Are people buying the Apple 23" ACD, what is current opinion?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by sblasl, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. sblasl macrumors 6502a


    Apr 25, 2004
    Heber Springs, AR
    You hear so many negative experiences with the Apple 23" ACD.

    I wanted to get a sense of what has been the experience of anyone who has purchased one of these displays in the past 30 days. I don't need opinions about the Dell, I want to know about the Apple 23" ACD.
  2. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
  3. donbadman macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2006
    me too, just a bit aprehensive seeing as they are really due an update, I know they were 'updated' recently but it would be great if they came with more than 1 input! Also I'm quite keen to know whether the next revision will increase to 24" but keep the same resolution cause then the ppi will go down and I'd like to have more pixels per inch.

    Also i'm assuming creating colour profiles and calibration will work ok with blue eye's/gretag colorimeters? Anyone had any experience with the 23" ACD, and colour management under XP?
  4. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    Going for a 24" panel would also force them to drop to an inferior panel technology. No one, to my knowledge, are producing a 24" S-IPS panel.
  5. donbadman macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2006
    Thought I saw that 24" S-IPS's / AS-IPS panels are coming out soon, NEC's meant to be bring this one out this month:

    and then there's this one:

    I've seen a few reviewers and news sites saying things are about to get even cheaper and better value in the widescreen market so it's making me think maybe I should hold off although my old Lacie electron CRT is on it's last legs and I've got a few colour critical projects coming up.
  6. OldSkoolNJ macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2006
    I sold 2 this week. That is actually even rare for my store. We usually only sell one ACD a week. SO 2 of the same in a very short time period is good.

  7. whawhat macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2006
    i really needed a screen asap for work so i bought a used one on craigslist, acd 23" for $600......i do think they will be updated with isight/more features in january when apple launches iTV though.
  8. motomullet macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2005
    I got mine a few weeks ago. went to the apple store to get a 20 and walked out with a 23. Probably would have been a 30 if the mini could run it haha. It is an awesome monitor.

    On the contrary to all the negatives on here about the ACD, I have 0 (zero) problems with mine. no pink, no retarded pixels, no dead ones, no backlight issues. Except i have to run the brightness at about 50% because its really bright, but that really isn't a negative!

    only downside is the price. Got mine for 900 with the EDU discount, which is quite a bit morer than I paid for my g4 mini.
  9. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2005
    I was one of the people who got a bad monitor ... took it to the apple store.. the brightness was set high and it was still lower than the iMac next to it... they deemed it DOA.

    My second one is good. There is some backlight bleeding. pretty bad in areas.. but only noticable when you have brightness up about 50% and the lights off in a dark room. Under normal usage I don't even notice.

    It's not as good as I thought it would be...

    The other issue is there are a ton of problems with the X1900XT + 23ACD and Bootcamp right now ... so if you're looking to install/run windows... you've been warned. I've given up trying to get XP installed... I'm just waiting for Leopard... hopefully that fixes it.. otherwise.. i'm going to be pissed off.
  10. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    You did buy an Apple computer and not a PC. You should just be happy that they made it possible to install Windows in the first place, let alone actively improving BootCamp.
  11. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2005
    Yes yes, well then they shouldn't be advertising that they can run windows now. Had I known it wouldn't work at all for me, I would've just built myself a new PC for gaming instead. Now I'm waiting for the POS that is Bootcamp to actually work.
  12. asencif macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2005
    The Mac Pro firmware update yesterday fixes this issue. Many have tried it and have installed Windows XP.
  13. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2005
    Yes. It does fix it. However bootcamp now partitions the drive wrong and XP won't install on the partition created for it. If it's not one problem it's another.
  14. Dreadnought macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    Almere, The Netherlands
    My store still has got mine 23"ACD in backorder. They just can't get one here in the Netherlands that has the new specs. So I'm still waiting after returning an old spec'ed model (which was already perfect!!!).
  15. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Restore the drive to its original state and try again. I just installed Windows XP on a Mac Pro w/ a 1900XT two days ago and it worked brilliantly. Boot Camp 1.1.2, and I haven't done the new firmware update yet.
  16. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2005
    That was next on the list of things to do. But I'm not in the mood to reinstall a ton of stuff afterwards at this moment ;) probably in a couple days. This whole Mac Pro + Bootcamp thing has left a sour taste in my mouth...
  17. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    You do? I love mine :\ I've always bought Dells in the past, but my 23" ACD is just sumptuous and stunning.
  18. pionata macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2005
    It looks great, but it realy suck that you cant plug a playstation 3 in it since it has no scaler. They should be warning people about that, its like the only monitors on the market without a video scaler.

    No HDCP and no Scaler means you'll have to find 400$ in order to buy a seperate scaler to plug something else than a computer in it.
  19. vendettabass macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2006
    Wellington, New Zealand
    I really really wanna know how the macbooks are with the 23' ACD's! I guess that means the Mac Minis too?
    does anyone use the Macbook with one of these beasts?
  20. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2005
  21. Whiteapple macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2006
    Haute Savoie,France
    MacMini & 23"

    Well, with the stock mini CD 1.66 "rev. B", it was kinda laggy through exposé and Front Row. Yeah, I mean not "flawless".
    Then I upgraded the drive to a 7200rpm and to 2GB RAM and it's pretty good now, but you can still feel the pain of the GMA through iPhoto when you scroll. A 2.33GHz Merom could make it up I think.

    But for now, it's OK, and the Mini and Display match so well!

    The Mini, and in your case the MacBook would handle it quite well. The Macbook has faster CPU whereas the Mini has a faster GPU clock speed (due to power saving I suppose...).

    My display is a "new" one. It has some uneven colouring, but it's definately not worth taking it back and getting stuck pixels like I had with the "old" ones I took back to the store.

    Here, enjoy.

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  22. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

    Maxwell Smart

    Jan 29, 2006
    I was considering getting one too, the dell is just such a better deal, but the apple looks so much better :( Decisions Decisions.
  23. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2005
    I would only get the Dell if I had a Black MacBook. Otherwise, IMHO, I can't consider it an option for me. Whiteapple, thanks for the input. Anyone out there have a MacBook running the 20"er at least? Just in general, I wanted to know how the MacBooks took to the ACDs.
  24. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    I'm getting a Dell 24" monitor. Why? Because of the Audio/video plugs attached to it. ;)
  25. SMM macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2006
    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    I would never buy one! If you want to upgrade to a larger one, after this one fails, you will just not be able to justify it. I can upgrade to all 30" screens when I start having problems with my 23"'s. Between work and home, I have two of the older 23"'s, a newer one and two 30". I want all 30", but the others just keep working like they were new :mad: Darn Apple high quality.

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