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Pro Display XDR: Hands-on with Apple's new $5,000 6K monitor

We got up close and personal with Apple's first standalone monitor since 2016.

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Apple is back in the computer monitor business. Today at WWDC 2019 the company announced a new monitor targeted toward pro users -- the same folks who might want to buy the powerful new Mac Pro computer.

Read more: Apple Pro Display XDR is Apple's insane new 6K monitor, starts at $5,000

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Called the Pro Display XDR, it starts at $5,000, a fitting companion for the $6,000 starting price of the Mac Pro. And yes, there's an optional stand for another grand. All three will be available in fall, 2019.

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Apple likened the new display to professional reference monitors in the $40,000 price range, with brightness so "extreme" it had to replace the "H" with an "X" in the product name. 

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It's got four USB-C ports: one is Thunderbolt 3 (96W host charging), three are USB 2-compatible.

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The display is 31.6 inches diagonal, 28.3 inches wide, and 16.2 inches high.

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Resolution is an incredible 6,016x3,384, which is why Apple is calling it a 6K display. 

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It boasts 1,000 nits brightness (1,600 nits peak), and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.

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Other key specs: 

  • 576 zones of full-array local dimming
  • P3 color gamut with 10-bit capability
  • Low reflectivity with matte screen finish option
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The monitor's chief feature is high-dynamic range, aka HDR. Doing HDR correctly requires a lot of horsepower to illuminate the screen, and the XDR monitor can get exceedingly bright -- and stay that way. Apple says an advanced cooling system can maintain its 1,000 nits brightness "indefinitely." 

You can daisy-chain multiple Pro Displays together, too.

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Oh, and about that stand.

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The stand will cost you an additional $1,000. (Yes, really.)

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It does, however, allow landscape or portrait orientation. (Coders love portrait.)

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If the $1,000 stand (shown here) is too much for you, you can opt for the $200 VESA Mount Adapter instead.

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But hey: If you're gonna get a $5,000 monitor and a $6,000 computer, you can afford a $1,000 monitor stand, right?

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