Apple 24" Cinema Display still a good deal?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by macman05, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. macman05 macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2007
    I can get a used 24" ACD for $650. Is this a good deal or would I be paying too much?

    Your opinions are welcomed.
  2. propower macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2010
    I love my 24" LED display. I got it used 2 years ago for $600
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I don't know. That's a lot of money to bet on something that is already 3+ years old. You can get a refurb 27" ACD or TBD for $850 directly from Apple and they come with a 1 year warranty.
  4. mwhities macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2011
    I'm thinking to much.

    I bought a 23" ACD for 300 but, it included a Magic mouse, Wireless kb, and a Mstand.

    I'd pay 400 for a 24" ACD in good condition....
  5. dqpassat macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2009
    $650 sounds like too much. I've seen some listed on CL for $400-$450, granted I don't know their condition...
  6. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    Displays in general have dropped off a cliff in pricing. Paying that much for the 24" seems expensive. NEC made better ones, and you can find one new around that price range with a 3-4 year warranty. They aren't as pretty as a piece of furniture, but they are nice displays.
  7. theanimala macrumors 6502

    Mar 2, 2007
    Too much $$ IMO. Today Amazon has the Dell u2713 on sale for $650 brand new.
  8. macman05 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2007
    After giving it some thought I have decided to buy a refurbished Thunderbolt Display 27" from Apple for $829.:)

    Thanks guys for all your opinions.
  9. tonyt76, Nov 14, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2012

    tonyt76 macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2012
    I bought mine on eBay recently for $440. They average $400-$475 on Craigslist. Its nice having iSight, microphone and speakers built in, not to mention the function keys actually adjust the functions.
  10. macman05, Nov 16, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2012

    macman05 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2007
    It seems that I wont be buying a refurbished Thunderbolt Display after reading all the negative reviews on the Apple online store. So I am in the market for a 24" monitor with display port and 1920x1200 resolution with a budget of $500. I intend to use this with a 2012 2.3 GHz i7 Mac Mini.

    I'd appreciate it if you guys could point me in the right direction to a great monitor.:)
  11. PrePressAcrobat macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2010
    I would spend only $439 and get

    I have several.

    I have a "good" professional display for Photoshop
    and use these for everything else.

    Viewing angle is a bit weak
    nothing to cry about
    as long as you have a great monitor for "color".

  12. 53kyle, Nov 16, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2012

    53kyle macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2012
    Sebastopol, CA
    You could spend less for better, although overkill and not apple, just showing what you could get with that money, not that this is what you should get necessarily

    Or this is closest to what you are wanting, for cheaper ($200)

    And this is the best probably, a bigger better version ($310)
  13. namelessme macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2012
    That's way too much. I was considering the 24" ACD for myself a while ago, but I couldn't justify paying $500ish for a monitor that was already several years old and had no warranty. They are simply overpriced now for their age.

    Instead I'd recommend either an NEC, Eizo or maybe a Samsung.. IPS (or PLS in Samsung's case), if you want to spend that much.

    If you want to go used, go cheap-ish... you can find used NEC 2490s on ebay for <$200 -- look for non-touchscreen ones with 10k hrs or less. I got mine for $150, w/ 9K hours on it. If you don't mind VAs, you could alternatively get a NEC 2470 for around $125ish, manufacturer refurbished, on eBay.
  14. macman05 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2007
    I just looked at the NEC 2470 on eBay for $237 and $245 with "Best Offer". However it only has DVI connection. Would I need a mini display port to DVI cable to use with a Mac Mini?
  15. namelessme macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2012
    Sorry for the late reply, just checked these forums today.

    If going single display, you can use the mini hdmi to dvi that came with your mini. If going dual, you'll need a mini display port to dvi adapter (and dvi cable). You can get those cheap on ebay too. DVI cables are like $3 shipped on eBay.

    But that is too much for the 2470. I wouldn't go more than $125-$150ish for it, and ideally it'd be NEC refurbished. You can get 2490s for less than the price you listed. Somtimes with eBay you'll need to wait it out until a good deal just happens to pop up.
  16. macman05 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2007
    I purchased a Mac Mini and Dell 24" U2412M monitor today.

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