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Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display PC Monitor

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27" LCD 1 Feb 2013
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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20 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

Amongst PC screens that were launched more than two years ago, this PC screen is one of the most awarded by expert review sites.

This medium monitor was given an "Editor's Choice" award by CNET.com, PC Mag, Computershopper.com and Cnetfrance.fr all of whom said that this LCD screen was outstanding.

MacPro.se and F1cd.ru both thought that concluded that they would endorse this LCD screen and gave it their "Recommended" award.

This medium monitor received a "Design Award" from 3dnews.ru who decided that this flatpanel monitor was well designed.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on twenty-five expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Techradar, Pocket Lint and PC Mag this LCD screen has an average expert rating of 79%.

Good Product Quality

Some people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good quality. Francis Treuherz rated the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display as very good and he said “Great quality visual display and is integrated with sound”. Expert review site Macworld.com.au said “When it comes to picture quality you’ll get glorious a 2560 x 1440 resolution desktop out of a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac” in their Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display review.

Good Picture Quality

Some Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display reviewers reckoned that the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display had good picture quality.

One Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display owner who bought it concluded that it had good colour saturation. Expert review site Macworld.com.au scored the product 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display “The LED-backlit IPS panel boasts 375 cm/d2 brightness, excellent contrast and impressive colours”.

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Nice Design

Some Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display owners who reviewed the product concluded that it was good looking. Five years ago expert website Theglobeandmail.com said “It has a gorgeous glass front that stretches seamlessly”.

One Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display reviewer said in their reviews that it was a good design. Expert review site Techdigest.tv said in their review of the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display four years ago “Apple pulled out all the stops when putting together their latest, greatest notebook, with an unbelievably sharp display, super-slim design and top-notch hardware updates that incl” .

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Robust

Several customers considered that it was well made. Francis Treuherz wrote on Amazon “It has its own built in hub at the back”. Expert website Pcmag.com gave it a score of 4 stars and mentioned five years ago “The 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display delivers solid picture and audio quality in a stylish aluminum cabinet.”.

Good Sound Quality

One Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display owner reckoned that this PC monitor had good sound quality.

Good Technical Features

One Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display reviewer thought the product had good features. Cnet.com gave it a rating of 4 stars and said on CNET.com “These changes also are reflected in the Features subrating and the overall score”.

Good Connectivity

One Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was good in terms of USB connections. Expert review site Techlife.net said “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” in their review.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was ethernet compatible. Techlife.net wrote “You've suddenly got a superfast Gigabit Ethernet socket to deliver consistently high-speed int” in their Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display review.

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Apple Has Good PC Display Reviews

Apple medium monitors have good ratings on average and across all PC screens Apple is one of the superior manufacturers.

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Has a Built-In Camera

The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has a built-in camera, unlike most of the other medium monitors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 27" Thunderbolt Display which do not have a built-in camera.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

Unlike most of the other similar spec LCD screens that came out around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display which do not have a built-in speaker, the 27" Thunderbolt Display has a built-in speaker.

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Quite Wide Horizontal Viewing Angle

The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has one of the wider horizontal viewing angles (178 degrees) amongst LCD screens of this age. PC displays of a similar age and spec to the 27" Thunderbolt Display have horizontal viewing angles of between 60° and 1,800°, and the average horizontal viewing angle is 170°.

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Very High RMS Rated Audio Power

When compared to other PC monitors of this type and age, the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display's RMS rated audio power of 49 Watts is one of the highest. The lowest RMS rated audio power of PC displays that have been on the market for around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display is 0.5W and the highest is 49W.

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Fairly Wide Vertical Viewing Angle

Across all the PC screens of this spec and age the vertical viewing angles range from 50° to 180°. With a vertical viewing angle of 178 degrees, the 27" Thunderbolt Display has a fairly wide vertical viewing angle compared to most of the other flatpanel monitors of a comparable age and type to the 27" Thunderbolt Display.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

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

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Fairly Big Display Diagonal

PC screens that were released around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display have screen sizes of between 28cm and 770cm. At 68.58 centimeters, the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has a fairly big display diagonal compared to most of the other PC monitors of this spec and age.

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2560 X 1440 Graphics Resolution

The 27" Thunderbolt Display has a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1440. That's 78% more resolution than the most common graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). Across all medium monitors that have been around for around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display the worst resolution is 640 x 350 and the best is 3840 x 2160.

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1080p Video Mode

This flatpanel monitor has a 1080p video mode, which is typical of many PC monitors of a similar age and spec to it.

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Has Two Cables Included

The number of cables included found on the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display is more than most medium monitors that have been available for around the same time as it. This flatpanel monitor has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on similar spec PC monitors that have been on the market for more than two years. The cable included "Thunderbolt" is also found on this Apple PC display.

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11 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One customer considered that the product was not a bargain for the price. Expert website Pcmag.com said “It doesn't come cheap” in their review of this PC monitor. One customer who reviewed the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display concluded that it was not cheap. Expert review site Theregister.co.uk mentioned “Oh oh so expensive” .

One Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display reviewer who bought this PC monitor thought it was not good value for money. Expert review site Alphr.com said in their review of the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display “A superb, if pricey, partner to the latest generation of MacBooks, offering superb image quality” .

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£51.79 Price Increase

In the last few days the 27" Thunderbolt Display has increased in price by £51.79.

Expensive

We checked 534 PC displays of a similar age and type and they range in price from £51 to £5,421. We think that this PC screen looks expensive compared to other PC displays of a similar age and type.

Only One Thunderbolt Port

The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display is a one thunderbolt port LCD screen.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other PC displays of a comparable spec and age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display, the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display is not 3D compatible.

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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 spec and age also do not have an integrated card reader.

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Only HD HD Type

This PC monitor has a Full HD HD type, which is the most commonly found HD type on similar spec LCD screens that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Fairly Slow Response Time

The average response time of flatpanel monitors of this age and spec is 6.1ms. At 12 milliseconds, the 27" Thunderbolt Display has a fairly slow response time compared to most of the other medium monitors that were released more than two years ago.

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Heavy

The lightest PC monitor of a comparable spec and age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display is 3g weight and the heaviest is 39kg. At 10.8 kilograms, the 27" Thunderbolt Display is very heavy compared to most of the other medium monitors that are a comparable age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display.

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High Running Costs

The 27" Thunderbolt Display has an average 5 year running cost of £413 based on average energy prices, which is in the most expensive 1% of all 998 flatpanel monitors of a similar age and spec.

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Very High Maximum Power Consumption

The average maximum power consumption of similar spec LCD screens that were released around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display is 52W, and the maximum power consumptions range from 5.4W to 250W. With a maximum power consumption of 250 Watts, the 27" Thunderbolt Display has one of the highest maximum power consumptions amongst comparable spec PC monitors of this age.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Apple released the 27" Thunderbolt Display.

LCD Display Type

The 27" Thunderbolt Display has an LCD display type which is better than most comparable spec LCD screens that came out more than two years ago. Most medium monitors that are a comparable age to it have an LED display type.

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Specification

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Display Resolution
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Video Mode
HD Type
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Display Colour Count
Vertical Viewing Angle
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Typical Contrast Ratio
Display Diagonal
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
I/O Port
USB Type-A Downstream Port
USB Hub Version
AC Power in Port
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Camera
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
RMS Rated Audio Power
Loudspeaker
Integrated TV Tuner
Built-In Subwoofer
Design
Case Colour
Performance
Integrated Card Reader
Mac Operating System
Thin Client
Thin Client Installed
Networking
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Port
WiFi
Bluetooth
Ergonomics
Adjustable Height
VESA Mount Interface
Wall Mountable
Cable Lock Slot
VESA Mounting
Child Lock
On/off Switch
LED Indicator
Power
Power Consumption When in PowerSave Mode
Typical Power Consumption
Standby Power Consumption
Maximum Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Energy Star Certificate
Weight & Dimensions
Weight With Stand
Height With Stand
Depth With Stand
Width With Stand
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Manual Included
Other Features
Compatibility
HDMI
Minimum System Requirement

7 Awards

CNET.com Editor's Choice PC Mag Editor's Choice computershopper.com Editor's Choice Cnetfrance.fr Editor's Choice MacPro.se Recommended f1cd.ru Recommended 3dnews.ru Innovative Design

Expert Reviews

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20 October 2014

What is the best monitor for photo editing? Colour-accurate monitors offer true-to-life reproduction of photographic images, but price and performance varies. We've tested 10 of the top models... Read more…

27 February 2014

Laptops are often used like desktop computers, with external devices such as displays, hard drives, and printers plugged into the ports. When you need to use your laptop as a mobile device, you... Read more…

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

Mmmm...MacBook Pro with Retina Display. It's a keeper, that's for sure. Apple pulled out all the stops when putting together their latest, greatest notebook, with an unbelievably sharp display,... Read more…

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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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