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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    • 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

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      GREATEST MONITOR ON EARTH

      I bought this monitor one week ago after reading the reviews here. I expected to have some problems with it. I have had none. I use it for development with m I bought this monitor one week ago after reading the reviews here. I expected to have some problems with it. I have had none. I use it for development with my MBP plugged in. It is fantastic and I have not had a single issue with it. I highly recommend this monitor for anyone who uses a laptop but who would like a desktop solution sometimes. The colors and resolution are perfection. I never really understood the purpose of this monitor until I bought it. It gives me the flexibility of a laptop and the ability to have a desktop solution with a docking station built in. If you get tired of staring at your tiny laptop screen and want to see how beautiful Lion is you have to have this product.

      • Written by John H from San Francisco

      100 of 115 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?GREATEST MONITOR ON EARTH

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      No hesitation 5 stars! Music Producer Review

      I want to sure my setup and thoughts. I work in music production and needed a setup that would suit my mobil rig. I do not really understand what some peopl I want to sure my setup and thoughts. I work in music production and needed a setup that would suit my mobil rig. I do not really understand what some people do not like about this screen... It is important to separate the two major players here. Software/firmware and hardware. SOFTWARE: Apparently people are having problems connecting several screens etc etc. Jerky thunderbolt performance etc etc. This is all fine, but it does not warrant a lower star rating in my eyes. They do their best to eliminate software issues through beta testing etc but it is NEVER before major releases that people come along with all sorts of ways of use and find all sorts of bug that will have to be addressed. As the issues of software can be anywhere in the chain (Lion, thunderbolt firmware, iMac, Macbook etc) I think the right thing to review is the.. HARDWARE: Beautiful, big, crisp, instant, you can't really misunderstand it as it has NO buttons..which is almost weird. It just works.. Im actually proud to have this screen on my desk. When people come over they actually say "wow..thats nice!" Im proud of it. I must say that I was very nervous weather my setup was going to work the way I hoped. For weeks, I had been think about ways to minimize and turn my rig into something I could easily pack up for sessions in LA. I sold my HD2, Mac Pro, Control24..EVERYTHING as it was mostly collecting dust as my mobile rig was getting more work. So I invisioned a thunderbolt setup. MacBook Pro w thunderbolt Pegasus RAID (thunderbolt) and the 27" Screen (again, thunderbolt.) For compatibility reasons I use Snow Leopard for my music and need to boot from my Thunderbolt RAID. I have LION on my internal MacBook Pro drive as I want to be uptodate when I do my personal computing. Here is my setup: Thunderbolt Screen is connected to 1) a Digidesign 003 Rack (FW800) 2) a USB hub with iLoks 3) a AXIOM USB MIDI controller 4) the Apple Keyoboard 5) Ethernet for fastest connection while plugged in. 6) Daisy chained thunderbolt to my Pegasus RAID Drive with my music software/samples etc. (I can happily report around 500MB/s. More than enough for what Im doing. (option click on startup and boot SL from the RAID) Now. Instead of having tons of cables running to my macbook or compromising speeds which I did in the past.. All is connected via ONE thunderbolt cable that runs to my MacBook Pro. Its all VERY simple and with all the iLoks, software, powdered USBs etc..One would think that something should go wrong.. EVERYTHING WORKS PERFECT! I couldn't be more happy with this setup! The screen does EXACTLY what it promises to do. In my eyes it is so worth the 949 I spent on it! I can recommend this for anyone.. Sorry for a very long review but I wanted to let everyone know how I use it and that it is spectacular! Thank you for simplifying my life!

      • Written by Andre L from Camarillo

      104 of 134 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?No hesitation 5 stars! Music Producer Review

    • 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

      4 of 4 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

      3 of 3 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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