CNET First Look
Apple 24-inch LED Cinema DisplayApple's docking station and monitor is more docking station than fully capable monitor, since it is currently limited to MacBooks users only.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, this is Eric Franklin at cnet.com, and today we're looking at the Apple LED Cinema Display. Now the reason we have the MacBook out with the Cinema Display is the Cinema Display is only compatible with the MacBook, currently. It uses a mini display port as its connection. There's no DVI, no BGA, not even HTMI. It only uses mini display port. And so far the MacBooks are the only computers out there that have a mini display port connection. Some of the other features that the display has is a built-in iSight camera, it has a built-in microphone, built-in speakers, as well as the back. The display delivers very, very nice sound, very full, very deep base. Doesn't get distorted when you turn the volume up really high or anything like that. The display can tilt back about 30 degrees, but that's about it. There's no height adjustment, there's no rotation, there's no pivoting options, there's no OSD included with the display. You have to go actually into the system preferences of your MacBook and change the options from there. As of yet we haven't had time to test the display with Display Mate or with any games. But we did check out a couple of movies. We checked out our usually test movie, Kill Bill Volume One, and what we noticed that is that the display has a very nice contrast ratio, in that the blacks are very deep and the colors are very full. We did notice some back light bleed-through at the bottom of the screen on very dark screens, however. If you're interested in buying this display just note that you need to own a MacBook, and you need to own the newest version of the MacBook with the mini display port connection on it. You won't be able to hook this up to a PC or anything else actually at this point. As far as a recommendation goes, check the review which should be up in a few days. Once again, this is Eric Franklin, this has been the first look at the Apple 24-inch LED Cinema Display. ^M00:01:58 [ Music ]