"Useless without a new MacBook or MacBook Pro"3.5 starson by oakie51
Pros: Requisite Apple design features matched to a beautiful panel with LED backlighting, surprisingly good integrated speakers with room filling bass response, a perfect dock for my MacBook.
Cons: Mini Display Port and only Mini Display Port, silly location for USB ports, exorbitantly high price.
Summary: I bought this display when I bought my 2008 MacBook just so they could work together to provide me with a complete desktop solution for image processing. This is my first Mac, and when I considered the quality of the display's output as well as the surprisingly good sound output, I decided to just give it a go rather than buy an iMac. I did go a bit over budget but I considered a high quality display for photo editing plus a good set of speakers combined would cost me around $700 so I figured the extra money went into Apple's beautiful industrial design. Granted I'll never see much of the back of the monitor, but that's ok.
My next complaint aside from price is the goofy location of the USB ports. They belong on the side not only for easier access, but it would have prevented marring the smooth, sterile aluminum backplate on the display.
Mini Display Port. Arg. I'm considering a Mac mini for a true desktop computer... the iMac's all-in-one design scares me, as all AIO solutions do as they obviously cannot receive a display upgrade without buying a whole new setup. I'm hoping once Apple releases adapters to convert the mini display port plug they'll mail me one gratis. While I'm holding my breath for that, I'm hoping the Mac mini receives a refresh as rumored at MacWorld in July and that refresh sees all of the enhancements the MacBook received. Faster processors, DDR3 RAM, Nvidia 9600M graphics as an option or at least the integrated 9400M, but most of all, a mini display port so I can use this monitor with it.
All in all, it's a $900 dock for my MacBook. As of right now, I feel a bit cheated by letting my emotions take control of my wallet this time around as the display appealed to me viscerally; the display is all but useless without my laptop. But once the laptop is plugged in, the display fired up, and I'm mousing around in Photoshop, all seems right in the world.