Which to buy: 24" LED ACD or 30" HD ACD???

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by mtatfluler, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. mtatfluler macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2009
    I am a photographer and filmmaker and need a good monitor with accurate colour display and high resolution. I am aware that the 30" is an old design, but im worried about the reflection from the 24".

    Any advice or opinions are greatly appreciated!


  2. mtatfluler thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2009
  3. mac2x macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2009
    Depends on your work environment. If you know are going to have lights on behind you (or windows for that matter), I would advise staying away from the glossy display.
  4. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    If you have the money, go for the 30".
    77% more in real estate space should definitely help you getting over the 'old' design, which is still superior to all other displays on the market!
  5. Heb1228 macrumors 68020


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virginia Beach, VA
    What kind of machine are you connecting to? A Mac Pro should do fine but if you're using anything with a MiniDisplayPort output you'll need a MDP > Dual Link DVI adapter (~$100) and I've heard of them not always working so well. So thats another thing to take into account.
  6. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    How is the 30" a 77% increase over the 24? Unless my math is wrong, its just 20%.
  7. Frosties macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2009
    Just to be the devil here but have you looked at other screens than apple? There are some very good screens out there besides Apple's 2 screens.
  8. DavieBoy macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2009
    New Jersey
    There is nothing like the 30" ACD. I wish I had one. I would hesitate because I can not believe they haven't updated it in so long.
  9. DavieBoy macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2009
    New Jersey
    Without popping out my calculator, I am pretty sure Transporteur is right. He is talking about real estate.
  10. toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    30". more space and a matte screen.

    I don't know how the 24" Cinema is, but I used a new 24" iMac before. the screen was way too bright and the colors were oversaturated.
  11. Wehrwolf macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2009
    He's referring to the area in pixels^2.

    1920x1200 = 2304000
    2560X1600 = 4096000

    4096000/2304000= 1.777777

    I acutally got a 30" ACD recently, but exchanged it for an LED ACD. So for a few days, I actually had both hooked up to my Mac Pro.

    The 30" is a nice display, but it was a tad too large, and my screen had a slight issue with uniformity - the left side was warmer than the right. For $1799 one would expect perfection, but I suppose Apple has to draw the line somewhere. With over 4 million pixels, and such a large area to backlight, the chances of slight defects increases. The 30" is significantly brighter than the 24"; I could use the former at the lowest brightness setting under incandescent lights at home; the LED ACD is usually set around 50%.

    The glare on the LED ACD was no where near as bad once I got it home - lighting in the Apple Stores is terrible for judging displays.
  12. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2008
    Dallas, Texas/ Hong Kong
    I had a 24" hp display, then I got the 30", and man it is one of the best things ever happened to me (I am sad). I would definitely rather have a 30" than two 24", if I ever get a Mac Pro, I may hook up another 20" along with the 30".

    I think you will love the 30", but it really depends on you.
  13. sparkie7 macrumors 68010


    Oct 17, 2008
  14. gotzero macrumors 68040

    Jan 6, 2007
    Mid-Atlantic, US
    I would go for a 30". Not necessarily Apple. The 30" is just a great way to work. I use mine with a 23" on each side, and there is a huge difference in usable real estate.
  15. shaunymac macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    If it were me, it would be a no brainer. 30" ACD.

    I use a 23" ACD and I love it. My friend has a 30" and it makes mine look like, well, a 20". It is crazy how much space you have on it. If you have the cash for it, grab it. There are no glares on it. I have windows behind me, to the side of me, and I have no glares.

    The only thing the new cinema display has that I wish my display has is the isight. Oh well, I can either grab an external or use my mbp as rare as I use that.

    Does the 24" have firewire on it? I just went to look...looks like it doesn't. I would definately get the 30" now. I have both FW400 plugs occupied as we speak.
  16. Qianlong macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2004
    Have you consider other monitors?

    like the HP 2475, Nec 2490 or samsung XL24???

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