Apple's new Thunderbolt Display is not just sleek and huge, it can also turn any Thunderbolt-enabled MacBook into a high-end workstation in a matter of seconds.
The Thunderbolt Display is the latest Thunderbolt-based device from Apple. It's a 27-inch wide-screen display with LED backlight technology and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The LCD works immediately when plugged in to Thunderbolt-enabled devices and automatically extends the display of a Thunderbolt-enabled computer. Among portable computers, currently only Apple's newest laptops are equipped with Thunderbolt technology. When the laptop's screen is closed, the Thunderbolt Display immediately becomes the main computer screen. Since Thunderbolt can also deliver sound, the display comes with built-in stereo speakers and a subwoofer. All this means that with an external keyboard and mouse, the display quickly turns any Thunderbolt MacBook into a high-end workstation.
The new display is also a docking station that adds more peripheral ports and an HD camera to the computer.
The Thunderbolt Display comes with a Y-shaped cable that's Thunderbolt on one end and power adapter on the other. The power adapter can be used to power any Apple laptop. This is a great design that spares users from having to use the laptop's power adapter, which helps make the workstation less cluttered.
On the back, the Thunderbolt Display has three USB 2.0 ports, one Thunderbolt port, one FireWire 800 port, and one Ethernet port. All these ports can be used at the same time to add more devices or a network to the computer. Per Thunderbolt's standard, up to six Thunderbolt devices can be daisy-chained together.