Macbook with Cinema display... Help!

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  1. divinemercy macrumors regular

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    Ok. So i bought a macbook for college use, and now i think my next product choice would be a cinema display (although i may wait a few months to see if anything new comes out or prices drop). My questions are:

    1. Is the cinema display worth it when used with a macbook? (i have the Intel Core 2 Duo, 2g, Processor Speed:2.4 GHz if that matters).

    I mean, people always talk about how much better the MB pro's graphics are, and most posts about the cinema displays are in relation to macbook pros.......... so is the picture on a cinema display going to be poor when using a macbook?

    2. How are the displays measured? Corner to corner like a television, or along the bottom edge?

    Thanks SOOO much for your help you guys, you are always great.

    Ryan
     
  2. CWallace macrumors 603

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    The displays are measured from corner to corner.

    The MacBook will drive the 20" and 23" Apple Cinema Displays. You can connect a 30" ACD to it, however it will drive it at a resolution below what it is capable of, so it's a waste.

    Personally, I find 13" too small to work with on a daily basis. As such, my MB had an external 20" display and I have a 24" I use with my MacBook Pro.
     
  3. divinemercy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok. So the macbook works with the 20-23 inch displays. The picture is good? I don't do video editing, etc (which is why i didnt buy a mb pro in the first place), but for watching films in my dorm room, surfing with a better experience, etc a 20 inch display would be beautiful for my macbook?

    Also, do you have to buy an adapter for it? I think on apple.com it mentioned a mini dvi to dvi perhaps? Is this included in the display?

    thanks,

    ryan
     
  4. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    The image on the Cinema Display will be fine, but you will need a mini-DVI to DVI adapter from Apple to be able to plug it in to your MacBook.
     
  5. darkcurse macrumors 6502a

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    IMO you're better off getting any other LCD brand that you're comfortable with. Especially since you'll probably be able to get a "better" spec-ed monitor for the same price you pay for an ACD or get one that is the same spec but for less. I say that because you're not wanting to do any photo editing or designing work or video editing.
     
  6. divinemercy thread starter macrumors regular

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    true, but im a budding "purist" haha. Woudn't hook up my baby to any other brand ^^
     
  7. LeoFio macrumors regular

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    If you think you will be doing any graphics design work/ photo editing in the future, invest in the cinema display with its H-IPS panel (or the 20" with an S-IPS panel I believe). Most other panels that have "better specs" are using not-so-good TN panels.

    Of course you could buy based solely on the beautiful design :apple:
     

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