Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display

Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display

Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display

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Product Highlights

  • Thunderbolt Port + FireWire 800
  • 3 x USB 2.0
  • Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • Kensington Security Slot
  • 1000:1 Contrast
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angle
  • 12ms Response Time
  • Built-In 2.1 Speaker System
  • Built-In Face Time HD Camera with Mic
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Apple MC914LL/B Overview

  • 1Description

The Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display introduces Thunderbolt technology to the market, providing ultra-fast speeds. Thunderbolt is 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster that FireWire 800, poising this monitor in a position to change the way you work, play, and more! The 6 ports on the monitor include, of course, the Thunderbolt port, 3 powered USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a Kensington security slot. That's a lot of flexibility when it comes to connecting other devices to the monitor.

Speaking of other devices, the Thunderbolt Display turns your MacBook into one stunning desktop, but it can also add oomph to your iMac or Mac mini configuration. The glossy 27" widescreen display has an incredible 2560 x 1440 resolution that makes everything you view on it come alive and the built-in speaker system and subwoofer provides full-range audio... which makes the monitor especially nice when using the FaceTime HD camera to chat with family and friends on other Macs. To connect, the monitor simply uses one-cable for Thunderbolt enabled Macs, making it a plug-and-play hub for your entire digital life. Additionally, the monitor comes with the MagSafe connector for powering the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

Thunderbolt Technology. Built Right In.
Thunderbolt I/O technology lets you move data between your devices and your computer with unprecedented speed. With two channels of 10-Gbps throughput in both directions, it's up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800. And it allows you to connect as many as six devices through a single, compact port. Now, for the first time, all that power and flexibility is available through a port built right into your display. Which makes the Apple Thunderbolt Display so much more than just a pretty screen.
The Ultimate Docking Station
With built-in Thunderbolt and MagSafe connections, the Apple Thunderbolt Display transforms any new Mac notebook into a complete desktop workstation

One-cable convenience. Thunderbolt versatility.
With its 27 inch LED-backlit screen, the new Thunderbolt Display delivers a brilliant viewing experience. But connect it to any Thunderbolt-enabled Mac, and it becomes a plug-and-play hub for everything you do. You get 27 inches of high-resolution screen space, high-quality audio, a FaceTime HD camera, and support for FireWire 800 and Gigabit Ethernet. All through a single connection

MagSafe connector.
The Thunderbolt Display includes a MagSafe connector that powers and charges your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. The connector sits on your desk, ready and waiting. No need to unwind the cord to the power adapter that came with your notebook. Leave it exactly where it is, in your bag

Do more with MacBook Air.
Connect MacBook Air to the Thunderbolt Display and you can do even more with a computer that already does a lot. Like adding FireWire peripherals, connecting to Ethernet networks at gigabit speeds, and making large-as-life, HD video calls to other Mac users with the built-in FaceTime HD camera

Expand the capabilities of your MacBook Pro.
Connect two Thunderbolt Displays to a 15- or 17-inch MacBook Pro or to an iMac and put an extra 7 million pixels to work. To make a desktop workstation out of your MacBook Pro, just daisy-chain additional Thunderbolt devices, including high-performance storage and video and audio capture devices, through the display

See the Bigger Picture
A 27 inch widescreen display with LED backlight technology. Stunning is an understatement

A bigger display for your biggest ideas.
Connect your Thunderbolt-enabled Mac to the Apple Thunderbolt Display for a panoramic viewing experience unlike any other. This huge 27 inch glossy widescreen display features a cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio and an astonishing 2560-by-1440 resolution. That gives you more room to work with apps on your MacBook Air. More pixels for your MacBook Pro. And a worthy desktop companion to your iMac or Mac mini

LED backlighting. Bright on.
Full brightness with no waiting. That's the big advantage of LED backlight technology. Unlike most displays that take time to warm up before they reach maximum brightness, an LED-backlit display is instantly on and uniformly bright. LED backlighting also gives you greater control over screen brightness. So you can tune the Thunderbolt Display to suit the ambient light in even the dimmest room

Crystal clear from every angle.
The Thunderbolt Display looks great from any seat in the house, thanks to a premium display technology called in-plane switching (IPS). IPS delivers a bright picture with excellent color consistency, even if you're viewing the display from the side

Built-in Face Time HD camera and microphone.
With the built-in FaceTime HD camera and microphone, you can connect your Mac desktop or notebook - open or closed - and make HD video calls or take a few snapshots using Photo Booth

Ambient light sensor.
The ambient light sensor intelligently adjusts the brightness of the Thunderbolt Display to your room environment. This gives you the perfect brightness for any situation while using the least amount of energy necessary

Big, beautiful sound.
The Thunderbolt Display gives you more than video. It gives you audio, too. The built-in speaker system includes an integrated subwoofer that delivers immersive, full-range sound for music, movies, and games

Smooth-motion hinge.
Tilt the Thunderbolt Display to get the viewing angle that's best for you. With its smooth-motion hinge, adjustment is effortless. Choose an angle from -5 to 25 degrees

In the Box
Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display
  • AC Power Cord
  • Printed Documentation
  • 90-Days Telephone Support & 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Apple MC914LL/B Specs

    Type Thunderbolt with TFT active-matrix LCD with in-plane switching (IPS)
    Viewable Size 27"
    Brightness 375cd/m2
    Contrast Ratio 1000:1
    Viewing Angle 178° horizontal, 178° vertical
    Pixel Dot Pitch Not specified by manufacturer
    Response Time 12ms
    Panel Life Not specified by manufacturer
    Colors Supported 16.7 million
    Frequency Not specified by manufacturer
    Resolution 2560 x 1440
    Input/Output Connectors
    Connections 3 x USB 2.0
    1 x FireWire 800
    1 x Gigabit Ethernet port
    1 x Thunderbolt port
    1 x Kensington security slot
    Speakers Built-in 2.1 speaker system (49W)
    Buttons N/A
    On-Screen Display Yes
    Auto Configuration Yes
    Touch Screen No
    Tilt/Swivel Range Not specified by manufacturer
    Security Kensington
    System Requirements Thunderbolt-enabled Mac computer, including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, 2013 Mac Pro, Mac mini, and iMac
    OS X v10.6.8 or later
    Power Requirements 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
    Consumption: 250W (max), 2W (Energy saver mode)
    Environmental Requirements Operating temperature: 50 to 95°F / 10 to 35°C
    Storage temperature: -4 to 116°F / -20° to 47°C
    Operating humidity: 20 to 80%
    Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 25.7 x 19.35 x 8.15" / 65 x 49.1 x 20.7cm
    Weight 23.5 lb / 10.8kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 34.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 30.5 x 24.0 x 10.0"

    Apple MC914LL/B Reviews

    27" Thunderbolt Display is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 158.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow...impressed I had an old dell 2404, which I knew was getting old, the LCD was starting to retain images.. I decided to replace it with the 27 thunderbolt, knowing there would be an improvement, I was surprised at the level.. Sharp, sharp images, much better color and contrast. I was worried about the glossy screen, not an issue at all, in fact, prefer it in the location. ( it controlled lighting, no real glare, particularly with the brightness of this display). Love the two plug docking station feature, One for power, the other for network, USB and display.. Was looking at this or the Dell 27, glad I spent the extra $40, for this feature.
    Date published: 2012-05-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Apple 27 Thunderbold Display - Best Display Monitor I have been a photographer & videographer for 28 years. The Apple 27' Thunderbold Display is by far the most reliable and color accurate monitor I've ever used. We now have setup our entire production company with these Monitors. The brightness, contrast & color is alway right on the money when we calibrate them. Prior to going with the Apple Display Monitor, we used other major brands....they seemed to slip when it came with color accuracy....and had to calibrate the constantly. Out of the box, you can pretty much use the factory settings and know your color & contrast is pretty accurate.
    Date published: 2015-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than I Thought - Great for MacBook Pro Prior to purchasing this monitor, I wondered what made it so great. I researched to the nth degree and ended up liking the concept of the integrated power cable for the MacBook computers. After receiving it I enjoyed the entire set of features available. The integrated power supply and set of inputs on the monitor increased the input already on the MacBook. The resolution on the display blew away the monitor I purchased in the past. It was clear as the retina display on the Macbook Pro. The auto turn off feature proved just how well this monitor was built for the use with mother Apple production. Now that I purchased one, I am looking forward to purchase a second one. I is worth every penny.
    Date published: 2015-05-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Impressive, but not perfect I got this monitor after hearing it looks beautiful and I was also looking forward to the Thunderbolt connectivity. It's easy to hook up and I love having all the extra ports on the back: network, USB, Thunderbolt. I got this monitor for graphic design and photography, so color accuracy is very important to me. However, it does not have even color coverage across the whole screen, which was very disappointing. It looks good, it looks beautiful, but the bottom right corner of the screen has a slightly yellow tinge to it. Not good. The highly reflective glass is a little bit distracting, but not a deal breaker. The build quality is excellent. This is a high quality display.
    Date published: 2015-01-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from love this monitor I use this monitor for film editing and love the additional real estate that 27 gives me. Hooking it up to my 3 year old MAC book pro was as simple as plugging in the thunderbolt connection. The colors are deep and accurate and the screen doesn't have much glare, though I work in a fairly dark room. The automatic brightness didn't work well for me (the screen was too dark) so I turned it off and manually adjust the brightness. My biggest complaint is that there is no vertical adjustment like I had with my Dell monitor, which is why I downgraded to only four stars.
    Date published: 2015-08-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from ATD rocks Great 27 narrow gamut IPS screen. The design is a bit dated with USB 2 and FW ports. USB 2 and FW are OK for connecting low speed devices like keyboards and backup drives. Thunderbolt is great for connecting large RAID drives.If you have a Retina MBP. makes sure you get the revision B ATD. It contains the magsafe-magsafe 2 power adapter needed to power the Retina MBPs from the ATD. If you get a revision A display, you will need the separate power adapter for an additional $.
    Date published: 2012-12-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent display; so-so dock The display is excellent. Good color, detail and easy on my eyes for editing photos. Calibrates easy although mine didn't need any out of the box. I love the size, weight and construction. The docking function is a half hearted attempt though. I love the FW800 port, but two USB 2 ports? Not USB 3? Just shows Apple design is far from perfect. I use the USB 2 ports for my Wacom Tablet but still plug my USB 3 card reader into my laptop. While i'm complaining how about one more Thunderbolt port? I find the ethernet port useless so that spot could be used. A nice piece of gear and matches to my MacBook Pro perfect. Looks good. Just needs a sprinkling of up to date tech.
    Date published: 2014-09-13
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice but buggy The monitor is very nice, but many people are having problems with these displays. Mine worked for about a month but usb ports were very slow. Also a few times I had connectivity issues that require a computer reboot. However most of the time the monitor worked well with the computer. But then a few days ago it stopped working. Now is completely dead. Perhaps I just got a defective item. My advice is to research the other people's experience (apple support site is good for that) before buying.
    Date published: 2011-11-27
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    I have a Mac Pro mid 2012 - will this work with it?
    Asked by: priscilla E.
    The Mac Pro 2012 would not have a Thunderbolt port, so this would not work with your computer.
    Answered by: Moshe S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Can you mount the 27 Apple Thunderbolt display on the wall?
    Asked by: Andrew G.
    Negative, the back of the display does not have any screw-holes for mounting.
    Answered by: SAMUEL L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Which anti-glare film do you recommend for this display? Is there any that doesn't affect the colors, brilliance or contrast at all?
    Asked by: David E.
    Sorry I did not use a film. I found monitor is fine the right out of the box. By the way I do love this monitor. John
    Answered by: John C.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    I have a macbook pro mid2010, will I be able to connect this monitor? If not what will I need to connect it?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    No. You need a Mac with a Thunderbolt port which the mid2010 Macbook do not have.
    Answered by: JORGE AOKI J.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    whats the ethernet port used for?
    Asked by: ronald
    Plug in Ethernet into monitor then thunderbolt from monitor into computer. This allows you not to have a mac with a Ethernet port. Everything travels from the thunderbolt output into your thunderbolt input on mac.
    Answered by: Matthew G.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    does this monitor come with thunderbolt cables?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    It comes with only the one T-bolt cable that connects the monitor to your laptop. It's actually a single cable that splits into two components one is the T-bolt connector; the other is the mag-safe charger. The monitor itself also has a cord to plug into an outlet (#duh).
    Answered by: NICHOLAS L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    I have a four year old Mac Book Pro. I would like to do photo editing with this monitor, would I need to update my software and what cables would I need to purchase?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    None, it should just plug right in.
    Answered by: Matthew G.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    I have mac pro early 209, will it work with it?
    Asked by: michael b.
    I don't think your model has thunderbolt. If you don't have a thunderbolt connection, then no. The display literally has two wires attached- the power cord, and the thunderbolt cable.
    Answered by: metalshredder
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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