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« on: May 28, 2008, 07:04 »
Im still thinking on my new monitor.

Anyone have used these monitors?
Apple cinema display 20" and Nec Multisync 20wgx2pro

Almost the same price (the Nec is a bit cheaper)
Both have ips panel

I read somewhere that the apple is a bit difficult to calibrate. Is it true?

« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2008, 07:58 »
I forgot ti say that it will work with a pc

« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2008, 08:30 »
I have the 21" Apple Cinema HD Display with a Mac PPC G4. My operating system (os x) came with system preferences which included advanced calibration software for the monitor which was very easy to use. Not sure how calibration would work with a PC.

I LOVE the monitor and it has been flawless for about 5 years now. It was my first LCD. Doesn't IS use these monitors for inspection?
« Last Edit: May 28, 2008, 09:19 by epantha »

« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2008, 08:43 »
I will use it on a pc.
The cinema display only have bright controll and you cant modify anything else by software on a pc (or thats what I read)

But could you calibrate this monitor with a calibrator (spyder or huey)?

« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2008, 09:16 »
I am not familiar with the GX series.

I run a NEC 2090UXi at my office and it is very good.
Calibrates well and has a lot of adjustments available.

It runs around US$800

« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2008, 09:39 »
Out of my budget and it is not wide screen is it?

« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2008, 14:07 »
Correct it is not a wide screen.

From my experience, $800 (US) or so is about the least one can expect to pay for an LCD that is professional graphics grade.

For $780 from B&H there is the LaCie 320 20" LCD Computer Graphics Monitor with CRT Grade Color Gamut.

I use a dual monitor display at home. Dell widescreen on the left side and a Samsung CRT on the right for all my color critical work.

I do not trust lower end LCD screens because their contrast ratios are too high and generally not adjustable. Prints never match the screen even on a calibrated low end LCD.

Now, if you are ONLY doing work for viewing in the web, then just about any LCD is good enough.

Sorry for the longish post... but I went through a lot of sample monitors from such companies as Eizo, read many reviews and spoke with several experts in color management before I realized this simple truth.

« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2008, 15:19 »
Sorry for the longish post... but I went through a lot of sample monitors from such companies as Eizo, read many reviews and spoke with several experts in color management before I realized this simple truth.

Your comments are appreciated. Thank you.

I heard good reviews of these two monitors.

If the apple cinema display could be calibrated on a pc with (or without) a calibrator I will go for it.

Any experiences on it??

« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2008, 18:23 »
I use a Mac, but not an Apple monitor.
Up until recently I found them overpriced.

That said, I have played with them in the Apple store and they do look quite good.
The head of Photography here at my company uses a 30" cinema display.

My MacBook Pro also has a very decent screen for a laptop.

For a deal, go to the Apple store online (if you are in the US) and go to the refurbished area. These are items with full warranty and are just as good as new but cheaper.

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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2008, 15:40 »
I prefer to buy it in a physical shop even if I have to pay more. I dont want to worry about shipping, dead pixels...

I cant believe nobody has an apple cinema display.

No one?

« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2008, 09:21 »
I have a 23" Apple Cinema Display - stunning monitor for both work and watching TV, DVD's etc.

Touch wood, it has never had a single problem and considering how much use it gets (it's on pretty much 24/7!!), I think it was worth every penny.

You'd also be amazed by the number of people that have commented how "gorgeous" it looks when they see it for the first time, lol  ;D


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