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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 02:28 PM   #1
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27" Studio Display. How about the gloss?

I know this is going to shock those who know me, but...
I've been considering a 27" studio display.

Right now I have a 24" Dell WFP2008 monitor. It's matte, and regarded as one of the best. But I could really use 2560 over my 1920 for web development - for the ability to have two windows side by side. I do primary development these days, but I still do design and photography. So colour accuracy is important.

As for the display:
I love the look of the Apple displays, the built in isight, speakers and connections (not needing another power adapter. All though I'm sure I'd hate the cable stretch with my MBA - I'll probably get an extension cord

My alternative is the Dell Ultra Sharp U2711. Same resolution, but more expensive! $1249 But I'd also have to buy another minidisplay port adapter and power supply. Ends up cost a lot more, especially considering the price of a refurb 27 ACD. Hard to imagine the Apple being the cheaper option - even new.

I'm just not sure I can live with glossy. This is more a question for people who prefer matte, and have experience with the glossy studio displays - not a glossy MBP! - they're a different beast. I'm just not sure if I can get around the glossy. How are they after living with them for a while?

So what do you guys think? How would it work in an office environment, with no direct sun.

Thanks guys!
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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 02:31 PM   #2
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Btw, this is my office so you can see what I'm working with.



As for color accuracy of the glossy cinema displays. I know they're good. I've done some colour test between my 17" matte mbp, a friends 24" ACD and his glossy 15" mbp. The link below contains the long version, or you can see my summary below.
http://www.ehmac.ca/anything-mac/862...-glossy-4.html

Summary:
Matte MBP: Colours are a hair undersaturated.
Glossy MBP: Over saturated colours, bad off angle viewing and bad shadow and highlight detail. Couldn't live with it.
Glossy ACD: Good colour (just a hair over saturated). Shadow and highlight are also very good. Off angle viewing was much better than the glossy mbp as well, its liveable.

So the ACD is good. Just need to adjust for the slight over saturation, the same way I adjust not for the under saturation my my MBP.

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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 04:51 PM   #3
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Well from what I can see of your office pic you do not need that Lamp....if you get rid of it I doubt that the Glossy would affect you at all.

I much perfer Glossy over Matte.
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I was going to mention the lamp as well... I love the glossy screen on my iMac but with a big bright lamp like that right in front of it I'm thinking the reflections would be bad... Heck even on ur matte MBP it looks like you are getting a fair bit of reflection there...
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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 05:40 PM   #5
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I could ditch the lamp, but I really like the extra light it provides. It doesn't cause any reflections at the moment as I tilt monitor slightly back (for view angle) and the lamp is aimed slightly forward. I guess I could always move it back behind the monitor, or so its on not facing it. Just seems silly to have to compensate for this.

Does anyone know Apple's policy on returning refurbs?
Maybe I could give it a try, and see if I like it?

That being said, I'd like to be pretty darn sure before I order one.
Love to hear other peoples thoughts.
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Returning refurbs is the same as returning new. You ship it back to them and there's no restocking fee from Apple anymore.

Re: The U2711, I'd say it's a better choice, IMHO. THe $1249 is a joke. It goes on sale (and probably will in the next few weeks during the "Dell Days of Deals" that's currently on) for $750 or so. Cheaper than the ACD.

I just have a bias against the Glossy Panels. I like my 27" iMac, but only 'cause it's an a darker room w/o a direct light source. Otherwise I'd say those 27" panels are huge glass mirrors.
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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 09:18 PM   #7
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Good to know. How does that work with returns?
Just call them, get an RMA, and ship it back on my dime?
If so, I'd be tempted to try a ACD. A refurb is about the same price as the Dell + Power adapter (on the Dell deal days).

I just noticed the Dell' shave Displayport now, so thats cool! But I think I'd still prefer the Apple, as long as I can live with the gloss.

Anyone else care two throw in their 2 cents?

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Forgive me but what is a ACD?
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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 10:12 PM   #9
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Forgive me but what is a ACD?
ACD = Apple Cinema Display
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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 10:20 PM   #10
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DOH!!!!

Thanks. *Slams head on desk a dozen times*

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