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It’s been a long time since Apple made a standalone display; the Apple Thunderbolt Display was discontinued in 2016. Apple tried khổng lồ point customers looking for an external display at an LG 5K monitor for a while, but it was fairly buggy, leading the company to lớn promise pro customers a high-end display of its own when it also promised khổng lồ reboot the Mac Pro in 2017.

And now it’s here: the Pro Display XDR, part of Apple’s aggressive sầu retrenchment in the professional market with the new Mac Pro and the 16-inch Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro. (Here’s our Mac Pro đánh giá & our 16-inch MacBook Pro Đánh Giá, if you’re interested.)

The Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch 6K LCD that can hit 1,600 nits of peak brightness, with 1,000 nits of sustained brightness from a full-array local dimming backlight composed of 576 special blue LEDs. It supports true 10-bit color and the full DCI-P3 color gamut, and Apple says that it can hit a million-to-one contrast ratio using certain industry-standard kiểm tra patterns. These are all very impressive sầu specs — so impressive that Apple confidently says the Pro Display XDR is the “world’s best pro display.” It’s also so impressive sầu that the company spent a lot of time at the launch event comparing it to a $43,000 Sony reference OLED that is usually used for high-over color grading work in film and TV production.

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The Pro Display XDR costs $4,999, with a $999 optional st&. Even at $6,000 total, that’s substantially less than $43,000, a number Apple certainly wants you khổng lồ think about to lớn put the price in perspective.

And I think maybe everyone would have been better off if Apple had never mentioned that $43,000 Sony at all.


Our Reviews of Apple Pro Display XDR


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It makes sense that the $999 Pro Display XDR stand isn’t bundled with the display: professional studio setups often have mounting arms in them, and if you don’t need the stvà, you don’t have sầu lớn buy it. (The VESA mounting adapter for those setups will cost you an extra $199, however.)

That said, I still wouldn’t get the st&, if only because we found it impossible khổng lồ keep level: the st& can rotate the display to portrait, và there’s a little too much play in the hinge. It’s not floppy or anything, but you will find things out of cấp độ quite often just by adjusting the display. I don’t think that’s a problem $999 monitor stands should have.


In any case, I told The Verge’s resident USB soothsayer, Chayên Gartenberg, that the USB-C ports on the baông chồng of the Pro Display XDR only run at USB 2 speeds on most computers, và he looked me dead in the eye và said, “This is my nightmare.” So USB-C is going just great.

Speaking of the 16-inch Táo MacBook Pro, it got very hot while running the Pro Display XDR. We mostly used the display with our Mac Pro, but we also plugged it inlớn our 16-inch Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro nhận xét unit a few times. After about 45 minutes, the laptop got pretty warm, và the fans had spun up. This isn’t a huge surprise — pushing that many pixels isn’t easy — but don’t expect to use this thing with a laptop và have sầu things stay cool.

What you will not find on the outside of the Pro Display XDR are any buttons at all. Zero. Everything is controlled by software, specifically macOS Catalimãng cầu 10.15.2. Brightness, resolution, reference modes, you name it, it’s in the Displays control panel in macOS. Apple says you can plug the Pro Display XDR inlớn a Windows or Linux PC if they tư vấn DisplayPort, but you won’t really be able lớn configure it. (Apple’s also made drivers for certain newer Macs running Windows in Boot Camp, but it’s not clear how configurable it is in that thiết lập.)

What all of this mostly means is that the Pro Display XDR is unlike virtually every other display in the world in that it only really works as designed with new Macs running the latest versions of macOS Catalina or an Apple-blessed Blackmagic SDI converter box.


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The next step is to lớn configure the Pro Display XDR lớn your workflow, which is a little more complicated than many people might think. Out of the box, the display comes phối lớn a profile that allows it khổng lồ hit its peak brightness of 1,600 nits, but it isn’t completely color-accurate, and which also tonemaps macOS apps và nội dung into HDR. Apple says this protệp tin is suitable for “trang chính and office use” in environments with variable lighting conditions. The Pro Display XDR has two light sensors, one on the front và baông xã, that measure ambient light and work with Apple’s True Tone giải pháp công nghệ to lớn constantly adjust the display’s color và brightness. (Apple says that you shouldn’t point direct light sources at the light sensors, so maybe don’t put a Hue light behind your display if you’re using it in this mode.)

If you’re trying to see how your work will look on standard, non-XDR Apple displays, there’s another mode called “Apple Display” that limits brightness lớn 500 nits, keeps True Tone and the sensors active, and basically matches the protệp tin Apple uses for all of its other displays.


Out of the box, the display comes mix for “home & office use”

But if you’re doing serious color work, the modes get much more precise. For HDR applications, you set the display khổng lồ a mode that’s totally color-accurate but which sets overall brightness lớn 100 nits và limits peak brightness to lớn 1,000 nits. This mode is only suggested for use in a standardized, controlled lighting environment; it also disables True Tone và user brightness controls.

From there, various color settings change, và things just get dimmer, basically: the standard HDTV mode is fixed at 100 nits of brightness. The photography mode is fixed at 160 nits. The film mastering mode is fixed at 48 nits. My particular favorite is the “mạng internet và web” reference mode, which is fixed at 80 nits of brightness & also calls for a controlled lighting environment. I truly, with all my heart, love sầu the idea of internet designers the world over demanding $5,000 monitors và controlled lighting setups to lớn make memes for brands.

All of these reference modes are explained in detail in Apple’s Pro Display XDR white paper; the company says a forthcoming macOS update will allow users khổng lồ create their own custom profiles. But if you’re looking for a totally color-accurate display, know that you’ll have to lớn adjust settings out of the box in such a way that limits the display’s brightness to lớn get there. That’s pretty normal, but it’s certainly not obvious.


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Once you’ve got the Pro Display XDR phối up & configured for your workflow, you’ll be looking at a very sharp LCD panel with full-array local dimming (FALD). This part is going to get very nerdy, but if you are already this deep inlớn a monitor Reviews, this is what you came for. You are my people.

Local dimming is not a particularly new công nghệ. TV makers have been using it on high-over LCD TVs for several years now. The basics are pretty clever: LCD panels don’t generate any light by themselves, so you have to lớn backlight them somehow. Most LCD monitors và cheap TVs have LEDs along the edges, which means that you can never get a true black: there’s always light coming out of the blachồng parts of the display, so the best you can bởi is a dark gray. The reason people like OLED panels is because they don’t have sầu this problem; each individual OLED px is also a light source. There’s just no light coming out of blaông xã parts of the image on an OLED screen, giving you true blacks.

What full-array local dimming does is attempt lớn split the difference: instead of LEDs along the edge of the display, FALD displays have sầu a grid of LEDs behind the LCD grouped inlớn “zones,” & those zones can be dimmed & turned off along with the image on-screen. Turn off a zone, & you’ll get a true blachồng from an LCD display.

Again, anyone who’s been following LCD TV trends for the past few years will find all of this familiar. Increasing the number of local dimming zones on high-over LCD TVs is how companies like Samsung & Vizio have tried khổng lồ remain competitive with OLED. That’s because the grid of local dimming LEDs will always be lower-resolution than the display itself; turning on a Trắng pixel requires the entire local dimming zone to lớn light up, resulting in “blooming”: a splotch of gray where the LED zone is lit up around the White px on the display. And if the dimming zones are slow lớn respond to the image on-screen, that blooming gets worse, as a trail of gray follows bright pixels around the screen as the dimming zones turn themselves off.

And of course, local dimming is a spec race lượt thích any other; the number of local dimming zones goes up every year. This year’s highest-kết thúc Vizio 4K TVs have 792 zones, for example. That means the dimming zones are smaller, reducing blooming và letting more parts of a display hit true blaông chồng when necessary.


The Pro Display XDR is one of the best local dimming LCDs I’ve ever seen, but it’s still a local dimming LCD

I’m telling you all of this so that I can put Apple’s riff on local dimming into lớn context. It’s still local dimming, but Apple says it’s using special blue LEDs in 576 zones — one LED per zone — behind a set of custom lenses và layers that even out colors & brightness. The whole thing is run by a custom Apple-designed timing controller that runs the backlight at 10 times the refresh rate of the display itself, which should reduce smearing. Using certain industry-standard VESA demo patterns, Apple says the Pro Display XDR can hit a contrast ratio of a million-to-one, which is right up there with OLED.

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When I first saw the Pro Display XDR, I was incredibly impressed by how it looked. The black levels in high-contrast scenes with a lot of blachồng are there. The resolution is undeniable, especially with 4K video và photography. And it is incredibly bright in that default mode that can hit 1,600 nits. There’s not a lot out there like it. As we were working on our Reviews đoạn phim & having people gather around the display to lớn watch different edits, it always attracted a crowd. It’s just nice to lớn look at.


But as we used it more, I think it’s safe khổng lồ say that while it can run with the very best full-array local dimming LCDs I’ve sầu ever seen, it’s still a local dimming LCD: sometimes it blooms, & sometimes all of the dimming zones are lit up, & blacks look gray across the whole screen. Starfield patterns made it bloom, và there was plenty of nội dung where you could see the blaông xã levels turn lớn gray as all of the dimming zones were turned on.

None of this is even remotely fatal — most people have edge-lit LCD monitors that can’t begin to lớn compare to this display, & full-array local dimming LCD TVs are ahy vọng the most popular on the market.

But again, Apple has repeatedly invited people to lớn compare this display to lớn very expensive OLED reference monitors that simply don’t have these issues. I am way more surprised that Apple invited that comparison than I am by the results, lớn be honest: the Pro Display XDR offers a vastly higher resolution & far deeper blacks than almost any other monitor you might kiểm tra it against, unless you have sầu very specific needs & the budget lớn match. In terms of backlight performance, it’s basically what I expected.

I was absolutely not expecting issues with off-axis viewing.

As with our Mac Pro Đánh Giá, we gave the Pro Display XDR to lớn a variety of truyền thông media professionals across Vox Media khổng lồ use in their day-to-day work. The display attracted a tremendous amount of praise for brightness & sharpness, but two people, in particular, immediately noticed issues with the display viewed off-axis: Verge senior motion designer Grayson Blackmon và Vox Media director of post production technologies Murilo Silva.

Here’s Grayson, who spent years working in advertising production for broadcast before coming to The Verge:

The XDR display is one of the best I’ve ever worked on, but that comes with a lot of caveats. The fall-off in brightness on the edges, even when you’re on-axis with the monitor, is very noticeable to me, no matter what application I’m working in. Viewing full-screen đoạn Clip nội dung is less jarring, but it’s still there.

And here’s Murilo, who’s been running post-production facilities for 16 years, including his previous gig working at the color shop that did trò chơi of Thrones:

Sadly, my biggest first impression was that the off-angle viewing was just incredibly inaccurate, even at the slighkiểm tra angle. It’s so dramatic that when you’re standing right in front of it & looking at the display, there’s a vignette effect over the whole thing.

Having worked a lot with the Sony X300s that Apple compared the displays khổng lồ when they announced them, it was especially jarring khổng lồ see how the Apple display stacked up to the Sony in real life. This is not a display that I would ever buy as a reference monitor for serious color work.

That off-axis luminance fall-off is definitely there — và the display is so big that if you’re sitting in front of it on a desk at a normal working distance, you’re always viewing the sides off-axis, which is what produces that vignette effect. If you baông chồng up, it goes away, but most of our desks didn’t really allow for that in a normal working thiết đặt.


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This is the photo lớn I sent lớn Apple, showing the brightness fall-off at the edges of the Pro Display XDR. Since the display is so big, you’re almost always looking at the edges off-axis at a normal working distance. Pholớn by Nilay Patel
Our friover Marques Brownlee noted the same off-axis luminance fall-off in his nhận xét of the Pro Display XDR, so I asked hyên ổn to double-kiểm tra, & it’s definitely there. Other reviewers who have sầu done more rigorous metered testing have sầu also seen it.

Ultimately, I ended up sending a phokhổng lồ of what we were seeing lớn Apple and talking khổng lồ the company several times about it. And basically: it’s real & fundamentally inherent lớn how LCDs work. You can see a similar effect right now if you’re reading this Review on an LCD screen or have sầu an LCD TV around. Just move your head around to lớn the side, and you’ll see the brightness change & the colors shift a little.

Again, this doesn’t seem fatal to me. Most people are happy with the LCDs they have, & this display is brighter, sharper, and more accurate than those screens. And most people are not, in fact, doing serious color work on their display. But Apple invited that comparison, and I don’t think the Pro Display XDR necessarily holds up to it.


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After several conversations, Apple told me that the goal with the Pro Display XDR was not to lớn replace that Sony X300 OLED, but to lớn provide a professional display with reference color modes & HDR capability so that more people could work on a display of this caliber. That’s a very noble goal, và viewed through that lens, the Pro Display XDR basically sits in a category of one: you would never, ever, use that Sony OLED reference display khổng lồ crank on Excel or write code. It’s just not meant for that. The Pro Display XDR is far more flexible, can be used all day for office tasks, and be used for reference HDR color work in a pinch if you mix it up exactly right.

So this is a puzzle: Apple has khổng lồ convince all of the people who gasped at the idea of a $5,000 monitor & $1,000 st& that the upgrade khổng lồ the Pro Display XDR is worth it and convince the people picky enough to spover $43,000 on a reference monitor simply for color use that this display can hit the marks. To be completely honest with you, I have sầu no idea how that’s going to lớn go. But I personally love sầu looking at this thing, & I’m happy Apple’s baông chồng in the game. I just think you should go look at one yourself before deciding lớn buy one.

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