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.
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
- 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
- MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter
- Printed documentation
- 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
- 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)
- 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: 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 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
HORRIBLE FOR IMAC, MULTIPLE DISPLAYS AND LION
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 curtis G from sacramento
5149 of 7561 people found this useful
Beautiful and full featured yet handicapped by LCD quality control
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 Barrett F from Frisco
2583 of 3013 people found this useful
Ultimate docking station for my Macbook Air
- 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
- 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
would i buy again and recommend - yes.
hope this was helpful to shoppers …
- Written by Mark S from candiac
1901 of 2208 people found this useful
Very nice monitor!
Just a bit on my setup. I have a newer iMac 27", a 27" Thunderbolt Display, and a Wacom 24"HD tablet (God's gift to graphic art). Just a bit on my setup. I have a newer iMac 27", a 27" Thunderbolt Display, and a Wacom 24"HD tablet (God's gift to graphic art). I'm not quite sure why someone would rate this display below a 4/5. The display is bright, VESA compliant, & can independently rotate 90 degrees through OS preference. This display is independently color corrected using my Spyder 3 color checker software. What more could you want? Now I do agree with most who ask why Apple decided to keep this design when it clearly is lower that it's 27" iMac mate (& this is the only reason I gave it 4 stars). I personally would have designed this display to match the iMac 27" in both size AND appearance, as if you had 2 iMac's next to one another, but then again Steve never did call and ask for my opinion. My thought is with the advent of 4K - 5K technology, and the 4K displays prices getting lower and lower, the need for 2 or more displays will quickly become a thing of the past. …
- Written by John W from GREENWOOD
1 of 1 people found this useful
Beautiful Display... when it works.
There were so many negative reviews that I figured they were written mostly by competitors. I bought two of these for my Mac Pro There were so many negative reviews that I figured they were written mostly by competitors. I bought two of these for my Mac Pro and was really happy when I got home. They were beautiful... until one of them developed a thin green vertical line through the screen. I spent an hour on the phone and ended up taking it back to the store 5 hours after I bought it. They happily replaced it and I haven't had a problem since. While I absolutely love these displays, but I trust them as far as I can throw them. I'm getting the apple care plan so I don't have to worry. I love the screens and I was really happy with how the store immediately made it right by replacing it, I'm just a little nervous one went bad so soon. I would recommend them to anyone, but I would also recommend the apple care plan because I just don't know how long they will last. …
- Written by Brian K from Camarillo
2 of 2 people found this useful
27", Thunderbolt BU speed, added USBs
I disposed 3 PCs and replaced them with one Mac Book Air. Because of the ability to have 3 monitors and ample storage on the 1 TB I disposed 3 PCs and replaced them with one Mac Book Air. Because of the ability to have 3 monitors and ample storage on the 1 TB SSD in the Mac Book, I no longer have to network in the office or over a VPN to my remote office. My center monitor is the Thunderbolt. With this arrangement I am able to connect 3 printers, 2 external Thunderbolt drives, a scanner and a postal scale. I am completely satisfied with the Thunderbolt and my next purchase will be another one for my other office. I just unplug the Mac Book, take it to the other location and plug it in. The multiple ports on the Thunderbolt Display make this very do-able. …
- Written by Jeffry R from Burnsville
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
- Jan 27, 2014
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
- Jan 28, 2014
is brightness on 27" Thunderbolt Display manually adjustable?
- Asked by Laura C from Augusta
- Oct 25, 2014
If by manually adjustable you mean that there is a brightness control physically on the monitor, no. If by manually adjustable you mean that there is a brightness control physically on the monitor, no. However, you can manually adjust brightness from an Apple keyboard. F2 Increases brightness. F1 decreases brightness. …
- Answered by Nolan W from Louisville
- Nov 21, 2014
Does the thunderbolt monitor have an on/off switch?
- Asked by Michael C from San Jose
- Nov 30, 2014
Can the Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch) be rotated 90° (into a portrait display)?
- Asked by Andrew S from Seattle
- Jan 24, 2012
What is the dpi of the thunderbolt display? Is it equlivient to a HiDef monitor/display? Those are usually labeled in dpi.
- Asked by J T from Alum Bank
- Nov 9, 2013