10-29-2009, 02:56 PM #127" iMac vs. 30" Apple Cinema Display
I know that a lot of folks are very excited about the new 27" iMac...especially because of the humongous display! I'm not sure if anyone has made any comparisons yet here on the forum...and since I was curious I looked into it.
The resolution on each display is:
- 27" iMac 2560 x 1440
- 30" Cinema Display 2560 x 1600
Brightness on each display:
- 27" iMac 375 cd/m2
- 30" Cinema Display 400 cd/m2
One of the downsides to the 30" Apple Cinema display is it's response time. Response time is one of those specs which can be important to some folks...especially those that prefer smooth action when playing games, watching videos, or viewing DVD's.
Since the 30" Apple Cinema display was first released in 2004...it's response time of 16ms (milliseconds) is kind of slow...compared to most LCD display's today, which are usually around 5ms.
Response times for Apple displays are not always the easiest to find (since Apple does not publish them). So getting one on the new 27" iMac is tough to find since it is still a very new item. I search & searched, and couldn't find a spec. on it. But...since it's such a new computer...I'm going to guess that the response time for the 27" iMac monitor is going to be better than the 16ms for the 30" Apple Cinema Display.
- 27" iMac TBD (to be determined)
- 30" Apple Cinema Display 16ms
In my searching I came across an interesting article...which mentioned that both the 30" Apple Cinema Display & the 27" iMac display are made from "IPS" panels which are supposed to be the best panel type for:
"giving the best viewing angle and the least color- and brightness-shifting as the angle increases in any direction.
Here's the full article:
The curious pricing of the 27" iMac
...versus "TN" type display panels which are less expensive than IPS panels...but TN panels have faster response times.
Here's an link explaining the different types of display panels used in LCD displays:
LCD Panel Technology Explained - S-IPS, H-IPS, S-PVA, MVA and TN
- 27" iMac $1699 (low end model)
- 30" Apple Cinema Display $1799
The bottom line is the 27" iMac with a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440 vs. the 30" Apple Cinema Display at 2560 x 1600 has the same amount of pixels horizontally, and only 160 pixels less vertically...thus it works out that the 27" iMac has 90% of the pixels (or screen real estate) of the 30" display!
And at only $100 less than the 30" display (the low end 27" iMac)...you get a "kick butt" fully operational computer...plus a keyboard, mouse, and remote control!!!
Seems like you get quite a "bang for the buck" with the 27" iMac vs. the 30" Apple Cinema Display!
Maybe this will force a price reduction for the 30" Apple Cinema Display!
10-29-2009, 03:08 PM #2
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10-29-2009, 03:10 PM #3
10-30-2009, 03:06 PM #4
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The iMac also uses LED technology which is also better than the CCFL found in the 20,23 & 30" ACDs.
Just wish the 27" iMac was available when I bought my Mac Pro and 30" ACD. Would've been a much better choice.
The only apps I use on my MP are; Firefox, iTunes, eyeTV 3, Spotify, Aperture and Photoshop (trying to learn Dw & Fl) - hardly demanding for the spec of either machines...
10-30-2009, 03:26 PM #5
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