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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    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

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

    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: 3,000 metres (10,000 feet)

    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
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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

      297 of 359 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Careful what you hear

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Great display but minor niggles

      Used with 13" MacBook Air the image quality is great. Only niggles are the MBA gets hot and fan noisy when watching streamed media and the Thunderbolt cable and Used with 13" MacBook Air the image quality is great. Only niggles are the MBA gets hot and fan noisy when watching streamed media and the Thunderbolt cable and power cable routing could be improved by fitting a 90 degree connector to the Thundebolt cable (as per MagSafe connector) . As it stand the cable tends to put a sideways strain on the MBA socket. Apart from that all is good but it should be perfect at this price and the inclusion of a 90 degree thunderbolt adaptor would make it perfect with all Apple devices.

      • Written by Colin P from Liverpool

      267 of 319 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great display but minor niggles

    • 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

      234 of 268 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Stunning

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Fine size, but...

      Wonderful display, but different size to the 27" iMac (3cm shorter so screens don't line up). Surface is far too reflective. I could write a lot more but Wonderful display, but different size to the 27" iMac (3cm shorter so screens don't line up). Surface is far too reflective. I could write a lot more but this is stupidly limited to 300 words. Apple not got enough paper!!

      • Written by Christopher R L from Liege

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Fine size, but...

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Best display EVER, and I was paranoid about screen glare

      Reviews are meant to be helpful! lots of the reveiwers here really put me off buying this display. Screen glare is terrible etc... Hey, I have 2 x 23 inch Reviews are meant to be helpful! lots of the reveiwers here really put me off buying this display. Screen glare is terrible etc... Hey, I have 2 x 23 inch Apple Cinema Displays, NO screen glare, which made me even more dubious about buying the Thunderbolt Display! Anyways, got it yesterday, plugged into my Macbook Pro 15 Retina, WOW! This must be the best display ever! I checked it in the Apple Store first, almost no glare, you should check for yourselves! I am sure if you sit with a window behind you, then the glare will be apparent, as its a glass screen. But the same with a TV . Anyway, its great, don't be put off by reviewers, like I was, go and check it in store first, theres loadsa light in there and no problem with the display glare, or lack of it. Don't stick your screen with a window directly behind it, then you are fine. As for the sound, amazing, deep, crisp and plenty low end. I am looking around for another one now, as I need use two for music production. Great that the Thunderbolt cable can carry the video and usb and Firewire signals from the ports on the back! magic!

      • Written by michael a from london

      4 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Best display EVER, and I was paranoid about screen glare

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Warning! No USB 3.0 on this, best for dark rooms too.

      This is a great monitor and has the joy of powering your macbook, and a load of port replication on the back. However the USB ports are only USB 2.0, inexplicab This is a great monitor and has the joy of powering your macbook, and a load of port replication on the back. However the USB ports are only USB 2.0, inexplicable in this day and age. Also, the glossy screen really only suits darkened rooms, if you work in a lit office with it as I often do fatigue will quickly set in. My advice? You'd be better off with a third party thunderbolt expansion box and a matte finish grade 1 from the likes of Samsung.

      • Written by Alastair M from Slinfold

      17 of 18 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Warning! No USB 3.0 on this, best for dark rooms too.

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