Apple LED Cinema Display ordered!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by gwihannom, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. gwihannom macrumors member

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    I just ordered a new LED Cinema Display online!

    I've been looking to purchase it for a little more than a month since it was announced. I've been waiting at retail stores like Best Buy or a local Apple store to carry it in stock, but they either, didn't know it even existed or didn't know when they will carry it.

    So my little patience had been pushed to the limit and I opted for an online store. $852 including tax with education discount and free shipping. I'm not a student, but my girlfriend is. I purchased it under my name, but wonder if it would cause any problems later. I don't know what their verification process is, but it went through with no trouble. I've heard that they do some random audit, but I guess I wasn't one of them. Also, if there's a proof that she gave me a permission to purchase the display and I paid for it, shouldn't be any problems.

    Anyway, I own a new unibody MacBook Pro and she has the new MacBook (purchased on the same day to match together) and this display would work as a docking station/second monitor to whoever gets in front of LED Cinema first.

    Prior, I had a PC desktop with two 20 inch monitors as a dual display, so for me to have just the 15 inch monitor on my MacBook Pro was very space-crunching. This 24-inch display looks stunning in person. I've debated about the display and also participated on numerous threads. But as for what my girlfriend and I own, and also our needs, this is a great addition.

    I'll let you updated on the status and quality of it. It says it will ship in 7~10 business days on education online store, contrary to 3~5 business days showing on regular online store website.

    Very excited!
     
  2. shoopaman macrumors 6502

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    Congrats!!! you and you GF will fight for it! it is an awesome piece of art! best monitor ever. again, I do not work for :apple::D
     
  3. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    I noticed this too that if you choose the education store the shipping date moves over from 3-5 days to 7-10 days.
     
  4. shoopaman macrumors 6502

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    G.D.:apple:, is annoyingly greedy:mad: it upsets me. they will ship to non-disountees first, is it a conspiracy of mine? perhaps not, it makes too much sense for it not to be true... but I love'm still, it's like having a teenage Kid (just an analogy, not that old:D)
     
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  6. gwihannom thread starter macrumors member

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    Just logged into Apple online store to check the status of my order.

    It's shipped! With a FEDEX tracking number!
    I should receive it sometime next week.

    I expected it to be longer, but I guess now they are mass-producing! It's shipped in two days!
     
  7. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    Congratulations! I wonder why my next-day delivery order from December 1st still isn't shipped, then! :(
     
  8. nfbetancur macrumors newbie

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    [​IMG]

    You're going to love it! I just decided to go to an Apple Store an pick it up and while I thought I might regret spending so much, it's definitely a looker and worth it in my book. Interestingly, I went with my school ID to get the education pricing and they didn't even bother to look at it so for anyone daring out there, might be worth trying to say you'd like to use the education discount.

    Good luck!
     
  9. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816

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    before i say anything i would like to note i do not own my own mac computer, nor do i use dual-display on my PC. now with that said, how does a dual-display work..can you drag your mouse across both screens as if it was one seamless screen?
     
  10. DeanCorp macrumors member

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    Please can I have a link to your desktop shown on the LED display? :)
     
  11. shoopaman macrumors 6502

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    yes, it's an extension of your desktop, not only mouse but you can drag files/v. streams/programs "seamlessly" across the screens...
     
  12. MGLXP macrumors regular

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    That is one stunning desktop background!
     
  13. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816

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    damnnnnn, i need to get me a macbook.
     
  14. MGLXP macrumors regular

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    You don't need to get a mac for this; Windows does this too. Although obviously there are million other benefits to the mac though...
     
  15. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816

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    i know, but i don't think my graphics card supports two monitors. plus i really don't feel like wasting anymore money on my PC, i feel like i'm putting money into a business that is going downhill.
     
  16. shoopaman macrumors 6502

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    Yes, MGLXP is right, this feature is not monopolized to Apple. I just prefer the :apple: hardware and its software setup
     
  17. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816

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    well in my other post i said my graphics card doesn't support dual monitors, and i don't have a second monitor at the moment anyways, so if i save up for a macbook then i have the macbook monitor and my current one.
     
  18. danny_w macrumors 601

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    I know the education discount used to work just fine at the Apple retail store, but for hardware only. Unless there has been a change this should work just fine.
     
  19. Taylor C macrumors 6502a

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    Congratulations! Mine arrives tomorrow. I can't wait to get it and set it up.
     
  20. MGLXP macrumors regular

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    I will say that the Apple LED Cinema is absolutely stunning both in terms of the actual LCD and in terms of the physical monitor. So far, I've had mine for a few weeks (ordered mine a couple of hours after Apple had it available to order), and I'm still amazed by the beauty of the screen. Also, it's almost the ideal dock for the Macbook(Pro).
     
  21. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Nice background. I'm original though. I take my own pictures ;)

    Also tIMG your pictures. Some of use XGA displays.
     
  22. gwihannom thread starter macrumors member

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    It has arrived! A LOT sooner than I expected. At the time of the order, the website showed that it will be delivered between Dec 23-31. I ordered LED Cinema Display 11th of last week and have it in front of me in less than a week.

    So my first review of the display:

    As expected, "LOOKS" great. Probably one of those things that just have one say "wow." Great design and I actually like the black edges. Many have complained about glossy screen, but I prefer glossy screens anyway. The glares are an issue, but the display this bright doesn't reflect too much. Doesn't bother me.

    The speaker is great. I have had Altec Lansing speakers for the last few years, but I don't think I would need to connect it. I'm a casual listener, and do not need high quality audio. I can tell why someone could poorly review the display's speaker, but it's not designed to give BOSS quality audio anyway.

    So far, it's everything I have expected.

    Some concerns:

    1. Attaching LED Cinema Display is "pushing" the machine as expected. I try to maintain the computer at an optimal temperature, so I do an unscientific test with my hand by touching the left corner of the MacBook Pro and the latch of the notebook's display, since that's usually where it gets hot. If I notice excessive heat, I run a notebook cooler fan underneath and everything is fine. I'm not gonna say that it gets hot, and maybe I'm just a little to paranoid, but it does feel warmer. Again, I'm not testing with numbers (Celsius or Fahrenheit) so I can't say it runs hot. But it's definitely something that I'll look into.

    2. The wireless quality might have dropped a little. Internet speed, file transfers within the network is recording a little slower speed. It could be my internet service provider and my Time Capsule router having a bad day, but my usual speed of 27000 kbps of download speed dropped to about 16000 kbps.

    3. Charging the battery is slower. I expected it to be slower, but I don't know if it will effect my battery life at all.

    Keep you posted.
     

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  23. MGLXP macrumors regular

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    It does get hotter when attached to the 24inch LED Cinema Display. My MacBook is about 5-10 degrees Celsius hotter when attached to the LED Cinema Display.
     
  24. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816

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    if i had my ways, i would get it. but if i do get a Macbook (less than a year, preferably) i would be using my own money, so i can almost guarantee that i would not be able to afford the Apple LCD display. :rolleyes:
     

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