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Apple Thunderbolt Display

Apple Thunderbolt Display
alaScore 93

108 reviews

Apr, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the reliability and size. The usability and design are also appreciated.

design, usability, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Monitors the Apple Thunderbolt Display is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 108 reviews)

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The Apple Thunderbolt Display Review


Ever since I moved to a notebook as my main work computer I've become increasingly annoyed with the process of actually moving my notebook-as-a-desktop around. At my desk I've got DisplayPort, Ethernet, two USB, FireWire 800, speakers and power all...

As a display, the Thunderbolt Display is no different than the 27-inch LED Cinema Display. You lose some of the resolution of the older 30-inch panels but you get a much more compact form factor that feels far less overwhelming on a desk. Having the...

Editor's Choice!

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Apple Thunderbolt Display


Iteration is something Apple is good at. Its 24-inch Cinema Display was good, but it appealed to an extremely small minority of users. In 2010 Apple released a new version with an improved screen and by that time there were many more Mini...

The Apple Thunderbolt Display retains the gorgeous screen and features of the Apple Cinema Display, while adding Thunderbolt, FireWire, and Ethernet support

There's no native compatibility option with PCs or older, non-Thunderbolt Macs

The Apple Thunderbolt Display is an incredible-performing and beautiful-looking monitor with a superfast connection, and we recommend it if you own a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac.

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Apple Thunderbolt Display


An elegant but expensive widescreen display for Mac computers.

Very attractive.; Decent color accuracy

Flexibility is Mac-niche only

Its only drawback within the world of monitors as a whole is that it is only usefully available to Mac users, and without a Mac powering it, is little more than an elegant paperweight. It serves no value unless it is paired with a Mac computer (which,...


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Apple Thunderbolt Display


The new Apple Thunderbolt Display is an amazing monitor that performs incredibly and looks great, too. If you have an Thunderbolt-enabled Mac, we say, what are you waiting for?The new display trumps the previous 24-inch Cinema Display. Sure, that one...

The Apple Thunderbolt is a great choice for those who can use it. It has great features with a glossy finish, built-in camera, and huge display ? among others that we really love. We highly recommend this to MacBook Air users who want that iMac-like feel.


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Apple Thunderbolt Display


The name certainly is impressive—and so is the screen. "Thunderbolt" conjures up mental images of a powerful natural phenomenon. (Merriam-Webster's defines it as "a single discharge of lightning with the accompanying thunder.") Indeed, we've heard...

Gorgeous display ; Beautiful design ; Works seamlessly with a Mac

Only works with current-generation Macs ; Pricey ; Limited adjustability

This stunning 27-inch screen is both a desktop monitor and a powerful docking station for the latest MacBooks. It's the ultimate display for current-generation Macs.

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"Faulty USB connections"


Clear glass

The USB ports are terrible on this monitor. They are schizophrenic in when they decide they want to work. I have 20 coworkers who use this monitor and we all have USB connection issues. We always end up plugging directly into our MacBook Pros.

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"Absolutely MAGNIFICENT Display"


Apple's new Thunderbolt Display is for people who want the best. At $999, it's an easy decision.

This display will knock your socks off. The colors, the contrast and the crisp graphics are all first class. The Firewire and Thunderbolt connections allow me to connect my external storage easily - and ethernet is also very handy. You'll LOVE this displa

I'd like to have different stand options - or allow third party options.

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Amazing quality display that completes my Macbook Air.


It is an amazing clear and contrast-rich screen. The built-in sound is great and so is the HD camera. I use it to connect my MacBook Air and that works flawlessly. I can either use the MBA opened so the screen and keyboard with trackpad can be used on...

Great extension to my macbook air with it very spacious display and HD Camera, USB connectors, wired internet and charging cable

It could use a few more USB ports, three is not so many

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Love this monitor!!


If you see it, you will buy it! Or if you don't ,you'll wish you did.

Beautiful screen, great color...and a lot of real estate to place my work in

Too expensive to get a couple more for the other machines in the house. At least for now

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destroyed my mind!


dude why did I give this five stars and have not even seen it except for a little low res pic on cnet? stupid.

blew my brains out

i have no more brain

Product Specifications


Adjustable Display: No
Integrated Camera: Yes
Integrated Microphone: Yes
Loudspeakers: Yes
Type of MPR Radiation: No
Type of TCO Radiation: No


DVI Interface: No


LED Backlight:Edge LED
Screen Format:16:9
Touchscreen: No

General Features

3D: No
Product Type:LCD