Thunderbolt 27in or Cinema Display 30in for my 2011 MBA??

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by shaodeee, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. shaodeee macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys I'm having trouble deciding whether to pick up a new thunderbolt display 27in or getting the older 30' Cinema Display for my 2011 Thunderbolt MBA. I've basically broken it down to a list of pros and cons for each display and I still haven't been able to decide. If you guys have any input or suggestions I'd greatly appreciate it.

    Price - I can get them both used for about the same price on my local Craigslist ($800-900).
    Winner - Tie

    Tech - Obviously the Thunderbolt with its newer technology and the ability to plug and play with the MBA is a big plus.
    Winner - Thunderbolt

    Looks - I definitely prefer the Matte display of the Cinema as opposed to the glossy Thunderbolt. The aluminium casing of the Cinema also looks pretty badass and timeless.
    Winner - Cinema

    Warranty - The cinema I'd be buying would have no warranty obviously but the Thunderbolt even though its used should have 8-10 months of warranty left.
    Winner - Thunderbolt

    Screen size - This one is obvious.
    Winner - Cinema

    Display Issues - Seems like a lot of people have been having issues with the Thunderbolt display not working right. Has it been fixed or is it pretty much the luck of the draw? I haven't really seen any setups on the web with the MBA driving the 30in cinema, if you have one please post one up.
     
  2. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

    MovieCutter

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    Don't forget the $100 adapter you'll need for the 30". Everything else is purely subjective. You like matte? Get the Cinema. You want a bigger display? Get the Cinema. You want a docking station? Get the Thunderbolt. I didn't have any issues with my Thunderbolt display.
     
  3. nutmac macrumors 68040

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    Thunderbolt Display also has:
    • FaceTime HD camera
    • Microphone
    • 2.1 channel speakers
    • Introduces FireWire 800 and gigabit Ethernet ports
    • Higher pixel density (109 vs 102)
    • Ability to use dual Thunderbolt Displays if you have MBP and other capable Macs
    • Can charge your MBA (it's like getting a free charger)
    • You can get a brand new panel without any wear and tear for about $950

    You lose some vertical resolution, but having used both, it's not that noticeable.
     
  4. calderone macrumors 68040

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    I sold my 30" in favor of the Thunderbolt. I don't regret my decision.
     
  5. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    I plan on sticking with Apple for a while... and I suspect that their products will all be TB enabled for the foreseeable future. Personally, I would rather go where the puck is going... rather than where it has been.

    /Jim
     
  6. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    I went with the 30", but i'm not using it with a Desktop.

    My decision was base solely on the Matte vs Glossy display.

    If they offered a Matte Thunderbolt, I'd have done that.
     
  7. t0rr3s macrumors 6502

    t0rr3s

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    I got my 3.5 yr old 30" ACD for 670 for my macpro with a brand new dual link dvi adaptor. I'll still take it over any TB displays now. Matte!
     
  8. joshsage macrumors newbie

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    I would go for the TB for the extra amenities it offers
     

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