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Apple 27 Thunderbolt Display
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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
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10 Reasons For

Good Brand

On average Apple medium monitors have good ratings compared to other brands as do all flatpanel monitors manufactured by Apple.

LED Display Type

This flatpanel monitor has an LED display type, which is the most frequently found display type on medium monitors that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other PC displays that have an LED Display currently available including the e2250Swdnk[pl_1364842_price], the U2868[pl_2276998_price], or the I2276[pl_2256588_price] all from AOC which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Camera

The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has a built-in camera. Most of the other PC screens of a similar age and spec to the 27" Thunderbolt Display do not have a built-in camera.

Other PC monitors with a built-in camera currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the 231C5[pl_1599727_price], or the 241P4QPY[pl_1398366_price] both from Philips or the Apple 27" Cinema Display[plb_1999154_price].

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Has a Built-In Speaker

Unlike most of the other PC screens of a similar age and spec to 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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Very Wide Vertical Viewing Angle

Across all the flatpanel monitors of this spec and age the vertical viewing angles range from 50° to 180°, and the average vertical viewing angle is 170°. With a vertical viewing angle of 178 degrees, the 27" Thunderbolt Display has one of the widest vertical viewing angles amongst PC displays of this age.

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Fairly Wide Horizontal Viewing Angle

The narrowest horizontal viewing angle of medium monitors that were launched around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display is 60° and the widest is 180°. At 178 degrees, the 27" Thunderbolt Display has a fairly wide horizontal viewing angle compared to most of the other LCD screens of this type and age.

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Very High RMS Rated Audio Power

With an RMS rated audio power of 49 Watts, the 27" Thunderbolt Display has one of the highest RMS rated audio powers amongst comparable spec PC displays of this age. Across all the medium monitors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 27" Thunderbolt Display the RMS rated audio powers range from 0.5W to 49W.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

At 375 candellas per square meter, the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has a fairly bright display brightness compared to most of the other medium monitors that are a comparable age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display. Medium monitors that were released more than two years ago have display brightness of between 30 cd/m² and 1,700 cd/m².

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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 common graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). The resolution of all comparable spec LCD screens that have been on the market for a similar time to the 27" Thunderbolt Display ranges from 640 x 350 to 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 similar spec PC screens that have been around for around the same time as it. This flatpanel monitor has an AC cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on medium monitors that were released around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display.

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7 Reasons Against

Only One Thunderbolt Port

Most LCD screens of a comparable spec and age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display have one thunderbolt port, including the 27" Thunderbolt Display which has one thunderbolt port.

If you are looking for a PC display with larger thunderbolt ports then you might also want to look at 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

The 27" Thunderbolt Display is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other PC screens of a comparable age and spec to the 27" Thunderbolt Display are also not 3D compatible.

PC monitors which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the AOC D2769[plb_1563236_price], or the Asus VG236[plb_2030776_price].

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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader

The 27" Thunderbolt Display does not have an integrated card reader. Most of the other similar spec PC screens that were launched more than two years ago also do not have an integrated card reader.

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

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Only HD HD Type

This flatpanel monitor has a Full HD HD type, which is the most frequently found HD type on comparable spec PC monitors that were launched more than two years ago.

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Fairly Slow Response Time

Medium monitors that have been around for more than two years have response times of between 1ms and 40ms. The 27" Thunderbolt Display has one of the slower response times (12 milliseconds) amongst flatpanel monitors of this age.

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Heavy

With a weight of 10.8 kilograms, the 27" Thunderbolt Display is very heavy compared to most of the other medium monitors that were released more than two years ago. The average weight of medium monitors that are a similar age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display is 4.9kg.

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Very High Maximum Power Consumption

The lowest maximum power consumption of PC displays of this type and age is 5.4W and the highest is 250W. At 250 Watts, the 27" Thunderbolt Display has a very high maximum power consumption compared to most of the other medium monitors that are a similar age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display.

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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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Display Technology
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Ports & Interfaces
Thunderbolt Port
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB Type-A Downstream Port
USB Hub Version
Multimedia
Audio System
RMS Rated Audio Power
Integrated TV Tuner
Performance
Thin Client
Thin Client Installed
Networking
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
Ergonomics
Cable Lock Slot
Power
Power Consumption When in PowerSave Mode
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Expert Reviews

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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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Barcodes 00085909456925, 00885909611294, 03606507403121, 05053973135250, 08592978000882, 08859096113796

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