Earlier this year, we saw the announcement of Apple’s new studio screen monitor. It looks like an impressive display with a 5k retina panel and a deep color gamut. But it also came with a very high price, which only more ridiculous if you wanted to adjust your height.
That’s what motivated YouTuber Luke Miani (By 9To5Mac) to try to create your own using an old iMac. The new studio screen is quite similar to some of these older models, so it makes sense that some people are wondering why spend the money to upgrade.
“Apple’s new Studio Display is a pretty cool product, but at $1,599 it’s an indisputably bad value. But since there are so few other displays out there that offer 5K resolution at 27 inches, for some it’s the only option. today. don’t like spending $1600 on Apple Studio Display, you can make your own!” explains Miani.
This project requires an old iMac to get started, but you can buy it second-hand much cheaper than Apple’s new display. Miani spent $829 on the build, which is still a fair scream cheaper than the $1,600 base price of Apple’s newest display. For nearly half the price, this project will sacrifice some features like the P3 color gamut, but it’s outweighed by the benefit of taking something apart piece by piece and not giving Apple more money.
To make the display work, a special conversion board was needed to turn the panel into a plug and play monitor. To do this, you need to match the monitor number to a compatible card, which can be quite difficult to find. Fortunately, Miani has linked the used ones as well, but it’s probably a good idea to watch the full video and check the number of your panels if you’re going to embark on this project.
What remains to Miani in the end is a pretty impressive monitor, especially for the price. The 5k panel still looks great and comes with USB-C connectivity and retains the use of the old iMac’s built-in webcam. Again, for those who need all the features of a studio monitor, you might still need to shell out a lot of money, but for those looking for a fun project for a 5k screen, this sounds like a good one to try.