Is apple thunderbolt display still a good monitor to go with my new macbook pro 2016?

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  1. RandomRazer Suspended

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    i know its dated...and there are curved options and 4k options....but it stil looks pretty dam nice.

    is it sitll worth it? found anew one for 700
     
  2. chabig macrumors 68040

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    I have one and I like it. That said, I don't think I would pay $700 for one when 4K displays already cost less. My gut tells me it's worth closer to $500, and for that price it might be a good solution if you aren't looking to future-proof your purchase.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    NO. It's NOT "worth it" any longer.

    The thunderbolt display is hopelessly outdated vis-a-vis what you can get from 3rd-party sellers today.

    Get a 27" 4k display from Dell, LG, Samsung, etc.
    It will work with the Mac you have now, and if your current Mac doesn't support 4k@60hz, it will be "ready" for the next Mac you buy...
     
  4. poorcody macrumors 6502

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    I have one and like it too... no way I would spend $700 on one now though. Honestly I am debating whether to swap mine for a 5k screen... as nice as it is, Retina text is just so much more pleasant for reading. And remember the display only has USB 2 ports.

    If you're thinking of spending $700 on one, I would get the LG 5K for $250 more while it is on sale...
     
  5. fs454 macrumors 65816

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    Absolutely not - unless you don't mind looking at a low-dpi display, but even then it's insanely overpriced at $700. Get the new LG monitors, or save some cash and grab a Dell P2715Q for around $500.
     
  6. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    For a non high-resolution display, it's definitely nice (I have one) but I wouldn't spend more than $350-$400 for one in good condition. For $500-$700, you can find a killer 4K display that will put the TBD to shame in terms of picture quality.

    Yes, the speakers, microphone and camera on the TBD are nice to have, as are the USB ports and ethernet, but it's still not worth it unless you're getting it for a killer price.

    I've had mine for years, so it's paid for. But definitely would not pay $700 for one this many years since its release.
     
  7. MartyCan macrumors 65816

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    I already have a 2013 TBD so I'll be using it with the new MBP when it arrives. As least for a while.
     
  8. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    I am, too. It's definitely a nice display, but it is 2013 technology, not 2017 technology.
     
  9. RandomRazer thread starter Suspended

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    2011 technology actually. the 2013 model difference between the 2011...is they included a magsafe to magsafe 2 adatper LOL
     
  10. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    Awww hell nawl!!! A better solution is to spend $570 US after tax on the new LG 4k display or $1000 US after tax on the LG 5k display.
     
  11. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Well there you go. That's the one I have, lol.
     
  12. rawweb macrumors 6502a

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    The Apple Thunderbolt Display looses its primary design feature in 2016 era laptops...docking station.

    MagSafe and Thunderbolt 1 size connector won't work out of the box with a 2016 machine. You can adapt Thunderbolt 1 to Thunderbolt 3, but as far as I'm aware, no MagSafe to USBc charging adapters exist.

    Sadly, better solutions exist for the new MacBook Pro. As for docking to 2015 and older MacBook Pro's, it works great. I love it paired with my 2014.
     
  13. fs454 macrumors 65816

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    The TBD sucks in 2016. The USB ports are 2.0, I believe it's Thunderbolt 1, and the pixel density is headache inducing.
     
  14. RandomRazer thread starter Suspended

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    i dont know if u guys ever looked on ebay, but i am SHOCKED at how well the dated thunderbolt display is holding its value ranging from 500 all the way to 1000 which if you cliked completed listings, people are PAYING that much for them LOL. It reminds me of the ipod classic. dated technology but the price just went up or at least held its retail value after being discontinued . unbelievable the prices for the thunderbolt display still tho
     
  15. rawweb macrumors 6502a

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    I said it was Thunderbolt 1 and advised against it. Are you confused or mis quoting me?
     
  16. fs454 macrumors 65816

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    Wasn't trying to correct, your post was a reminder that on top of the fact that it's USB2, it's also not even Thunderbolt 2 and I felt I needed to reiterate that every single I/O it offers is super dated.
     
  17. rawweb macrumors 6502a

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    Truth. The display itself (design, panel, usb2, MagSafe 1, FaceTime cam, speakers) is 2010 technology, 27" LED Cinema Display. Thunderbolt (1), Ethernet and FireWire 800 were added in 2011 when ATD was intended to replace ACD (which quietly lived a bit longer only to service cMP until both were discontinued in 2013).
     
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    NO
     
  19. RandomRazer thread starter Suspended

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    the iphone 7 is usb 2 with the lightining to usb 2 includede cable LOL
     
  20. jetjaguar macrumors 68030

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    Definitely not worth it as there are better options out there for the money
     
  21. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Even sub-$100 1920x1080 IPS displays have better color reproduction and black levels than Apple's 2011 Thunderbolt Display. Stay away if you intend to use it with a modern Mac.
     
  22. RandomRazer thread starter Suspended

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    there is the LG 4k 21.5inch display in stock. but it looks kind of ugly. im sure gorgious screen tho, but hey im picky on how my setup loosk eh
     

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