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Apple Cinema 30-inch HD Flat-Panel Display M9179LL/A (OLD VERSION)

by Apple
61 customer reviews
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  • Requires NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL Card or equivalent
  • 2-port USB 2.0 hub, 2 FireWire 400 ports
  • Industry-standard DVI connector
  • 2,560 x 1,600 optimal resolution, 16.7 million colors, Brightness 400cd/m2, Contrast ratio 700:1
  • Design complements the latest Power Macs and PowerBooks
  • 2,560 x 1,600 optimal resolution, 16.7 million colors, Brightness 400cd/m2, Contrast ratio 700:1
1 new from $6,999.99 7 used from $349.99 1 refurbished from $599.99
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Product Description

Product Description

Apple 30" LCD Cinema Display - This huge 30" computer monitor is perfect for the prosumer and professional alike. Imagine multi-tasking with multiple full-size windows open simultaneously, or editing video with a super-wide timeline! It has a native resolution of 2560x1600, and a contrast ratio 400:1, for stunning quality on a Mac G5 powered computer. Brightness - 400 cd/m2 Viewing Angle - 170 degrees horizontal / 170 degrees vertical Antiglare Hardcoat Screen Treatment Kensington Security Port User Controls - Display Power, System Sleep, System Wake, Brightness and Display Tilt Connects to a Macintosh via a digital DVI connection Macintosh system requirements - Power Mac G5 and NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL graphics card (offered as CTO option for new Power Mac G5 customers and as a kit for current Power Mac G5 customers (M9593G/A) PC capable only if Windows PC is equipped with a dual-link DVI graphics card (some resolution adjustments may be required).

From the Manufacturer

Feast your eyes on more than four million pixels in the first high-resolution 30-inch flat panel display designed for the personal computer. The Apple Cinema Display line features a gorgeous new anodized aluminum enclosure to complement the Power Mac G5 or PowerBook G4.

See the Forest and the Trees
The 77% increase in screen real estate of the 30-inch Cinema HD Display gives you the space you need to visualize your entire creation yet provides the resolution necessary to edit in place. So you can lay out a two-page spread and edit text without squinting. Or work with a Photoshop document with room for more than 30 layers in a palette. Take in the whole timeline in Final Cut Pro HD, with audio controls. Display an unheard of 126 Logic mixer controls simultaneously. Or peer into four different modes of a molecule visualization with subatomic detail. Add this colossal advancement in innovation to your well-equipped Power Mac G5 for a very reasonable price.

Eliminate Tunnel Vision
The widescreen design of the Apple Cinema Display line offers a natural format for arranging documents the way your brain processes them—longer wide than high. That's why each display gives you the best view for your work. It just makes sense to be able to display a Web page and its code next to each other horizontally, or long video timelines in wide format. Apple engineers find that the nearly 100-pixel per inch resolution is ideal for images, yet allows you to easily work with sophisticated type treatments or just plain email. This painstaking attention to detail moves the industry forward and gives you best LCD technology available.

Enjoy One or Two Artful Displays
The Apple Cinema display matches the sculpted aluminum enclosures of the Power Mac G5 and PowerBook. This strong, anodized aluminum also allows for an exceptionally narrow bezel, so you can use multiple displays together seamlessly. The Cinema Display hovers above your desk on a curvaceous stand, and hardly requires any pressure to adjust the viewing angle from -5 to 25 degrees, since the enclosure is the lightest Apple display ever, at each size. And some ineffable quality of pure elemental aluminum just feels better to the touch.

Connect with Pure Digital DVI
Give your PowerBook G4 a second display when you're not on the road. Connect directly to any PowerBook G4 with a DVI port. The DVI connection removes all barriers to using an Apple display with a PC, if your graphics card supports DVI with DDC technology for widescreen viewing.

Strong anodized aluminum also allows for an exceptionally narrow bezel, so you can use multiple displays together seamlessly.

Adjust your Apple display from -5° to 25° with little effort.


Effortless Adjustment
The smooth motion hinge on your Apple display requires very little pressure to tilt the monitor to a different position. This design allows you to you view the display at whatever angle works for your environment, anywhere from -5° to 25°.

Pure Signal
When you need to manipulate color in any media, image distortion is simply not an option. Analog conversion problems caused by a VGA connection become progressively worse as you move to monitors that have higher resolutions or longer monitor cables. These issues fade away with an all digital signal. DVI transmits a distortion-free digital signal from a digital location in the graphics card to a digital location on the display’s screen. This digital connection gives you the full clarity and stability of liquid crystal technology — with sharp, clear pixels from edge to edge.

Responsive Feedback
Pixel response time provides a good measure of a display’s performance in media critical applications, such as video, 3D and motion graphics, or even when you’re taking a break with a game. An Apple display provides fast pixel response time across the entire spectrum from black and white, to every shade of gray.

Peripheral Devices on Your Desktop
This display includes a FireWire 400 hub and a USB 2.0 hub, each with two ports. So you can connect a printer or scanner, or a digital camera or camcorder. The FireWire port provides a convenient place to plug in an iSight camera for video chat, presented beautifully on your Apple display, or to connect your iPod dock. You can also make best use of all the latest USB 2.0 devices, whether you're using your display with a Mac or PC.

This display includes two-port, self-powered USB 2.0 hub, two FireWire 400 ports and a Kensington security port

Note: This monitor requires an NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL Card, sold separately.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 27.1 x 8.5 x 21.4 inches ; 27.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 37 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0002ILKWM
  • Item model number: M9179LL/A
  • National Stock Number: 7025-01-594-6191
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at June 28, 2004
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Customer Reviews

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314 of 356 people found the following review helpful By Brian Seeve on November 29, 2007
In all likelihood, you are reading this review with two separate goals in mind. First, you want to make sure that nothing is horribly wrong with the lyrically-beautiful, breathtakingly-enormous 30-inch Cinema Display. After all, it is only natural to worry that its intoxicating attractiveness is counterpoised by some hidden, yet devastating, flaw. Well, you can breathe a sigh of relief: it is flawless. Indeed, it represents the very essence of perfection in both function and form.

Second, you are reading this review in a desperate attempt to find some way to justify the purchase of a 30-inch Cinema Display. Perhaps you need to justify it to your thrifty spouse, and are trying to find a reasonable answer to that inevitable question, "but why do you NEED a 30-inch monitor?" Or perhaps you must justify the purchase to an emotionless manager, who is unable to appreciate the aesthetic beauty of this gargantuan monitor. Fortunately, previous reviewers have outlined a number of possible justifications that you might find helpful: a larger monitor improves work efficiency, reduces strain on your eyes, can double as a TV set, etc. Simply select the justification that will be most convincing to your target audience, and don't take no for an answer. I wish you luck.

However, never lose sight of this fact: you do not need to justify the purchase of a 30-inch Cinema Display to yourself. Even trying to do so is dangerous, since in all probability you will be unable to justify spending $1800 on an enormous monitor when you have a perfectly serviceable monitor already. Yes, I'm sure that some people have a genuine need for a 30-inch monitor, but (be honest with yourself) you are almost certainly not one of them.
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77 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bessey on November 10, 2004
I've had mine for a few weeks now, and it's a great monitor. It's just amazing to be able to open up 100+ thumbnails on the screen at once, and still be able to see what each one is. Games look fantastic on it , though not all support the native resolution. The dual firewire and USB ports on the monitor are very handy, too.

There are a few quirks, due to the sheer size of the thing:

It *just barely* fits under the overhead storage hutch on my computer desk. Measure carefully before you buy any furniture that you intend to put one of these displays on.

Neck strain is a definite possibility if your chair and/or desk don't adjust far enough. The top of this monitor is a lot higher than the typical 20 inch or so monitor, and the stand is pretty tall, too.

It's possible to "lose" things off towards the sides of the screen. While the (relatively low) pixel pitch means that a dialog box is the same size as it would be on a smaller Apple monitor, it can be far enough to the left or right to be out of your central vision. Sitting back a little farther from the monitor helps.
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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Victor Bono on January 12, 2006
This screen is great.

Upgraded from a 23" and the increase in realestate is awesome.

You can play games with crystal clarity; have so many pages up and read them clearly.

You will need a graphics card that supports Dual-link DVI, not a card that says dual DVI.

I installed the GeForce 7800 GT on my PC and it works flawlessly!

The Quadro cards are great, but big $$$.

The 7800GT can be had for under $300!

Here's a list of cards for PC and Apple:

NVIDIA Geforce 6800Ultra DDL AGP for Powermac G5

NVIDIA Geforce 6800GT DDL AGP for Powermac G5

NVIDIA Geforce 6600 PCI Express for Powermac G5(PCI Express)

NVIDIA Geforce 7800GT PCI Express for Powermac G5(PCI Express)

NVIDIA QuadroFX 4500 PCI Express for Powermac G5(PCI Express)

For the PC Windows platform, the following graphic cards support the Apple 30" Cinema Display:

NVIDIA QuadroFX 2000

NVIDIA QuadroFX 3000

NVIDIA QuadroFX 3400

NVIDIA QuadroFX 3450

NVIDIA QuadroFX 4000

NVIDIA QuadroFX 4400

NVIDIA QuadroFX 4500

NVIDIA Geforce 7800GT

NVIDIA Geforce 7800GTX

NVIDIA Geforce 7800GTX 512
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rom on February 24, 2007
I have been recently converting from PC -> Mac at home. Have an iMac 24" and a 17" MacBook Pro. Been using the MacBook to transition between work and home, and now can do a lot of my development for work on the MacBook (I am a programmer).

I use a 24" Dell at work, and have been pretty happy with it -- though I have been lusting after a 30" Cinema Display just due to the fact that it looks really nice (like a work of art in comparison to the childish looking 30" Dells). But I didn't really want to pay the price premium ($400 difference between the two). So I've been patiently looking around hoping the price will drop. Well, the local Apple Store had a demo model that was never even used for cheaper than the Dell! The box looked beaten up (they have been shuffling it between the floor and the back room every week) but the monitor was in pristine shape. Plugged it into the MacBook at the store, and I was sold!

While 1920x1200 on the 24" Dell was a nice bump up from the 1600x1200 I was used to with my home 21" Dell, 30" at 2560x1600 was a revelation. I finally feel unconstrained by my desktop, especially when I have my 17" Laptop screen next to it for miscellaneous windows, or reference materials (I am a programmer as mentioned above). I can have code views side by side on my main monitor, which I had never been able to do before and I am no longer flipping between applications. XCode's debugger basically yearns for screen space like this thanks to the multiple floating windows (an irksome 'feature' in XCode).

I can have my Windows XP installation running fullscreen on my 17" laptop monitor at full resolution and can do cross platform development very easily now on one machine.
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