Apple LED Cinema Display full review - Page 4

Apple LED Cinema Display specifications and that glossy screen

The specifications of the LED Cinema Display are fairly standard stuff from a high-end 24in monitor. It sports 330 cd/m2 (candela per square metre) of brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178-degree viewing angle and 14ms response time.

Unless we’re mistaken the new Apple Cinema Displays use S-IPS technology. [Editor's note: it has been confirmed as the H-IPS variant. Hit tip: alphaod from the MacRumours forum.]

Inside the Apple LED Display sits an LG-Philips LM240WU6-SDA1 panel, which is a high-quality H-IPS unit rather than the cheaper TN panels found in most monitors. The difference is instantly noticeable and, make no mistake, this monitor produces stunning image quality. Pictures have an intensity and vibrancy that we simply haven’t seen anywhere else, you can’t help but be drawn in to the screen as it glows in front of you.

Although there are faster and more responsive monitors on the market, we had no trouble watching videos or playing games on the display.

Glossing over the problems

Okay, we’ve put it off for enough time and can no longer side step the issue. The big controversial problem with Apple’s LED Cinema Display is that this is a glossy display.

The argument over glossy versus matte displays has raged for a while now, with designers and photographers arguing that they do not offer accurate enough colour calibration to be used in a professional design studio. This argument really came to the surface with Apple’s latest MacBook Pro update and this, the LED Cinema Display. Because neither now offer the matte-screen options preferred by designers.

The question is can this monitor succeed whether others haven’t. Is this the glossy display to buck the trend and convert the non-believers and convince them that glossy display can be as good as matte for photographic work?

The short answer is ‘no’.

The long answer took an awful lot of testing, but is still 'no'.

PressMatch Reference Print

Macworld used a PressMatch reference print and colour calibration equipment to test a number of different monitors next to Apple's LED Cinema Display

NEXT: Apple LED Cinema Display colour gamut


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