Friday, February 27, 2009
Hi-Tech Studio: Workstation To Go
Apple’s new MacBook Pro and LED Cinema Display are a sleeker, faster and greener solution for the fluid studio
This latest model in the Cinema Display line features a new LED-backlit LCD—it’s a big advance in display technology. Unlike fluorescent backlight, which can be uneven and needs a warm-up to come to full brightness, LED lights up instantly and at full intensity from corner to corner. The monitor is compatible with MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models with the new Mini DisplayPort (late-2008 models). An all-in-one tether connects the display to the Mac’s USB and MagSafe power ports, powering the laptop and providing a data connection to three USB ports on the back of the display, as well as its built-in speakers, a microphone and the iSight camera.
The display has a max resolution of 1920x1200 and a viewing angle of 178 degrees. Like iMac and previous generation Cinema Displays, the stand is hinged to allow an adjustable tilt from -5 to 25 degrees. A VESA mount adapter kit is available optionally if you would prefer to mount the display to a wall.
The new MacBook Pro features what Apple calls the unibody enclosure. The chassis is hewn from a solid piece of aluminum, reducing seams and weight while increasing durability. (As of this writing, the 15-inch model is available, and a new 17-inch model has been announced.)
Display. The 15-inch screen uses the same LED backlit LCD technology under glass used in the 24-inch display and renders 1440x900 pixels at maximum resolution. Some (myself included) may lament that this generation is no longer available with the “anti-glare” matte surface as an option; still, it’s unarguably a stunning display, and in most circumstances, you can slightly adjust its angle to reduce reflections on the glossy surface. What’s more, because the laptop monitor and the 24-inch Cinema Display feature identical attributes and technology, they can be closely matched when profiling. The benefits to a mobile professional photographer are obvious. Whichever monitor you’re using, what you see is what you get.
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