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Love it or loath it, it's impossible to deny that Apple knows how to make beautiful products. Today it contines in that vein with three new widescreen ‘Cinema’ LCD displays.



Top of the range is a truly humungous 30in display with a native resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 – that’s over four million pixels. Amazing as that sounds it’s still a long way off the 9.2 million pixels offered up by the Viewsonic VP2290b, even though that resolution is squeezed into a ‘mere’ 22in display, which makes it too small for regular work.

The 30in display is aimed at creative professionals who will really benefit from the extra working area, such as video editors and graphic designers. They’ll have to be well healed though, as this display will set you back no less that £2,549, and that’s not including the £449 nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra dual DVI graphics card that will be required to run a display of this size – or the G5 desktop that the card goes in.

That's not all though. I'm a huge fan of dual displays and am currently enjoying having two 19in panels on my desk. However, the two outputs on the GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL card mean that if you wanted to seriously indulge yourself, you could attach a second 30in display to your desktop. Now that would be mindblowing.

However, the 23in and the 20in screens both connect up with regular DVI, so you should be able to use them with any PC. That said, since a single link DVI output is limited to a maximum 1,600 x 1,200 resolution, we're not sure how you would generate the native 1,920 x 1,200 resolution for the 23in screen. The display is encased in strong anodized aluminium and is set off with a relatively small bezel. It’s supported by a stand that Apple claims can be angled with the lightest of touches. Also included in each unit it a two-port USB 2.0 hub and two FireWire 400 connectors.

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The mid-range 23-inch display is a slightly more sane prospect - though you’re still looking at a £1,549 monitor. The 1,920 x 1,200 resolution is a perfect match for watching High Definition video, so next generation formats such as Blue-Ray films should look fantastic on this display. The 20in model costs £999 and offers a still impressive 1,680 x 1,050 display.

All three displays are available now from the Apple store at www.apple.com.

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