Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)

  • Overview

    Introducing the world’s first Thunderbolt display.

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    Thunderbolt technology built in.

    Thunderbolt I/O technology lets you move data between your devices and your computer with unprecedented speed. With two channels of 10-Gbps throughput in both directions, it’s up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800. And it allows you to connect as many as six devices through a single, compact port.

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    The ultimate docking station.

    With just one cable, connect any Thunderbolt-enabled Mac and get 27 inches of high-resolution screen space, high-quality audio, a FaceTime HD camera, FireWire 800 and Gigabit Ethernet ports — and a Thunderbolt port you can use to daisy-chain additional high-performance peripherals such as hard drives and video capture devices.

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    Plug in and power up.

    The Thunderbolt Display includes a MagSafe connector that powers and charges your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.1 The connector sits on your desk, ready and waiting. No need to unwind the cord to the power adaptor that came with your notebook. Leave it exactly where it is, in your bag.

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    Made for the new MacBook family. A bigger display for your biggest ideas.

    Connect your Thunderbolt-enabled Mac to the Thunderbolt Display for a panoramic viewing experience unlike any other. This huge 27-inch glossy widescreen display features a cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio and an astonishing 2560-by-1440 resolution. That gives you more room to work with apps on your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. And a worthy desktop companion to your iMac or Mac mini.

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    LED backlighting.

    Full brightness with no waiting. That’s the big advantage of LED backlight technology. Unlike most displays that take time to warm up before they reach maximum brightness, an LED-backlit display is instantly on and uniformly bright. LED backlighting also gives you greater control over screen brightness. So you can tune the Thunderbolt Display to suit the ambient light in even the dimmest room.

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    Built-in FaceTime HD camera and microphone.

    With the built-in FaceTime HD camera and microphone, you can connect your Mac desktop or notebook — open or closed — and make HD video calls2 or take a few snapshots using Photo Booth.

    Thunderbolt Display compatibility.

    Thunderbolt-enabled Macs, including the current generations of MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro and iMac are fully compatible with the Apple Thunderbolt Display. The Apple Thunderbolt Display is not compatible with MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015).

    Highlights

    Built-in FaceTime HD camera with microphone

    Built-in 2.1 speaker system

    Colours: 16.7 million

    Viewing angle: 178° horizontal; 178° vertical

    Brightness: 375 cd/m2

    Contrast ratio: 1000:1

    Kensington security slot

    Energy saver mode: 1W or less

    Compatible with VESA Mount Adaptor Kit (sold separately)

    What’s in the Box

    Apple Thunderbolt Display

    AC power lead

    MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter

    Printed documentation

    Tech Specs

    Screen size: 27 inches (diagonal viewable)

    Screen type: TFT Active-Matrix LCD

    Resolution: 2560x1440 pixels

    Color resolution: 16.7 million

    Aspect ratio: 16:9

    Brightness: 375 cd/m2

    Contrast ratio: 1000:1

    Response Time: 12 ms

    Cables

    Cable type: Thunderbolt

      Size and weight

    • Height: 19.35 inches (49.1 cm)
    • Width: 25.7 inches (65 cm)
    • Depth: 8.15 inches (20.7 cm) with stand
    • Weight: 23.5 pounds (10.8 kg)

    General

    Multimedia keys

    Camera and Microphone

    Built-in FaceTime HD camera with microphone

    Speaker Configuration

    2.1

    Electrical Requirements

    Power

    Power: 100V to 240V AC 50-60Hz

    Maximum power: 250W (Thunderbolt Display while charging MacBook Pro)

    Energy saver mode: 2W or less

    Environmental Requirements

    Operating temperature: 10° to 35° C (50° to 95° F)

    Storage temperature: -20° to 47° C (-4° to 116° F)

    Operating humidity: 20% to 80% non-condensing

    Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

    VESA Compatibility

    Compatible with VESA Mount Adaptor Kit (sold separately)

    System Requirements

    OS X v10.6.8 or later

    Thunderbolt-enabled Mac computer, including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro and iMac. The Apple Thunderbolt Display is not compatible with MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015).

  • 3.5 Average
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Careful what you hear

      I abandoned a Samsung 23" as too difficult to set up with my MacBook. Had I turned off mirroring and dragged the menu bar over to the monitor, i might have got I abandoned a Samsung 23" as too difficult to set up with my MacBook. Had I turned off mirroring and dragged the menu bar over to the monitor, i might have got more than a giant distorted view of the laptop screen. As it was the Apple guys made it easy to make a decision by showing me how on the MacBook Pro, but better still in store pointed out that I had Thunderbolt on the MacBook Pro which I didn't realise. I can't sing its praises high enough. Not only is the screen excellent res at 2560 x 1140 setting but my basic 13" MacBook now has loads of screen estate to play with - exactly what I wanted. With Bluetooth Mouse and Keyboard, I can have my MacBook shut and treat it like a desktop machine. Meanwhile, the Thunderbolt connection means just one (included) magsafe power connector and one Thunderbolt connector. In the back of the display, I've hooked up an old Firewire 400 drive using an adapter cable, and ethernet network printer, a cable to recharge the iPhone and I may get around to some other stuff. All this runs seamlessly through the one Thunderbolt connection. Genius. Using a modest about of cable trunking the wiring is invisible. Oh yes and the Thunderbolt runs the audio output through the displays speakers as well. So what used to run miles of cable and use the national grid now sits unobtrusively around one desk which I can reclaim for paperwork whenever I want it. The display even works nicely with Parallels. Stupidly expensive but the concept of a single hub adds glory to what is already a very sharp monitor. Those concerned about the gloss screen: Don't use it outside, then.

      • Written by Stephen D from Newport

      290 of 352 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Careful what you hear

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Stunning

      I have it connected to an 11 inch Macbook Air and all I can say is that the display is stunning. Surprisingly it has given me more room on my desk as the MacBo I have it connected to an 11 inch Macbook Air and all I can say is that the display is stunning. Surprisingly it has given me more room on my desk as the MacBook Air is in a cradle now and the display has such a small front to back footprint. When I got it home I did think it may be too big but it is just spot on. Also it gives me additional powered USB ports for a backup device and an external disk. Bluetooth keyboard and trackpad connected with no problem at all. Pricey yes but when you know it will work perhaps the premium is worth it. I hope so. Also I see this as a way to keep an excellent display and will only need to upgrade the laptop as and when - just hope the Thunderbolt connection remains standard.

      • Written by Kathryn D from Woking

      228 of 262 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Stunning

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Works as Advertised

      I use this display in conjunction with an MBPro from 2011 (i7 CPU, SSD). Thus far it has performed according to expectations. The ethernet and USB integration i I use this display in conjunction with an MBPro from 2011 (i7 CPU, SSD). Thus far it has performed according to expectations. The ethernet and USB integration is fine. It's incredibly convenient to take my MBPro out of its case, make two connections, turn it on, and be up and running. I'm not a Mac "fan-boy." I use Windows and Linix machines as well. I've only had it a couple days but it simply works and that's often the best thing about Apple products.

      • Written by Brian P from Morgantown

      156 of 181 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works as Advertised

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Excellent screen, everything else mediocre

      First the good: Screen resolution and colors are excellent. No degradation in the four years I've owned mine. Now the bad: The speakers are ordinary, when t First the good: Screen resolution and colors are excellent. No degradation in the four years I've owned mine. Now the bad: The speakers are ordinary, when they work (see below). Pretty disappointing for a $1000 monitor. The power connector was outdated within about a year of this monitor's release, yet if your computer is not plugged in to the monitor's power connector, the screen will not come up (i.e. plugging your MacBook Pro into the wall with its own power cable and then connecting the Thunderbolt cable to your computer will not get anything to come up on your Thunderbolt Display). Lastly, I have had a series of software problems with this monitor in the four years I've owned it. For the last few months, every time my computer goes to sleep with the monitor plugged in, when I wake it the monitor does not come back on. Instead, I have to open my computer, unplug the monitor, replug it, wait 30 seconds for the mirroring to start, and then close my laptop to get the monitor to work again. It's become such a normal part of my routine that I barely even notice it any more. But again, this would be acceptable in the pretty good $400 monitor you got for $150 on Black Friday a few years ago. I don't think it's acceptable on a $1,000 monitor by Apple or anyone else. Also, this and other glitches seem to be the product of just plain old bad code writing. What's up? Lastly, as mentioned above, the monitor's speakers, which used to come on when connected to my computer, don't even show up in the system preferences "sound" choices any more. So I have to listen through my MacBook Air speakers with the laptop closed--very quiet, as you can imagine.

      • Written by Mike M from Ann Arbor

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Excellent screen, everything else mediocre

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Outdated

      Just one month after the guarantee expired, I noticed humidity stains behind the screen. It's beyond me why after all these years, it's still expensive and thic Just one month after the guarantee expired, I noticed humidity stains behind the screen. It's beyond me why after all these years, it's still expensive and thicker than the full-featured iMacs.

      • Written by HARRY P from New York

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Outdated

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic, Convenient But Aging

      I use this display with both my Mac mini and my Late 2011 MBP. The image quality is fantastic along with the convenience of only plugging in the Thunderbolt and I use this display with both my Mac mini and my Late 2011 MBP. The image quality is fantastic along with the convenience of only plugging in the Thunderbolt and MagSafe (on my MBP) and subsequently being connected to the web via hardwire and all of your USB accessories like a keyboard and Hard drive. There is a Thunderbolt port on the back as well so you can daisy chain two monitors together or still use your Thunderbolt accessories. The few things that slightly bother me are that while the resolution and quality are impressive I am surprised that they haven't moved to retina displays yet (not really a bother as I prefer speed and the display quality is still fantastic) and that it doesn't have USB 3.0 or a DVD drive (which I'm sure they could squeeze in). Finally the speakers are more than sufficient for the average user and it would be nice if you could easily replace the Thunderbolt/MagSafe cable that is instead permanently fixed to the display.

      • Written by Dave W from Calgary

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Fantastic, Convenient But Aging

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