Cinema Display?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ipodlover77, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. ipodlover77 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2009
    Hey guys, quick question. Im planning on purchasing a Samsung 2494HM 24" 1080p LCD monitor w/ HDMI input. Will this work with the new 13" mpb perfectly? and if it does what extra stuff do i need. I googled "macbook to lcd display" but the results were so scattered that I didnt know where to start lol.
    would the samsung monitor look just as good as the apple cinema display or would it look good but not as good. redundant i know hah.
  2. uv23 macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2003
    Calgary, AB
    Screen wise, they're probably very similar. The cinema display is nice because of the integrated cables, but its also woefully overpriced. Personally, I'm waiting on a price drop and will buy an apple display at that point.
  3. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Or not.

    The panel used in the Sammy posted above as well as most lower priced displays are TN panels i.e. really fast but not accurate color wise and horrible viewing angles. The cinema display uses an IPS panel which is slower in ms but will look better by all accounts. The displays may be considered overpriced compared to Dell's Ultrasharp displays because they used to use the same panels (don't know if this is still true today).

    So if you are a primary gamer...well I don't know why you would have a mac in the first place but the sammy would be the best. Anything else will look phenomenal on all cinema displays.
  4. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    To answer the OP's other question, I'm pretty sure you will need a mini-display port to DVI cable. The 13" MBP has a mini Display port and the Samsung has DVI. Can anyone else confirm?

    Do glossy screens bother you? I'm pretty sure the Samsung you have selected has a matte display. Decide if you want to go glossy or matte. Check them both out in person. Both displays will look nice but the Apple display uses a higher quality panel, which may be important to you. Undoubtedly, the ACD has a cooler design, if that means anything to you.
  5. Z06jerry macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    For video you'll need one of these adapters, MDP > DVI

    and for audio you'll also need to connect to your MBP's audio output jack.

    As mentioned above, the sammy uses a cheap TN panel which has poorer viewing angles and can suffer from reverse ghosting (colour shift). And there is this problem too ...

    BTW, the 24" ACD is available in the refurb store.
  6. ipodlover77 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2009
    grr, guess i wont be getting the sammy. Alot of users are saying when they hooked it up to their macbook that the fonts came out blurry.
    any cheap monitors you guys recommend?
    is it a smart decision to buy one of the old apple cinemas? with the acrylic casing? only thing im worried about is the lack of warranty :(

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