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Apple Cinema 20-inch Flat-Panel Display

by Apple
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  • 1,680 x 1,050 optimal resolution, 16.7 million colors
  • 400:1 contrast ratio, 0.258 mm dot pitch
  • 16 ms response time
  • DVI, Firewire and USB 2.0 connections
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Product Description

Product Description

Includes: DVI cable, FireWire 400 cable, USB 2.0 cable, and DC power. Apple 20" LCD Cinema Display - This huge 20" 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 1680x1050, and a contrast ratio 700:1, for stunning quality on either a Mac or a PC. Brightness - 300 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 PC or Macintosh via a digital DVI connection

From the Manufacturer

Feast your eyes on 1,680 x 1,050 pixels of the 20-inch Apple Cinema Display. The Apple Cinema Display line features a gorgeous new anodized aluminum enclosure to complement the Power Mac G5 or PowerBook G4.

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

Product Information

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Brand NameApple
Item model numberM9177LL/A
National Stock Number7025-01-548-0346
Item Weight2.2 pounds
Color Black
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Shipping Weight21.2 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.
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Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2001
Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

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Customer Reviews

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85 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Steve H VINE VOICE on March 11, 2005
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There was a time that I never considered buying an Apple display. I figured a Mac costs enough money, without spending $1000, or more, on a display. In late January 2005, I purchased the newest Powerbook G4 12 inch 1.5 GHZ G4, with superdrive. The notebook had nearly all the performance I was looking for, and the small form factor allows me to easily haul it around the house, or the world should I ever get to travel properly. However, I wanted more from my Powerbook, when at my desk.

Yes, I was already using my Powerbook with an external display. It was an analog Sony LCD. However, it was only 15 inches, with a resolution of 1024x768, so I actually had as little screen real estate on my external display, as I had on the 12 inch built-in display. I wanted more.

After deciding a 17 inch LCD would not be enough, I ordered the Apple's 20" Cinema Display, and I'm glad I did. Unfortunately, the box arrived beat-up, and there was even dirt inside. However, everything inside seemed to work ok, thankfully. Un-wrapping the cinema display was a joy, and I was eager to put it on my desk. The design of this display is stunning. The aluminium enclosure will please the eyes of anyone, and the back of the display is as beautiful, if not more beautiful than the front. There is a single cable that comes from the back of the display, which neatly goes through an opening on the aluminium stand. This single cable splits in the end into Firewire, USB, DVI, and a power connector that you plug into the power brick. I connected the firewire, USB, and DVI to my Powerbook, and then I connected the power to the display. Wow. It was perfect out of the box.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Emil on March 31, 2006
Even though there are some other displays on the market that use the same LCD screen and are sold cheaper, I still really like my Apple display. I've had it for almost a year and it looks very pleasing. The rounded aluminum edges on the top and bottom of the display have a feeling of disappearance, so it sort of blends into the environment. And when you're watching a movie or just typing something (like an amazon review) you just see the screen and not the display itself. Black displays are much more intrusive in my opinion.

Sony and some other companies made these flat displays recently with highly reflective coating on the screen, even more reflective than CRT glass monitors! I honestly have no idea what their problem was but those are very horrible to use. Not only do you see your own reflection in it, but it also reflects all the light from the windows and lamps. This Apple display has very low reflection factor. I have windows on the side and sunlight used to be very annoying (when I had CRT monitor) even with the blinds down I still had to put some drapes over the windows. But now the sun doesn't bother me any more and neither does the lamp behind me.

I won't say much about the colors, brightness and the quality of the LCD display itself, except that it's the best I've seen so far!

So why did I give 4 stars instead of 5? For the following 2 reasons! (if you have Apple computer this won't apply to you)

1) This monitor is labeled for Apple and Windows systems but there are no drivers supplied for windows (I have XP). When I hooked it up to my computer I couldn't set the maximum resolution (the option for 1680 x 1050 was just not there).
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By T. TOM TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2005
LCD monitors inherently can be manufactured such that they end up with a few dead/bad pixels. This shows up as a colored dot on the monitor when certain colors are displayed. Apple needs to do the right thing and take a stand on quality control. Samsung has recently adopted a 'no bad pixel' policy on their monitors and Apple should do the same.

Apple's policy is that it's not considered a defective monitor unless there are 5 ore more bad pixels or a cluster of 3 or more clumped together. Apple states that out of the millions of pixels that high resolution monitors have, a few dead bad ones isn't considered a problem. This policy is not fair when such a large number of these Apple monitors do actually make it to the retail stores with bad pixels. The first one I received had a bad pixel that was visible all the time and the replacement also has 2 bad pixels that are visible sometimes, when certain dark colors are being displayed. I was told point blank by the Apple Store that I would not be able to return it again, without paying an exhorbitant 10% restocking fee.

While the monitor is beautiful in case, design and quality of the overall picture, the pixel issue is a serious issue for me. I feel it's unfair that I have to pay so much for a monitor that contains visible defects. And while I'm living with the bad pixels right now and don't notice them all the time, it still bothers me that Apple doesn't step up and do the right thing, especially on such an expensive item.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By E. Tapanes on August 13, 2004
I'm a relatively new convert to the Mac scene having just purchased my G5 a couple of months ago. Along with it I purchased this monitor to experience the full Mac-Attack. I have not been dissapointed. I could rave on endlessly about the G5, but we're talking about the monitor here.

The monitor makes a very nice match to the G5 with its faux brushed aluminum surround and 'real' brushed aluminum stand. Quality is absolutely outstanding in both build, finish and, most importantly, display. It takes up about as little desk space as a 20" monitor possibly could without using a VESA mounting arm.

One caveat is that if you're not using a DVI card, you'll have to buy one (a worthy investment anyway). One of the nicest things about this monitor is the Apple calling card clean lines. No analog controls or buttons mucking up the faceplate (only a power and two brightness buttons hidden on the side).

My only real problem with this monitor (and the only reason it didn't receive 5 stars) is the price. It's just very hard to justify laying out this kind of cash when you can pick up similar monitors that are extremely close in display quality for almost half the price. If you're willing to 'settle' for a 19" monitor (non-widescreen), then check out the Samsung 910t. It's available here on Amazon for $579 right now and is most excellent (I've purchased two).

In closing, I am very glad to have purchased this monitor when I bought the G5 as I really do love it, but I can't really see myself spending this kind of money after the fact. It hurts a bit less when it's a smaller percentage of the total bill... :-)
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