30" Cinema Display or iMac?

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  1. SPNarwhal macrumors 65816

    SPNarwhal

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    I'm thinking about getting either a 30" Cinema Display or an iMac this christmas.
    Which do you think is a better deal?

    I doubt I would get the new iMac, since it's pretty expensive.
    I'd buy a used one off craigslist, maybe the 24".
    But with the Cinema Display, I have a 17" uMBP that I would just use with it.
    Though, I would still have to buy the mount and everything for it.

    I'm assuming that both of these would cost similar amounts in the end,
    except with one I am getting a whole 2nd computer, opposed to just a display.
    And with the other, I get a wider display.
    I'd rather the extra computer function, but I want some opinions on what to do.
    I'm not really sure how much a Cinema Display costs, or the mount for it.
    iMacs I know I can get for about 1,200 or so.
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Do you have a use/need for a second computer?
     
  3. SPNarwhal thread starter macrumors 65816

    SPNarwhal

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    kind of, that way i can be without my laptop if needed.
    there's plenty of times i'd like to leave my laptop at someone's house but i can't be without it, since my PC right now is a 5 year old dell.
    it would help a lot.
     
  4. 300D macrumors 65816

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    The 30" Cinema Display is a terrible deal. Its 5 years old and had only its price changed in that time.

    Its FAR overdue for an update.
     
  5. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Oh yeah, the 30" ACD hasn't changed since it came out 5 years ago lol... How much is it?
     
  6. 300D macrumors 65816

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    http://www.everymac.com/monitors/apple/studio_cinema/specs/apple_cinema_display_30.html

    "The Apple 30-Inch Cinema Display (Aluminum), designed to aesthetically complement the previously introduced Power Macintosh G5 and PowerBook G4 models, features a 30-inch (29.7 inch viewable) wide-format (2560x1600) active-matrix LCD display and dual FireWire "400" and dual USB 2.0 ports."

    I was wrong about only the price changing in that time though, Apple increased the brightness and contrast ratio in 2006. :rolleyes:
     
  7. Techhie macrumors 65816

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    Far overdue for an update of both aesthetics and price. Seriously, I can buy an equivalent 30" panel on ebay for half the price.
     
  8. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    A better deal yet is the Dell 3008WFP 30" display. It's $1399 (incl. 3 year advanced replacement warranty) when it goes on sale (which is frequently), it supports Displayport, so you don't have to spend an extra $99 for the overpriced Apple mDP to Dl-DVI adapter that the ACD 30 requires (and that a lot of people day doesn't work right). The Dell uses a newer S-IPS LCD panel and looks fantastic.

    The Apple 30" Cinema Display is $1799, plus another $99 for the mDP->DL-DVI adapter, and it only gets 1 year warranty. A refurbished ACD is $1299, so when you factor in the required crapdapter that's a whole $1 less than a brand new Dell 3008 with 3 year warranty. The mDP->DP cable you'll need for the Dell is less than $5 from Monoprice and works great.

    I've had mine for about 2 weeks, and it does have an issue where it needs a warm-up period of 15-30 mins. before the color stabilizes, but Dell is sending me a brand new one to replace it.

    As much as I hate Dell for their craptops I had in the past, I think this is a much better way to go than the ACD.
     
  9. silverprince macrumors member

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    I think it depends on what you're using it for.

    I've seen the iMac 27 next to a 30" Cinema Display.
    And the iMac's colours looked so much more brighter.
    But having said that, I know a lot of designer friends who can't stand the glossy screen. They don't bother me......it's a personal preference.

    The Cinema display's also don't have a WebCam....if that's important to you.
    And as mentioned in the above posts, it's 5 years old.

    Is Apple going to introduce new Cinema Displays next year?
     
  10. zerohp macrumors member

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    Personally I'll never buy another LCD with a CCFL back light. That's the real advantage of the new iMac, its LED (also part of why the colors look so much better).
     

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