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Pro Display XDR breaks records in tests conducted by PCMag

Who here remembers the presentation of Pro XDR Display? Apple wanted to make it clear, at the time, that he was head-on in fact was even better in many cases than expensive professional monitors (yes, more expensive than her own monitor). But does he really mean it? THE PCMag published a complete analysis of it, precisely making this comparison with displays market references.

The details of the magazine are quite technical and extensive, but it is worth highlighting some of the comparisons and analyzes of the monitor.

Adobe RGB

Coverage of the Adobe RGB standard is very important for photo and video editing. And the performance of the monitor was quite positive, behind only the Dell U3219Q 4K:

  • Dell U3219Q 4K: 98.1%
  • Pro XDR Display: 96.7%
  • Razer Raptor 27: 89.2%
  • ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q: 83%
  • Acer Predator X35: 80%

Color range (DCI-P3)

In terms of color gamut (DCI-P3), which assesses the accuracy with which the monitor can display content from films and TV in editing applications, the Apple display stood out, guaranteeing (according to PCMag) a historical record among the monitors tested by them: 98.7% coverage, basically within the value announced by Apple (99%). Alienware 55 (OLED monitor until then test winner) achieved 96.5% coverage.


In this test, the Pro Display XDR was able to display the content at a peak of 1,560.9 nits in HDR, also very close to what promised by Apple (1,600 nits).

Not least, the magazine stated that the monitor's black levels are very similar to those found on OLED monitors, at just 0.04 the lowest measurement they have ever seen on a non-OLED display. Even with the SDR brightness set to 499 nits, the contrast ratio was 12,460: 1.

I need colors

Yes, the Pro Display XDR also set a record for color accuracy testing. According to PCMagThis is an important aspect for anyone working on creating professional-level content because having the ?orange plus orange? means that you are working with colors in the most accurate way.

Pro XDR Display

For this, we used the measure known as delta E (or dE); the lower the dE on a monitor, the more accurate it displays the color it is trying to produce. In the three tests performed on the three predefined color space configurations on the Pro Display XDR (sRGB, Adobe RGB and DCI-P3), the lowest score was 0.68dE. Any score below 1dE ?first line?, according to the magazine.

All of these tests were done using Apple's factory calibration settings. That's because there is no way to calibrate the Pro Display XDR, although Apple has promised to soon release settings for aspects such as white balance and color gamut.

Still, the PCMag stated that it is unlikely to obtain lower DE results, even if manually controlling these settings.


Here are the pros and cons raised by the magazine:

Exceptional color accuracySupercar support
DisplayHDR 1600 looks amazingNo entries other than USB-C
High contrastThe matte panel version costs $ 1,000 more
Robust construction
Beautiful design
Works with Windows in Boot Camp or with specialized broadcast workflow hardware

THE PCMag highly praised the Pro Display XDR, awarding it the Editor's Choice.

Overall, XDR does exactly what it is intended to do: provide production resources with reference quality to creators working exclusively on Macs.

The Apple monitor is already available in Brazil for R $ 45,000 (standard glass) or R $ 54,000 (glass) nano-texture, which has an even lower reflectivity). The Pro Stand, in turn, costs R $ 8,700 for those who prefer to opt for the VESA mounting adapter (to be used in any VESA wall, table, base or arm support), for only R $ 1,700.

via 9to5Mac