Planning a new setup

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Prawnstar69, May 26, 2015.

  1. Prawnstar69 macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2012
    Im planning to make a new setup for my workstation and i was thinking of purchasing a macbook pro 15 inch and Thunderbolt display. My question, is the thunderbolt worthed? it hasn't been updated for quite some time. Is there any better display out there right now?
  2. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    Depends on what you mean by better.

    You probably would get meaningful answers if you provided the type of software you intend to use and perhaps how your laptop will be equipped (RAM, drive etc.)

    As for me, I find no value in TB displays though it is nice to have those ports. Then again, there are displays/monitors that cost far less and are superior that can be attached via port adapter or another type of port.
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    There are certainly cheaper displays that have the same resolution and picture quality. As a rule of thumb, I find that DELL displays are very high quality. However I haven't personally used anything close to the quality or price of the TB display so I can't point you to a specific model that I've used myself.

    It's worth bearing in mind that the current Thunderbolt display is almost 4 years old, and hasn't had any updates. It's definitely not an economically viable purchase at the moment.

    I would suggest perhaps holding off until WWDC next month to see if they do update the displays.
  4. Prawnstar69 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2012
    Thanks for ur replies, I will be mainly using it for Photoshop and image designing which is why I'm buying a MacBook pro for portability and an external monitor for the workstation. Was just looking for some alternatives as the tb displays are quite old. I don't mind waiting for 2-3 months. Thanks!
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    There are many 27 inch High resolution displays available on Amazon. Just Browse through and choose one with good reviews.

    Something like this looks good
  6. oldhifi macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2013

    The Samsung S34E790C is what I have, a very nice monitor with Mac Mini
  7. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    If I were in your situation, I would probably go for a thunderbolt dock and a 3rd party monitor. You lose the aesthetics and the all-in-one-ness of the Apple display, but you gain flexibility and save some money.
  8. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    Necessary? No. Overpriced? What Apple product isn't? But it is so pretty and is a great dock all by itself. I have one at work and one at home and love them. The speakers are nice and it is nice to have an isight camera in front of me instead of off to the side with my macbook open.
  9. LittleLuth macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2014
    Check craigslist - I recently picked up a 6 month old TB display in box under warranty for $500. I wasn't going to buy new for $1k but for $500, yeah that's worth it. Also HP's 32inch Envy display has the same resolution and nice build quality and goes for around $500 as well. I actually bought one of those but returned it when the craigslist find showed up.

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