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theman5725

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What makes Apple displays so much more expensive then other ones? I can get an Acer 20" for $279, yet the Apple 20" is $699. What gives?
 

Xander562

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that beautiful bezel that matches any and all Macintosh products.

Plus, it's Apple. :)
 

suneohair

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I am not sure why Apple is still charging so much for the 20-inch.

It is really a rip off. However I think the 23 and 30 are competively priced.
 

Neonguy

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Phil9579 said:
What makes Apple displays so much more expensive then other ones? I can get an Acer 20" for $279, yet the Apple 20" is $699. What gives?
Did you compare the Acer 20 display to the Apple 20 Display? The Apple one just blow the Acer away. There's a good reason the Apple one is a lot more expensive. I saw the Acer one on display and the picture is wash off, texts wasn't crisp and clear, brightness was bad compare to the Apple. And the Apple one is High Difnition, better outside rim, only 1 inch. Not to mention the silver shiny look and overall the design is so much better.

But I do agree the 20 is ways overprice for an 20 inch. However I see the 23 and the 30 is a good competitive price, just still a bit expensive.
 

Xander562

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i Agree, they are quite expensive, the only way i'd buy one is if they were on the Refurbished store, witch they aren't.:(
 

FwyWarrior

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I've been looking at new displays lately. I've noticed something most people probably haven't, about a lot of the new widescreen monitors available. The Apple displays have a brightness adjustment, which actually controls the backlight itself. This has been the case since the first ACD came out. All of the other monitors I've seen, Dell, Acer, Samsung, don't control brightness in this way. They adjust it by altering the signal itself, leaving the backlight at full brightness (probably making the monitor cheaper). This has the side effect of losing a LOT of detail in the shadow areas of the image. Try playing a dark DVD (Underworld comes to mind) on one of these displays, and lowering the brightness. It's completely unwatchable. Try this on an Apple display and it works perfectly. I use my computer mostly in a dim environment, so this is very important to me. With the higher contrast ratios on most of these monitors, it makes it almost impossible to use them without turning on all the lights so it's not so bright that it hurts your eyes.
 

mkrishnan

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FwyWarrior said:
All of the other monitors I've seen, Dell, Acer, Samsung, don't control brightness in this way. They adjust it by altering the signal itself, leaving the backlight at full brightness
Wow... I only ever turn brightness down on my notebook (for battery life), but I did not know this. Interesting. Thank you for pointing it out. :)
 

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suneohair said:
I am not sure why Apple is still charging so much for the 20-inch.

It is really a rip off. However I think the 23 and 30 are competively priced.
I am hoping apple will drop the 20" to $499, and the 23" to 899
 

Passante

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Phil9579 said:
What makes Apple displays so much more expensive then other ones? I can get an Acer 20" for $279, yet the Apple 20" is $699. What gives?
Part of the cost is the type of LCD panel in the display. Apple uses a panel that is more expensive than the acer

See this thread
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=231339&highlight=ips

To see what panel is being used:

http://aryarya.net/wassyoi/lcdmemo.html

This is an interesting article that shows that not all LCDs perform the same.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/oth...lcd-guide.html
 

dpaanlka

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Also panels are separate from backlights I believe.

Might explain why Apple's backlights are adjustable, while Dells are not, even with the same panel.
 

theman5725

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I wish I could get the Apple 20" but its simply out of my price range. Do you think buying a used one, like on ebay or amazon could be a good idea?

Also, what other brands of 20" widescreen displays would you reccomend? I'm looking to buy one in the future.
 

macenforcer

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I don't know either. I just picked up 2 Dell 2407fpw monitors for $598 each with 5 yr warranties. The 30" one is priced accordingly though.