27" iMac and 27" Apple Cinema Display: No Match?!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by NJRonbo, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    No, I am not complaining about the height of the two monitors that don't match . That can be fixed with putting something beneath the stand.

    I was so excited about receiving my Apple 27" display and using it as a second monitor to my 27" iMac.

    Thing is, I had no idea that the brightness levels between the two would be so radically different.

    The Apple Cinema display is definitely warmer than the iMac. Additionally, since I run my iMac very bright, there is a huge difference in brightness capability between the two. It's like going from a very light monitor (iMac) to a rather dim monitor (Apple display).

    Anyone else disappointed in not being able to match the brightness level between the two?
  2. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
  3. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Okay, I found the solution thanks to some extensive searching....

    You need to momentarily plug the Apple Cinema display into the iMac using a USB connection.

    At that point, via display preferences, you can access a brightness bar on the Apple Display.

    You need to uncheck "automatically adjust brightness"

    Now I can run my Apple Cinema Display as hot as my iMac. Huge difference!

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