A YouTuber named Luke Miani has managed to convert a 2014 27-inch iMac into a makeshift Studio Display.
The recently launched Studio Display is made from the same technology as the 2014 iMac, and when Miani realized this, he started making his own Studio Display. The YouTuber bought a used iMac for about $600, gutted it, and ended up with a 5K display, in addition to USB-C connectivity and a built-in camera for about $800.
Miani tested the upcycled DIY Studio Display and found that the performance is not quite the same as the 2022 product. In particular, there is the absence of P3 color gamut and the contrast ratio and blacks are not as pronounced.
The Studio Display debuted in 2022 at the ‘Peek Performance’ event with a price tag of $1,600. The monitor has had multiple issues since its launch related to the webcam and the rollout of updates.