Originally Posted by SpeedyHTPC
If it does scaling so theres no fuzzy edges then thats great but 23" is small. Does the Apple have a scaler?
Apple's Cinema Displays have no scaler... these are DVI-D monitors which is 100% pixel by pixel. If you send a 720p native signal to these displays unscaled, it will appear in a box in the center of screen.
But of course most videocards know this and perform the scaling for the monitor. My aging nVidia 6800GT reports that it's connected to a Cinema Display and scales everything* sharply to 1920x1200 full screen without any interaction on my end.
As for 23" being small, I agree... but with the caveat that the monitor is literally 2 feet from my nose. If it were any further I wouldn't consider it. The 30" Cinema Display requires a dual-DVI path and my 6800GT only has two single DVI paths. Not to mention the native resolution for the 30" display is 2560 x 1600 -- all those pixels are the reason for the need for dual-DVI. That resolution is almost too much desktop for what most people do. Oh, and the 30" is $1800!!!
I know I've gone on and on about how good these Apple displays look, but if you haven't seen one in action, by all means brave the elitist snobs at an Apple store near you and take a look at the 23" and 30". These monitors are very limited in options (and by limited, I mean "none"), but I have yet to see sharper pixels on any other display.
*I mentioned that the video card has to scale everything to the native resolution, and I must mention that this only happens when the computer is in Windows. As I boot my PC, before it gets to Windows I don't see anything on the screen like post information, RAM, CPU speed, etc. because the monitor doesn't know what to do with the low resolution. This means I can't do anything at bootup
, including going into BIOS, until the computer gets to Windows. Not a problem for 90% of computer users, but definitely a problem for most of the users in this forum