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All About Vintage Mac Monitors

 

 

 

 Apple 13" RGB

 

Approximate release: 1988
Compaitibility: All color Macs up to and including G3 and G4
Screen -13" viewable Trinitron tube (millions of colors with the right video card and enough VRAM.)
Original cost: $1500
Current Value: $10

This monitor is without a doubt the best monitor on the planet. They last for decades, have good color, can be adjusted and are really cheap these days. (I bought several at a thrift store for $5 each).

The vertical bar on the left is the adjustment window. You can adjust V and H, color registration, focus and other adjustments with a Radio Shack TV adjustment kit. The monitor takes a 15 pin monitor cable (separate from the monitor). These are increasingly hard to find these days. You can buy generic cables for about $8 if you look on the net. The button on the upper right is the power button, below that is the degauss button which correctly aligns the colors. These monitors sometimes exhibit a bad solder joint. The symptom is a tendency to lose video (black screen) after it warms up. The power remains on in these cases. You can repair this by re-soldering the joints on the flyback transformer but be careful! this puppy can give you a good shock unless it's been discharged (let it sit off for about a week).

 

Apple Trinitron

 

Approximate release: 1990
Compaitibility: All color Macs up to and including G3 and G4
Screen -13" viewable Trinitron tube (millions of colors with the right video card and enough VRAM.)
Original cost: $900
Current Value: $10

This is also a Trinitron - the best tube available. It has a swivel stand for easy viewing. To adjust this monitor, one has to open the case and adjust the settings form the inside. You'll need the Apple tech manual for this proceedure. Do a seach on my site for the word 'manual'. The video cable is permanently attached to the monitor, so no worrying about buying one with out a cable.

 Apple 12" RGB

This monitor sits atop the IIsi to make it like like it's part of the computer, although it can be used on any Mac up to and including the G3 and G4's. The only drawback to this little Trinitron is the resolution is fixed at 512x384. Many applications require 640x480 or 800x600. It's good for basic use, kids games, children's educational software or just a server. Here is a page on how to get 640x480 out of a 12" monitor.

MultiScan Monitors

 

For the most part, all of these monitors were absolute DOGS (excepto for the 15AV for some reason). STAY AWAY FROM THE REST AT ALL COSTS! I saw literally HUNDREDS of these various monitors come into Goodwill and - I kid you not - 99% of them were bad.

Apple MultiScan 14 Display

One of the worst monitors ever made. Has a tendency for the power to go off intermittently or not at all. Don't buy one.

Apple MultiScan 15 Display

See above UNLESS your has speakers built in (the Apple MultiScan 15AV Display). This was a good monitor.

 

 Approximate release: 1996
Compaitibility: All color Macs up to and including G3 and G4
Tube Type: Shadow Mask
Screen -15"
Original cost: $1500
Current Value: $20


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