Pros: Can charge up Mac portables; built-in speakers and camera.
Cons: Mac-only; limited adjustability (no height adjustment, for example); glossy screen is prone to glare.
Aside from lacking a couple of inches of aluminum at the bottom, Apple’s 27-inch Cinema Display looks nearly identical to the 27-inch iMac. It has built-in speakers, an iSight camera and a microphone too, just like the iMac.
The resemblance doesn’t end there. Like the iMac, the 27-inch Cinema Display has a 2,560-by-1,440 pixel IPS panel with LED backlight, supporting 16.7 million colours. Among the connectors on the rear of the display is a cable with a three-headed multi-plug with a Mini DisplayPort, USB 2.0, and a Magsafe power connector for charging up a MacBook.
Apple 27-inch LED Cinema Display
Out of the box, our test unit offered very pleasing colours; photos looked great, the glossy screen adding depth to dark areas. Whites and greys were a bit bluish at default settings, but they were more neutral once the display was calibrated to 6500 degrees Kelvin, when a little more of the shadow details in photos also emerged. The viewing angle was very good (it’s nominally 178 degrees), with little loss of contrast or shifting of colours when the display was viewed off-centre. However, glare can be distracting given the glass front.
The display tilts forward and back, but that’s about it. A VESA mount adaptor kit (£30 plus VAT) lets you attach the display, minus stand, to a wall mount or other VESA stand.