LED LCD Cinema Display or older Cinema Display?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by obelix, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. obelix macrumors member

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    Well I was hoping someone would have asked this question already but I think I need to get a new LCD. Right now I've got a Dell 2408WFP and it's driving me crazy. The colours are all off. I bought a Spyder 3 Elite to calibrate it and although it's much closer I still feel it's off and the shadows are terrible.

    I'm a graphic designer by trade and so colour on my LCD is very important to me. I took a look at both the Apple Cinema displays (old and new) and noticed that the new LED LCD's seem to have substancially better specs.

    New:
    http://www.apple.com/ca/displays/specs.html

    Old:
    http://www.apple.com/ca/displays/cinema/specs.html

    The contrast ratio is the biggest difference with 1000:1 on the new one and 700:1 on the old one.

    I'm looking at the 24" (new) or 23" (old).

    Thoughts? Also how big a deal does everyone think the glossy background is on the new LED LCD's? Are there any designers who have a glossy background and find it doesn't bother them?
     
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    The new ones look pretty nice. If it were me, the deciding factor would be the glossy vs. matte screen. I like the glossy screen, but I'm not a designer.
     
  3. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    I wouldn't get either, there are better choices around. The HP LP2475w can be had for $600 US and when properly calibrated is quite good, and at the other end you can get the NEC LCD2490WUXi for just over $1000 US.

    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/hp_lp2475w.htm is a review of the HP
     
  4. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Just to point out that this new display hasn't replaced the old ones, it accompanies them.

    I would chose the old for any kind of graphics because of the matte display.
     
  5. 7on macrumors 601

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    I'm a graphic designer and I like glossy screens.
     
  6. vendettabass macrumors 6502a

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    I'm wondering if the new LED screens are TN panels
     
  7. obelix thread starter macrumors member

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    What is it that you like about the gloss? I must say I find the reflections quite distracting but perhaps you don't notice it over time.
     
  8. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    I'd go for the 23". Matte, no thick black bezel, and it has a DVI which is still the default digital computer monitor connector.
     
  9. gazfocus macrumors 68000

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    They won't be TN panels because the viewing angels are 178° horizontal; 178° vertical which are the same as the other Cinema Displays.
     
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  11. Mr. Funsocks macrumors regular

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    Don't get the gloss. It has over saturated and inaccurate colors. Plus the reflection is unbearable at times.
     

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