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 adaptor 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.
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.
- Built-in FaceTime HD camera with microphone
- Built-in 2.1 speaker system
- Colours: 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 lead
- Printed Documentation
- 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
- Frequency Response: 12 ms
- 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)
- Three powered USB 2.0 ports
- Firewire 800
- Gigabit Ethernet port
- Kensington lock slot
Camera and Microphone
- Built-in FaceTime HD camera with microphone
- Power: 100V to 240V AC 50-60Hz
- Maximum power: 250W (Thunderbolt Display while charging MacBook Pro)
- Energy saver mode: 2W or less
- Operating temperature: 10° to 35° C (50° to 95° F)
- Storage temperature: -40° to 47° C (-4° to 116° F)
- Operating humidity: 20% to 80% non-condensing
- Maximum operating altitude: 3,000 metres (10,000 feet)
VESA CompatibilityCompatible with VESA Mount Adaptor Kit (sold separately)
- OS X v10.6.8 or later
- Thunderbolt-enabled Mac computer, including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro and iMac
Ratings & Reviews
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 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
223 of 263 people found this useful
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 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
215 of 264 people found this useful
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 mor 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
169 of 194 people found this useful
Amazing bit of quality hardware
I bought this (admittedly expensive) display to use with my 15" MacBook Pro and was not disappointed. Absolutely everything is hoo I bought this (admittedly expensive) display to use with my 15" MacBook Pro and was not disappointed. Absolutely everything is hooked up to the display; Ethernet, USB extended keyboard etc, leaving the Macbook with just a single connector plugged into it: Thunderbolt. The display shows perfect uniformity in colour and brightness across the whole width and height, plus there is the benefit of the built-in speakers and iSight camera - very useful touches along with the ambient light sensor. And of course the build quality is superb. Worth splashing out for.
Reviewers who gave a 1-star rating either had a (very rare) dud - eligible for immediate swap - or they didn't do their homework before. Who buys anything like this without a good test-drive?! …
- Written by Gerard C from FROME
1 of 1 people found this useful
This is a fabulous display / dock. I now have 4 at home and I have 2 more in my office. They are gorgeous to look at, fantastic to This is a fabulous display / dock. I now have 4 at home and I have 2 more in my office. They are gorgeous to look at, fantastic to use, easy to connect to our Macbook Pro Retinas and Macbook Airs. Don't buy an inferior product. Some people are having problems with older Macbook Pros, easy solution, buy a new one! …
- Written by Crispin C from Radcliffe on Trent
1 of 3 people found this useful
Pricey, but great!
I looked at a whole raft of other screens for my mac, because the price made me cringe quite frankly! However, as good as many of I looked at a whole raft of other screens for my mac, because the price made me cringe quite frankly! However, as good as many of the other screens are, for nearly half the price, they just don't look the part. Call me shallow, but the appearance of the whole matters to me, and this display looks awesome. I use it in a work environment and the impression it gives matters and has already started many conversations since having it - something with intangible benefits.
In terms of the performance, I actually received a dud first off. It was replaced next day for me and all was fine second time around! The display is gorgeous, and mine is used in a fairly bright environment without glare issues. If sunlight was shining straight onto it though, I think you'd have problems. It runs quite warm, because it actually houses some processors within the case, but nothing untoward. The bank of ports on the back have come in handy too! …
- Written by Gareth U from Midhurst
2 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Is the ThunderBolt Display worth the money?
- Asked by Jesse H from Clarence Center
I'm in the very same situation as you.
The Apple Thunderbolt Display is a very capable display, b I'm in the very same situation as you.
The Apple Thunderbolt Display is a very capable display, but it's starting to show it's age unfortunately.
The USB Ports are 2.0 (not 3.0), it uses the old generation Thunderbolt ports (not Thunderbolt 2) and has considerably more glare/reflection than the new iMac screens.
For the premium price that Apple charges, I would wait for an update. …
- Answered by Vlado K from Leura
where is the microphone located
- Asked by Doug W from Centerville
The top of the display in the center.
- Answered by Jackson F from New York
is it working on macbook pro 17"2010 and macbook pro 13" 2011?
- Asked by Xiaochen Z from Auckland
It will definitely not work on my macbook pro 17" 2010, despite what they say at the Apple Store, an It will definitely not work on my macbook pro 17" 2010, despite what they say at the Apple Store, and despite what Apple technical support says. I found this out after the display was delivered, despite my best attempts to make sure I was buying a compatible display. …
- Answered by K. David C from Mission Viejo
Can I connect my gaming system to the thunderbolt display using the thunderbolt to HDMI adapter?
- Asked by Jose F from New York
Retina display MacBook Pro vs 27" iMac for graphic design.
- Asked by Felicity C from Bulimba
I love designing on my iMac, but you can always just grab a screen for your MBP. But if you already I love designing on my iMac, but you can always just grab a screen for your MBP. But if you already have a MBP, you may benefit from the iMac's built in display which people do not realize is a heck of a deal. The 27" iMac screen is about the best you can get for desktop computing. I put a 24" Acer screen on each side of the iMac and I do not want for space. If you already have a mobile computer, just get more for your money and get the iMac. You can even game on them with full settings if you are into that sort of thing. …
- Answered by Adam B from Bonaire