Updated 1 Sep 2014

Apple

Thunderbolt Display

Snapshot: The Apple Thunderbolt Display is a 2560x1440 resolution monitor with a gloss screen, built-in speakers and a USB hub. What's the picture like?

Thunderbolt Display
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$1649

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Test results

Overall score
68
Display performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • OK display performance.
  • OK to use.
  • Has built-in speakers.
  • Has USB hub.
  • Has built-in webcam.

But

  • No headphone jack.

How we test

Overall score

  • Display performance (70%) - assessed on colour, brightness and contrast, text, surface reflections, angles of view, and the quality of the monitor’s blu-ray images.
  • Ease of use (30%) - stability, port access, height adjustment, on-screen menus, tilt, controls, hardware installation, and the manual.

All monitors were tested using their out-of-the-box settings. We set the colour mode to sRGB (where that was possible) and let the monitors warm up for 30 minutes before each test.

Full specs

Model

Price guide
$1649

Specifications

Screen size (inches)
27
Resolution
2560 x 1440
Aspect ratio
16:9
H x W x D (cm)
49 x 65 x 21
Screen type
IPS - in-plane switch
Response time (ms)
12
Tested on colour temperature
sRGB
Screen finish
Gloss
Bezel finish
Gloss
Weight with stand (kg)
10.7

Connections

HDMI
0
USB 3.0
0
USB 2.0
3
VGA
×
DVI
×
DisplayPort in
×
DisplayPort out
×
Mini DisplayPort
yes has a Thunderbolt port
Headphones
×
Stereo audio
×

Features

Height adjustment (mm)
n/a
Swivel range (degrees)
n/a
Tilt range (degrees)
-5~ 25
Pivot
×
PIP/PBP
×
Built-in speakers
yes
Built-in microphones
Built-in webcam

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