Apple 27-inch LED Cinema Display
Posted 29 October 2010 - 04:10 AM
Posted 29 October 2010 - 05:47 AM
Matte screens also reflect the color of the surroundings and blend with the colors on screen. They just diffuse the light due to the non-smooth surface of the display. You would be kidding yourself if you didn't think it had an effect though. This is why people use display hoods for color critical work.
Posted 29 October 2010 - 05:48 AM
Posted 29 October 2010 - 05:56 AM
LED backlit, IPS anti-glare hard coated display
2560 x 1440 @ 60Hz
1000:1 typical, dynamic contrast ratio: 80:000:1 max
6ms response time
178 degrees viewing angle
1.07 billion colors (10 bit color)
*I think the article may be incorrect about the Cinema Display only having 16.7 million
I just have to get used to a DELL logo on my desktop. But this is the first LCD display that I finally felt matches the color accuracy and quality of the CRT it replaced. My first new monitor purchase since '95. Not bad.
Posted 29 October 2010 - 06:16 AM
Posted 29 October 2010 - 06:32 AM
Why would anybody recommend this monitor for do or die critical situations? Well who would? As we have always declared, the only true color output has to come from the press. That is we we always ran press-proofs on high-end productions. As such, this monitor would suffice in a most circumstances.
We used to have Radius's and now more EIZO's for comping. But we would not hesitate with the LED Cinema Displays. Our pre-press monitor rooms are dark, thus no glare or reflection what-so-ever. And all our studios are sans-fluorescent lighting free.
And as EIZO even says in their white paper on Glossy vs Matte:
Our perception of color is greatly affected by ambient light. An image displayed on a monitor will look different whit the room light is on and when it is off. Our color perception is also influenced by a visual trick isn which a small digitally-taken picture displayed in the center on a monitor looks different on different backgrounds.
When comparing a glossy LCD and a non-glare LCD, it becomes lear that the diffused reflection of light and the resulting washing out of the screen on a non-glare LCD greatly affect our perception of color. In low brightness or shadow areas, especially, the diffused reflection of light from external lights and backlit affect the grayscale tones. In the high brightness area, too, the washed out screen reduces color saturation.
As for the inherent color space and grayscale of LCD monitors, EIZO and other manufacturers usually measure them in a dark room. The measurement results show that a glossy LCD and a non-glare LCD have little differences in their performance in color space and grayscale rendering.
I should add, Apple has never contended that we don't have a choice, especially with monitors. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Certain functions and features may not be ideal. As a result, for a few thousand dollars more, an ultimate product is there for purchasing. But not from Apple. Perhaps we should respect their decision.
Posted 29 October 2010 - 06:35 AM
I always had worse problems with matte screens washing out in sunlight than anything else. My experience was never that they were in any way more color accurate than the glossy displays I've used.
However, as others have said, someone who is really concerned with color accuracy, doesn't work in an environment which would cause these issues on either a matte or glossy screen. Color professionals who are really worried about color accuracy use hoods or work in spaces designed to eliminate as far as possible the problems associated with ambient light.
Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:17 AM
Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:04 AM
This post has been edited by leicaman: 29 October 2010 - 08:05 AM
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:18 AM
Posted 29 October 2010 - 09:35 AM
Your only argument for "higher quality" is "better specs." We used 20" Apple displays from '05 and wish we still had them today. We decided to pick up a non-Apple monitor because they are cheaper and "better specs." After two different monitors that had amazing specs and reviews, even recommended by the gamers, I wish we had the 20" Apple monitors back.
Similar (failed) arguments were made about mobile camera specs (the MP is higher but pictures are not as good). The quality of the screen and overall fit-and-finish is superior to most anything out there in the same class (size, backlight, etc.). This "review" is mostly just a list of the specs. The Pros/Cons don't really address the quality. Use the monitor every day then get a "higher quality" (better specs, cheaper) non-Apple monitor then you'll see and feel the difference. I won't make this mistake again and this 27" will be our next display.
Posted 29 October 2010 - 10:35 AM
Indeed. Apple has made a decision and it is that Apple only sells one monitor now, and it's being marketed as the perfect companion to your laptop. Complete with automatic ambient light brightness adjustment, which is a total no-no for a calibrated screen.
Pros should get used to the idea that Apple no longer sells pro monitors, and they don't care that we know that. Which is fine. Apple doesn't feel they have to compete with all the better high-end monitors available now. And if Apple's "Last Monitor Standing" starts to fail to be profitable, don't be surprised if they exit the market. It will be like pining for the old LaserWriter: Apple pro monitors are gone, get over it.
Posted 29 October 2010 - 12:04 PM
Then who is this monitor for?
Are consumers really going to pay $999 for a monitor? I'm a consumer. I just ordered a maxed out 13" MacBook Air and there is no friggin' way I'm spending better than half the cost of my computer on a monitor. For the price of this monitor, I could have an 11" MacBook Air, or a MacBook. And I'd get much more use out of either than I would a monitor.
So who's the market for this monitor? If pros shun it, and consumers can't/won't afford it... who is left?
Has Apple reported sales numbers for their monitors in their quarterly results in the past? I'm very curious how many of these they're selling.