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Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display PC Monitor

CNET.com Editor's Choice PC Mag Editor's Choice computershopper.com Editor's Choice Cnetfrance.fr Editor's Choice MacPro.se Recommended
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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Seven Industry Awards

This LCD screen has received seven awards from flatpanel monitor experts.

This medium monitor received an "Editor's Choice" from CNET.com, PC Mag, Computershopper.com and Cnetfrance.fr all of whom decided that this LCD screen was exceptional.

MacPro.se and F1cd.ru both endorse this PC display and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This Apple PC monitor was given a "Design Award" by 3dnews.ru who wrote that this Apple PC screen was carefully designed.

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Average Expert Reviews

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

Good Product Quality

Some people who reviewed this PC monitor concluded that it was good quality. In November last year Francis Treuherz mentioned “Great quality visual display and is integrated with sound” in his Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display review. Pcmag.com rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote on expert review site PC Mag “The 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display delivers solid picture and audio quality in a stylish aluminum cabinet.” in their review of the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display. Three years ago expert website Macworld.com.au gave the product a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display review “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

Some customers who bought this PC monitor considered that it had good picture quality.

One person who reviewed it considered that it had good colour saturation. Expert website Macworld.com.au rated it 5 stars and said three years ago “The LED-backlit IPS panel boasts 375 cm/d2 brightness, excellent contrast and impressive colours” in their review of this PC monitor.

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Nice Design

A number of Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display owners who purchased the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display agreed that it was good looking. Theglobeandmail.com said “It has a gorgeous glass front that stretches seamlessly” in their review of this PC monitor.

One Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it was a good design. Four years ago expert website Techdigest.tv said “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

A few customers mentioned that it was well made. In November last year Francis Treuherz mentioned “It has its own built in hub at the back”.

Good Sound Quality

One Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display owner who reviewed the product concluded that it had good sound quality.

Good Technical Features

One Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display reviewer said that the product had good features. Cnet.com rated the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert website CNET.com five years ago “These changes also are reflected in the Features subrating and the overall score”.

Good Connectivity

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

One customer who purchased it concluded that it was good in terms of USB connections. Techlife.net wrote “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”.

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Good Brand

Medium monitors manufactured by Apple have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all LCD screens (not just medium monitors) and found that Apple also has good reviews across its entire range.

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LED Display Type

This PC monitor has an LED display type, which is the most commonly found display type on flatpanel monitors of a comparable spec and age to it.

We compared this PC display to all the other PC screens that have an LED Display and we think the Asus PQ321[plb_1584790_price], and the Benq BL3201[plb_2558150_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Camera

The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display has a built-in camera, unlike most of the other PC screens of a comparable age and type to the 27" Thunderbolt Display which do not have a built-in camera.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The 27" Thunderbolt Display has a built-in speaker. Most of the other medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display do not have a built-in speaker.

There are a number of other PC displays with a built-in speaker currently available that you might want to consider including the Benq BL3201[plb_2558150_price], or the Asus PQ321[plb_1584790_price] which is cheaper.

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Quite Wide Horizontal Viewing Angle

The narrowest horizontal viewing angle of PC screens of a similar type and age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display is 60°, the widest is 180°, and the average horizontal viewing angle is 170°. At 178 degrees, the 27" Thunderbolt Display has a fairly wide horizontal viewing angle compared to most of the other PC monitors of a similar age and type to the 27" Thunderbolt Display.

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Very Wide Vertical Viewing Angle

The 27" Thunderbolt Display has one of the widest vertical viewing angles (178 degrees) amongst medium monitors of this age. The narrowest vertical viewing angle of PC displays of a comparable spec and age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display is 50°, the widest is 180°, and the average vertical viewing angle is 170°.

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Very High RMS Rated Audio Power

PC screens of this type and age have RMS rated audio powers of between 0.5W and 49W, and the average RMS rated audio power is 5.3W. The RMS rated audio power of the 27" Thunderbolt Display of 49 Watts is one of the highest amongst flatpanel monitors of a similar age and type to the 27" Thunderbolt Display.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

The display brightness of LCD screens of a similar type and age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display range from 30 cd/m² to 1,700 cd/m². The 27" Thunderbolt Display has a quite bright display brightness (375 candellas per square meter) compared to most of the other PC displays that were launched around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display.

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Fairly Big Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of PC monitors that have been on the market for a similar time to the 27" Thunderbolt Display is 50cm and the biggest is 770cm. The 27" Thunderbolt Display has one of the bigger screen sizes (68.58 centimeters) amongst medium monitors of this 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 a 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) PC monitor, which is the most frequently found resolution. The best resolution of all similar spec PC monitors that are a comparable age to the 27" Thunderbolt Display is 3840 x 2160 and the worst is 640 x 350.

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1080p Video Mode

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

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Has Two Cables Included

The 27" Thunderbolt Display has a greater number of cables included than most medium monitors that have been on the market 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 PC screens of a comparable age and type to the 27" Thunderbolt Display. The cable included "Thunderbolt" is also found on this PC screen.

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Only One Thunderbolt Port

The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display is a one thunderbolt port flatpanel monitor. Most of the other flatpanel monitors of a similar age and spec to the 27" Thunderbolt Display have one thunderbolt port.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most medium monitors that were launched around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display are not 3D compatible. The 27" Thunderbolt Display is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader

The 27" Thunderbolt Display does not have an integrated card reader, although this is within the context that most of the other medium monitors that were released more than two years ago also do not have an integrated card reader.

There are a number of alternative PC screens which also have an integrated card reader that you might want to look at including the Benq BL3201[plb_2558150_price] which is also cheaper.

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

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Heavy

When compared to other comparable spec PC screens that have been around for around the same time as the 27" Thunderbolt Display that we have checked, the 27" Thunderbolt Display's weight of 10.8 kilograms is one of the heaviest. LCD screens of this age and type have weights of between 3g and 39kg, and the average weight is 4.9kg.

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Very High Maximum Power Consumption

LCD screens of a comparable spec and age to 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 one of the highest maximum power consumptions amongst medium monitors of this age.

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1 Other reason to consider the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display

Released Over Four Years Ago

This flatpanel monitor has been on the market for over four years.

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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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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

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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Electricity cost when switched on $308.91
Electricity cost when on standby $9.39
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Total running cost over 5 years $318.30
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Running this PC monitor over 5 years will generate 2.0 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 53 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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