Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)

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  • 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 adapter 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

    Colors: 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 Adapter Kit (sold separately)

    What’s in the Box

    Apple Thunderbolt Display

    AC power cord

    MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter

    Printed documentation

    Tech Specs

    Screen size: 27 inches (diagonal viewable)

    Screen type: TFT Active-Matrix LCD

    Resolution: 2560 x 1440 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: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)

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

    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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    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      HORRIBLE FOR IMAC, MULTIPLE DISPLAYS AND LION

      I was so excited to get my 27 inch iMac, and thunderbolt display(TBD)...until i opened them up and set them side by side.... and went huh? The TBD is shorte I was so excited to get my 27 inch iMac, and thunderbolt display(TBD)...until i opened them up and set them side by side.... and went huh? The TBD is shorter than the 27 iMac so the screens do not line up. that is a bad design flaw. if you had the laptop or the 21 inch iMac this wouldn't even matter so I'm lost for why they didn't make them match. did they hire someone from micro$oft to design this? Second design flaw for the TBD is actually LION the os... does not work well with multiple displays like snow leopard does! when you use the new FULLSCREEN mode in lion apps it actually dims out the TBD(or any other screens for that matter) and displays a linen style backdrop which make the $1,000 monitor a very nice paper weight. I would hope this would be addressed in a LION update ASAP. The third and very irritating design flaw is the lack of a POWER BUTTON. so now your pretty much forced to look at the linen style backdrop because you can't turn off the monitor. its like a reminder how much you paid to look at NOTHING. I have been a mac user and customer for over 13 years and have owned/used almost every product apple has made and let me say that I have not been this disappointed from apple ever with both the TBD and LION.

      • Written by curtis g from sacramento

      5673 of 8512 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?HORRIBLE FOR IMAC, MULTIPLE DISPLAYS AND LION

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Beautiful and full featured yet handicapped by LCD quality control

      I purchased two of these beautiful displays a few weeks ago and was wowed with them. The displays have a lot of functionality with the multitude of ports on th I purchased two of these beautiful displays a few weeks ago and was wowed with them. The displays have a lot of functionality with the multitude of ports on the backside. The ethernet, firewire, and usb ports are great when docking a computer such as an air. This is the good. The bad is that the LCD panel inside of of the two units had a blue/greenish tint to it on the right and bottom area of the display which was very prominent when a light or white background was moved over it. I had that display replaced only to have the new one have yellowing around the bottom left corner and upper middle when on a darker background. Likely is caused by backlight bleed. At $1000, I would assume others are using this for creative means and work like myself. Apple since will only replace the panel once. Being in photography, I am unfortunately having to return the display. Disappointing.

      • Written by Barrett F from Frisco

      2910 of 3407 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Beautiful and full featured yet handicapped by LCD quality control

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Ultimate docking station for my Macbook Air

      Likes: - great size, was a bit concerned it would be too large compared to my previous Apple Cinema 20" display, but I quickly appreciated the extra space - C Likes: - great size, was a bit concerned it would be too large compared to my previous Apple Cinema 20" display, but I quickly appreciated the extra space - Clean simple design - No fan, no noise - sometimes get fan noise from my MBA when using video chat 9heavy processing i guess) - Love the Docking simplicity - I plug 2 FW 800 drives, keyboard, Ethernet (Thunderbolt HD prices are crazy, even by this monitors standards...) - no concerns about reflection, I'm in sunny office by a window, no issues with reflection at all - Built in FaceTime camera is great - was tired of looking sideways at my laptop during video calls - Colors bright and even Dislike: - undocking - no clear documentation on how to undock when you have multiple drives attached. Found an applescript called "undock" to eject all drives prior to undocking - Apple needs to improve communication on how to "undock", sleep computer first ? eject disks, etc... - Smell - yes smell, for first few days, like some past macbook pros i've owned, this monitor has a "smell" for few days from the 'electronics" heating up, not too techie, but there's obviously some sort of coating etc. that emits a annoying smell, it eventually goes away, but reminded me of my past macbook pros - no USB 3, this is a bit ridiculous, again, considering the price of thunderbolt external HDs - would like to have audio out to plug speakers Summary: would i buy again and recommend - yes. hope this was helpful to shoppers

      • Written by Mark S from candiac

      2122 of 2476 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Ultimate docking station for my Macbook Air

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Big Fail, Apple

      I have a 27" non-Thunderbolt display. It's four years, two months old. It failed, with the power supply buzz that's been so widely reported. The Apple Geniuses I have a 27" non-Thunderbolt display. It's four years, two months old. It failed, with the power supply buzz that's been so widely reported. The Apple Geniuses told me it would be $700 to repair it. Seriously, guys, that's a $175 part. The shiny screen looks good if you don't have to work on it all day long. I love the design of this display, but the technology is outdated, and poorly designed. Many reports of these displays failing. I did not buy another one. I bought a cheaper Asian display, with a matte screen. The color is as good, the design of the unit is not up to Apple's standards, but it cost less than half of the Apple monitor. Apple needs to up their game with this monitor. It should be 4k, with a matte screen, more suited to professional use. But this isn't their core market anymore, so they really don't give a rip. Unfortunate. I've been an Apple fanboy since 1985, and have many Apple machines both past and present. This is the worst Apple product I've ever owned. My old 20" Cinema Display is still working after 12 years. 'Nuff said.

      • Written by James P from Rochester Hills

      23 of 28 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Big Fail, Apple

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Good, but needs urgent update!

      This is a great monitor, but it is due for an update urgently. I own one and was thinking to get a second one, but I'm still waiting for an update to not only t This is a great monitor, but it is due for an update urgently. I own one and was thinking to get a second one, but I'm still waiting for an update to not only the resolution but also to the vessel which is unacceptable thick for a 2016 monitor, specially from a company like apple that cares so much about design.

      • Written by Eduardo S from West Chester

      25 of 27 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Good, but needs urgent update!

    • 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

      33 of 33 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Excellent screen, everything else mediocre

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