Apple 20" Cinema Display (plastic version) for $95?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by theNIC, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. theNIC macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2009
    I was wondering if I got a good deal today when I bought a Apple 20" Cinema Display (plastic version) for $95 on eBay (nothings wrong with it). I'm not worried about the seller, I'm just wondering if I got a good deal. I think I did.

    It did have a slight magenta hue around the border of the screen and with the pictures it wasn't noticeable at all (the pictures were pretty good). I was wondering if that was normal? I did some research before-hand and I read that some people had the same issue.

    Overall, do you think it was a good move or a bad move?

  2. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
  3. bumzo1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    I believe the plastic displays used the old ADC connectors not VGA or dvi
  4. theNIC thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2009
    I'm connecting it to my MacBook White. I actually found a good deal for the Apple ADC to DVI adapter and DVI to Mini-DVI adapter all for $80, new.
  5. tri3limited macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    I'm sure you can get a far better non-apple monitor for the same cost... Up to you if you want Apple that much.

    I use an Acer x233h 24" DVI-D 1080p screen that cost me £129... Probably similarly priced to the 20" once you through the adaptor in. It's an incredible monitor for the price! Really rich blacks.
  6. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2006
    To be honest, given the total cost of $175, you could have gotten a much better display new.

    1680x1050 with 350:1 contrast? even the cheapest displays have better dot pitch and color now.
  7. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    They just bought us 22" ace lcd's at work for less than $200 each
  8. macintouch macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    As said, you paid for the Apple name. I'm sure the response time on that thing is not too good. But it's still not THAT much money.
  9. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    A monitor that old might not look very good, backlights dim after awhile. Its an alright value at 95 bucks but after buying the adapter I dont think you got a good deal considering the wide selection of new monitors at $200.
  10. gan6660 macrumors 65816


    Aug 18, 2008
    You could of gotten the aluminum version for $200.
  11. McDughf macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2007
    Great Britain
    If I'm Gonna Be Honest With You ( And I Usually Am...:rolleyes:) I'd Say You Got A Fantastic Deal There.
    The Old Plastic Flatscreens Of Apple Were Top Of Their Class Back In Their Day, And They Are Still Great Now.
    You've Got To Remember That In Those Days You Had To Be Standing Completely Perpendicular To An LCD Flatscreen To See It Properly, Otherwise The Picture Looked Like A Photographic Negative. The Apple Screens Were The First I Ever Used That Did Not Suffer From This Syndrome.
    I Still Have One Of These Twenty Inch Screens Connected To An Old G4, And I Find Them As Good As The Screens I Use Today ( Apple Cinema HD Displays ).

    Don't Forget, An Old Rolls Royce Is Still A Rolls Royce.:)
  12. Andy348 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2009
    An old Rolls Royce will go up in value. Something tells me an Apple monitor will not ;)
  13. Spock macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    Wow, does the shift key work on your keyboard okay? ;)

    I would not have spent that kind of money on the display but it is a nice pretty looking screen, I think its one of Apples best. If you really like it I would say it does not matter how much you paid for it.
  14. theNIC thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2009
    Thanks guys. Well it shipped Friday (the dude took forever to get in contact with me) so hopefully I'll get it by Wednesday if I'm lucky, if not Thursday or Friday. Thanks, again.
  15. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    ADC to DVI adapter

    is different than

    DVI to ADC adapter

    but give the price you said for the adapter you might have the right one.

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