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Apple Outs Brand New Thunderbolt Display

Apple has quietly launched a new Thunderbolt-based monitor during the store refresh this morning and in a bold move, is selling it at the same price as its existing LED Cinema display.

The Apple Thunderbolt Display (opens in new tab) may be viewed as being rather expensive but it has very little competition with the same set of features.

As a reminder, the monitor is a massive 27-inch model the same diagonal size as the Viewsonic VX2739 which costs less than a quarter of the Thunderbolt Display suggested retail price, but can show only 2.07 megapixels compared to the 3.67 megapixels Apple's screen can display, a 77-percent premium.

A Dell Ultrasharp U2711 LCD monitor - with a similar screen resolution - for example, still costs around £720 and doesn't come with the same extensive set of features.

It also features a universal MagSafe connector that allows the user to charge a notebook, a built-in Thunderbolt cable, three USB ports, a GbE port, a Kensington security slot, Firewire Port, a 49W 2.1 Speaker system and a Facetime HD camera with Microphone.

Not surprisingly, it can consume up to 250W when charging a Macbook Pro (probably a 17-inch model) via a Thunderbolt port and still doesn't come with HDMI.

Note that you will need a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac PC or Laptop with OS X v10.6.8 or later to get it to work, which means that you won't be able to use it with a Mac computer before 2011.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.