A Love Letter to the Apple 30 Inch Cinema Display


This affair started quickly, but I knew it was love when I first saw it. A friend of mine first introduced us.

When Apple first came out with these displays, they were expensive. Each one cost about $3500, and at the time almost no computer had graphics cards powerful enough to actually render the screen properly. So that was another $500, just to use it properly.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, Apple no longer makes these.

There’s no real reason to ever have a 30 inch monitor. The screen size is so large that I can comfortably see text from across my room. No bromide about productivity gains can really justify this.

No.

The only reason to get this is the only one that matters: because you damn well want it. Because information was meant to be displayed in all of its glory, with no small screen hiding any of it.

I don’t have a lot of material needs. I gave up my bed months ago and now sleep on the floor in perfect comfort. I own essentially nothing aside from clothes and a laptop full of books.

But something about the sheer excessiveness about this monitor is so alluring. Maybe I am a materialist at heart, just one that’s hard to please.

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