Viewing the new CinemaView Display
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Viewing the new CinemaView Display



In April 2009, Collins America announced it was planning what it said was the world's first product line of native Mini DisplayPort connected LCD displays made just for Macs. Now the first of the CinemaView line (http://www.cinemaview.com) -- a 24-inch model -- is here and "MacNews" has received one of the first production units.

And it's about as Apple-like as a non-Apple display can be. But first some background info.

The Mini DisplayPort Connector is a small form factor connector designed to fully support the VESA DisplayPort protocol. Apple says it’s particularly useful on systems where space is at a premium, such as portable computers or to support multiple connectors on reduced height add-in cards. The dimensional specifications of the plug and receptacle mating interface and a recommended PCB landing pad are available for download under the Mini DisplayPort Evaluation License.

Since Apple transitioned its entire Mac product line to the new Mini DisplayPort jack for connecting external displays no manufacturer has offered plug-compatible display products except for Apple itself. Also, no display maker has adopted Apple's current industrial design theme of aluminum, black, and glass in products aesthetically matched to current Macs. Until now.

The first CinemaView is a 24-incher with 1920 x 1080 resolution and is priced at US$499. The only fair way to gauge the value of the display is to compare it to Apple's $899 24-inch Cinema Display. So let's do just that.

Both have the same size and color support (16.7 million colors). The Apple display sports: 1920 x 1200, a viewing angle of 178 degrees horizontal and 178 degrees vertical; brightness of 330 cd/m2; a contrast ratio of 1000:1, three USB ports; a 2.1 speaker system; and a built-in iSight camera. It weighs 21 pounds.


The CinemaView touts: a 1920 x 1080 resolution; a viewing angle of 170 degrees horizontal and 160 degrees vertical; brightness of 330 cd/m2; a contrast ratio of 1000:1 ratio; and four USB ports. It weighs 18.9 pounds and has no built-in speakers or an iSight camera.

Also, the Apple display uses a LED backlit screen. The CinemaView uses four CCFL backlights, not LED.

The CinemaView also lacks, like its Apple cousin, an HDMI input. Which is too bad, as it would have given the folks at Collins a marketing tool for the display. Also, there's no VESA mount.

Still, their display looks gorgeous. The screen serves up deep and vibrant colors that provide striking images. And though the viewing angles on this monitor were a bit less than the Apple display, I could see just about everything on the screen from practically every angle.

There are three extremely difficult precision high pressure die cast Aluminum components in the CV24 design: the perimeter "UniFrame" frame, the rear tilt housing, and, that sexy 3D curve table base.

So is the CinemaView for you? If you'd like a secondary Mac display, it's perfect. If you want to use it as your primary display, you'll need to decide if you need built-in speakers, a built-in webcam and built-in MagSafe. If you HAVE to have these items, you'll need to fork out the extra $400 for the Apple device.

If not, go for the CinemaView. Compared to the Apple product, you can buy it, a decent set of external speakers and a webcam -- and still have some pocket change.

Macsimum rating: 8 out of 10

 
AAPL
$124.43
Apple Inc.
-1.94
GOOG
$548.00
Google Inc.
-4.03
MSFT
$40.66
Microsoft Corporation
-0.31
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

2K Announces WWE 2K, Mobile's First...
It seems like this month has been pretty big for wrestling. First Wrestlemania, then 2K has announces that they're releasing  WWE 2K for iOS. It's a simulation-based WWE game where you'll get to play with several WWE superstars such as John Cena, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Triple H, and the Undertaker. There will be three different match types and a ton... | Read more »
How the Apple Watch Could Change the Fac...
The Apple Watch is still a ways out, but my previous musings on the wearable’s various features got me thinking: what might it be like a year after launch? Two years? Five years? What if it becomes a symbiotic part of the iOS framework to the point that it practically comes packaged with the iPhone? | Read more »
Pie In The Sky: A Pizza Odyssey (Games)
Pie In The Sky: A Pizza Odyssey 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A game about delivering pizza. In space. | Read more »
Chosen Gives Hopeful Singers, Songwriter...
If YouTube videos and reality TV shows like The Voice have taught us one thing, it’s that there are a lot of people out there who are anxious to show the world their talents. And if they’ve taught us a second thing, it’s that there’s an almost equally sizable group of people who are anxious to judge those hopefuls. What’s interesting about Chosen... | Read more »
Android's Popular OfficeSuite Now A...
Once only available for Android devices, OfficeSuite has finally landed on the app store. The Mobile Systems app lets you view, edit, create, and share Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents as well as convert them to/from PDFs. It's touted as being like having a desktop on your phone. OfficeSuite supports Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and... | Read more »
Warhammer: Arcane Magic is Coming Soon,...
Turbo Tape Games has announced that they're joining forces with Games Workshop to bring the turn-based strategy board game, Warhammer: Arcane Magic, to life on the iOS. | Read more »
Fast & Furious: Legacy's Creati...
| Read more »
N-Fusion and 505's Ember is Totally...
| Read more »
These are All the Apple Watch Apps and G...
The Apple Watch is less than a month from hitting store shelves, and once you get your hands on it you're probably going to want some apps and games to install. Fear not! We've compiled a list of all the Apple Watch apps and games we've been able to find so far. Games Rules! By TheCodingMonkeys App Store Description: RULES! is a cute puzzle game... | Read more »
Appy to Have Known You - Lee Hamlet Look...
Being at 148Apps these past 2 years has been an awesome experience that has taught me a great deal, and working with such a great team has been a privilege. Thank you to Rob Rich, and to both Rob LeFebvre and Jeff Scott before him, for helping me to grow as a writer and for giving me the opportunity to write about what I love: playing innovative... | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.