Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Requiem for the Thunderbolt Display

Nick Heer:

For me, that one special thing is my Apple Thunderbolt Display. I know: it’s crazy to spend a thousand bucks on a 27-inch display, even back when I bought it in 2012. […] Yet, it remains the thing on my desk that I would fight the hardest to keep.


Unfortunately, the best reason to buy a Thunderbolt Display over its competitors hasn’t been carried over to the UltraFine 5K: it is no longer the amazing docking station that the Thunderbolt Display once was.

I think I’ve only ever had three external Apple displays: the 12-inch CRT for the Apple IIGS and a pair of 22-inch LCD Apple Cinema Displays attached to a PowerPC tower. The LCDs used the unfortunate Apple Display Connector, which meant using an adapter because the my Mac had one ADC port and one DVI port. These were my first CRT and first LCD displays respectively. Subsequent to each, other manufacturers seemed to offer better products and/or much better prices. Apple displays have their fans, but I haven’t even considered them lately. The 30-inch Cinema Display was way too expensive, and since then I’ve been using 30-inch Dell displays, while Apple only offered 27 inches. The extra height is very useful, and I don’t think I would want to give it up, even for Retina.

Previously: LG Ultrafine 5k Reviews.

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