iMac 27" display vs Thunderbolt display

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Abbas, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

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    I have a 27" iMac on order but was wondering how it compares to the Thunderbolt display?

    I could possibly just use my Mac Mini (mid-2011 Core i5 with 8GB RAM and 240GB SSD) with a TB Display. Sure, I wont get the NVIDIA GPU but I have my PS3 for gaming.
     
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    daveishere

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    In terms of the display itself, I believe they are exactly the same. Don't know whether the 27" is slightly better because the display is laminated to the glass on the new iMac's, but i've always assumed they are identical.
     
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  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    Any idea if the TB display has more or less glare than the iMac?
     
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    Sodner

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    If the TBD was updated to USB 3, etc. I'd be cancelling my 27" iMac order and getting a max'd out Mini with a TBD.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    The LCD's are the same. The manufacturing process with the overlying glass has changed eliminating an air gap between and improving anti glare capabilities.

    If it makes any difference, you may be interested in a Mac Mini paired with THIS display. It too is the same LCD panel as the Apple display but significantly less. You don't have the connectivity options of the Apple display but your needs may be met regardless with this setup at a fraction of the cost.
     
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    The current TBDs are still based off the previous design, one that had more glare on the screens. The 2012 iMac's have been redesigned with a new lamination process, ending up with less glare.

    No doubt that the next gen of TBDs will get the same treatment, but when will that happen, no one knows.
     
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    daveishere

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    why? why would you want the extra box on the desktop? not having a go, just asking.
     

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