Nice 2006 aluminum 23" Cinema Display with box worth $200?

SoundOfWinter

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As the title says, I have a chance to buy a nice aluminum 2006 23" Cinema Display that still has the original box for $200, locally. Is this a great deal or just about average? Thanks in advance for any replies.
 

wrinkster22

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As the title says, I have a chance to buy a nice aluminum 2006 23" Cinema Display that still has the original box for $200, locally. Is this a great deal or just about average? Thanks in advance for any replies.
Do you mind posting a pic? it has slipped my mind.. Also you will likely need an adapter..
 

SoundOfWinter

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Still waiting on the seller to send me some pictures. What kind of adapter would I need? I was under the impression that the aluminum ACDs used standard DVI, do they not?
 

thekev

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Still waiting on the seller to send me some pictures. What kind of adapter would I need? I was under the impression that the aluminum ACDs used standard DVI, do they not?
Correct although I can't recall which DVI variation is used. If you have a Mac Pro with dvi or you're using Apple's whatever to dvi adapter, you're fine.

As the title says, I have a chance to buy a nice aluminum 2006 23" Cinema Display that still has the original box for $200, locally. Is this a great deal or just about average? Thanks in advance for any replies.
It depends on the condition and the overall unit. If your work involves color correction, the older cinema displays could be considered superior to the thunderbolt display (simply because LED is problematic) although places that do a lot of color grading work have pretty much moved away from Apple displays in general.

With the 23" it doesn't hold its contrast well with the luminance dialed down, and there was quite a bit of unit to unit variation (also it's difficult to get a perfect neutral grey). This means you should see how much brightness is left at its max brightness level (which could be a good indicator of use). You'll want to check the uniformity because these varied quite a bit in that regard, and you will want to ensure that neutral colors look reasonably neutral (profiling helps but it won't solve everything).

Keep in mind here this could be a very old display. Even if the backlight is still strong, some of these do see other part failures. I've seen intermittent vertical lines on a couple 30" units in the past. Basically they're okay displays but they're priced up a bit by Apple fans. If you want it, I would suggest you examine the unit carefully before you hand over cash. I wasn't making it up regarding unit to unit variation either. If you put several of them side by side, even if they were purchased at the same time, they can look significantly different.


This isn't a Thunderbolt display though. It would be hooking up to my Mac Pro.
Yeah the thunderbolt display actually isn't compatible with the mac pro at all.
 

weckart

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Pretty much every 23" display I saw in the Apple Stores near me had a horrible pink cast. I would not bother unless you really like the look of the alu bezel to match your Mac Pro can view before you buy.
Newer IP panels can be had for about $300.
 

t0rr3s

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check for the pink cast as has been said and ghosting, especially against white backgrounds. my acd23 has that strip along the edges although after tweaking with the profiles, it's a lot better. but still a sore point for me. if in perfect condition, i'd grab it in a shot.
 
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