TechRadar reviews Apple’s 27-inch LED Cinema Display: Bright, vivid, and pricey

iMac Deals - FREE Shipping“Apple kit’s never cheap, and the Apple 27-inch Cinema Display, stunning though the image is, does little to break that notion,” Laurence Cable writes for TechRadar.

“The display has in-plane switching (IPS) as well, so colours remain bright and vivid even at tight viewing angles. The picture is bright and pinsharp – text looks fantastic and you can see every detail in a photo,” Cable writes. “Gradients display well too and there’s a clear distinction between 0% and 5% black, as there is between 95% and 100%. Colour gradient bars are smooth, although single-colour consistency isn’t as good as we’d hoped for a display of this price.”

“And, lest we forget, the screen is glossy. This means the picture looks stunning, but you do get a fair amount of reflection… keep this in mind, especially if you intend to do a lot of graphics work,” Cable writes. “It would have been nice to see Apple offer an antiglare surface, like it does with the 15-inch MacBook Pro.”

Cable writes, “All this connects to your Mac via a single cable with three connectors on the end – USB, MagSafe power adapter for MacBooks and a Mini DisplayPort. This means it’ll work with most Macs from 2009 or later, including the whole current range.”

Read more in the full review here.


  1. Never cheap because they last & last & last, unlike rival products that date quickly deliberately to force you into early upgrade cycles. Thank goodness that is no longer the norm thanks to robustly built top quality kit fairly priced from Apple inc.

  2. The reviewers seemed to like almost everything about the ACD except the price, single-color consistency, and lack of height adjustment. It was not clear how high their “hopes” were for single-color consistency, but one would reasonably expect top-notch performance for a premium price.

    I am not a graphics professional or an expert in displays. But I really love my iMac 24″ display and I can only assume that the 27″ ACD is as good or better in terms of performance. If you have the money, then you will probably find the 27″ ACD to be a fine product.

  3. Did this guy even try to compare prices of proper specs?

    The Dell UltraSharp U2711 27-inch display is also about $980.

    His comparison, “you can pick up a decent 27-inch LED display for under £400, though admittedly with fewer pixels.”

    So less pixels.
    Is it IPX?
    Does it have a camera?
    Does it have built in sound?

    Do a little research, unless his sole effort was to bitch about the price.

  4. What is the utilitarian value of a 27″ ACD as opposed to a similar sized iMac? Both have the same screen size, except one has an in-built computer in it for not much more in price terms. Both can accept DP connectors to act as external monitors. Why not just plump for the iMac?

  5. Twenty Benson
    “No Matte – No Sale. There are plenty of high quality third-party monitor makers out there – and, unlike Apple, they take the pro graphics user seriously.”

    No there aren’t, there are very few screens in that league.

    And I am sick of this idiotic banter from uninformed (likely adolescent?) nubes that “graphics professionals” prefer matte screens. Buy a clue, no we don’t. Only someone who hadn’t actually worked in the industry would say that. (and no doing PS or AE work for some local web developer out of you house does not really count as “graphics industry” experience)
    Virtually anyone who works with critical imaging works in a dimly lit room (some even with blinders in a dimly lit room), and we for the most part DO NOT LIKE MATTE SCREENS! Matted screens cause considerable luminescence bloom, gloss screens do not. Simple as that.
    There is no way around the luma bloom, to combat reflected light you simply use dim lighting.

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