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It is essentially a 27" LED-LCD monitor that is meant to bridge the gap between mobile and desktop computing.

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High resolution, 2560x1440 is as high as the come for a consumer product, great for photo editing and graphic professionals, and the serious multi-taskers

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By using the Thunderbolt connection, the single connection enables the monitor to be used as a USB hub, users can also connect firewire 800 devices and gigabit ethernet through the monitor

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Includes a host of other features such as HD webcam, 2.1 speaker system (pretty much non-existent), and the ever popular mag-safe A/C connection

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Price tag might look daunting, but when you consider the price of 27" IPS monitors from Dell (Ultrasharp series) and the secondary features that the Thunderbolt display offers, it's a solid deal

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stunning, minimalist aesthetic

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Excellent viewing angles and accurate colours with the high quality LED backlit IPS panel

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uses Apple's proprietary MagSafe system - will not be damaged in any way or cause bodily harm if its power chord is tripped over

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Not as adjustable as the Ultrasharp series, no pivot and swivel

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Thunderbolt connection severely limits what the monitor can be connected to, incompatible with Mac computers without Thunderbolt

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high price point - the cost of an entry level Mac laptop

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limited connectivity options vs. similarly priced and spec'd displays from the likes of Dell and HP - only a single input

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USB hub is only 2.0

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The Apple Thunderbolt Display is essentially a 27" LED-LCD monitor that is meant to bridge the gap between mobile and desktop computing. The Apple Thunderbolt is specifically designed to work with Mac laptops including, but not limited to, the MacBook Air, Mac Mini and the MacBook Pro; of course it works with iMacs as well.

The Apple Thunderbolt display features a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels combined with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 12ms total response time. The Thunderbolt also features a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a 16.7 million maximum color rating, a 375 cd/m2 brightness and a viewing angle of 178 degrees (horizontal) by 178 degrees (vertical). Additional features include an integrated FaceTime HD camera and microphone, integrated stereo speakers, and several peripheral ports (see features section below for a complete listing).

What makes the Apple Thunderbolt display unique is the inclusion of an integrated Thunderbolt cable and a Universal MagSafe Cable (85W). The Thunderbolt cable allows complete integration with Mac devices and activates the advanced features of the Thunderbolt display (FaceTime HD camera, speakers, compatibility with additional I/O ports) for use with the external device. In addition, the MagSafe cable works as a power adapter and plugs directly into the related port to completely power and charge any portable Mac devices.

Apple Thunderbolt technology is comprised of two "throughput" 10Gbps channels, which basically means it allows seriously increased transfer rates. Apple advertises the Thunderbolt technology to be 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800. The point of such an increased transfer speed is to allow up to six devices to be connected through a single port simultaneously. Of course the increased data transfer speeds are only compatible when the display is linked to Thunderbolt enabled devices.

  • 27" LED backlit LCD monitor (TFT active matrix)
    • Ambient light sensor for display
    • Glass widescreen with glossy finish
  • Designed specifically for Mac computers
  • Integrated FaceTime HD camera and microphone
  • Built-in 2.1 stereo speakers (49 watts)
  • Integrated peripheral ports (Thunderbolt enabled device needed for complete operability)
  • Integrated Thunderbolt and MagSafe power adapter cables
  • Thunderbolt technology allows up to six devices to be connected through a single port
    • Connect extra devices directly to the monitor
  • Smooth motion hinge allows custom angle adjustments (-5 to 25 degrees)
Technical Specifications
  • Native Resolution: 2560 x 1440
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Response Time: 12ms
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Brightness: 375 cd/m2
  • Viewing Angle: 178/178
  • Colors: 16.7 million maximum
  • Dimensions:
    • Height: 19.35 inches
    • Width: 25.7 inches
    • Depth (with stand): 8.15 inches
    • Weight: 23.5 pounds (10.8 kg)
  • Integrated Cables:
    • Thunderbolt
    • MagSafe Cable
  • Peripheral Ports:
    • USB 2.0 (3)
    • FireWire 800
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • Thunderbolt (Individual Port)
    • Kensington Security Slot
  • Warranty:
    • 90 Days of Free Telephone Support
    • One Year Limited Warranty
  • System Requirements:
    • Thunderbolt Enabled Mac
      • MacBook Air
      • MacBook Pro
      • Mac mini
      • iMac
    • OS X version 10.6.8 or later
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