The Extra Large Mac Monitors
Yesterday we had an opportunity to see a full-Mac office setup. After the oohing and ahhing over Apple's 23 inch flat panel monitor — well after — I realized that this screen lets you see. It's about two feet wide, and a foot deep. The higher priced model is 30 inches wide (and $2999). It's amazing how much bigger these screens are.
What it means is that, say, Photoshop and Dreamweaver can be open side by side. Got a screen color picker that can pick from anything on the screen? No switching back and forth.
No, I'm hardly considering going all-Mac, nor dealing with the smaller amount of third party software available for the Mac; I'm just looking at the larger monitor screen. I understand that this monitor can be hooked up to a PC, in which case I'd have a few questions.
First, most people have CRT monitors, and flat panel screens seem to display a little brighter and richer than CRTs, so I think it's important to see what most people see rather than having to design by estimating color. Therefore, I'd need to know that a two-monitor system Windows could have both the Mac and a regular CRT monitors, and without either going bonkers. I'm suspecting that this is true.
It's also important to note that Windows systems display at 96dpi (yes, it's true; years ago, someone wrote that the Windows display was 72dpi and, I believe, that Mac was 96dpi, and that misinformation has stuck). Windows actually displays at 96dpi. If you're on a Windows PC, see Control Panel > Display > Settings > Advanced. If your system is set to display Small Fonts, it's at 96dpi as verified in that panel. Thus, I'm wondering what differences in display this would make on a Mac monitor hooked up to a Windows machine, though it may not matter with the dual-screen setup.
I hear that these Mac monitors are actually high density television screens. I'd wonder whether that meant I could watch television on it while designing. One wishes.
Well, back to work. Glad I wasn't looking at Ferraris yesterday. <grin>
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