Dell is no longer having things all its own way in the monitor market. First Samsung put in a sizeable dent with the superb SyncMaster 215TW, now Apple’s traditional rich boy Cinema Displays are back leaner and meaner.
A refresh across the full range sees the 20, 23 and 30 inch models’ prices slashed significantly with the entry leveler down $100 to $699, the midranger dropping $300 to come in at $999 and the Mac Daddy losing a whole $500 to now set users back $1,999.
Furthermore both the 20in and 23in screens get brightness boosts jumping to 300cd/m2 from 250cd/m2 and 400cd/m2 from 270cd/m2 respectively. Natives resolutions for the trio remain the same at 1680 x 1050, 1920 x 1200 and 2560 x 1600 and Apple hasn’t messed about with contrast ratios (700:1), viewing angles (170 degrees) or response times either. Finally, two FireWire 400 ports and a couple of USB2.0s are built into a hub in each base.
Apple reminds us that you’ll need either a new Power Mac G5 or 17in PowerBook if you want built in support for the 30 incher and in traditional Jobsian fashion the whole lot are available now. So how long before we see the range in black?
We’ve got the UK prices in now and naturally ‘Being British Tax’ applies. £529 is the cost of the 20in, £779 for the 23in and £1,549 for the 30in. It is still a hefty improvement on the £2,099 tag we saw on the first 30in Cinema Display which Riyad reviewed back in April 2005 but not quite so reasonable as Dell’s 3007WFP 30in offering which is currently listed for £1,471.10.