Apple Cinema Display Versus NEC Versus EIZO

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by mrkennethtong, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. mrkennethtong macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2013
    Is ACD even in the same league as the higher/highest end EIZO or NEC?!
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    You might want to read this: (The guy seems to be french-speaking natively, so you must forgive the translation quality at times).
    But in general - if you refer to highest end Eizo/Nec monitors as the wide-gamut professional ones - then in no way.

    PS I did a calibration of my rMBP 15" screen and 46" Sony Bravia screen (the HX800 series from MY 2010), and had to witness to my great surprise, that my Sony TV has a wider color gamut, than my MacBook Pro, especially in the blue corner (outer light-gray box is that of Sony):

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  3. CalfCanuck macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2003

    Eizo ColorEdge CG301W vs. The Apple 30" Cinemadisplay

    The NEC and Eizo both are specialized units designed for high quality color work - they include special look-up tables to achieve their maximum number of colors along with color profiles that are loaded into the monitors themselves - here's a link to an Eizo article talking about how they achieve those high numbers:

    FYI, I've had a dual 24" setup for years - matched a cheaper Dell (for non-color work) with an Eizo CH241W. The Dell just died before Christmas, so I was looking at the new NEC models. But I opted for a 27" NEC MultSync PA271W for $899 delivered (closing out old stock) rather than the newer PA272W for $1350. The new model is nice, but saving $450 while still getting a great monitor worked best for me.
  4. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    No. The Eizo and Nec are wide gamut monitors that do not contain a thunderbolt hub.

    What are your requirements?
  5. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Do note that wide gamut monitors are not necessarily the best for work outside the graphics/press workflow. While great for color correction and pre-press visualization, they may not be that good for web browsing, email games, etc (and for reasons other than price).
  6. mrkennethtong thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2013
    Color doesn't matter to me.

    The ACD simply seems too "obvious" of a choice.

    Is it even a good monitor?!

    EIZO is just a great name, NEC is a good name and Apple is an obvious name.


    Great thread, by the way.
  7. mrkennethtong thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2013
  8. CalfCanuck, Jan 20, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2014

    CalfCanuck macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2003
    If you end up ordering the NEC monitor and you already have your own color sensor, you can purchase the download of the Spectraview II software online for $89. I ordered a physical version for $99 last week from B&H, and they shipped out a USB credit-card sized drive to install. But after install, the first dialog was "There is an updated version...", so I ended up immediately reinstalling with the latest download. So after all that, all I ended up with was the serial number, which I assume is the same as you'd get online.

    You'll love the NEC. And you can use the ColorNavigator Agent to switch back and forth between different profiles. I have a different ones for onscreen multimedia vs press work, and I'd assume you could have a another super bright one foe email, games, etc, if that became an issue as noted above.

    My take is that these "expensive" monitors are actually cheap these days. My 24" Eizo was $2200 back in 2008 while my recent 27" NEC was just $850. But even at top dollar, when you are using it for color critical work (even my bi-yearly print jobs run over $50K each) reducing just one screw up is a bargain.
  9. mrkennethtong thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2013
    Just bought the one with the Spectraview II to see if I like it. If I do, I am getting four more so I have 5 NECs, and one Sharp 4K 321 Display.
  10. CalfCanuck macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2003
    To correct any confusion, ColorNavigator Agent is the profile switching app for my Eizo monitor. To switch profiles on the NEC, you launch the Spectraview II app. But my personal default brightness for both of the monitors is 100 cd/m2, as I find the 140 setting too bright for photo work.
  11. mrkennethtong thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2013
  12. mrkennethtong thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2013
  13. mrkennethtong, Jan 24, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 25, 2014

    mrkennethtong thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2013

    Facebook is going to look great with 99.3% Adobe RGB!

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