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Apple 30-Inch Cinema HD Display

Sometimes more is more ...
And you can't even begin to get a sense of the enormity of this device until you actually have it on your desk sitting right in front of you. It occupies so much of your field of view that it feels like you're working on a movie theater screen. (Which, of course, is another thing you can do with this display, though it's almost a waste to watch anything at standard definition on this screen. But DVDs do look just fantastic, especially animations.)

One final note about resolution. All monitors are, of course, different in terms of the ratio between resolution and screen real estate. The Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display, at its optimal resolution, displays images at a pixel density of 100 pixels per inch, which means that the things on your screen will be about 72 percent the size they would be if you were to print them out at 100 percent. Personally, I'm used to this, as my 22-inch widescreen CRT does the same thing. But it can make small text a bit difficult to read, particularly serif text below about 9.5 points. But you can always crank the resolution down for a larger image, or up the magnification of your documents for easier viewing.

As for the design itself, what can be said that isn't immediately obvious? It's fantastic: sleek, stylish, designed to match your Power Mac G5. The bezel is slim, measuring about 0.875 inches along the left, right and top, and about 1 inch along the bottom. And it's shallow, at a depth of about 1.75 inches. The total depth, including stand, is 8.46 inches, though the stand can be removed for mounting the display on a wall (with optional accessories). If you do choose to use the stand, it allows for a tilt of -5 degrees to 25 degrees. The monitor also includes ports (two USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire 400 port) hidden on the back of the lower edge of the bezel.

Picture: richness, accuracy, consistency
But I think that what's most impressive about an LCD display of this magnitude is its uncompromising quality. The image is crisp, bright and rich. Color is consistent across the entire surface of the screen, more so than I've ever seen with an LCD display. And the viewing angle, at 170 degrees horizontal and vertical, is superb. (Other manufacturers claim viewing angles like that, but this one actually has it, with truly minimal color shift.)

The 30-inch display, like Apple's 23-inch model, boasts a contrast ratio of 400:1 and a brightness of 270 cd/m2, which, coupled with this display's wide color gamut, provides a fantastic range of perceptual colors. (The gamut of this display is virtually identical to that of a pro-level CRT. See Apple's Web site for documentation on this.)

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