Display Off!: A Guide to Monitors For Your Mac



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DK Jones Loves Jazz

While I'm excited about the Thunderbolt technology and the promise it holds for the future--especially for data transfer, I'm still using the 20" Al CD I bought for my DP 2.0GHz PowerMac G5. It's now connected to my 2x 2.66 C2D MacPro--because it has DVI outputs and the CD still delivers an impressive image. I also have a 23" Samsung Synchmaster HDTV connected to the MacPro(DVI to HDMI--delivers a full 1920 x1080p). I sometimes have broadcast TV on for news and weather while I'm working but, I also use it for extended desktop frequently; the HDTV also gets used for watching web video streams--Hulu, Crackle, Youtube, etc...(my lunch break!). Having a "proper" computer display and an HDTV for the 2nd display makes for a great dual screen set-up so far.



"Packing a thin film transistor (TFT) active-matrix liquid crystal display (LCD) with in-plane switching (IPS), the Apple Thunderbolt Display is a great match for any current model Mac. "

"You’ll also want to weigh the benefits of display types -- cheaper LCD displays tend to put out a less vibrant image that may not properly represent white levels, while LED-enhanced models cost more but produce a brighter, more evenly lit image with accurate colors"

So let me get this straight: The Apple display costs more but uses the poorer screen technology? All that plus it is glossy only and only comes in one size?

Ummmm, yeah. Nice device but I think I'll look elsewhere.


Roger Workman

You're confusing the display technology (LCD) with the backlight technology (LED). The Apple display is an LCD that uses LED backlighting. The cheaper LCDs this article is talking about use florescent backlights. I have Apple's original LED-backlit display, and it is an outstanding monitor. I imagine the new one is just as good, plus it has Thunderbolt.



Thanks for the clarification. The article should have been clearer on this.



For me, the biggest reason to avoid Apple displays is that they're only available with a glossy screen finish. There's a reason that display manufacturers have gone to such great lengths over the years to develop anti-glare coatings.

Watching someone try to use an iMac or a MacBook Pro with the standard (glossy) screen in an office setting is amusing, but it's not something that I want to go through again myself. It's been 20 years, but I still remember the eyestrain and headaches. Much scarier is watching someone try to use a screen like that in a hospital setting, where not being able to clearly read what's on it could be life-threatening.

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