30-Inch Cinema HD Display

Jaws dropped at the 2004 Worldwide Developers Conference when Steve Jobs unveiled the largest of Apple’s new line of Cinema Displays. With a native resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels, the 30-inch Cinema HD Display provides plenty of space to view wide-screen, high-definition video while keeping application windows and palettes open.

But it will set you back $2,999 ($1,200 more than the 23-inch model), and you’ll need a high-powered graphics card with dual-link DVI ports to run it. At press time, three dual-link cards were available: the ATI Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition ($499), the Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL ($599), and the Nvidia GeForce 6800 GT DDL ($499); all three work only in the Power Mac G5.

When our panel of Macworld editors evaluated this display, they saw none of the color and viewing-angle problems that were present in Apple’s 23-inch display. Text was clear and legible even at small point sizes. Color accuracy was very good across the display. And they noticed only normal viewing-angle changes.

Macworld’s Buying Advice

Apple’s 30-inch Cinema HD Display backs up its awe-inspiring size and design with good, clear, and consistent performance.

Apple's whopping monitor backs up its awe-inspiring size.

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