By Neil Bennett | on February 07, 2008
Pros: Stylish and well-designed. Great performance for price.
Cons: Sits low on the desk. No profiles provided for Windows users.
If you want a 30-inch monitor to flaunt in front of your colleagues while also colour co-ordinating with your Mac, this Cinema HD Display is the model. It’s also an impressive display if you want a balance of price and performance, although it’s neither a bargain like HP LP3065 nor bursting with features like Eizo's FlexScan SX3031W.
The 30-inch Cinema HD Display’s clean design makes it thin and light. Though the curved metal plank of a base only only permits the screen to be tilted towards and away from you, the whole monitor is light enough to swivel if you need to let a colleague or a client get up close to see your work.
Like Samsung's SyncMaster 305T, the screen sits low on your desk, although you can buy a plastic base.
A single cable snakes away from the back of the monitor, which carries the DVI, power, USB 2.0 and FireWire cables within it. It terminates with the standard connectors, plus a power lead with a separate power adaptor.
The only controls on the Cinema HD Display are for brightness, and a power button – though if you’re connected to a Mac, it tries to shut the machine down when pressed, rather than just shutting off the monitor. The colour profiles for the monitor are built into Mac OS X, but none are provided for Windows, so Windows users must have a calibrator to use the screen with any hope of colour accuracy.
Before calibration, we found the monitor’s colours to be wide of the mark, but after profiling the Cinema HD Display gave a far more accurate performance, though lacking the colour depth of the SX3031W.