This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
First Look: Apple LED Cinema Display 27-inch
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

First Look: Apple LED Cinema Display 27-inch

2:10 /

As a desktop display and USB extender, the Apple LED Cinema Display 27-inch works wonderfully. But there are other monitors for $1,000 that offer better options, including PC and Mac compatibility.

Hey everyone. This is Eric Franklin from CNET.com and today we're taking a first look at the Apple LED Cinema Display 27 inch. Design wise, the 27-inch is, for all intents and purposes, a larger version of the 24-inch LED Cinema Display the company released in 2008, with a few changes. Those changes include an obviously larger screen, a much higher 2560 X 1440 resolution, and an ambient light sensor. Other extras found on the 24-inch model are retained here including a built-in camera, a built-in mic, built-in 2.1 speakers, and 3 USB ports located on the back. The panel's about the same width as a Dell UltraSharp U2711, although it is much thinner in depth. The display has a 10-degree back tilt but no other ergonomic options. The foot stand is flat and wide and, along with its hefty weight, does a good job of keeping the monitor stable when knocked from the sides. In movies, the display demonstrated an impressively low black level and accurate colors and we were able to easily see dark detail in dark scenes. In games, we saw vibrant color that really took advantage of the display's glossy film coating. We did see some evidence of ghosting in one of our synthetic DisplayMate tests when running through Windows but we were unable to repeat this anywhere else. The 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display is an incredible performer, not just in games and movies, but thanks to its glossy screen coating, images have a smooth and fine look we've rarely seen before so it looks great when running everyday tasks as well. Still, this is a $1000 display that is only compatible with Macs because after late 2008, it does not natively work on a PC. Check out our full review to see if this monitor is right for you. Once again, I'm Eric Franklin and this has been a first look at the Apple LED Cinema Display 27 inch.

New releases

Swap your iOS 8 keyboard for these...
0:59 September 19, 2014
With iOS 8, you can use a different keyboard than the default. Check out these third-party alternatives.
Play video
2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat...
5:50 September 19, 2014
The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack has the muscle car power (and fuel economy) to back up its nostalgic...
Play video
Compact, budget Samsung Galaxy...
2:01 September 19, 2014
This wallet-friendly Android phone fits nicely in the hand, but has a few drawbacks you'll want to know about...
Play video
Line up for an iPhone 6, get a...
2:11 September 19, 2014
Why do people wait in line for days at Apple stores for the latest iPhones when they could preorder online?...
Play video
3D Pocketcopter crowdfunding soars...
5:13 September 19, 2014
This week on Crave it's your last chance to order a Pocketcopter that doesn't exist, run for your lives from...
Play video
The Blendtec Designer 725 is too...
2:33 September 19, 2014
A significant design flaw keeps us from recommending this high-end appliance
Play video
Genius hacker Walter O'Brien tells...
3:11 September 19, 2014
When Scorpion makes its debut on Monday night, it will bring hacking and computer security to prime time like...
Play video
The hidden features inside iOS...
2:04 September 19, 2014
Brian Tong shows you the features inside of iOS 8 that you might not know about.
Play video