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macrumors 6502
Original poster
Feb 5, 2008
My old studio display monitor is failing, and I need to find an inexpensive replacement. I can upgrade to a slightly newer cinema display (aluminum, 2004 - 2008) or just go out an get any old generic PC monitor.

It'll be connected to a 2009 mini, although I'll also want to be able to use it with my 2008 mini if I need to.

Is there an advantage to the slightly more expensive (and a heck of a lot harder to find!) cinema display?



macrumors 68000
Dec 19, 2008
London Ontario
The apple displays use IPS panels.
They offer better color, contrast, viewing angles etc.

You can get "pc" monitors that use IPS panels, but they are almost as expensive...

Realistically, if your not doing graphic design or something else that requires really accurate colors than a standard off the shelf monitor would be fine....... just asking the question really usually points to you not needing it.


macrumors 65816
Feb 28, 2012
United States
Dell Ultrasharp, half the price(roughly) of the equiv Apple TB display

Yup! Dell U2410. Same, if not better, IPS panel. Only downside is no built-in audio and smaller resolution (1920x1200 instead of 2560x1440). However, those are minor cons as many use external sound solutions and any resolution higher than 1920x1200 jumps immensely in price/value.

If you like the aesthetics of the Apple Cinema Display, eBay is the place to go as many used displays go on sale for half the price of a new one.

Hope that helps!
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