Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)

  • $999.00
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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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    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 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) and later.

    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) and later.

  • 3.5 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
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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

      5696 of 8543 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

      2916 of 3413 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

      2124 of 2479 people found this useful

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

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Looks gorgeous but fatally flawed

      I had my first 27" TBD swapped out but the replacement is the same. On my late 2011 MBP 17" the display does not always wake from sleep unless I unplug and plug I had my first 27" TBD swapped out but the replacement is the same. On my late 2011 MBP 17" the display does not always wake from sleep unless I unplug and plug it back in. I had to junk my FireWire Alesis mixer because it didn't wake from sleep when plugged into the TBD (but worked flawlessly when plugged into the MBP itself). Suddenly from nowhere my laptop is running like a dog, if I unplug the TBD it speeds up, plug the TBD back in and it crawls. I notice that kernel_task's CPU usage tracks this plugging in and out. Would I buy another? Never. The picture is fabulous but I cannot use my Mac for media creation any more, it is too slow. Oh, and when plugged into my other 2009 MBP 17", the TBD doesn't wake up at all. It's out of warranty, it's a £900 paperweight at about 18 months old. The two stars are both for the picture only. Sad and angry. My advice? Buy a Dell.

      • Written by Jeremy G from Woodbridge

      Is this review useful?Looks gorgeous but fatally flawed

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Failed after 14 months

      I put up with all the "quirks" of this monitor as listed in many of the above reviews, but at 14 months (two months after warranty expiration) a 5-inch wide gre I put up with all the "quirks" of this monitor as listed in many of the above reviews, but at 14 months (two months after warranty expiration) a 5-inch wide green-ish band appeared on the middle of the screen from top to bottom. Substituted other Macbook Airs to rule out a graphics card problem, changed the monitor power cord, etc and the green pixelation band kept reappearing. So now I have an expensive and worthless piece of junk. Not since I had a Time Capsule that turned into a brick have I had such a poor quality product from Apple. I will look elsewhere for a replacement.

      • Written by Kevin R from Lafayette

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Failed after 14 months

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Worst Investment Ever

      It saddens me to write this review, but it must be done. I purchased my Apple Thunderbolt Display in late 2012 to improve my photo editing on my Mac Book Pro. It saddens me to write this review, but it must be done. I purchased my Apple Thunderbolt Display in late 2012 to improve my photo editing on my Mac Book Pro. I loved the large screen, clarity and color. The monitor worked great until late 2015 (3 years later). I would be in the middle of working and the monitor would suddenly go black. After unplugging everything and restarting, it would eventually come back, but it did this randomly for months. At other times, the monitor would suddenly dim and I could not get it to go brighter even with the brightness setting all the way up. After troubleshooting tips from online forums, I decided it was time to take it into the Apple Store for repair. They ruled out the power supply first, then the logic board, which left one thing; the LCD Display. The cost to replace this is almost $800!! I would be an idiot to pay $800 to repair a $1000 monitor. When one pays $1000 for a monitor, you expect it to work longer than 3 years. I own so many Apple Products and have been happy with them up until this incident. This monitor is not worth the money. Do some research online and you will find that there are a lot of complaints/requests for help in the forums. I am a small business and expenses like this are not taken lightly. I will be replacing my Thunderbolt display with a much more affordable non-Apple product. Thanks Apple!

      • Written by Amber F from Folsom

      11 of 11 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Worst Investment Ever

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