CNET First Look
Apple Thunderbolt DisplayThe Apple Thunderbolt Display is an incredibly performing and beautiful-looking monitor that gives up any Windows compatibility for a superfast connection.
-Hey guys, Eric Franklin here from CNET.com, and today, I'm taking a first look at the Apple Thunderbolt Display. If you're familiar with 2010 cinema display, you know just what to expect from this one, from design standpoint. It has the same smooth aluminum finish and a gorgeous 27-inch screen with a 2560 x 1440 resolution. Games looked great running at high resolution with high vibrancy and poppy and accurate color. Movies as well look impressive with deep blacks and a high contrast. The display has the same capable foot stand as well as 3 USB 2.0 ports on the back. In addition, Apple has added a Firewire port, a Thunderbolt connection obviously and an Ethernet port. The later giving MacBook Air owners an easy way to take advantage of the wire connection. By easy, I mean expensive. The display retains the $1000 price. The previous model launched that and with the same incredible performance and added features with seem like a no brainer price. There is a catch though for some. Like the last cinema display, this one natively compatible with PCs, but unlike 2010s display, thanks to the Thunderbolt connection, which takes the place mini display port. It's not compatible with Mac running windows to Boot Camp either, a definite bomber for Mac users who like to dabble in Windows. The lack of window support with the Thunderbolt display is a disappointment for sure, but having said that that still stelar performance and add the connection features include Ethernet and Thunderbolt makes is a powerful and functional monitor for Mac users with no Windows aspirations. However, stick with 2010 cinema display if boot camping is in your plans. Once again, I'm Eric Franklin and this has been a first look at the Apple Thunderbolt Display.