Apple has started taking orders for the new 24-inch LED Cinema Display. The new monitor was designed as a companion to the new MacBook and MacBook Pro, and share their styling and feature sets. These include a glossy, back-lit screen with black trim, USB 2.0 ports, an iSight video camera, a microphone, speakers, the new Mini DisplayPort connector. The monitor also has a MagSafe charger allowing users to charge their notebook via the monitor. The addition of the charger makes the monitor a one-stop docking station.
The 24-inch LED Cinema Display lives up to Apple’s legacy of beautifully designed monitors, but it also moves that legacy forward with environmentally-friendly design. As Apple says, what “makes the LED Cinema Display so remarkable is what it lacks.” It is mercury-free, arsenic-free, brominated flame retardant-free, and polyvinyl chloride-free. The aluminum and glass enclosure is also highly recyclable. Those are very big steps forward, so much so that that the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), which ranks the performance of a product throughout its lifecycle according to its environmental attributes, gave the display the highest rating of EPEAT Gold.
As we noted last week, Apple has discontinued the 23-inch LCD monitor. Pro users have counted on the 23-inch LCD for years as a color-accurate workhorse. The new monitors represent a step-forward in many areas, but the switch from a matte to a glossy screen may not be well received by pros, and the lack of Firewire ports will be a disappointment. As of now Apple is still taking orders for the 20-inch and 30-inch LCD Cinema Displays but we do not know their future plans for these models.