime can anyone confirm or relieve my slight case of buyers remorse? :) Please be honest!
  2. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    The ACD is an awesome display for color accuracy. I've really seen a difference in the stability of the display. The panel is great and the blacks are fairly black. I believe that the 23" ACD has the shortest warm up time to unchanging colors (not sure where I read that at the moment). Trust me, this is a purchase you won't regret making.
  3. sr5878 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2007
    thanks iToaster.

    has anyone observed the shimmering effect? I've seen it on a 20" acd, but i didn't have any problems with ghosting or flickering.
  4. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    None on my 23" ACD.
  5. LeoFio macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2008
    New York
    No shimmering, ghosting, flickering on the one I bought a few weeks ago.

    I did have 3 stuck pixels when I first turned it on, but one light flick of my finger fixed them.
  6. sr5878 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2007
    thanks guys, you rock.

    if anyone else has experience with this display, please post!
  7. forty31 macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2008
    Quincy, IL
    I have nothing but good things to say about both of mine. They are great monitors...you won't regret getting them.
  8. Cubit macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2008
    I have owned a 20", two 23"'s and a 30" since the aluminium displays were released (I also have a 17" and a 20" acrylic model), and on the most part I have nothing but good things to say about them.

    My only disappointment was after paying somewhere around £1299 for one of the early 23" displays sometime in early 2005, and ending up with one with a pinkish hue. I swapped it for a 20" in the end, as it was all I really needed at the time and that was absolutely fine. I had another 23" last year and that one was perfect. My current 30" really in excellent and has improved my work flow immensely since getting it. I am a photographer so colour does matter but I do not doing any serious print proofing on it so I can't comment about accuracy at the real bleeding edge.
  9. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I have experience with the 23" and 30" ACDs and love them both. Great screens and quite elegant looking, not unimportant in my opinion as it is going to decorate your room for a number of years to come whether it is a thing of beauty or an ugly plastic monstrosity. The aluminum case and stand are lovely.
  10. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    my 23" cinema display is awesome. displays unbelievable colours (you really have to see it to believe it) and has no flickering, ghosting etc. the only minor trouble is about 1/4" of the bottom and corner backlighting is slightly dimmer… i still have my warranty… should i get it replaced/returned or am i being too picky?
  11. gotzero macrumors 68040

    Jan 6, 2007
    Mid-Atlantic, US
    I have two 23"s that are perfect, and one 20" before it. I bought them all used, and have had zero dead pixels and zero issues between the three.

    They are pretty expensive, even used, but I am very happy with the quality.

    I spend a LOT of time looking at computer displays, and I am very happy with the 23"s.

    I am thinking about switching them out for a Dell 30" (size) and 24" (inputs), but I will likely happily keep what I have now.
  12. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I personally don't own an ACD, but I have seen two displays, one ACD and another display side-by-side. The color difference is very noticeable. Also, I have also heard positive reviews about the ACD's calibration to have very accurate colors.
  13. Columbo X macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2007
    23 inch ACD

    I've had the 23 inch ACD since 2006 and I think it's an excellent display. Personally I never experienced any pink hue though I remember at the time this was a common issue.

    Like gotzero above, I'm thinking of upgrading to a 24 or 30 inch Dell because one of my main requirements now is that I want to plug in multiple devices (console, desktop etc.) but the Apple ACD only supports one DVD-D.

    Does anyone know of any good DVI switcher boxes for use with the ACD?


  14. Beau10 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2008
    Downtown San Diego
    Dell 24" review

    Before any of you guys switch to a Dell 24", look at this review


    There are some inherent drawbacks to a PVA panel that may make you want to reconsider.
  15. Trajectory macrumors 6502a

    Nov 13, 2005
    I went through three 23" ACDs a few years ago and returned them all due to various defects, such as uneven backlighting, color inconsistencies and whites that look yellow around the edges. Perhaps Apple has since quietly fixed these defects, but, I won't go near Apple's ACDs anymore until they release new ones with better panels.

    IMO, the current ACDs are not suitable for color-critical work.
  16. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    Palo Alto CA.
    I just got my 23 ACD about 3 months ago. I spent a lot of time looking and comparing screens from dell, samsung, nec, plus others.
    By far the ACD had the best color reproduction that I have seen. It has a very wide viewing angle. It looks good even with considerable backlight glare from my studio. I also like the fact that the display not only has 2 USB ports, but also 2 firewire ports.
  17. applepalace.com macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I sell many 23" or 30" Apple Cinema Displays. From what I see , I can say that I dont like the image quality of 30" display. 23" ACD has better image quality but 24" inch iMac ( white ) has better image quality than 23" ACD :).

    I think 23" ACD does not worth buying, especially when you consider the price. I use a 24" Samsung at home, I m pretty happy with it.

    Have a nice day

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