Thunderbolt Display?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by petvas, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    I was wondering, how many of you are using a 15" Macbook Pro as a desktop replacement and don't use an external monitor?
    I was thinking of getting a thunderbolt display (yes, I know the buyer's guide..).
    How many of you don't mind working all the time with a small 15,4" display?
  2. Xeos macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2013
    Portland, OR
    Don't waste your money on the Thunderbolt Display -- it's just an LG 27" H-IPS panel with apple branding. You can get the same exact panel for $400-$500. My Crossover 27Q uses the same exact panel:

    This + the Thunderbolt to Dual Link DVI cable puts you at $525. Same exact screen :)
  3. applegeek25 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2010
    Windsor, ON / Austin, TX
    Agreed. I purchased a Thunderbolt Display back in May and ended up returning it after 2 exchanges within 4 days. If you've ever experienced the dreaded "yellow tint" on a MBP, then you can only imagine how it looks on a 27-inch display. Do yourself a favour and spend half the price on a decent IPS display from ASUS or NEC.

    If you're going to be spending 5-8 hours a day on your MBP, then you'll definitely want to invest in an external display. Additional screen real estate, less strain on your eyes, etc, etc.
  4. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    Just make sure whatever you get has displayport out. Then get a displayport->minidisplayport cable.

    Personally, I'm partial to dell ultrasharp monitors. They tend to be pretty good.
  5. Xeos macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2013
    Portland, OR
    Also, if anyone here is serious about color reproduction and accuracy, you owe it to yourself to pick up a Spyder4Pro or other spectrophotometer so you can calibrate your MacBook and display. Every single display I've owned has had pretty lackluster accuracy out of the box, and the MacBook Pro seems to have a pretty intense blue cast and black crush out of the box.

    My CrossOver 27Q had a pretty terrible green cast out of the box as well.

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