Alternative To The Apple LED Cinema Display 27"

Discussion in 'Alternatives to Mac Hardware' started by Anto38x, May 16, 2018.

  1. Anto38x macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2006
    Cork, Ireland
    Hi all.... I recently started having intermittent problems with my Apple LED Cinema Display 27" (NOT THUNDERBOLT VERSION). It keeps going off on me... just black and blank, sometimes it comes back on within a few seconds, other times it takes longer or not at all and I need to unplug from the mini DV input and plugin to the other... and then it would come back on, but all my windows would be moved as resolution would need to change... just very annoying behaviour.

    I purchased it from brand new, only about 3-4 years ago from an Authorised Apple Store, but not that it's out of warranty and Apple no longer make standalone monitors (due to return to this business for the MacPro refresh in 2019) I'm left with a real struggle trying to find a replacement monitor that delivers a similar resolution and is 100% compatible with my video card (ATI Radeon HD 5870 1024 MB).

    Has anyone ever bought a new, replacement monitor that just plugs and plays without issue. I spoke with DELL but they say talk to APPLE, I talk to APPLE and they cannot recommend an alternative compatible monitor even though I have been a loyal customer of theirs now for 30 years.

    I'm holding off for the new MacPro before I decide what new system to purchase, so I don't want to be pushed into buying a new iMac Pro all for the sake of having a reliable screen... but if my screen fails I need to get a replacement quickly that I know from other Apple users will work without issue.

    Any help or advice would be very welcome indeed on this issue.

  2. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    I'm facing a similar situation… my LED Cinema Display 27" has a fan issue.Somedays it is loud enough to be really disturbing.

    Anyway. Needs to be fixed soonish. Ridiculous the amounts are quoted for any repairs. :(
    So I have looked at how to replace the fan myself — seems doable, and a hell of a lot cheaper — so I might try that out.

    If that fails then definitely on the lookout for another display.
  3. Anto38x thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2006
    Cork, Ireland
    Hi there Arkitect...

    Very nice to meet you and thank you for your comments. Very sorry to hear you are having "quality control" issues with your own Apple LED Cinema Display 27" Display Monitor.... I have a sneaky feeling my own issues could be heat or temperature related.... but no fan sounds... but maybe that's cause it's not working correctly. During Winter it rarely acted up... but as soon as Spring arrived and temperatures went up a little... the outages returned more frequently.

    I can't even get a quote for repairs off any local Apple Verified Repair SHops... and when I spoke to Apple direct, they really said they wouldn't know the costs and they could be significant.

    I looked on eBay and Amazon... and they are very expensive.,.. and not new... Good and Used... and I worry this issue could be repeated even if I purchase a new one.

    I would prefer now to buy a brand new DELL or some other computer display brand that at least came with a 1 Year Warranty.

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