Old Apple Cinema Displays

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by eyebeaz, May 7, 2007.

  1. eyebeaz macrumors 6502

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    So I have been look at an old 20" apple cinema display and I was just curious on what you guys thought about purchasing one now. Is it worth it for under $200? How would it compare to a samsung monitor plugged in through a DVI connector? Also would it work on my Macbook, with an adapter through the DVI port, cause I noticed there is only one cable which also provides the power. Would this be a problem running it on a macbook? The one I am looking at is pictured here:

    http://i15.ebayimg.com/05/i/000/9c/6f/31d1_1.JPG

    Any advice appreciated thanks!
     
  2. YoYoMa macrumors 6502

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    Go with a newer Samsung or a Dell. They will have much much better specs than this very old monitor.
     
  3. yippy macrumors 68020

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    The screen is probably quite decent. However, the special cable requires an adapter that costs near $100. Only the G4 and G5 PowerMacs had graphics cards that allowed for the old style monitors to be attached without the adapter.
     
  4. jng macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, go for the newer displays from whoever, including Dell + samsung. Much better bang for your buck.

    I wouldn't pay more than $100 for an old studio display and only if I had an old G4 to go with it ;)

    I remember we bought several 19" studio displays about 5 years ago and we paid $300 for them (after rebate). So I figure $100 is about right.
     
  5. seany916 macrumors 6502

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    Dell 24" is $570 before shipping & tax. 3x more than you'd otherwise pay, but new, large, beautiful. A monitor is something that will last more than 1 computer. Will you really want to be using a 20" monitor that was old when you bought it 3 years from now? Will it last 3 years? Old monitors tend to fade in brightness and color. I end up changing the color calibration setting to make up for it on my old 20" dell from like 4 years ago. No problems with my Dell monitor.

    That said, I'm using a cinema with the brightness turned down right now.

    if you have the space, spend more and enjoy it for years to come. $400 is not that much for something you'll use almost everyday.
     

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