Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)

Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)

$999.00

3.5 out of 5 stars

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Introducing the world’s first Thunderbolt display.
  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • 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: 330 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
    • 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
    • Frequency Response: 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)

    Ports

    • Three powered USB 2.0 ports
    • Firewire 800
    • Gigabit Ethernet port
    • Kensington lock slot
    • Thunderbolt

    Camera and Microphone

    • Built-in FaceTime HD camera with microphone

    Speaker Configuration

    • 2.1

    Electrical Requirements

    • 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 (-40° 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

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (3.5 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • HORRIBLE FOR IMAC, MULTIPLE DISPLAYS AND LION

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    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 w 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 from sacramento

    4776 of 6938 people found this useful

    Was this useful? HORRIBLE FOR IMAC, MULTIPLE DISPLAYS AND LION
  • Beautiful and full featured yet handicapped by LCD quality control

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    I purchased two of these beautiful displays a few weeks ago and was wowed with them. The displays have a lot of functionality wit 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 from Frisco

    2374 of 2760 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Beautiful and full featured yet handicapped by LCD quality control
  • Ultimate docking station for my Macbook Air

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Likes:
    - great size, was a bit concerned it would be too large compared to my previous Apple Cinema 20" display, but I quickly ap 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 from candiac

    1764 of 2035 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Ultimate docking station for my Macbook Air
  • Nice display; weak TB hub; sad you can't use with PCs

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    I don't know why it didn't occur to me that I wouldn't be able to use this with my work PC. That was ultimately the issue that le I don't know why it didn't occur to me that I wouldn't be able to use this with my work PC. That was ultimately the issue that led me to send this back to Apple. They really need a DVI input. I just can't have a display that can't be used for telework days also.

    But another thing that bugged me was that, despite the fact that the monitor has speakers, it has no audio out ports. So if you want to use nice speakers with your MacBook, you'll still have to plug them into your laptop audio port. So much for the Thunderbolt hub keeping things clean. And unfortunately (for me, at least) the speakers in the display itself are not nearly good enough to use.

    Display itself was pretty good. The bezel was thicker than I liked. Without the hub working better, and DVI port, the price is too much.

    • Written by from Washington

    1 of 2 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Nice display; weak TB hub; sad you can't use with PCs
  • Don't believe all the Haters

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    i finally pulled the trigger on buying a 27" thunderbolt display, and it was a great decision. i must admit that i was hesitant at i finally pulled the trigger on buying a 27" thunderbolt display, and it was a great decision. i must admit that i was hesitant at first, mostly because of all the terrible reviews. I saw how great they look at the stores and i must say it might even be better. For anyone who is hung up on purchasing one because of the reviews, just buy one there awesome.

    • Written by from petersburg

    3 of 7 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Don't believe all the Haters
  • Very good!

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm not expert but I bought this Monitor and I love it. Of course consider I did just come off from using a 25" Flat screen TV as I'm not expert but I bought this Monitor and I love it. Of course consider I did just come off from using a 25" Flat screen TV as a Monitor. So this is like WOW! Everything looks good. Crystal Clear High Resolution. I was surprised by the weight of the Monitor, but once it is mounted or set on the desk, what does it matter. I mainly bought this monitor instead of another brand because it is Apple and all my electronics are apple. Ive learned in the past that apple works best with Apple don't try getting adaptors and little work arounds it just creates more hassle. Everything works smooth and flawlessly. I can't complain really.

    • Written by from Rock Creek

    1 of 3 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Very good!

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