Apple Cinema Displays Increase Luminance, Drop Price, Kick Dell AssDell's Ultrasharp line of monitors were good competition to Apple's gorgeous LCDs. But that was before today. Most Apple screens just became significantly more affordable, with a slight lift to their brightness ratings. The 20-incher drops $100 to $699, and now glows at 300 candle-power per meter squared (cd/m2) instead of 250cd/m2. The 23-incher, which we think is the perfect size for monitor hungry but not-so-rich geeks drops a whopping $300 to $999, and gets a significant boost to its backlight to 400 cd/m2 (from 270 cd/m2.) And the big poppa 30-inch display drops $500 to $1999, although it doesn't get any brighter. All displays now have 700:1 contrast ratios, and all still make my heart pound when I see them running OS X. Fanboy out of the closet! (More details and a Dell Comparo after the jump.)

Here's a CNet review of the big monitor vs its natural competitor, a 30-inch Dell Ultrasharp. It's really freaking long, but we've linked to the conclusion, and by the way, the Cinema display wins. Sorry, never could keep a secret.

The monitors still have respective resolutions of 1680 x 1050, 1920 x 1200, and 2560 x 1600. And if you've forgotten, the 30-incher only works with most PowerMacs, the Mac Pro, and the 17 and 15-inch laptops.

Cinema Displays at the Apple Store [Apple]
Apple Reduces Prices on Cinema Displays [Apple]
Cinema Display Price Drops [BlizzardBombvia Macrumors]