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Apple 27" Cinema Display PC Monitor

27" LCD Aug 2013
Display Diagonal Display Built-In Speaker(s) Built-In Camera Release Date £640.96 Electricity cost over 5 years
Two industry awards
Good product quality
Good technical features
180 Reviews + 2 Awards
pcactual.com Recommended MacPro.se Recommended

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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

The experts at two expert review sites both concluded that they would endorse this PC display. This flatpanel monitor received a "Recommended" award from both Pcactual.com and MacPro.se.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on eighteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Techradar and PC Advisor.co.uk the average expert rating of this PC monitor is 74 out of 100.

Excellent Owner Reviews

The average owner rating of this PC screen is brilliant based on 242 owner reviews. Over 75% of reviewers gave this LCD screen the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 95% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Based on 287 expert and owner reviews (including 22 verified purchases), Apple has good reviews for its flatpanel monitors. Apple also has good reviews specifically for its medium monitors. 95% of those that bought a Apple LCD screen would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

Good Product Quality

Twenty-three customers who reviewed it concluded that it was good quality. Expert review site Alphr.com mentioned “Mouth-watering design and good image quality.” yet they scored it 67 out of 100. Seven years ago expert review site Itpro.co.uk said “Indeed, for well-off Apple users who want excellent image quality.”. Paha Sapa Photos gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The video quality is excellent and the many ports allow connection of various peripherals so that it's an easy connect to” in their review of this PC monitor.

Gorgeous Display

Twenty-nine people concluded that it was good looking. Website Macworld.com.au scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Gorgeous display” in their review of this PC monitor. Expert website Computershopper.com said in their review of this PC monitor “This huge LCD packs impressive performance and sky-high resolution into a beautifully designed, stunning screen”. Expert website Trustedreviews.com wrote “Indeed for us, it’s the Natalie Portman of computers [high praise indeed – Ed]; beautiful, stylish and intelligent” in their review of this PC monitor.

Four people who purchased this PC monitor concluded that it was well designed. Website Macworld.com.au said in their review of this PC monitor “Beautiful design”. Wmkphoto mentioned “Two USB 2 ports? Not USB 3? Just shows Apple design is far from perfect”. Mary gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “If you have a mac and can afford this pricey monitor, you'll feel grateful for it's native features, sleek design and useful ports” in his review of this PC monitor.

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Well Made

Nine owners who purchased this PC monitor agreed that it was well made. Website Bhphotovideo.com gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this PC monitor two years ago “Solid Feel”. Sev rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this PC monitor on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “I considering they are built in”. Mxyplyzk said in their review of this PC monitor “For now, as a basic monitor with a usb hub built in it's great” .

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it was reliable. Number1photog mentioned “The Apple 27' Thunderbold Display is by far the most reliable and color accurate monitor I've ever used” in their review of this PC monitor. Five years ago Fluidity gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “Gigabit ethernet via thunderbolt is a nice addition to the air--makes my VPN/VNC connection to work smoother and more reliable” in their review of this PC monitor.

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Easy to Setup

Five owners who reviewed the Apple 27" Cinema Display thought it was easy to use. Tim gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned in his review of this PC monitor on expert website Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Big, beautiful and a treat to use”. Chris said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Thunderbolt cable comes attached to the monitor Would be happy to use BH Photo Video Pro Audio again”. Bvbfoto mentioned in their review of this PC monitor on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “I was waiting for something better to use with my MacBook Pro”.

Five customers who purchased the product concluded that it was easy to setup. Website Bestbuy.com mentioned “Easy To Set Up”.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Three customers who bought the product wrote that it had good features. Expert website Anandtech.com said seven years ago “It also added features like a built-in MagSafe power supply” . Mincho gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their Apple 27" Cinema Display review “The resolution, design, back ports, integrated sound are a really cool features”.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Three owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was noisy. Mac wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The noise is also irritating to the ears”.


Good Picture Quality

Five people said in their reviews that the Apple 27" Cinema Display had good picture quality. Charles R said in his review of this PC monitor on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Image quality is near perfect, ethernet port works fine” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5. Three years ago Beable2 mentioned “Finally decided to get 1 pair with MacPro 6 core.I love the image quality, good for Maya, c4d, good for After Effects, nuke, good for Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator”.

Two people mentioned in their reviews that it had good colour saturation. Ozric Tentacle mentioned “The quality of the screen is amazing with colours that pop out at you” . Three years ago Ben said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The display is gorgeous - crisp dispay, vibrant colours and natural looking motion on the display” in his review of this PC monitor.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had a sharp image. Tomtel said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Plenty of display area for editing images in Photoshop on one monitor and Bridge or Lightroom open on another, Color and sharpness are phenomenal”. Bilco5 mentioned “The sharpness, brightness and dynamic range are fantastic”.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Apple released the 27" Cinema Display in August 2013.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Three people wrote that this PC monitor was heavy and bulky. Pico wrote in their review of this PC monitor on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “As a heavy user of Mac”. Two years ago Tim said “It's a bit heavier than I expected.”. Fb Surfgoddess scored it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote also two years ago “A bit heavier than I though too” in their review of the Apple 27" Cinema Display.


Multimedia

Has a Built-In Camera

The 27" Cinema Display has a built-in camera. Most of the other medium monitors that came out more than two years ago do not have a built-in camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative PC monitors with a built-in camera currently available including the Philips 231C5, or the Asus MK241 which both of have better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The 27" Cinema Display has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other medium monitors that have been around for a similar time to this PC display.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other flatpanel monitors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including the LG 34UM65, the Viewsonic VG2401, or the Philips 225B2CB which all of have better reviews.

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Ergonomics

Wall Mountable

The Apple 27" Cinema Display is wall mountable, as are most of the other flatpanel monitors of a comparable type and age to this PC screen.

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Display

Fairly Wide Viewing Angle, Horizontal

Comparable spec PC displays that are a similar age to this PC display have viewing angles, horizontal of between 18° and 1,800°. The 27" Cinema Display has one of the widest viewing angles, horizontal (178 degrees) amongst PC displays of this age.

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Fairly Wide Viewing Angle, Vertical

With a viewing angle, vertical of 178 degrees, the 27" Cinema Display has a quite wide viewing angle, vertical compared to most of the other medium monitors that came out around the same time as this PC screen. The average viewing angle, vertical of PC monitors of a similar type and age to this PC display is 170°.

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Fairly Slow Response Time

The average response time of medium monitors that have been available for a similar time to this LCD screen is 6.1ms. With a response time of 12 milliseconds, the 27" Cinema Display has a fairly slow response time compared to most of the other PC monitors that were released more than two years ago.

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Energy

Running Costs Are High

The 27" Cinema Display is one of the more expensive to run medium monitors that have been around for more than two years that we have looked at for 8 year running costs. Based on average energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the 8 year running cost of the 27" Cinema Display is £641.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Seven customers who reviewed it said that it was good value for money. Expert website Pcauthority.com.au wrote in their review of this PC monitor “If you're looking for a compact, affordable monitor, Apple's latest Cinema Display isn't it” however they gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5. Mzauzig mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Luckily B&H had the best price by far” in their Apple 27" Cinema Display review and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars. Olivay wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Apple products are really worth the extra money in my eyes - and B&H offers the best price out there for a new display” in their review of this PC monitor.

Six customers wrote in their reviews that it was expensive. Mzauzig said five years ago “It was expensive”. Nicholas_b mentioned “Most expensive mirror on Amazon”. Ennui said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Agreed, this is a very expensive display” and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers apple a1407, apple a1316

Apple 27" Cinema Display Review Sources

To prepare this Apple 27" Cinema Display review we compared this PC monitor to 3,052 other models. For each PC monitor that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 691,708 product attributes, 78,213 PC monitor reviews and 8,104,600 historical PC monitor prices from 203 PC monitor retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this PC monitor compared to the other models as well as any areas where this PC monitor is lacking.

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