24" LED Cinema Display or 30" ACD

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  1. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816

    jackiecanev2

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    I have a few monitors already, but I sold my 30" ACD and I miss it. I've been lusting over the new 24" LED ACD lately, and I'm at a crossroads.

    Semi-comparison:

    24" LED LCD:
    + H-IPS panel, LED backlit
    + superdrive connectivity for my MBA
    - only 24" (same as my current 23" ACD)
    - glass screen

    30" ACD:
    + screen real estate
    - possibility of dual-link DVI adapter fritzing out

    I have a 2nd power adapter/speakers, so thats not really an advantage of the 24". I could wait for a refresh and see what happens to the 30", but I really don't feel like waiting. I could also pick up a 30" in the refurb store right now and save some dough. Anyone have any input?
     
  2. Commonmind macrumors member

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    As a previous 30" ACD owner, and a new owner of the 24" LED Cinema Display, I can say with some confidence I'm glad I made the switch. Sure, you're losing some real estate, but how much of it would you actually use -- or rather, how effectively would you use it?

    The 24" LED ACD is superb on all fronts -- save connectivity, which will obviously not be a problem in your case.

    And though the glass screen is often frowned upon, I find it's not a problem during long term use. After a while your eyes adjust, and you no longer focus on the reflections; that, and the display is so bright it cuts through most of them on its own.
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Get the 30" Dell Ultrasharp 3007WFP; it's only $250 more than the 24" LED.
     
  4. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    And you can get them for $749 refurbished from www.dell.com/outlet.
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    That's assuming they are always available and right now they don't have it in stock.
     
  6. eddietr macrumors 6502a

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    I have the 30" ACD, and I've seen the 24" LED in our office and the 24 is clearly superior.

    Except for the fact that it is smaller, of course. :) If/when they produce a 30" LCD I will place my order immediately.

    If I had to make a purchase today and choose between the two, I'd choose the 24.
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Wanna trade? :D
     
  8. eddietr macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I said if I were making a purchase today :)

    But since I bought and paid for the 30 more than a year ago, I think I'll suffer through with it another few months until someone makes an LED backed 30. As long as I don't look at my colleague's 24s, I think I can survive.

    But thanks for the kind offer. :D
     
  9. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    If you need true color accuracy, then glossy 24" LED is not for you. I agree it's better, but some people that do graphic design need the color accuracy of the old ACDs.
     
  10. eddietr macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, that may be true actually. I should have pointed out I don't need color accuracy. I just prefer the look of the 24. I also prefer the look of the glossy LED laptops, so that's no surprise.

    Guess these new displays are for us developer types, not for professionals. :)
     
  11. alphaod macrumors Core

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    It's even got 3 years of AppleCare :D :p
     
  12. relativist macrumors regular

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    I have a 24" LG at home, for a long time I've wanted a bigger monitor. When I went and checked out the new 24" from Apple and compared it to the 30" in the store, for some reason I liked the 24" better. I wanted to try gaming on each, but didn't get the chance.
     
  13. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    The 30" ACD doesn't stand a chance in gaming. Slower refresh rates than the 24". Games tend to look better in glossy displays, not matte ones.
     
  14. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    I've had both and like the 30" a bit more. The extra screen real estate is always noticeable any perceived quality differences are negligible - at least in my mind.
     
  15. és: macrumors 6502a

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    I would imagine that the new displays are not too far away. If you have a 23'' then I'd advise waiting until they are updated and go for that.
     
  16. LEStudios macrumors 6502

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    I got a 2009 Mac mini I'm thinking of the same dilemma because I wanted the 30" so long now I got a Mac that can utilize it the bummer is that it is not HDCP but 24" LED is. I use my Mac for everything so I want to be able to playback HD Movies & TV Shows, but do some serious Photography work. :confused:
     
  17. mojoejojo macrumors newbie

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    I was debating about this for a while, and when I picked up my mbp I jumped into the 30" ACD. Yes, it is a beautiful monitor, and I really do enjoy the picture. However, I just heard about the NEC LCD3090, and I am starting to have second thoughts. There are a couple of negatives about the NEC. It has been out for at least a year, and it does cost a little more than the ACD. But the quality of the picture is amazing, and it is much better than apple's monitor.
     

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