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Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display PC Monitor

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27" LED 1 Nov 2012
Screen Size Display Type Thunderbolt Port Built-In Speaker Release Date
Introducing The World's First Thunderbolt Display. Made For The New Macbook FamilyThunderbolt technology built in.Thunderbolt I/O technology lets you move data between your devices and your... More
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Apple Has Good PC Display Reviews

Apple medium monitors have good reviews on average and across all LCD screens Apple is one of the better rated brands.

LED Display Type

This PC screen has an LED display type, which is typical of many medium monitors that have been around for a comparable time to it.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other LCD screens that have an LED Display currently available including because of it's better review score, the AOC e2250Swdnk[plb_1364842_price], or the NEC MultiSync EA244[plb_2270820_price].

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Has a Built-In Camera

Unlike most of the other medium monitors that were released more than two years ago which do not have a built-in camera, the 27" Thunderbolt Display has a built-in camera.

We compared all the other flatpanel monitors with a built-in camera to this LCD screen and we think the Asus MK241[plb_2332619_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has a built-in speaker, which is unusual. Most of the other PC monitors that have been around for a similar time to the 27" Thunderbolt Display do not have a built-in speaker.

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Quite Wide Vertical Viewing Angle

At 178 degrees, the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has a fairly wide vertical viewing angle compared to most of the other comparable spec PC screens that have been available for a similar time to the 27" Thunderbolt Display. Similar spec LCD screens that were released more than two years ago have vertical viewing angles of between 50° and 180°, and the average vertical viewing angle is 170°.

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Quite Wide Horizontal Viewing Angle

Medium monitors that are a similar age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display have horizontal viewing angles of between 60° and 1,800°, and the average horizontal viewing angle is 170°. With a horizontal viewing angle of 178 degrees, the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has one of the wider horizontal viewing angles amongst medium monitors of this age.

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Very High RMS Rated Audio Power

The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has a very high RMS rated audio power (49 Watts) compared to most of the other medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display. The RMS rated audio powers of flatpanel monitors that have been around for around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display range from 0.5W to 49W, and the average RMS rated audio power is 5.2W.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

The average display brightness of PC screens that have been available for a similar time to the 27" Thunderbolt Display is 280 cd/m², and the display brightness range from 30 cd/m² to 1,700 cd/m². At 375 candellas per square meter, the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has a fairly bright display brightness compared to most of the other PC screens of this age and spec.

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2560 X 1440 Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution of the 27" Thunderbolt Display is 2560 x 1440. That's 78% more resolution than the most frequently found graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). The worst resolution of all PC screens that have been available for around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display is 640 x 350 and the best is 3840 x 2160.

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Has One Cable Included

The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has a greater number of cables included than most PC screens of this age and type. This PC screen has an AC cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on similar spec LCD screens that have been around for a comparable time to the 27" Thunderbolt Display.

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7 Reasons Against

Only One Thunderbolt Port

The 27" Thunderbolt Display is a one thunderbolt port PC monitor. Most of the other medium monitors that are a similar age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display have one thunderbolt port.

If you are looking for larger thunderbolt ports then you might also want to consider the 34UM94[pl_2495065_price] (2 thunderbolt ports), or the 34UC97[pl_2591370_price] (2 thunderbolt ports) both from LG which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most PC monitors of this type and age are not 3D compatible. The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

PC screens which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the AOC d2757Ph[plb_1515695_price], or the Asus VG236[plb_2030776_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader

The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display does not have an integrated card reader. Most of the other flatpanel monitors of this type and age also do not have an integrated card reader.

There are a number of other PC screens which also have an integrated card reader which you might want to consider including the U2413[pl_1565290_price], or the U2713H[pl_1518815_price] both from DELL or the Acer DA220[plb_1606986_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only HD HD Type

This PC display has a Full HD HD type, which is the most frequently found HD type on flatpanel monitors that have been around for more than two years.

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Quite Slow Response Time

At 12 milliseconds, the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has a quite slow response time compared to most of the other PC monitors that have been around for a similar time to the 27" Thunderbolt Display. The average response time of similar spec LCD screens that were released more than two years ago is 6.1ms, and the response times range from 1ms to 40ms.

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Heavy

The weight of the 27" Thunderbolt Display of 10.8 kilograms is one of the heaviest amongst LCD screens of a similar type and age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display. The average weight of LCD screens of this spec and age is 4.9kg.

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Very High Maximum Power Consumption

Medium monitors that have been around for around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display have maximum power consumptions of between 5.4W and 250W. With a maximum power consumption of 250 Watts, the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has a very high maximum power consumption compared to most of the other PC monitors that were released more than two years ago.

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1 Other reason to consider the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display

Released Over Four Years Ago

Apple released the 27" Thunderbolt Display over four years ago.

Specification

Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display Type
3D Compatible
Graphics Resolution
HD Type
HDCP
Aspect Ratio
Display Colour Count
Vertical Viewing Angle
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Typical Contrast Ratio
Display Technology
Display Brightness
Response Time
Native Aspect Ratio
Supported Number of Colours Display
Ports & Interfaces
Thunderbolt Port
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB Type-A Downstream Port
USB Hub Version
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Camera
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
RMS Rated Audio Power
Integrated TV Tuner
Performance
Mac Operating System
Thin Client
Thin Client Installed
Networking
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
Ethernet LAN Port
Ergonomics
Wall Mountable
VESA Mounting
Power
Power Consumption When in PowerSave Mode
Maximum Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
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Packaging Content
Cable Included
Manual Included

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Expert Reviews

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27 February 2014

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14 January 2013

That's especially true if you're running a MacBook Air, which has just two USB ports and relies on Wi-Fi for internet access.Hook up the Thunderbolt Display and you've suddenly got a superfast... Read more…

4 January 2013

When it comes to picture quality you?ll get glorious a 2560 x 1440 resolution desktop out of a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac. The LED-backlit IPS panel boasts 375 cm/d2 brightness, excellent contrast...

23 July 2012

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 8 January 2015 by Francis Treuherz
(Verified Purchase)

Great quality visual display and is integrated with sound. It has its own built in hub at the back. It has a camera. So it is a real extension of my very small MacBookAir and I can even watch TV... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers apple mc914, apple mc914b, apple mc914z, apple mc914bb, apple mc914zm, apple mc914zmb
Barcodes 00085909456925, 00635131604744, 00885909611294, 03606507403121, 05053973135250, 08592978000882, 08859096113796

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