Apple taking orders for new 27-inch LED Cinema Display

Apple's new 27-inch LED Cinema Display is now available for $999. The new monitor's 2560 x 1440 resolution is only a fraction less than the 30-inch ACD's 2560 x 1600, which cost $2,499.

I haven't been this excited for an Apple monitor since the 30-inch Apple Cinema Display came out. Announced in July, Apple's new 27-inch LED Cinema Display is now available to be ordered from its online store and is due to ship in "1-2 weeks."

The new 27-inch ACD features:

  • 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • 178-degree viewing angle
  • built-in MagSafe charger
  • three rear-mounted USB 2.0 ports
  • iSight camera
  • microphone
  • 49-watt, 2.1 speaker system
  • Mini DisplayPort connector

The Cinema Display's combination USB, Mini DisplayPort and Magsafe umbilical cord make this monitor the perfect companion to the MacBook Pro.
The new monitor's 2560 x 1440 resolution is only a fraction less than the 30-inch ACD's 2560 x 1600 offering -- for a mere $999. I never ended up buying the 30-inch ACD (which came out in 2004) because at $2,499 it was just too hard to justify.

Granted, a grand isn't cheap for a monitor, but when you consider the price-preformance ratio of the new 27-inch monitor, it's a pretty compelling case. After all it has almost all of the pixels of the 30-inch ACD in a more compact package.

The new 27-inch ACD is finished with Apple's trademark black bezel, glossy edge-to-edge glass and a brushed stainless steel stand. It replaces both the 24- and 30-inch models -- which have been removed from Apple's online store.

Ironically, you'll need an adapter to connect the new HDMI-only Apple TV to the 27-inch ACD's funky Mini DisplayPort adapter.

Update: Crunchgear notes that competing monitors include the 30-inch HP ZR30w ($1,299) and Dell Ultrasharp U3011 IPS display ($1,499).

Tip: CNet

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