Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)

Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)

S$1,348.00

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 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.

    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
    • 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 Adaptor 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
    • 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: 10° to 35° C (50° to 95° F)
    • Storage temperature: -4° to 47° C (-40° to 116° F)
    • 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

    5391 of 8009 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

    2730 of 3188 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

    2009 of 2335 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Ultimate docking station for my Macbook Air
  • The Truth About This Display...

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I have to own something for at least 1 year before I'll do a review of it. I've owned an Apple product of some sort since 1985. I I have to own something for at least 1 year before I'll do a review of it. I've owned an Apple product of some sort since 1985. I currently have 8 Apple products working in my home at the present time. I am a 47 year old male who owns a marketing firm in Seattle.

    I point out the above to give perspective. A lot of times when I read a review I like to know a little about the person's situation because, really...who are they? Why should I listen to them?
    With that said I need to point out quickly that I read all the negative reviews (all 88 at this writing) and it seems a bit curious to me that most of them share the same personality. In other words, it doesn't seem to me they are all that truthful. It's amazing to me that a product can have 1000's of people really like it but a few don't? Usually it's the person, not the product, when it comes down to brass tacks.

    I own 7 of the Thunderbolt Displays and have yet to have any issues with any of them. All my employees use various MacBooks to fire any number of them up and mine in my office has a Mac Mini attached to it. Made my purchases in December of 2013 and have been very happy with the final product. Beautiful all the way 'round.
    Now I will say my only wish is for there to be at least one USB port located on the bottom or side. Yes, I understand, Apple likes a smooth well-defined look about their products and I appreciate that. However, I use it to charge a lot of items and it'd just be more convenient.

    Overall, I dig the product.

    • Written by from Fremont

    6 of 8 people found this useful

    Was this useful? The Truth About This Display...
  • 28 months, still going strong

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I bought mine in October 2012. 2.5 years later, it looks and acts new. The one-star reviews seem to be mostly from 2011.

    Obv I bought mine in October 2012. 2.5 years later, it looks and acts new. The one-star reviews seem to be mostly from 2011.

    Obviously not the cheapest monitor you could buy! But bright, beautiful, solid and reliable.

    • Written by from Costa Mesa

    7 of 8 people found this useful

    Was this useful? 28 months, still going strong
  • Outdated And Glitchy

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    When I initially got this monitor in 2011, it was everything advertised, when connecting my macbook, it was totally reliable. Then When I initially got this monitor in 2011, it was everything advertised, when connecting my macbook, it was totally reliable. Then with each update Apple put out, it started to develop more and more glitches. By the time Mavericks came out, the monitor would regularly crash my Macbook.

    After claiming Applecare 5 times, Apple provided me with a replacement. I thought it would fix a lot of the issues, especially since I upgraded to a 2014 Macbook Pro. Unfortunately, many of the same problems exist, my computer still crashes sometimes when I connect it in the morning, I get screen blackouts when connecting, The wireless mouse gets glitchy and erratic depending on which port I have it connected to, USB ports will randomly stop working, and sound will randomly jump to the internal Macbook speakers.

    Apple seriously needs to upgrade this outdated technology. At this point it is way, way past its prime.

    • Written by from Portland

    7 of 10 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Outdated And Glitchy

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