Apple Studio review: Apple Studio

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
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The Good Brilliant, sharp picture; quick setup.

The Bad Mac-compatible only; proprietary connection excludes older Macs.

The Bottom Line The Studio Display is a superlative LCD with a great price. If your Mac supports the proprietary connection scheme, buy it.

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Apple products are typically more expensive than comparable peripherals from other companies, but the $999 17-inch Studio Display meets the competition head-on. For those who have new Power Macs with an ADC slot, the Studio Display is clearly irresistible. But older Macs will require a pricey, aftermarket adapter interface. Apple products are typically more expensive than comparable peripherals from other companies, but the $999 17-inch Studio Display meets the competition head-on. For those who have new Power Macs with an ADC slot, the Studio Display is clearly irresistible. But older Macs will require a pricey, aftermarket adapter interface.

In person, the Apple Studio Display looks like a smaller cousin to the wide-screen, 22-inch Apple Cinema Display. Both share the same gorgeous, silver-gray and transparent plastic, easel-type casing. The ultraslim package is just 6.9 inches deep (9.8 inches with the hinge fully extended) and tips the scales at a mere 14.6 pounds.

Typical for an Apple product, the hookup process is swift and simple. Just plug the monitor into your Mac's ADC slot (more about this later), switch on your Mac, and you're ready. To get the full range of screen resolutions, however, you'll need to install the software from the CD provided with the package. There are separate installers for Mac OS 9.1 and Mac OS X. All two external controls--Brightness and Sleep/Power On--are located on the bottom front of the display. On the back of the panel, you'll find two USB ports.

To set viewing angle, you'll need to move the rear hinge back and forth--a slightly awkward process but it works. The Apple Studio Display lacks height and tilt adjustments, but you probably won't miss them; the screen is well placed by design.

Beautiful inside and out
When we turned on the apple Studio Display, it looked great: bright with rich colors and fine detail. CNET Labs' benchmark tests, based on the DisplayMate suite, confirmed what our eyes already told us: the picture is simply stunning, with brilliant colors, clear text, and next-to-perfect color uniformity. The native resolution of 1,280x1,024 pixels provides a display area quite close to that of a 21-inch CRT monitor.

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Where to Buy

Apple Studio Display

Part Number: M7649ZMA

MSRP: $999.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Diagonal Size 17 in
  • Image Contrast Ratio 350:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 5:4