Background, I'm a coder and use the computer primarily for coding, surfing the net, and reading various things. I want a 24" monitor and am wondering why the apple monitor is hundreds of dollars more than a samsung, etc. Is there a quality difference between the apple monitors and other name brand manufacturers, or is that price primarily for the logo?
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I always point people at this list when they're looking for a "good" monitor. This article also does a good job explaining the various LCD technologies. In regards to Apple, I've read good reviews but the cost difference usually comes down to the finish and brand name.
The answer is a very emphatic 'No'.
You do get a higher quality of manufacturing in the housing of the display, but unless you're very meticulous about the equipment you buy, then you won't notice or need the difference in quality.
An Apple Monitor uses an LG Display - for a much better cost, you can get the same quality of monitor for a lot cheaper.
Admittedly, having a main display with iSight, USB and charger for your mac laptop is quite appealing - and for people who use their laptops both at a desk and on the road will love it, and find it quite worth the money.
If you want to know if the monitor is worth the money when you look at it from a display quality point of view, the answer is no.
If you want to know if the monitor is worth it for a mobile Apple Laptop user's point of view: Probably Yes.
Check out the Wikipedia Article for more details.
The 24' Apple Display is pretty much an external display for Apple laptops.
I think it has a better ligth panel than the rest, other than that is the logo you are buying.
I had an Apple 23" LCD - it was a joy to just gaze and fawn on it every now and then. It's really like a modern art piece on your desk.
Now true to the above answers - display quality wise - there are other equivalent or better panels out there for much less moolah (recommend Dell).
There is one major difference though between ACDs and other monitors - the resale value for them is higher. I bought my ACD 23" for SGD$1,600+ back in 2004, and sold it off for $1,100 about a year ago.
If you intend to resell the monitor, the cost you pay for using the ACD would be IMO the same as getting a normal LCD monitor.