27" Display questions

patseguin

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I've decided to sell my older iMac and use my 2011 MacBook Pro as my main Mac. I was looking at options for an external display and see that the Apple 27" is $999. That seems way high doesn't it? Also is it usable on a Mac without Thunderbolt?
 

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You're paying for the fruit logo on the back. Don't get me wrong, I love my ACD and its a great monitor, but personally, I'd probably look elsewhere next time.

As for thunderbolt, I'm able to plug in my min display port into the thunderbolt port of my rMPB so I think it goes the other way, but I'll defer to someone who has better knowledge.
 
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MCAsan

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ACD is a unique product. It has:
  • good 27" IPS monitor for narrow gamut RGB images
  • Thunderbolt docking station for charging Thunderbolt-capable MacBooks and multiplexing video, audio, ethernet, USB 2, and FW 800 between the ACD and the Macbook.

List is $999 with refurb at $799. You may find a used one cheaper on ebay or craig's list. Needless to say, you need a Macbook that does Thunderbolt.

I would hold off until fall new product releases before deciding on any new Macbook or monitor. Let's see if Apple releases ACD 2.

http://www.apple.com/displays/
http://www.apple.com/displays/specs.html
 
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tcphoto

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I could not justify the $799 price tag on the refurbished display, so I hunted for a used one. My patience paid off when I found a used Apple 27" LED for $475. It is the older model but is in great shape. If you are not in a hurry, wait for the update but if you're needing it now buy used.
 
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chabig

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Also is it usable on a Mac without Thunderbolt?
It cannot be used on non-Thunderbolt Macs, but thankfully yours has Thunderbolt. It's a great display. As for price, do keep in mind that it has a hub built in, and do buy refurbished if you decide to get one. That said, it's long overdue for an update so I'd wait.
 
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patseguin

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It cannot be used on non-Thunderbolt Macs, but thankfully yours has Thunderbolt. It's a great display. As for price, do keep in mind that it has a hub built in, and do buy refurbished if you decide to get one. That said, it's long overdue for an update so I'd wait.
You know, I had no idea that mine had Thunderbolt. Then last night, I was looking at the ports on the side and saw a small one by the USB ports and wondered what it was. Now you confirmed that it is indeed Thunderbolt! If I don't go with an external display, what other peripherals would I be able to use that would benefit from Thunderbolt?

On a s light side note, my PC has a 27" Dell 2560 X 1440 display connected by DVI. It's not new enough to have DisplayPort but is there a way to connect the MacBook Pro to it somehow? I did just look at it on Amazon though and it does indeed have a DisplayPort connector, I must just have never seen it. Would I just have to buy a cable and then I can switch monitor inputs when I want to use the Mac on it?

"Myriad of connectivity options: HDMI, DisplayPort with audio, DVI-D (HDCP), USB and VGA ports.Service and Support Details: Limited warranty - 3 years"
 
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deeddawg

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Would I just have to buy a cable and then I can switch monitor inputs when I want to use the Mac on it?
That should work. You'll want a miniDisplayPort to DisplayPort cable. The Thunderbolt port on your computer will accept a miniDisplayPort cable.
 
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patseguin

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I Googled a little and it seems that I can safely use the MBP closed with an external display. I'd basically have a tiny desktop computer with a 27" display, and bluetooth keyboard, mouse, and multi touch pad. I'm not sure if OS X supports touch so I might use my Dell U2711 with the MBP and put the Acer IPS touch screen on my PC.
 
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patseguin

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Well, I went to the Apple Store and the clueless employee tried to tell me that VGA was the best way to go. I ended up getting a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter and an HDMI cable. That way I can use it with either monitor that I have.
 
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ACD is a unique product. It has:
  • good 27" IPS monitor for narrow gamut RGB images
  • Thunderbolt docking station for charging Thunderbolt-capable MacBooks and multiplexing video, audio, ethernet, USB 2, and FW 800 between the ACD and the Macbook.
Apple Cinema Display ≠ Apple ThunderBolt Display

The Apple Cinema Display does not have Thunderbolt or Ethernet.
 
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COrocket

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Well, I went to the Apple Store and the clueless employee tried to tell me that VGA was the best way to go. I ended up getting a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter and an HDMI cable. That way I can use it with either monitor that I have.
Lol what? VGA isn't preferable unless you need to use the second input to switch between monitors. I believe you are limited to 1920x1200 on the mDP to HDMI adapter. You would have to use a DisplayPort cable to get the full 2560x1440 on the dell monitor. I would put the dell monitor with the mbp and use the acer screen with the PC
 
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patseguin

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Lol what? VGA isn't preferable unless you need to use the second input to switch between monitors. I believe you are limited to 1920x1200 on the mDP to HDMI adapter. You would have to use a DisplayPort cable to get the full 2560x1440 on the dell monitor. I would put the dell monitor with the mbp and use the acer screen with the PC
Well, you were right. HDMI only allowed 1080p. I read something about a dual link HDMI cable but since the monitor has a DisplayPort I should probably use that. I wonder why the dummy at the Apple Store didn't tell me that. I told I had a 2011 MBP and a Dell U2711 with DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, and DVI.
 
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Thares

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I suggest you buy a 2560x1440 display from Dell or Asus. Had the Dell for some time, just bought the Asus PB278Q. (Had to send the Dell back due to production issues)

PS: I also switched from an iMac to MacBook+display
 
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COrocket

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Well, you were right. HDMI only allowed 1080p. I read something about a dual link HDMI cable but since the monitor has a DisplayPort I should probably use that. I wonder why the dummy at the Apple Store didn't tell me that. I told I had a 2011 MBP and a Dell U2711 with DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, and DVI.
That is a dual link DVI cable. Apple sells a mini-displayport -> Dual link DVI adapter, but it costs $100. However, a mini-displayport -> displayport cable can be found online very cheap.
 
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deeddawg

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However, a mini-displayport -> displayport cable can be found online very cheap.
Correct, and as I mentioned that's what the OP needs. The Apple guy may have not realized the Dell monitor supported Displayport and suggested VGA since it will actually work while HDMI won't (on a 2011 MBP), or he heard the OP mention the Dell was attached to his PC and assumed OP would be switching back and forth. *shrug*

Anyway, Amazon.com and Monoprice.com both have good options for mDP to DP cables. Here's one for $10: http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-DisplayPort-Thunderbolt-Compatible/dp/B004CAGDUA
 
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patseguin

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Correct, and as I mentioned that's what the OP needs. The Apple guy may have not realized the Dell monitor supported Displayport and suggested VGA since it will actually work while HDMI won't (on a 2011 MBP), or he heard the OP mention the Dell was attached to his PC and assumed OP would be switching back and forth. *shrug*

Anyway, Amazon.com and Monoprice.com both have good options for mDP to DP cables. Here's one for $10: http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-DisplayPort-Thunderbolt-Compatible/dp/B004CAGDUA
Yeah I clearly told her that it had DisplayPort but she just couldn't get it in her head. Thanks goodness I have this forum.
 
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