Apple Mac Studio Display – The monitor bar lifts again.
27-inch Retina display at 5120 by 2880 pixel resolution; 600 nit brightness; full DCI-P3 colour; 12MP 122-degree ultra wide webcam with Centre Stage; 6 speaker Dolby Atmos; 1 x Thunderbolt, 3x USB-C ports; 62.3 x 48.7 x 16.8; 6.3kg.
The Studio Display is a 27-inch 5K Retina monitor from Apple that is designed to tick all the boxes many creatives need without being unnecessarily expensive. Starting at $2,499, the Apple Studio Display is still definitely not cheap, but it’s a very different ballpark to the $10K Pro Display XDR that Apple offers.
The 5,120 x 2,880 resolution monitor has a pixel density of 218ppi, much higher than we’re used to seeing, even on pro monitors. This hi-res picture is bolstered by a higher than usual 600nit brightness and full DCI-P3 colourspace reproduction capabilities. When using the P3-600 nits preset the screen combines with either the included low reflectivity glass or, for an additional $500, an even less reflective nanotexture glass to create an extremely vibrant display with minimal reflective distractions.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t a no-compromise professional monitor. When working in the full DCI-P3 or other professional colour presets, the overall brightness does drop significantly. It’s still bright enough to work on, which isn’t always the case on less expensive pro colour monitors, but it’s a different experience to the standard 600 nit preset.
The $tudio Display comes with a 12MP Ultra Wide webcam that has a 122-degree field of view. This camera combines with the display’s included A13 Bionic processor (from the iPhone 11 Pro) to digitally zoom and put you in the centre of the screen. It’ll even zoom out to fit more people when it recognises they’re there.
Backing this up is a six-speaker Dolby Atmos array that is good enough to mean you don’t need any other speakers cluttering up your desk and there’s plenty of ports to dock peripherals, plus a bunch of potential software features considering the inbuilt smartphone processor. While you can easily get away with the included tilt-adjustable stand, you’ll have to fork out an extra $500 for a stand that’ll also do height adjustments.
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