Apple's 30-inch or 27-inch LED

30-inch Cinema 2560x1600 or 27-inch LED 2560x1440


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skyline r34

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As you guys may know Apple rumored 27-inch LED is going to be released in June and after waiting for 2 years for the 30 inch to get updated and it looks like it's not, My question to you guys if you been waiting will you get the 27-inch or just pick up the 30 inch. I just can't decide which one to get I never saw the 30 inch in person nor the 27 inch iMac in person (27-inch LED). I think I need to see both in person in order to make my decision, Who knows the price of the 30-inch may go down from $1799 to 1,699 or $1499 that's why I'm waiting until after WWDC 2010 to buy my display, I'm not a Pro user I don't do photo editing nor video editing just a normal every day user like games, school work, watching youtube video and movies, minor iMovie editing but nothing really major. Which one will you pick if you had the money to buy either, The Res on both are very close with 2560x1600 (30-inch) 2560x1440 (27-inch LED) will you see that big of a difference besides the size. And also sense were on the subject on displays do you think Apple will EOL the 30-inch and bring out a even larger 32-inch LED and if so will you be willing to wait even more if Apple announces more sizes at WWDC, Me personally will wait even more if Apple does come out with something even larger then a 27-inch, If I waited this long I might as well wait to get a bigger display with higher res, My 17 inch (Tan) display is not dead yet.
 

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TSE

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The picture on the 27-inch will probably be a little crisper due to the tighter resolution and newer display technology, but I personally find the new Apple monitors ugly and I think even after the 30 inch becomes outdated, it's going to retain it's value very very well.

Plus I don't like 16:9. My laptop is 16:9 and I don't know what they were thinking... 16:9 is only good for movies, I would say only 30% of the people with computers actually watch movies on their computer regularly, and that is being generous. For everything else it's terrible compared to 4:3 or even 16:10. Scroll scroll scroll scroll.
 

BigTroll

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Mar 21, 2010
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considering the 27 inch is the same screen from the imac I would run for the hills in fear of yellow tinge.
 

kolax

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Mar 20, 2007
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27" as long as it comes in a matte version with all silver enclosure (like the last gen Cinema Displays).
 

Hmac

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May 30, 2007
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I voted for the 30", not because of the slightly bigger screen, but because I have two of them and they are absolutely superb.
 

BrokenE

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Jan 15, 2008
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I vote to wait.

I agree that apple will be introducing a bigger brother to the 27", maybe 35"?

I have the 27" iMac, and am very happy with it. My use is about the same as yours.
 

BigJohno

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Jan 1, 2007
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I vote to wait.

I agree that apple will be introducing a bigger brother to the 27", maybe 35"?

I have the 27" iMac, and am very happy with it. My use is about the same as yours.
Why would they have a 35". You would have to sit 6 feet back to actually see the whole thing.
 

Alvi

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Oct 31, 2008
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The 27" Because it's LED Back-lighted, Has speakers, Webcam, microphone, and looks newer (nicer)
 

Icaras

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Since the current 24" Cinema Display is $899 USD, how much do you estimate the 27" will be?
This is my theory:

The lowest base model of the previous 24" iMac started at $1499

That gave a difference of $600 between the base 24" iMac and the 24" ACD.

Simply going by this, I can only deduce that since the current base 27" iMac is $1699, the 27" ACD would most likely be priced at around $1099, which is $600 less.

a $1099 27" ACD places it $200 higher than the 24" ACD, which I think will let Apple get away with it's current pricing scheme. Because of this, I doubt the 24" will get a price drop. Though, I hope I'm proven wrong about that. I'd like to see the 24" have a price drop.

Anyway, thoughts on this?
 

Waldszenen

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Mar 2, 2010
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That's plausible, in my opinion. And I hope it's correct because that's well within my budget. Then again I'd be happy with the 24" model - three inches is hardly much difference, right?
 

macboy4

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Why would they have a 35". You would have to sit 6 feet back to actually see the whole thing.
Why? It's not like a TV where the size increases but the resolution stays the same. At that size the resolution will be well over 3K x 2K.

It'll just have a LOT of screen real estate :p
 

Hmac

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May 30, 2007
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The market for the 30" is pretty limited. Their market trend is definitely toward smaller, therefore cheaper, consumer screens. I sure don't seen them trying to put out BIGGER (therefore more expensive) monitors.
 

flynz4

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Aug 9, 2009
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I have a 30" HP monitor w/ multiple inputs connected to a PC, and to my MBP.

I additionally have a 27" 17 iMac.

While I like the size of the 30" better... I like the 27" better overall, because of the quality of the display.

I certainly disagree with the previous poster who stated that the trend is toward smaller monitors. This is certainly not true in the US... but maybe he is talking about other geographies.

I am expecting that within a couple of years, that a 30" or larger iMac will become available with dual drives (SSD and HDD). The lack of an SSD option is a more significant disappointment with my iMac over the smaller (27" vs 30") screen size.

FWIW: I bought my 27" in November '09... and it is perfect. No flaws whatsoever. I suspect the "yellow tint" issue was relatively rare, and just amplified by the discussion forums. In any case, Apple has apparently addressed any issues since then. My personal belief is that there is no reason to avoid Apples larger displays now... (or even back then).

/Jim
 

Icaras

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The market for the 30" is pretty limited. Their market trend is definitely toward smaller, therefore cheaper, consumer screens. I sure don't seen them trying to put out BIGGER (therefore more expensive) monitors.
The trend is towards smaller screens? :confused:

So what do you call it when Apple removes the 24" iMac model and replaces it with a 27"?
 

kasakka

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Oct 25, 2008
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Apple is pretty much tied to what panel manufacturers decide to put out, just like every other computer company. Right now they happen to make LED backlit displays in 27" size so that's what they're using. Apple may have some say in what LG, Samsung etc start manufacturing though.

I much prefer 30" because more vertical space is always more useful. I still wouldn't pick the 30" ACD because it is not a good match for the newer Macs since it only has a DVI input and would require the mini-DP to dual link DVI adapter which is costly and apparently also unreliable. Other than that there isn't much wrong with it - there have been no significant improvements in 30" panels for many years. No, LED backlighting isn't necessarily an improvement, it has its own issues.

There is a trend towards 16:9 displays unfortunately. They're worse than 16:10 for anything but movies and games.
 

maflynn

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I voted for the 24 inch - oh wait there's no option for that ;)

Seriously, I opted for that just two weeks ago and couldn't be happier. I think the cost of the 30 inch is prohibitively high and I suspect the 27 inch may also be. I'm content with the 24 and depending what your needs are, it would also suffice.
 

Icaras

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I say just wait for the 27" to hit the refurb store for around $800+-. I picked up a 24" for $599 on the refurb store and couldn't be happier.
Nice, that's probably what I'll end up doing too :D

How was the condition of your display? Were there any dead or stuck pixels? Scratches or blemishes on the aesthetics?
 

RubbishBBspeed

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Aug 1, 2009
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30 inch for me..... but then I'd be after the higher resolution anyway.and as some have pointed out.... the apple has gone rotten, time to pick a new supplier from the tree.

beside is it going to be a case that the apple display will have to be 3d or bust.