Here we present a review of three Apple lcd monitors 17-, 20- and 23-inch.
It must be said that to use Apple lcd monitors is not an easy task in a highly competitive marketplace environment. To connect up the monitors to a video card you need an original Apple Display Connector where you can also find outputs responsible to a video signal transmission, power leads, USB-hub contacts. Nevertheless, DVI to ADC Adapter can fix the problem. In other words, you can connect any monitor of this kind up the PC with a video cart with DVI which are in abundance presented in the market.
Apple mac monitor itself implies use of grafic adaptors based on either GeForce 2MX or Radeon 7500 and next chips, i.e. most popular today.
17" Apple Studio Display
There were practically no problems with the monitor 17 inch Apple Studio Display as it use standard PC-resolutions. Therefore we shall dwell only on the features inherent in this model.
The monitor looks like an unvarnished "workhorse", has an excellent picture quality and provide comfortable work. The maximal resolution of this Apple lcd monitor (it is recommended) is 1280õ1024 that is the standard for 17 inch in TFT-LCD-monitors. There is the bigges dot size (0,264 mm) in comparison to its older brother Cinema Display, therefore some granularity is present.
It is necessary to note the interesting feature inherent in all models, taking part in the review. Frequency of vertical scanning is not specified neither in the documentation, nor at the Apple site. Running forward, I shall say, that the maximal frequency of vertical scanning tested for the maximal working definition of all three models appeared equal 75 Hz. There was no, however, differences in picture under the frequences of 60, 70 and 75 Hz.
20" Apple Cinema Display
Cinema Display can please you with an exellent image which, nevertheless, is achieved by tuning. Since this model has not common working sizes you had to take advantage of the additional utility ATi ModeMaker "to learn" Radeon to 9100 non-standard resolution. The distinctive feature of Cinema Display monitors is that their sides relates to each other in the ratio of something between 4:3 and 16:9, that is it not "typical" monitor any longer, but not yet a "typical" large-format TV-screen. Despite this, it is a pleasure to watch DVD-films on these models screens. Besides the resolution 1680x1050 at refresh rate of 75 Hz allows to entile this model a "dream of a designer". In addition, the screen 20" Apple Cinema Display has the best among all three models brightness - 230 cd/m2 (at two others - 200 cd/m2).
23" Apple HD Cinema Display
All told above about the model 20" Apple Cinema Display can be said about 23" Apple HD Cinema Display too. But it is bigger and better: the resolution is 1920x1200 at frequency of vertical scaning 75 Hz. On such monitor, perhaps, it is possible to make up a whole newspaper two-page spread at once.
Just like a previous model, dot size is 0,258 mm.
The common features of all the Apple lcd monitors are a large viewing angle - 170 degrees and low power consumption (50, 60 and 70 Wt). In the doze mode the power consumption is less and varyes from 3 to 5 Wt. Besides electromagnetic emission of all three models is low enough, that is confirmed by various certificates.
All the monitors of our review deserve the highest mark as well as the main feature of TFT-LCD monitor, the absolute absence of lag effect, which frequently reduce to zero all merits of the unit.