Mac Screen on a PC?

I'm still considering getting a 30-inch Mac screen (aka "Cinema Display"), which I understand can be installed on a PC with some supplementary stuff (hardware, etc.). This isn't just a wasteful or "would be nice" scenario; a lot of the work I do is visual, and designing at 800×600 at 1024 resolution means I have some extra space on the screen around the graphics files — and also leave room for tools, palettes, etc. or they'll be laying on top of the files you're working on. Anyone who's done this knows that you're always making room for tools and images onscreen.

Imagine having an open browser display side by side with Photoshop … would it not enhance creativity and make work easier? The thing with larger screens is that you can just see.

Of course, I could always get two 20-inch flat panels to run side by side. This is a workable, and much cheaper, solution … however, I'm thinking that the visual usability would be affected by the frames around the separate windows. Not so with the 30-inch.

I have a second issue, though, and not sure where to get an answer. We're a PC shop, and PCs run at 96 dpi rather than Mac's 72 dpi. This means, I believe, that the display of a Cinema Display on a PC may result in everything looking smaller? Thing is, I like to be able to see what what I design will look like on a "normal" display. And I'd really like to see the Cinema Display running on a PC.

The good news is that Apple has lowered the prices for its "Cinema Display" … not sure if this is about Christmas specials or the fact that PC companies are coming out with 20-inch screens at $500-800 dollars. Or maybe Apple has a 40-inch screen in the works? <grin>

2 Comments to "Mac Screen on a PC?"

  1. Kent says:

    The dpi number does not matter at all for images shown on a screen. Dpi is relevant for printing only.

    Here'a a page that sums it up nicely:


    The only thing that matters (as far as the size of what you see) is the resolution that you are running at. If you are running 800×600, Photoshop will look huge and crowded. If you are running 1440×900, everything is smaller, which in turn gives you more working area.

    The best thing to do is to get the biggest screen you can afford, and run it at the highest resolution you can without making things too small to read. I have 2 of the Apple 20" cinema displays and they are great.

    Hope that helps!

  2. DianeV says:

    Thanks, Kent. And you're right. :)

    I was actually looking at the pixels-per-inch display issues.

    I finally went with the Dell 30" and a 19" CRT (for email). It is … beyond terrific. Doesn't matter what you're doing; the extra width and depth, and the ability to have normal-sized windows side-by-side, makes all work easier and faster.

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