“The market for the 24-inch Apple LED Cinema Display is limited. Until third-party adapters are released, the display is only compatible with MacBooks that have Mini DisplayPort connections. And even if you have that, you will pay $900 for a display that can’t be used with other devices. It has a beautiful and clean design, great performance with movies and games, phenomenal sound, and a good viewing angle, but the monitor’s lack of versatility makes it a product we are reluctant to recommend, even to its target (and only) market,” Eric Franklin reports for CNET.
MacDailyNews Take: The abundance of morbid stupidity in the world today depresses us. CNET seems dedicated to attracting it, concentrating it, and then publishing it online. For MacBook owners with Mini Display Ports for whom this monitor is solely designed (Apple even advertises it as “The first display made for the new MacBook family.”), CNET’s hack should clearly be recommending this monitor which the reviewer himself describes as offering, “beautiful and clean design, great performance with movies and games, phenomenal sound, and a good viewing angle.” No, CNET, you can’t connect it to your fugly, OS-limited Dell craptop. Don’t blame Apple: Get a real computer.
Franklin continues, “The Apple LED Cinema Display impressed us the most in its color reproduction and contrast results. In our Extreme Grayscale Bars and Intensity and Grayscale tests, the display scored higher than any previous display we’ve tested. In these tests, the display was able to produce pure white as well as very light grays–a challenging feat for most displays, but the Cinema Display does it nearly perfectly. On the same token, it was able to display near true black while showing very dark grays. Also, it reproduced the grayscale (the shades of gray between black and white) accurately without any signs of other colors. This indicates that it does not have any color-tracking errors.”
Franklin reports, “The display performed perfectly in most of our color tests, as well. Apple LED Cinema Display was able to scale dark shades of specific colors into lighter shades of the same color without compressing the shades in between. This indicates a very accurate representation of color all around.”
Franklin reports, “We were very impressed by the built-in speakers; the sound was loud when taken up to its maximum output, and showed no signs of distortion. The bass is deep and the quality is clear and full. These are some of the best speakers we’ve ever heard on a monitor.
MacDailyNews Take: And, yet, the fool is “reluctant to recommend” such an obviously stellar monitor, “even to its target (and only) market.” Puleeze.
Full review – not recommended due to appalling idiocy – here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Cathy V.” for the heads up.]