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Apple's 30" Cinema Display

Dell's 30" 3007WFP
Almost but not quite as equipped as Dell's 3007WFP

Competition is always healthy, especailly in our industry. Several weeks ago, we reported on Dell's 3007WFP -- a mammoth 30" LCD supporting a native resolution fo 2560x1600. Of course, Dell wasn't the first to release such a screen, as Apple had announced its 30" Cinema Display just close to a year prior to the 3007WFP. However, Dell's new screen was supporting much better specifications:
  • 178 degree viewing angle on the Dell vs. 170 on the Apple
  • 700:1 contrast ratio on the Dell vs. 400:1 on the Apple
  • 400 cd/m2 light output on the Dell vs. 270 cd/m^2 on the Apple
  • 14ms pixel response time on the Dell vs. 16ms on the Apple
Several readers have emailed us claiming that Apple has updated its 30" Cinema Display to reflect the new panel used in the display. Apparently, Apple's panel change on the 30" ACD now matches the specifications of the Dell 3007WFP. However, the Cinema Display lacks the 8-in-2 media card reader slots that come with the Dell and is not as flexible in terms of viewing adjustments (the 3007WFP can be height adjusted and swivled).

The Apple ACD 30" is priced at approximately $2,300 USD while the Dell 3007WFP is priced a hundred or so dollars cheaper, unless you live in Canada.

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Nice but...
By Souka on 3/29/2006 7:45:06 PM , Rating: 2
Nice, but wish resolution would get higher.

For a 30" still takes desktop realestate.

I'd rather have two 21" LCD's of same res, than a single 30" LCD... but that's just me.

RE: Nice but...
By lemonadesoda on 3/29/2006 8:43:02 PM , Rating: 3
According to my math, 2 x 21" screens takes up more desktop real estate than one 30"!

A 21" will give you 1200 on the y axis. The 30" gives you 1600. This makes a significant difference to legibility of PDF's and other portrait oriented documents.

I would also prefer a 30" for photoshop. Get the whole picture on the screen. Splitting a picture over 2 screens and scrolling is a bit clunky.

RE: Nice but...
By mpeny on 3/30/2006 9:44:04 AM , Rating: 2
For video editors, financial analyst (wall street), designers, and other fields - dual monitors are better. You get more space horizontally which offsets the minor lost of space vertically.

RE: Nice but...
By kmmatney on 3/29/2006 8:46:51 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, I think that's just you.

RE: Nice but...
By Nekrik on 3/29/2006 9:27:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you. The 30 might be nice for a few purposes, but I like being able to get the whole screen in a single glance with out having to pan around.

Dell A Bit Of A Swear Word But...
By kelmon on 3/30/2006 2:34:01 AM , Rating: 2
Dell might be a bit of a swear word in the Mac community but it is known that their monitors are highly competitive on both quality as well as price vs. Apple's own. While a 30" display remains outside of my budget, I'd be very happy to buy one of Dell's 24" displays and attach it to my PowerBook.

As noted by someone else, I'm also not convinced that an integrated card reader is really that much of a selling point. When it comes to a monitor then the only aspect of its features that are important to me is its image quality/response/brightness and how flexible it is. Dell seems to have the edge here with more flexible adjustments but the card reader really isn't important and I'd prefer to see it removed and the price reduced to compensate.

RE: Dell A Bit Of A Swear Word But...
By mpeny on 3/30/2006 9:45:24 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, Dell monitors are VERY popular in the Mac community because of the cheaper price and with little or no sacrifice in performance and often better feature set.

By obeseotron on 3/30/2006 11:50:27 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, there are some true believers out there, but there are also plenty of macs out there with Dell LCDs and Microsoft mice.

card reader my ...
By BikeDude on 3/30/2006 2:22:06 AM , Rating: 3
Come on... Most (all?) of those x-in-y card readers barely manage 2MB/s transfer speeds. I would be very surprised if Dell's card reader was any different. (most laptops e.g. are very slow -- my own clocks in around 2MB/s, whereas a third-party CF-cardbus adapter reads at 10MB/s at 25% of the CPU usage)

If the card reader feature is important enough to make you choose one monitor over another, then you're probably better off with a stand-alone card reader anyway.

Blue squiggles
By timmiser on 3/31/2006 2:10:53 AM , Rating: 2
Has anyone noticed that the blue wave design on the Apple display looks a bit nicer than the blue wave on the Dell so that must mean the Apple is a better display?

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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