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Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display PC Monitor

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27" LED 1 Sep 2012
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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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19 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

Expert review sites love this Apple PC screen and have given it seven awards.

The editors of four expert review sites all concluded that this PC screen was outstanding and gave it their highest award. This flatpanel monitor received an "Editor's Choice" award from CNET.com, PC Mag, Computershopper.com and Cnetfrance.fr.

This LCD screen was given a "Recommended" award by both MacPro.se and F1cd.ru, both of which thought that this PC display was good.

The expert at 3dnews.ru decided that this PC display was carefully designed and gave it their "Design Award".

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Average Expert Reviews

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

Good Product Quality

Several people who purchased it considered that it was good quality. Francis Treuherz gave this PC monitor a score of 5 stars and he said in his review of this PC monitor on Amazon “Great quality visual display and is integrated with sound”. Six years ago Pcmag.com wrote in their review of the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display “The 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display delivers solid picture and audio quality in a stylish aluminum cabinet.”. Expert review site Macworld.com.au wrote “When it comes to picture quality you’ll get glorious a 2560 x 1440 resolution desktop out of a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac”.

Good Picture Quality

Several Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display owners who bought it concluded that it had good picture quality.

One person who reviewed this PC monitor thought it had good colour saturation. Expert review site Macworld.com.au said four years ago “The LED-backlit IPS panel boasts 375 cm/d2 brightness, excellent contrast and impressive colours” in their review.

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Nice Design

Two people who reviewed the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display said that it was good looking. Theglobeandmail.com said “It has a gorgeous glass front that stretches seamlessly” .

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was a good design. Expert website Techdigest.tv wrote in their Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display review five 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

Two Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was well made. Francis Treuherz rated it as very good and he wrote “It has its own built in hub at the back” in his review of the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display.

Good Sound Quality

One Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display reviewer said that the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display had good sound quality.

Good Technical Features

One Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display reviewer who reviewed the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display thought it had good features. Expert website Cnet.com mentioned “These changes also are reflected in the Features subrating and the overall score”.

Good Connectivity

One person said in their reviews that it was good in terms of USB connections. 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”.

One Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display reviewer who purchased this PC monitor concluded that it was ethernet compatible. Expert website Techlife.net said in their review “You've suddenly got a superfast Gigabit Ethernet socket to deliver consistently high-speed int”.

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Good Brand

Apple has good average ratings for its medium monitors as well as across its entire PC display range.

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LED Display

This PC monitor has an LED display, which is typical of many similar spec PC screens that came out more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the other flatpanel monitors that have an LED Display currently available including the MX279H[pl_1460434_price], or the VG248QE[pl_1529549_price] both from Asus or the DELL U2413[plb_1565290_price] which is cheaper.

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Has a Built-In Camera

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

Alternative PC screens with a built-in camera currently available which you might want to consider include the DELL UZ2315H[plb_2324899_price] which is cheaper.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has a built-in speaker(s), which is unusual. Most of the other PC screens of this age and type do not have a built-in speaker(s).

We compared this flatpanel monitor to all the other PC monitors with a built-in speaker(s) and we think the MX279H[pl_1460434_price], and the VG248QE[pl_1529549_price] both from Asus or the iiyama XB2485WSU[plb_1448731_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Fairly Wide Viewing Angle, Horizontal

When compared to other flatpanel monitors of a similar spec and age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display that we have assessed, the 27" Thunderbolt Display's viewing angle, horizontal of 178 degrees is one of the widest. The average viewing angle, horizontal of PC monitors of a comparable age and spec to the 27" Thunderbolt Display is 170°.

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Very High RMS Rated Power

With an RMS rated power of 49 Watts, the 27" Thunderbolt Display has a very high RMS rated power compared to most of the other medium monitors that have been around for a similar time to the 27" Thunderbolt Display. Across all the PC displays of this spec and age the RMS rated powers range from 0.5W to 49W.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

Across all the comparable spec PC screens that are a similar age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display the display brightnesss range from 25 cd/m² to 1,700 cd/m². The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has a fairly bright display brightness (375 candellas per square meter) compared to most of the other comparable spec PC monitors that have been around for around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display.

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2560 X 1440 Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution of the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display is 2560 x 1440. That's 78% more resolution than the most frequently found supported graphics resolutions of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). Comparable spec PC monitors that have been available for a similar time to the 27" Thunderbolt Display supported graphics resolutionss range from 640 x 350 to 3840 x 2160.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This flatpanel monitor has a 1080p supported video modes, which is typical of many flatpanel monitors of this spec and age.

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Has Two Cables Includeds

The number of cables included found on the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display is more than most PC monitors of a comparable type and age to it. This Apple PC screen has an AC cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on medium monitors that are a comparable age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display. The cables included "Thunderbolt" is also found on this LCD screen.

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9 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One person wrote that this PC monitor was not a bargain for the price. Pcmag.com wrote on expert website PC Mag “It doesn't come cheap”. One Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display owner who purchased the product mentioned that it was not cheap. Theregister.co.uk said in their review of this PC monitor “Oh oh so expensive”.

One Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display reviewer who reviewed the product thought it was not good value for money. Expert website Alphr.com wrote in their review of the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display six years ago “A superb, if pricey, partner to the latest generation of MacBooks, offering superb image quality” .

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Price Increase of £51.79

The 27" Thunderbolt Display has increased in price by £51.79 in the last 50 days.

Only One Thunderbolt Ports Quantity

Most comparable spec PC monitors that have been available for a similar time to the 27" Thunderbolt Display have one thunderbolt ports quantity, including the 27" Thunderbolt Display which has one thunderbolt ports quantity.

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Not 3D

The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display is not 3D, although it is worth noting that most of the other PC displays of a comparable type and age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Card Reader Integrated

Most PC monitors that came out around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display do not have a card reader integrated. The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display is no exception to this as it too does not have a card reader integrated.

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Quite Slow Response Time

The average response time of similar spec LCD screens that are a comparable age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display is 6.2ms, and the response times range from 1ms to 69ms. The 27" Thunderbolt Display has one of the slower response times (12 milliseconds) amongst similar spec PC monitors of this age.

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Heavy

The weights of PC displays of a similar spec and age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display range from 3g to 39kg, and the average weight is 4.9kg. When compared to other medium monitors that were released around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display that we have checked the weight of, the 27" Thunderbolt Display's weight of 10.8 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

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Very High Power Consumption (max)

The average power consumption (max) of PC screens of a comparable type and age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display is 55W, and the power consumption (max)s range from 16W to 250W. The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has one of the highest power consumption (max)s (250 Watts) amongst similar spec LCD screens of this age.

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Running Costs Are High

The 27" Thunderbolt Display has an average running cost of £413 over 5 years based on typical energy prices, which makes it one of the more expensive to run PC monitors of a similar spec and age.

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1 Other reason to consider the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display

Released Over Four Years Ago

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

Specification

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TV Tuner Integrated
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Card Reader Integrated
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7 Awards

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

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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Electricity cost when on standby £10.26
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Total running cost over 5 years £651.22
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Running this PC monitor over 5 years will generate 3.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 83 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

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Barcodes 00635131604744, 00885909456796, 00885909456895, 00885909611263, 00885909611300, 00885909611348, 00885909611362, 00885909781447, 08859096112638

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