Lower-priced, non-Apple displays to woo your MacBooks

This week, Collins announced that it will be the first company besides Apple to release LCD computer monitors with MDP connections.

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I reviewed Apple's LED Cinema Display late last year and found it a great performer. But it was only compatible with a small subsection of the market--thanks to Apple's use of Mini DisplayPort as its sole video connection. Due to this decision, the display was disappointingly only compatible with the new MacBooks .

This week, Collins announced that it will be the first company besides Apple to release LCD computer monitors with MDP connections.

Collins has dubbed the monitor line CinemaView, and the first three models are slated to be available by September 1.

The three CinemaView displays are a 16x10, 19-inch at 1440x900 pixels; a 16x10, 20.1-inch at 1650x1050 pixels; and a 16x9, 24-inch at 1920x1080 pixels. They're priced at $299, $399, and $499, respectively.

All three displays include a three-port-powered USB 2.0 hub, a pass-through stereo audio jack, and an all-in-one cable that connects MDP, USB 2.0, and stereo audio to the Mac.

Also, their "UniFrame" aluminum construction bear more than a passing resemblance to Apple's LED Cinema Display, so apparently you won't have to sacrifice style (given that you consider the Apple monitor stylish in the first place).

So soon, new MacBook owners won't be forced to spend $900 bucks on a monitor that thanks to its video connection, lacks versatility. They'll now be able to choose monitors up to $600 cheaper lacking in versatility.

 

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