How much Apple has improved – Jablíčkář.cz

Earlier last week, we finally saw Apple’s first keynote of this year, during which several interesting news were revealed. Specifically, Apple introduced the iPhone SE 3, iPad Air 5, jaw-dropping M1 Ultra chip along with the Mac Studio Computer and the all-new Studio Display, which for some reason ended on sale of the 27-iMac. A few years ago, however, the Cupertian giant didn’t sell its own monitors, instead betting on the LG UltraFine. So let’s compare the Studio Display with the LG UltraFine 5K. Has Apple improved or does this change make no sense?

In the case of these two monitors, we find a diagonal of 27″ and a resolution of 5K, which is quite essential in this case. It’s the perfect choice for apple or macOS makers, so there’s no need to scale the resolution, so everything looks as natural as possible. But we will also find a number of differences.

Design

We can see huge differences in the design. While the LG UltraFine 5K looks like a regular plastic monitor, Apple puts a lot of emphasis on the shape of the monitor itself. At Studio Display, we can see a relatively nice aluminum stand and aluminum edges with the back. It is only thanks to this that the Apple display is an excellent partner for Macs, for example, which are usually very well coordinated. In short, everything fits together perfectly. Additionally, this part is directly created for the needs of macOS, where apple makers can benefit from additional interconnections between hardware and software. But we will come back to this later.

Display quality

At first glance, both screens offer first-class quality. But there is a smaller catch. As mentioned above, in both cases there are 27″ monitors with 5K resolution (5120 x 2880 pixels), 60Hz refresh rate and 16:9 aspect ratio, which rely on an IPS panel with a single-zone LED backlight. But let’s get to the first differences. While the Studio Display offers a brightness of up to 600 nits, the LG monitor is “only” 500 nits. In reality, however, the difference is almost invisible. Another difference can be seen in the surface. The Studio Display has a glossy surface for more vibrant colors, but you can pay extra for glass with nanotexture, while LG is betting on the anti-reflective surface. Of course, there is also a P3 color gamut and up to a billion colors.

Pro Display XDR vs. Studio Display: local dimming
Due to the lack of local dimming, Studio Display cannot display true black. The LG UltraFine 5K is the same. Available here: The Verge Source: Redakce Jablíčkář.cz

In terms of quality, they are relatively interesting monitors, which goes for both participants. However, foreign reviewers were relatively speculative about the quality. Considering the price of given monitors, one might expect a bit more from them. For example, there is no local dimming, which is extremely important for the graphics world, because without it, black cannot be represented as truly black. Plus, pretty much every Apple product we might need has something like this. Whether it’s OLED panels on iPhones, Mini LEDs on the 12.9″ iPad Pro and new MacBooches Pro, or local dimming on the Pro Display XDR. In this regard, not a single display is very pleasant.

Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, the two models are practically identical, but there are still some differences. Both the Studio Display and the LG UltraFine 5K offer three USB-C connectors and a Thunderbolt port. However, the transfer speed of Apple screen reaches up to 10 Gb/s, while for LG it is 5 Gb/s. Of course, they can also be used to power MacBooks, for example. Studio Display has a slight peak here, but the difference is practically insignificant. While the new Apple offers 96W charging, the old monitor only has 2W less or 94W, respectively.

Accessories

When Apple introduced the new Studio Display, it devoted much of the presentation to accessories that enrich the display. Of course, it’s a built-in 12MP ultra-wide camera with a 122° viewing angle, f/2.4 aperture and Center Stage support, which is then complemented by six speakers and three microphones. . The quality of the speakers and microphones is relatively high considering that they are built-in components and will suffice for most people. Unfortunately, although Apple brags about these speakers, even cheaper external audio monitors can easily outperform them, for one simple reason: physics. With built-in speakers, you can’t compete with traditional sets, no matter which is better. But if there’s anything that’s completely a failure of Studio Display, it’s the webcam I just mentioned. Its quality is incomprehensibly poor, and even the LG UltraFine 5K delivers better results. According to the Californian giant, it would only be a simple software bug and we will see it corrected in the near future. This is still a relatively fundamental step.

On the other hand, there’s the LG UltraFine 5K. As we mentioned above, this piece also offers an integrated webcam capable of reaching Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). There are also built-in speakers. But the truth is, they just aren’t good enough in terms of sound quality on the Studio Display.

Smart Features

At the same time, one should certainly not forget to mention one relatively important thing. The new Studio Display is powered by its own Apple A13 Bionic chip, which by the way beats in the 11 Pro iPhones. It is deployed here for a simple reason. It takes care of the proper functioning of Center Stage with the built-in camera and also provides surround sound. The mentioned speakers do not lack support for Dolby Atmos surround sound, which is supported by the chip itself.

Mac Studio Studio Display
Monitor Studio Display and Mac Studio in practice Source: Apple

On the contrary, we will not find anything similar with the LG UltraFine 5K. In this regard, it can be clearly said that the Studio Display is somehow original, since it has its own computing power. That is why it is also possible to count on software updates that can correct individual functions, as we expect from the quality of the webcam, as well as bring small novelties. So the question is whether we will see anything more with this Apple monitor in the future.

Price and verdict

Now let’s get to the basics – how much these monitors actually cost. Although the LG UltraFine 5K is no longer officially sold, Apple has priced it for less than 37,000 crowns. For this amount, the apple pickers received a relatively high-quality monitor with a height-adjustable stand. In any case, it is available on Alza for less than 33,000 crowns. On the other hand, here we have Studio Display. Its price starts at 42,990 CZK, and if you want a variant with nanotexture glass, you will have to prepare at least 51,990 CZK. But it does not stop there. In this case, you only get a monitor with an adjustable tilt stand or with an adapter for a VESA mount. If you want a stand with not only adjustable inclination, but also height, you have to prepare an additional 12,000 crowns. Overall, the price can climb, choosing a glass with a nanotexture and a stand with adjustable height, up to 63,990 CZK.

And this is where we encounter a stumbling block. Many Apple makers think the new Studio Display offers virtually the same screen we found on the 27-iMac. The maximum brightness has just been increased by 100 nits, which, according to foreign reviewers, is not so easy to see, because it is not exactly a fundamental difference. Even so, Studio Display is the go-to option for Apple shoppers looking for the perfect monitor for their Mac who directly need 5K resolution. The competition offers almost nothing like this. On the other hand, high-quality 4K monitors, which can offer, for example, higher refresh rates, HDR support, Power Delivery and even turn out to be significantly cheaper. But here, the quality of the display comes at the expense of the design and the centering of the shot.

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