For the past decade, I have relied exclusively on laptops for my writing and private life. It wasn’t until I recently purchased my first unibody MacBook that I saw the need and felt the justification to splurge for the 24-inch Apple LED Cinema Display.
As you can see in the image below, my office now has the delicious 24-inch Apple display in use as well as my MacBook’s display at the same time as both displays become the canvas for a single, virtual desktop as science and beauty become one!
The Cinema Display is amazingly bright, and if you’re used to bright LED laptops, you are not prepared for a Cinema Display cranked to its ultimate brightness. Turn down the brightness or you’ll end up like me during my first few hours: Nauseous and dizzy.
The colors on the Cinema Display are sublime. Colors appear deeper on the MacBook, but on the Cinema Display colors appear richer, but less vivid.
The Cinema Display has three USB ports on the back and the built-in speakers are located inside the bottom edge of the display. Sound was okay. Not great. Zero bass. I’m using my Logitech THX sound system.
The built-in microphone and camera work well.
The best part of the new Cinema Display from Apple is its native connectivity with the newer Macs.
You have a single cord with three options: USB, Mini DisplayPort and Charger. That means you can charge your unibody MacBook without using the bundled charger; you can have a single USB port in use that will hook into the other three UBS ports on your monitor; and you have no fuss or muss setting up the “virtual canvas” of your MacBook and Cinema Display, because the Mini DisplayPort adapter natively handles all the setup and negotiation between monitor and computer.
You can’t go wrong if you want to go big with an Apple Cinema Display. The thing is much bigger and heavier than I imagined. Shipping weight was around 30 pounds.
If you want big, beautiful, bright colors — then get a 24-inch Apple Cinema Display. You’ll thank me later in your dreams.