What should I pay for an Apple cinema 20" ADC display?
I was thinking of upgrading my Apple cinema 17" ADC display hooked up to my Cube, and I encountered an ad from a reliable source in the States selling a 20" ADC. The person is asking $US 450 + shipping; this works out to just over $600 with the shipping for a 2 year old display (excluding tax). Is that worth it? I like the design of these units, and a new 20" Apple display would cost $900+ taxes even with educator prices. Plus I would need a DVI to ADC converter to operate it. Comments? Perspectives?
G4/1.3 ghz Cube, 20" iMac 2.16 ghz Core 2 duo, 1.42 mhz Mini, G4/1.33 15" AI PowerBook, G3/400 Pismo
I'de pick up a dell when they have their sales, price is comparable to your used ad and this one would be new. I am personally wary of getting LCDs that are too old as I have had problems before and having them serviced can be very tough. Looks like a fairly good price though, if you don't like the dells and your okay with the risk, then that is likely your best option.
An ADC connection is better than a DVI connection, which Dell displays don't sport. (ADC connections are better as its power, video, and USB all in one cable, plus the Cube doesn't sport a DVI connection unless the video card has been changed with one.) That price is a good asking price for the ADC 20-inch display - saw one here in the shop the other day and they're absolutely beautiful displays.
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I won't comment on what you should or shouldn't pay; but I will suggest the very first question you should ask is whether he has the original box and packing for the display.
If he doesn't, I would walk. Rough handling when in shipping is a direct cause of dead pixels, and it is reasonably common for perfect displays to show up after shipping with dead pixels somewhere. You don't want to take a chance with ad-hoc packing materials.
If it's used, insist on the original box & packing, and have him double box that.