Apple LED Cinema Display (27-inch, 2010)
Manufacturer: Apple Part number: MC007LL/A
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- As a desktop display and USB extender, the 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display works wonderfully; however, for $1,000, there are better monitors that offer more options, including PC and Mac compatibility.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $959.99 - $1,971.62
- Reviewed by: Eric Franklin
- Reviewed on: 09/28/2010
The good: The Apple LED Cinema Display's high resolution and screen coating gives it not only great performance in movies and games, but also in everyday tasks. The monitor works seamlessly when connected to a recent model MacBook, and provides a charging station and three USB ports. And it just looks really slick on a desktop.
The bad: Thanks to Apple's decision to only include a Mini DisplayPort connection, the LED Cinema Display can only be used with Macs from late 2008 and on. Also, the display lacks ergonomic features and more-granular customization options. Some users will not appreciate the overly reflective and glossy screen.
The bottom line: As a desktop display and USB extender, the 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display works wonderfully; however, for $1,000, there are better monitors that offer more options, including PC and Mac compatibility.
by M4Hawkins on March 18, 2012
Pros: + The monitor is beautiful. Great contrast, dark shadows, great colors.
+ LED backlighting saves power vs CCFL lit LCD displays
+ Decent sounding built in speakers
+ No dead pixels or dreaded "yellow tinting" that plagued iMac still to date
Cons: - Height of the stand is not adjustable
- Glare issues unless you can control your work environment lighting
Summary: I'm currently using my Cinema display monitor on my PC with dual AMD HD6970 gpus. I had to upgrade from my old 5xxx series gpus since they didn't ...
Summary: I'm currently using my Cinema display monitor on my PC with dual AMD HD6970 gpus. I had to upgrade from my old 5xxx series gpus since they didn't have mini display ports built in. I tried to use all the dvi adapters I could find, but the older AMD video cards wouldn't support the dvi adapters either. Ultimately, for the extra cost of the adapters ($99-$149), it was well worth just upgrading to a newer video card and selling the old ones. I believe all AMD 6xxx series and newer cards will have mini-display port standard. I don't have an Nvidia card so I can't comment on those, but I believe most will have display port and you just need the standard to mini adapter for fairly cheap.
The monitor simply plugs into the mini-display port on my first video card and into a usb drive. A 2nd wire plugs into the wall for power. The monitor works perfectly in Windows 7 x64. The camera, microphone, and speakers work right out of the box with no fiddling or software to install. The only catch is you have to have a mac product to adjust the brightness or light sensing. I just had a friend come over with his macbook, so we could set the brightness to where I wanted and turned off the light sensor. The monitor remembers the settings even after being unplugged.
The monitor is beautiful. Great contrast, dark shadows, great colors. I can't really detect any ghosting or lag. My friend said he can sense just a little bit of ghosting on battlefield 3. But he said it was very minimal and prob the best he had seen on a large non gaming monitor. The monitor is affected by glare, so keep that in mind in a bright room. It also shows spots and dirt fairly easily, but is very simple to clean. Love the resolution, no more need to run dual monitors to run apps, browsers, and spreadsheet at the same time anymore.
It works. Looks fine, but doesn't have any way of adjusting zoom, pan or anything like that on a PC. Not sure if that's available in mac os. The device manager will show that the camera isn't working right, but ignore it. Its just looking for a driver that doesn't exist, the default windows driver works fine.
Might be a little too good. I has a range that it picks up very well and can be a bit loud to people on the other end. A spoon clanking a bowl or a microwave beep comes across very loud, even from my kitchen on a different floor of the house. Had people tell me "bless you" when my wife sneezed from our bedroom on the 3rd floor.
I'm a speaker snob. I've gone through a lot of desktop computer speakers and I pretty much hate em all. The monitor doesn't sound great by any means... but it sounds decent, and it doesn't take any space. No ugly boxes or clutter of wires. It was one of the strongest points for this monitor. If I want better sound I just use my headphone/amp/dac setup. Media controls and volume DO work. Both the sound slider on the os and the volume knob and media buttons on my keyboard. It worked fine with my logitech slim, my ms sidewinder and a generic usb keyboard.
Top notch. It's built like a tank, looks professional and stylish. You'll never see any other monitor in a home decor or style magazine for good reason. Doesn't wobble, very sturdy, plugs are all very secure. Unfortunately there is no height adjustment and the monitor doesn't rotate, you just turn the whole thing.
I love this monitor. It looks great on or off. It gave me back a ton of desktop space (from multiple monitors + speakers + wires) and just works flawlessly in everything it's supposed to do. People complaining about price don't really have any other choice. A good accurate 27" monitor + speakers + mic + camera + usb hub doesn't exist except here. You will spend more piecing it out with other hardware and trying to be on the same level of performance and it will look like crap.
FYI, I have my monitor connected to some 6 foot extension wires to reach a computer in the adjacent room. There have been no problems running mini-dp, usb, and power through the extra long wires.
PS: for low price if you're will buy this Apple Display, I suggest you have to compare prices at: *****************.info/Apple-27-Inch-LED-Cinema-Display
Hope this helpful.
9 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Kickass display but watchout...
by soupgfx on October 11, 2010
Pros: Color and Picture Quality is Top-Notch! Probably the best looking monitor on the market.
Cons: Connection cable is mini-display port only. Connection cord is very, very short. If going for dual monitors on a mac pro you will need to buy a cord extender. Glare sucks. Cost sucks.
Summary: We bought two of these for a new graphic design work station for our design studio. New macpro, (2) new 27" cinema displays. Ultimate work station, you would think??? But ...
Summary: We bought two of these for a new graphic design work station for our design studio. New macpro, (2) new 27" cinema displays. Ultimate work station, you would think??? But no, it's funny how Apple nickel and dimes you know to get what used to be free.
When trying to put the two monitors together on a desk, one of the monitors cords will be too short to reach the back of the computer. Even then, you will have to fork out another $150 to get the dual monitor setup to work. You will also need to buy a monitor cable extender, so that you can put the monitors next to each other. Pretty rediculous...
So if you are looking to buy two of these monitors and hook them up to a new mac pro, you WILL be spending more than just the purchase price of the monitors.
The monitors look great. The glare sucks. The monitor cost sucks. The extra accessories you will need to buy, sucks. I do believe Apple made this monitor to work with their laptop only. Pretty sad to think that they are putting their workhorse computers on the back burner to their ipods and apple tv products.
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Guy Above Drinks way too much Apple-Juice
by toddybody on September 29, 2010
Pros: ppi at screen size
Cons: Price (granted equal to Dell's U2711)
Summary: In Eric's defense, adapter dongles DO NOT reflect connection options native to the panel. Apple would have been smart to include an HDMI in, making it a perfect partner ...
Summary: In Eric's defense, adapter dongles DO NOT reflect connection options native to the panel. Apple would have been smart to include an HDMI in, making it a perfect partner with it's own Apple TV (more importantly a BluRay player/Xbox360/PS3...etc). Citing 3rd party dongles as product features is ridiculous....should we rate cars on how they "could" perform if we upgraded them. No. Stop being such a Fan Boy troll and complaining about Eric's contemplative and fair review.
PS: If a screen filter merits contrast enhancement through keeping white background from wrapping text...it does help.
4 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Outstanding monitor! WORKS w/ PC with display ports
by Mgman715 on December 23, 2011
Pros: I have purchased 5 27" monitors before I settled for the best. I am using this on my HP Pavilion with an XFX Radeon HD Video Card that has Mini Display Ports. All settings on the monitor were done on a new Mac book at the Apple store before hook up.
Cons: Price...which I found if you want true,rich colors, great contrast, true Blacks and the highest resolution, you have to spend more than the typical monitor.
Summary: I have not put this side by side to the Dell 27", but from what I read, they are very close in quality and price. When I updated my HP ...
Summary: I have not put this side by side to the Dell 27", but from what I read, they are very close in quality and price. When I updated my HP desktop with the new video card, I noticed a big difference over the on board graphics card. With the mini Display ports, the ACD will plug into the card and work perfectly. Since you cannot adjust the settings from your PC on the Apple monitor, I did it at the Apple store before bringing it home by using a new Mac Book laptop with display ports that was on display. Settings ( brightness actually is all that needs to be set) can be made by mirroring the laptop display setting for the monitor, which once set, you don't need to adjust them again as the monitor memorizes the settings and were even more vibrant once set up at home. Once hooked up the PC, the picture was nothing like I have seen over a Windows PC Monitor. ( again, the Dell 27" is supposed to be comparable). Resolution is outstanding at the 2560 x 1440 with no ghosting or shadows. I actually run it at the 1600 x 900 so the print isn't so small, which still presents excellent graphics at the lower resolution. This is about the best for Gaming, video editing or playback of high def movies. Very pleased I made the purchase and Apple is probably the best for customer service if ever needed. I would recommend for any Mac user or any PC user that has a video card with display ports.PS.. one other CON..the power cord is fine but the USB/Mini Display cables are only 3 ft long. Had to buy an extension cable for them to reach the PC.
Updated on Dec 23, 2011
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
It's an apple.
by petachon on April 19, 2011
Pros: Gorgeous. Simple, elegant, great color and real estate.
I use it with my mac pro (running Radeon 5870.) It's the second display next to the Cintiq 21ux.
Like a lot of reviewers mentioned, the glare can be problematic at times. However, I usually work in
Cons: 4ft cable. Are you f'in kidding me??? I had to go looking for a MDP extender to use with my Mac Pro.
Also, *** is with no other input other then MDP? I have a 2007 imac that I cannot use with the damn display because it's not "new" enough. Lastly, I don'
Summary: I love apple, I really do. But I'm really sick of them updating their crap to only work with their new ****. I probably have 5 something to something adapter ...
Summary: I love apple, I really do. But I'm really sick of them updating their crap to only work with their new ****. I probably have 5 something to something adapter in my house.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
excellent for Photoshop and movies; text very small
by ronaldkennedy on October 1, 2010
Pros: high density ppi makes images very smooth and photo-like;
lots of real estate, less need to use Spaces
Cons: high density ppi makes text a little too tiny for my over 50 eyesight; most notable in Apple Mail;
needs a DVI plug along with the miniDP;
you need to like glossy displays;
would have preferred a 16:10 aspect ratio
Summary: I have a Dell U2711 (same price) and the Apple 27" is brighter and has a better picture to my eyes for movie watching (although my viewing room is very ...
Summary: I have a Dell U2711 (same price) and the Apple 27" is brighter and has a better picture to my eyes for movie watching (although my viewing room is very dark so the glossy screen is not a problem -- the Dell is matte). The Dell has an advantage in that it is easy to connect to Apple or PC. The Apple miniDisplayPort has no adapters for use with a PC (I disagree with one reviewer -- the adapters commonly in stores are male miniDP but you need a female for the display). Editing photos on the Apple is a delight. Unfortunately what makes these images (photo or movies or TV) so beautiful is partly the very fine pixels per inch (ppi) has the effect of making text much smaller than what you see on the old 24" CinemaDisplay. I notice this mostly in Apple Mail where you have no control over the font size of plain text emails. All in all, I will be happy with my 27" to watch movies in my den/computer room whilst sitting in the easy chair. Not sure why Apple didn't keep the 16:10 aspect ratio of the old 30" monitor. With that you could watch TV at 16:9 full width in one window while using the residual space at bottom for display of gadgets such as a stock ticker or Growl notifications.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Quality, looks but not customization
by alexdt256 on March 27, 2011
Pros: Really nice screen amazing quality. The speaker are not that good but thats okay. Webcam and mic works really well
Cons: No customisation at all you have to let the display choose the brightness exept if you go in your graphic property
Summary: I use it with my pc really nice one recommand it
Summary: I use it with my pc really nice one recommand it
Very efficient and looks great!
by hjhejish on February 21, 2011
Pros: 1) Very power efficient! LED-lit LCD. Nearly 0 power use when not in use. 40 watts at 50% brightness. Glossy screen not a problem as I had feared.
2) Great with display port systems - best
Cons: 1) I would have liked a 30" version. I have found that I can adjust.
2) More USB ports would be handy
Summary: The price is a little less than competitors. The power efficiency is peerless, contrary to the review, which seems flat out wrong. Some ding the lack of alternate inputs; if ...
Summary: The price is a little less than competitors. The power efficiency is peerless, contrary to the review, which seems flat out wrong. Some ding the lack of alternate inputs; if you have display port, you don't need the $100 dual-link DVI adapter which you have to tack onto the cost of many competitors. All in all one of the best screens I've used.
Does this really work on a PC?
by Ashok0 on September 30, 2010
Pros: Excellent monitor for Apple machines.
Cons: Yes, it works on a PC with adapters or a DisplayPort capable video card but according to Anandtech brightness controls are disabled in Windows. Has anyone tried using this on a PC and is the lack of brightness controls a show stopper?
To many negatives for an enthusiast
by Baer on September 29, 2010
Pros: Great screen size and I will accept that it has good picture quality
Cons: Large Bezel (makes multi Monitor set up problematic)
Cheap med quality speakers are a waste, why take up space with them?
Highly Reflective screen, that is getting old, I will not ever buy one again
Summary: Apple fans will buy it but it has to many negatives for an enthusiast and lets face it, it is priced for that market. To many negatives for an enthusiast. ...
Summary: Apple fans will buy it but it has to many negatives for an enthusiast and lets face it, it is priced for that market. To many negatives for an enthusiast. To many negatives for an enthusiast market, in fact overpriced for what you get. The built in speakers are a waste unless they sould light years better than any other built in speakers I have heard.
There are better choices available.
1 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Part number: MC007LL/A
- Description: With the Apple LED Cinema Display, you can turn your MacBook into a desktop in three easy connections. The universal MagSafe connector charges your notebook. A Mini DisplayPort connector makes attaching an external display even easier and faster than before. And a USB connector provides access to three USB 2.0 ports. There's also a built-in iSight camera, microphone, and speaker system that provide a true desktop experience. Made of aluminum and glass, the LED Cinema Display is the perfect companion for the MacBook family.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Display Type LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
- Diagonal Size 27 in
- Viewable Size 27 in
- Built-in Devices Camera ,
- Panel Type IPS
- Aspect Ratio Widescreen - 16:9
- Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
- Brightness 375 cd/m2
- Image Contrast Ratio 1000:1
- Color Support 16.7 million colors
- Response Time 12 ms
- Horizontal Viewing Angle 178
- Vertical Viewing Angle 178
- Backlight Technology LED backlight
- Features Aluminum enclosure,
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 25.7 in x 8.15 in x 19.34 in
- Weight 23.5 oz
- Type Speakers with subwoofer - Integrated
- Interfaces Mini DisplayPort,
3 x USB 2.0
- Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
- Cables Included 1 x Mini DisplayPort / USB cable
- Power Supply Internal
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50 - 60 Hz )
- Power Consumption Operational 250 Watt
- Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 1 Watt
Software / System Requirements
- OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.6.4 or later
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year,
Technical support - Phone consulting - 90 days
- Min Operating Temperature 50 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 20 - 80%
- CNET Labs: Operational power consumption 93.07 Watt
- CNET Labs: Calibrated power consumption 59.8 Watt
- CNET Labs: Max brightness power consumption calibrated 93.07 Watt
- CNET Labs: Min brightness power consumption 23.94 Watt
- CNET Labs: Power consumption Stand by / Sleep 23.07 Watt
- CNET Labs: Estimated Annual Energy Cost 34.49 US Dollars
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
- EPEAT Compliant EPEAT Gold