The Bottom Line
Apple is known for its elegantly designed products, and the 23” Apple Cinema HD Display is no exception. It’s as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. The power and brightness controls are tucked out of sight, so they don’t mar the display’s flawless exterior and brushed aluminum bezel. A single cable keeps thing neat by providing a unified connection to the graphics input, a FireWire 400 port, a USB 2.0 port, and power.
The Apple Cinema HD Display isn’t quite perfect, though. Its adjustability is limited, and it doesn’t have any home entertainment connections (analog, S-video, composite, component).
- Above average image quality.
- DVI input.
- Two-port USB 2.0 hub.
- Two FireWire 400 ports.
- No home entertainment video connections.
- Limited adjustment options.
- 1920x1200 native resolution
- DVI input
- Two-port USB 2.0 hub
- Two FireWire 400 ports
- 170-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles
- VESA mount compatible
Guide Review - Apple Cinema HD Display 23” Widescreen LCD
Don’t be fooled by the 23” Apple Cinema HD Display’s somewhat slight appearance. The L-shaped base is compact, but it’s sturdier than it looks, and the display is well balanced. It won’t be going anywhere unless you decide to move it.
There are fewer adjustment options than we’ve come to expect with displays. There are no height adjustment options, no swivel option, and no option to pivot between landscape and portrait mode. You can tilt the Apple Cinema HD Display up to 5 degrees forward and up to 25 degrees back, which aren’t particularly impressive numbers. But unlike some displays, which require Herculean effort to move, adjusting this display takes just a light touch.
The Apple Cinema HD Display has a native resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, and a viewable area of 23 inches. It supports up to 16.7 million colors. The generous viewing angles of 170 degrees vertical and horizontal reduce drop-off around the edges. Images are clear and sharp, with vivid, true-to-life color and crisp details in highlights and shadows. Text is sharp and readable, even at small font sizes. The 16 ms pixel response time is ideal for playing your favorite action games or watching your favorite movies. I saw little to no ghosting or movement artifacts in my tests.
The Apple Cinema HD Display has two FireWire 400 ports and a two-port, self-powered USB 2.0 hub, so you can connect a variety of peripherals, including a digital camera, scanner, camcorder, or iPod dock. It also includes a DVI connector, so you can hook it up to a Mac or a PC.
There are no home entertainment connections (analog, S-video, composite, component), so even though the Apple Cinema HD Display is a match made in heaven for photography, movies, and video, it’s not quite suited to be the centerpiece of a home entertainment center.