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Apple 27" Cinema Display PC Monitor

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27" LCD Aug 2013
Screen Size Display Type Built-In Speaker Built-In Camera Release Date
Connect the 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display to your Mac and supersize your view with an incredible 2560-by-1440 resolution, LED backlighting for instant-on brightness and an amazing 178-degree... More
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17 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The editors of Pcactual.com and MacPro.se both recommend this flatpanel monitor and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

This PC display has an average expert rating of 74 out of 100 based on eighteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Techradar and PC Advisor.co.uk.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, 27" Cinema Display owners rated this flatpanel monitor as marvellous.

Nice Design

Several Apple 27" Cinema Display owners concluded that the product was good looking. Nicholas_b said “This is a perfect example of style over substance”. Computershopper.com mentioned in their review of this PC monitor “Sky-high resolution into a beautifully designed, stunning screen” and scored the product 4 stars. Trustedreviews.com wrote on expert review site Trusted Reviews “Indeed for us, it’s the Natalie Portman of computers [high praise indeed – Ed]; beautiful, stylish and intelligent” in their review.

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was a good design.

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Good Picture Quality

A number of Apple 27" Cinema Display owners considered that it had good picture quality.

Good Product Quality

A number of Apple 27" Cinema Display owners mentioned that the Apple 27" Cinema Display was good quality. Expert review site Itpro.co.uk said six years ago “Indeed, for well-off Apple users who want excellent image quality.” in their review of the Apple 27" Cinema Display but they only gave it a score of 3 stars. Expert review site Alphr.com mentioned in their review of the Apple 27" Cinema Display “Mouth-watering design and good image quality.”.

Good Size

One customer thought this PC monitor was compact. Expert website Pcauthority.com.au mentioned in their review “If you're looking for a compact, affordable monitor, Apple's latest Cinema Display isn't it”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product was quiet. Nicholas_b mentioned on Amazon “I work in music production, so I need a quiet environment”.

Good Technical Features

One customer who reviewed the Apple 27" Cinema Display thought it had good features. Anandtech.com mentioned “It also added features like a built-in MagSafe power supply” in their Apple 27" Cinema Display review.

Apple Has Good PC Display Reviews

Apple has good average reviews for its medium monitors as well as across its entire PC monitor range.

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Has a Built-In Camera

Unlike most of the other PC screens of this age and type which do not have a built-in camera, the Apple 27" Cinema Display has a built-in camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other LCD screens with a built-in camera currently available including because of it's better review score, the 231C5[pl_1599727_price], or the 241P4QPY[pl_1398366_price] both from Philips or the Asus MK241[plb_2332619_price].

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Apple 27" Cinema Display has a built-in speaker, which is unusual. Most of the other PC displays that were released around the same time as the 27" Cinema Display do not have a built-in speaker.

There are a number of other flatpanel monitors with a built-in speaker currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the AOC D2769[plb_1563236_price], or the Viewsonic VX2770Smh[plb_1488620_price].

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Quite Wide Vertical Viewing Angle

The narrowest vertical viewing angle of medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the 27" Cinema Display is 50°, the widest is 180°, and the average vertical viewing angle is 170°. The 27" Cinema Display has one of the wider vertical viewing angles (178 degrees) amongst LCD screens of this age.

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Quite Wide Horizontal Viewing Angle

At 178 degrees, the 27" Cinema Display has a quite wide horizontal viewing angle compared to most of the other LCD screens that have been available for around the same time as the 27" Cinema Display. Across all the PC monitors of this spec and age the horizontal viewing angles range from 60° to 180°.

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Very High RMS Rated Audio Power

When compared to other medium monitors that have been around for around the same time as the 27" Cinema Display, the Apple 27" Cinema Display's RMS rated audio power of 49 Watts is one of the highest. Comparable spec flatpanel monitors that have been on the market for a similar time to the 27" Cinema Display have RMS rated audio powers of between 0.5W and 49W, and the average RMS rated audio power is 5.3W.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

The average display brightness of medium monitors that have been around for a similar time to the 27" Cinema Display is 290 cd/m². The 27" Cinema Display has one of the brighter display brightness (375 candellas per square meter) amongst medium monitors of this age.

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2560 X 1440 Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution of the Apple 27" Cinema Display is 2560 x 1440. That's 78% more resolution than a 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) flatpanel monitor, which is the most common resolution. Across all medium monitors that were launched more than two years ago the resolution ranges from 640 x 350 to 3840 x 2160.

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4 Reasons Against

Not 3D Compatible

The 27" Cinema Display is not 3D compatible. Most of the other comparable spec PC displays that are a similar age to the 27" Cinema Display are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer an LCD screen that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Asus VG23AH[plb_1411330_price], the AOC d2757Ph[plb_1515695_price], or the Benq XL2411T[plb_1522088_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader

Most medium monitors that are a comparable age to the 27" Cinema Display do not have an integrated card reader. The Apple 27" Cinema Display is no exception to this as it too does not have an integrated card reader.

We compared this LCD screen to all the other PC displays with an integrated card reader and we think the U2713H[pl_1518815_price], or the U2413[pl_1565290_price] both from DELL or the Asus PA279[plb_1588541_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Only HD HD Type

This PC monitor has a Full HD HD type, which is typical of many medium monitors that are a comparable age to it.

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Fairly Slow Response Time

Across all the flatpanel monitors that are a comparable age to the 27" Cinema Display the response times range from 1ms to 40ms, and the average response time is 6.1ms. The Apple 27" Cinema Display has a fairly slow response time (12 milliseconds) compared to most of the other comparable spec flatpanel monitors that were released around the same time as the 27" Cinema Display.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Apple 27" Cinema Display

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this PC screen was released.

LCD Display Type

The Apple 27" Cinema Display has a better display type than most PC screens that are a comparable age to it. This PC screen has an LCD display type, whereas most PC screens of a similar type and age to it have an LED display type.

Flatpanel monitors with a better display type that might also be worth considering include the Acer G237HL[plb_2266292_price] (LED).

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Expert Reviews

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8 February 2011

There?s no doubt that the iMac is a pretty, pretty thing. Indeed for us, it?s the Natalie Portman of computers [high praise indeed ? Ed]; beautiful, stylish and intelligent, and the all-in-one... Read more…

26 December 2010

Manufacturer's SiteOct 4 2010 - For years, Apple has offered gorgeous displays that appeal to graphic designers and media professionals. Now with the availability of Boot Camp, Apple products can... Read more…

6 December 2010

Apple kit's never cheap, and the Apple 27-inch Cinema Display, stunning though the image is, does little to break that notion. At £899 before January's VAT rise, this costs more than an 11-inch... Read more…

3 December 2010

The LED Cinema Display aims to deliver high-end image quality with minimal fuss, and it largely succeeds in doing so. Indeed, for well-off Apple users who want excellent image quality, but don't...

26 November 2010

Apple?s 27in LED Cinema Display makes a great companion to any Mac that uses a Mini DisplayPort connection, but is especially well suited to Mac portable users who can take advantage of the...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 17 November 2013 by Pjack
Pjack would recommend the Apple LED Cinema Display 27 inch

This certainly is the most elegant computer monitor on the market. Happy with the purchase as it works perfectly with my Macbook Pro Retina 15 2013. The speakers are adequate, but will need to buy... Read more…

Reviewed 18 May 2013 by Tanker5
Tanker5 would recommend the Apple LED Cinema Display 27 inch

I purchased this last week, and I must say I'm quite impressed. I am replacing a 2011 21.5" iMac with a combination of the 27" Thunderbolt display and my 2012 15" Retina display Macbook Pro. I... Read more…

Reviewed 1 June 2015 by Number1Photog
Number1Photog would recommend the Apple LED Cinema Display 27 inch (Verified Purchase)

I have been a photographer & videographer for 28 years. The Apple 27' Thunderbold Display is by far the most reliable and color accurate monitor I've ever used. We now have setup our entire... Read more…

Reviewed 31 December 2012 by Photographer
Photographer would recommend the Apple LED Cinema Display 27 inch (Verified Purchase)

Great 27" narrow gamut IPS screen. The design is a bit dated with USB 2 and FW ports. USB 2 and FW are OK for connecting low speed devices like keyboards and backup drives. Thunderbolt is great... Read more…

Reviewed 27 November 2011 by Mahesh

The monitor is very nice, but many people are having problems with these displays. Mine worked for about a month but usb ports were very slow. Also a few times I had connectivity issues that... Read more…

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