Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)

Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)

£899.00

4.0 out of 5 stars

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Product Information

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: 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
    • 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: 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)

    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: -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 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 (4.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Great display but minor niggles

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Liverpool

    239 of 282 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great display but minor niggles
  • Careful what you hear

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Newport

    237 of 290 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Careful what you hear
  • Stunning

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Woking

    185 of 214 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Stunning
  • Great Display, But Not As Bright As a Mac Display, Could Be Better

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    I love my Thunderbolt Display, but have some complaints.

    The good:
    It's simple to connect and charge from my MacBook Pro. The I love my Thunderbolt Display, but have some complaints.

    The good:
    It's simple to connect and charge from my MacBook Pro. The speakers, ethernet connection, USB connection and firewire all work great.

    The bad:
    It doesn't get nearly as bright as my iMac or MacBook Pro, and can be difficult to use during the day. Only 3 USB ports (could have 4). No audio/headphone port out (only internal speakers).

    • Written by from PAHOA
    Was this useful? Great Display, But Not As Bright As a Mac Display, Could Be Better
  • I have two - and absolutely love them

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    I have a pair of these plugged into a MacBook Pro 15" Retina.

    Although they can both plug into the laptop separately (the MBP h I have a pair of these plugged into a MacBook Pro 15" Retina.

    Although they can both plug into the laptop separately (the MBP has two Thunderbold 2 ports), I actually daisy chain them. This means that when I get home from work, I only need connect the combined single Thunderbolt/MagSafe cable to my laptop, and everything's good. The ethernet, USB devices, etc, all stay plugged into the monitors. This makes them, in effect, a docking station.

    However, only four stars rather than five as they need updating. Feel free to drop the FireWire, Apple. But the USB really really should be USB3 by now. Oh, and they do get a bit warm.

    The actual LCD itself is lovely. I suspect I won't replace these until retina displays of this size become practical and affordable, which could well be a few years away.

    • Written by from Abingdon

    2 of 2 people found this useful

    Was this useful? I have two - and absolutely love them
  • Amazing bit of quality hardware

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from FROME

    6 of 6 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Amazing bit of quality hardware

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